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Empire's End

(Star Wars: Aftermath #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  9,686 ratings  ·  920 reviews
Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.


As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku.

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Hardcover, 423 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Del Rey
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to say I was expecting a lot more from this book. For what it was it was ok. The book was very slow in places, infact I think I fell asleep reading it a couple of points. Then the last 130 pages (the book is divided into 5 parts, it really came alive from half way through part 4 for me) was all out action and I did not want to put the book down from then. However this was less then a third of the book, it was a little too late. Another thing that disappointed me was the lack of star power ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Seriously, please don't read this series.
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
There's a lot to be thankful for with this final volume of Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy. For example, just the fact that this horrible series is now finished, and hopefully Wendig will not have anything more to do with Star Wars.

Well . . . I guess that's all I'm thankful for with this final volume of Chuck Wendig's Aftermath, actually.

Truly this has been a disappointing series at every turn. This concluding entry features the same poor prose--writing that makes it sound like Wendig spends a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Aftermath trilogy may have gotten off to a shaky start, but the good news is that things have been steadily turning around ever since Life Debt improved on many of the problems that plagued the first novel. I’m happy to report that Empire’s End continues this trend by further developing the story and characters, giving them the depth that they lacked early on.

Looking back my review of Aftermath, my feelings about this
Overall a promising book, and definitely the best book in this trilogy, but if your most intriguing character is going to be an obvious reflection of Grand Admiral Thrawn, why not just make him Grand Admiral Thrawn?

At least, I would recommend this book based on two rather interesting things: first, that the Battle of Jakku, the fall of the Empire and the creation of the First Order from its fragments is brilliantly set up, as opposed to the new movies ignoring any form of coherence. Included in
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had my doubts when I started this series that I would enjoy it, but I'm glad I was wrong. The bloated and evil Empire is finally, properly coming undone, and it's great to see how the found family at the heart of this story (Norra Wexley, Temmin Wexley and his mad, murderous droid Mr. Bones, Jas Emari and Sinjir Rath Velus) have really grown to trust, respect, love and rely on each other. That doesn't mean that they're not all running off in a hundred directions in this story, because they are ...more
*Re-read in June 2018 - The conclusion to the Aftermath trilogy by Chuck Wendig is one of the more under appreciated books in the Star Wars Disney Cannon. Empire's End adds so much to the broader Universe and links in stories from The Force Awakens (film), Thrawn (book), Lando (graphic novel), and the prequel trilogy.

From the original review in 2017:

Semi-spoilers follow...

The conclusion to Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy is a nice bridge between the events directly after Episode VI and prior t
Tom Merritt
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A well-told end to an important coda to Return if the Jedi with some delicious bridges to The Force Awakens.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you liked Life Debt, you'll definitely like Empire's End. While not quite as good as the second Aftermath book, Empire's End definitely pulls out all the stops for this crazy ride to the end of the Empire at the Battle of Jakku. I liked it and found it to be a very satisfying ending.

Full review available over at Tosche Station:

Disclaimer: I received an early copy of this book from Del Rey in return for a fair review.
Callum Shephard
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why are we here?

It's a reasonable question to ask in this case, because really, what is even the point of looking into this work? Twice now we have delved deep into the gibbering insanity of this failing series, and found nothing but the antithesis of good storytelling in our path. The reason is simple. Many years ago, another universe was trying to revamp itself and failing horribly. With an ill thought out multi-book story arc, Doctor Who tried to kick-start its own growing universe with Timew
Corey (grimdark_dad)
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Many of them still have rebel hearts beating in their chests—it's in them to question orders, to fight back when something doesn't seem right. Even if it's coming from someone you trust. People trusted Palpatine, once."
-Chuck Wendig, Aftermath: Empire's End

I want to be totally clear about one thing before I start this review: the Aftermath trilogy is my Thrawn trilogy. I haven't been reading Star Wars books for a terribly long time. When I first began obsessively collecting and reading Star Wa
Ashley Daviau
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely my favourite book out of the trilogy! It really does pack one hell of a punch and wraps the trilogy up really nicely in my eyes. This book is nonstop action from start to finish, it really doesn’t let up for a single second! My only minor complaint is that there’s so much going on that at a certain point I had a hard time keeping up with it all. I really love the Interludes in this one, especially the one featuring my favourite (unpopular opinion I know) Star Wars character, J ...more
Jeremy Campbell
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars-cannon
Again, like the previous aftermath books the story surrounds a bunch of characters that are just uninteresting and some that even harken back to the annoyance of the prequels. I read this book of course because I'm fascinated by the world of Star Wars and wish to know more about the story and while you get a sprinkling of the characters and worlds that make the Star Wars movies so great you must bare your teeth and force your way through this book. If you want an interesting story based after Re ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I really liked this, and the trilogy as a whole. Weird pacing attacks all three books occasionally, though.

Ps SO MANY TIE-INS TO OTHER STAR WARS STORIES????? They're doing a great job.
This. Book. Took. Me. Over. Two. Weeks. To. Read.

There were exactly 2 reasons for that. They are:

Like, first of all... the writing. This whole series has been [so-so hand motion] as far as writing quality. This one, though, was the first book in which the writing became actually emotionally irritating. Between the constant heavy-handed "telling" about every single onscreen character's emotional state at all times, and the story itself, which was disappointing i
"When they say to one another, ‘May the Force be with you,’ it is precisely this that they mean: It is a wish that when the time comes to leap into the void and to make a decision based on instinct and trust, you are rewarded for that act and not punished. The hope is that if you meet the galaxy halfway, it meets you in the middle and carries you the rest of the distance.”

I literally checked this book out of the library four times before I finally finished it (and kept it until forced to return
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed the audiobook. I also like the original cast of Star Wars characters better than those who followed next, so that was a plus in this book. I also enjoy the sound effects. Those make these books even more enjoyable. The story was fast paced with lots of fight scenes. It may have been too much if I had actually read this, but the sound effects helped keep them interesting. So 4 stars.
John McDermott
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review is not just for Empire's End but for the Aftermath trilogy as a whole.

Reading the other reviews it's fair to say that Chuck Wendig upset a lot of readers with his take on Star Wars. Wether it was his staccato style of writing ,the new characters or the lack of the ones we know and love, people got pretty angry. Maybe they just don't like Disney owning the rights ; for the record, I've found the new film trilogy to be a big let down .They've essentially just remade the original films.
Fantasy Literature
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
In STAR WARS AFTERMATH: Empire’s End (2017), Chuck Wendig shows us the fateful battle on the desert planet Jakku; we see the Contingency left in place by Emperor Palpatine, and we discover that none of Leia and Han’s friends understands the concept of a baby gift.

The AFTERMATH trilogy starts immediately after the destruction of the second Death Star. Empire’s End follows Wendig-original characters Norra Wexley, her son Temmin, his crazed battle-droid Mr. Bones, a bounty hunter named Jas Emari an
Before starting this book, I intended to refresh myself on what came before by reading the plot summaries on the Wookieepedia. This was a mistake. I barely had the patience to get through the summary of Part One of Aftermath, because the entire summary is 4,819 words. Take that and add it to the length of the summary for Life Debt (3,954 words), and you have enough words for a novelette. It's pretty clear: lots of stuff happens in this series.

For all that happens, though, reading the series is a
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I made it.

I didn't think I would finish this audio book. It was slow, poorly paced. I cared little for the characters that Wendig had forced me to deal with in previous books. And now, I had to deal with poorly contrived political wrangling.

I was initially promised this series would be this generations' Thrawn Trilogy. It is most certainly not. The entire audio book was a 16 hour placeholder for perhaps 45 minutes of interesting story. Portions dealing with where the Empire of the First Order ca
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of the trilogy. Enjoyed reading the Battle of Jakku and the last days of the Empire. I'd still say there's still too many characters here. It's easier to follow than the previous two because we know them better, but some are more interesting than others.

I'm also not sure if I'd recommend the trilogy? There's some good stuff in there but it feels you have to get through a lot to get to it.
David Dalton
I liked it. Even in this series there was no Luke Skywalker. Almost everyone else. A lot of back story to bring the gap between the Star Wars movies. Not essential, but nice to know info. A lot of new characters to digest.
Executive Summary: A decent conclusion, but not as good as Life Debt.

Audiobook: I love the Star Wars audiobooks. At least when Marc Thompson is narrating. He does so many voices and really adds that extra something that makes this a mandatory audio selection for me. Ordinarily I'd be opposed to the sound effects and music, as in most audiobooks they seem distracting or make it hard to hear the narration, but once again the people who do the Star Wars books did a fantastic job.

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Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
The end of the empire, Chuck Wendig is almost as bad of a Star Wars Writer s John Jackson Miller.

Aftermath was a hard read, Life Debt was a little better and finally Empires End was as good as book 2. I truly hoped that book 3 would have again improved on Wendig`s ability to write within this franchise however, it did not. The ending was decent, The battle of and over Jakku was second rate as far as large scale Star Wars battles go, The addition of Jar Jar was not required, it had no cause or ef
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mr Bones, Mr Bones,
Calling Mr Bones
Mr Bones, Mr Bones...


For a series that started out well, the second book underwhelmed and this conclusion is just drawn out and disappointing.

The only reason I gave two stars was due to one wonderful interlude with Lando and Lobot.
Matthew Bane
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
I didn't have fun with this one.

Save yourself the the interludes, the last chapter and the epilogue.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Book 3 of the Aftermath trilogy picks up where the last book ended. So like the rest of the series, it takes place after Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens. Between The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker and Jedi Fallen Order it has been a busy time for on screen Star Wars, and its what has driven me to read and finish this series. The need for more stories set in that universe.

Now as you can see from my scores, this isn’t a perfect trilogy. But for me it adds a lot of story to the
Holly (The Grimdragon)

I'll begin by giving myself a congratulatory pat on the back because LOOK, FOLKS! I FINISHED ANOTHER SERIES!! Trust issues, be damned! I did it!!



Empire's End is the final book in the Aftermath trilogy. The series takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, with war the ongoing focus. It began as a rebellion, but has since transformed into this power struggle between the Emp
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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C.T. Phipps
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chuck Wendig had a pretty hard road ahead of him when he took upon the Aftermath trilogy as he, essentially, had to replace the entire Star Wars Legends Expanded Universe by creating a history that replaced the 100+ books which chronicled the period from the Battle of Endor to when the Empire finally surrendered in Timothy Zahn's Visions of the Future.

Wendig's task was somewhat mitigated by the fact that instead of a twenty-year guerilla war by the Empire's remnants, it's a much more sedate six
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at th

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