Very well written and paced. Imaginative with excellent character development. Truly impressive! I've already bought the next three books in the serieVery well written and paced. Imaginative with excellent character development. Truly impressive! I've already bought the next three books in the series just based on the first.
The only way you know it's self-published is the consistent grammatical mistakes, which are jarring. The author apparently doesn't know that ship names are to be italicized and that non-interrogatory sentences that include the words "who," "what," "when," "where," and "why" shouldn't end in question marks. The author also named an event "the Shot Heard 'Round the Universe." After writing he clearly did a search & replace on the entire book to capitalize every instance of "Shot," the majority of which shouldn't be, which is distracting from the reading....more
Non-Star Wars Book Repurposed with Marginal References to Star Wars (None that Qualify as "Journey to" Anything Star Wars)
Fragmented, following too maNon-Star Wars Book Repurposed with Marginal References to Star Wars (None that Qualify as "Journey to" Anything Star Wars)
Fragmented, following too many threads and characters--none of them the main characters of Star Wars--and sparse on the details and descriptions that make prose interesting. It's also lacking in that Star Wars storytelling feel. In all fairness, though, it might not be the author's fault. As the author responsible for re-launching the Star Wars novels AND telling the events immediately after Return of the Jedi, the author might have been saddled with too many requirements and details to work in well.
What's most perplexing is that, for a book set months after Return of the Jedi and tasked with introducing a bridge to the 20 years between that Episode VI and Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Aftermath: The Journey to the Force Awakens doesn't feature ANY of the main characters of EITHER Return of the Jedi OR the Force Awakens! Han, Leia, and the others are merely referenced in absentia or given 2-3 page interludes before the action is back to brand new characters created by the author. And the author's characters aren't very compelling as a whole.
The author does several weird references. Dream sequences are used to echo scenes from the old, no-longer canon Star Wars novels. It's clever... I think... I'm still undecided. What isn't clever, what is just down right odd, is references to non-Star Wars media and pop culture. In one scene, for example, the author lifts lines of dialog directly out of the John Cusack comedy film Grosse Point Blank. Then, just in case you miss the reference, the author hits you over the head with it again by using the words "gross," "point," and "blank" together in a sentence in the next paragraph.
Star Wars references are crammed in awkwardly, like overusing "monkey-lizard" for numerous metaphors and analogies and prefixing "ale" with some planetary name every time. Simultaneously, common English words are used when established Star Wars lingo should be.
Is it because the author doesn't really understand Star Wars? Because he didn't pay attention to the canon bible? Because he was rushed by Lucas/Disney to get it done so quickly and with so much crammed in? Who's to say.
Whatever the reasons for the book's faults, it has many. The end result is a book that is disjointed, lackadaisical, and very un-Star Wars. It really rather feels like the author wrote a non-Star Wars science fiction book and then retrofit it for Star Wars by changing supporting character names to "Ackbar," "Wedge Antilles," and "Mon Mothma," and adding the numerous short "interludes" Disney required to set up future books so that we'd know things like someone recovered Boba Fett's armor from the Sarlaac, Han and Chewie will head to Kashyyk in a some future book, and there was apparently some gang of child Rebels harassing the Empire on Coruscant. The last is probably a tie-in to a future YA or coloring book project.
Again, most of Aftermath is unrelated to, and will have no impact on, the main Star Wars universe. What IS relevant is the dozen or so 1-3 page "interludes" that set up for future non-film products. Likely none of the interludes will be very important to understand those future products, so you can easily skip this book entirely. If you DO want to know the interludes say, you'll find all that information on Wookiepedia or JediNet without having to wade through Chuck Wendig's Aftermath: Journey Away From Star Wars....more