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Star Wars: Life Debt - Aftermath, Book 2

Lu par : Marc Thompson
Série : Star Wars, Volume 31, Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, Volume 2
Durée : 15 h et 31 min
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New York Times best seller

Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig’s best-selling trilogy.

It is a dark time for the Empire. 

The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld of Kashyyyk.  

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush—resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.   

Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the Millennium Falcon’s last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them—or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

Praise for Aftermath: Life Debt

“Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt has found its place at the top of all the new canon works. Simply, outstandingly great Star Wars.” (Star Wars Post)

“[Chuck] Wendig once again strikes gold, offering a sweeping narrative with plenty of insight into both the state of the galaxy at large and beloved characters both new and old.” (Alternative Nation

“With an intense plot, political intrigue and great characterization, Wendig’s Aftermath: Life Debt is an excellent read.” (Flickering Myth Praise for Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath)  

Star Wars: Aftermath [reveals] what happened after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It turns out, there’s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

“The Force is strong with Star Wars: Aftermath.” (Alternative Nation)

“The Star Wars universe is fresh and new again, and just as rich and mysterious as it always was.” (Den of Geek)

©2016 Chuck Wendig (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • Sara
  • 18/07/2016

Huge improvement over "Aftermath", but not perfect

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book is an absolute recommendation to any Star Wars fan. The only problem is you'll probably have to read Aftermath first, and Chuck Wendig's writing style is difficult to get comfortable with. This book is a huge improvement over the last. It FEELS like a Star Wars book. It involves more recognizable characters. It still has "interludes", but they are better, and they are typically either germane to the principle story, or they are about something relevant that you care about.

What other book might you compare Star Wars: Life Debt - Aftermath, Book 2 to and why?

I would compare it to the Heir to the Empire series of books. It reminds of that sort of grand-scale story and feels like it may have borrowed some inspiration from those books.

Which scene was your favorite?

The events of "Liberation Day" are probably my favorite. It was very exciting, but I don't want to write too much about it else it might spoil part of the story for others.

Did Star Wars: Life Debt - Aftermath, Book 2 inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

Possible Spoilers::There is a problem I am beginning to see with all of these books, and this one opened my eyes to it. Many new book are coming out, in all different time periods. There is new canon being added every month or two, but there is a huge problem with consistency. Possible spoilers below: This book attempts to explain the beginnings or the First Order and the Resistance under General Leia, but that was already done in "Bloodline". It's like I am reading multiple authors all trying to explain the same thing with TOTALLY different stories. Yes they refer to Leia in this book as "General Leia", but she wasn't a General in Bloodline, which takes place 8 years later. It's like Leia forms the resistance in this book, then goes back to being a princess in time for Bloodline, then forms another resistance without any memory of what happened before? This book also talks about Leia being Pregnant - and she has visions of her son, and at another point she has visions of her having "children", as in multiple children. This was a huge problem for me, because in Bloodline she has very clearly only had one child, so if Wendig is attempting to tease the audience with the possibility that Leia has a daughter, (Rey?!) We know that is impossible because in Bloodline they talk at length about Leia and her son. Her relationship to her child (Ben) is significant in that book and if she had multiple children it would have been mentioned. And if she DOES have another child it totally invalidates the other book. And Thrawn, which was JUST revealed this past weekend as being canon.... wasn't ever mentioned. Now I realize that Wendig was likely not permitted to mention Thrawn. However, there are scenes in this book where they mention many previous Imperial Leaders, and those who were close and tight with Palpatine. It just seems to me like Thrawn would HAVE to have been included in archives like that. So Either Thrawn is going to be insignificant (which would be an absolute travesty) or he's going to die very quickly (equally tragic). Point is : He should be a HUGE deal, and if books are going to discuss significant military leaders he deserves to be included in those discussions. If Wendig wasn't allowed to mention him then I would have liked for it to be more open ended, something like "and Admiral X, Grand Moff Y, and several others were also at that meeting"... this way you could group him in with the "several others". My fear is that with Disney allowing all these books to come out like polka dots all over the timeline, they are duplicating some of the exact same consistency problems that happened in the original EU. If a book is going to reference MAJOR events that happened in the past, then you can't go back and add new events, without having to explain why they weren't ever mentioned before in the books that took place in it's future. Imagine if they released another book, called "Luke's Rise to Power", which took place a month before Episode 4, where Luke stole a B-Wing and blew up 3 more Death Stars . That is obviously an exaggeration but I feel that's almost where we are headed with the multiple explanations for the resistance and first order.

Again, this isn't a slam against this book or the author - this is something Disney needs to fix. Make your authors talk to each other - don't give each of them free reign over the same story, because then you'll have twelve different explanations for how the same event happened.

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  • John
  • 03/02/2017

It's just okay.

The epilogue is the best part of the book. That says it all. I think it's an important story but I found it hard to finish. That says a lot with Marc Thompson as the narrator. He's always fantastic.

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  • Dharell
  • 17/01/2017

the story does not create a sense of time

The narrator was good, but Timeline is unclear. Epilogue states 30 years ago. but 30 years from when?

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  • john boeck
  • 05/08/2016

Meh

I feel the most interesting content of the book could be distilled to an hour. So much superfluous fluff. I found myself yelling, "So what! Get to the point!" I was hoping for a story that tied in more with the core Star Wars story. Plus, the authors style was to informal for me, and he used a lot of cliche. It seemed sophomoric. But maybe that was what they were going for...

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  • Brian
  • 13/08/2016

Still not the greatest

I read the first book in the trilogy and had a hard time following. The second one I got on audible and was a little bit better, but still do not find any of the new characters that compelling. Only appearances by the original trilogy characters made this interesting. Nor does it set up much for the Force Awakens. So far"Bloodlines" has been the best of the new cannon. I suppose I will listen to the final chapter just to see if any thing interesting comes about.

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  • Author, Pete Adams
  • 26/07/2016

How Does Every Star Wars Movie, Book or Comic Begi

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If the first words are always "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." then PLEASE tell me why Disney let this author write in the PRESENT tense. It's awkward and distracting. I'm seeing this more in other areas and honestly, it will turn me off from reading altogether. Literature tells a story. For it to be a story, it has to have already happened and the literary past tense is the only way to properly tell the story. I had to quit after two hours. I can't make myself go back. Horrors of slogging through book one keep jumping into my mind, screaming DON'T hit play!

Has Star Wars: Life Debt - Aftermath, Book 2 turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love sci fi, so no. I will not read or listen to anything in the present tense, however.

Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Marc is always awesome and I'm not sure how he didn't stand up two paragraphs in and scream "HELL NO!" and just walk off. I hope that someday Disney is smart enough to let the old book series continue, even if they don't jive with the current storyline. Those were great books by great authors. And honestly, why couldn't they find one of them to write this?I truly hope they let Marc go back and at least create unabridged recordings of the entire Expanded Universe at some point. I will buy all of that!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I couldn't get far enough into it to find any, except Marc's work. He can only read what is written and he does so superbly, as always.

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  • potsherds
  • 01/08/2016

Great narrator, mediocre book

What was most disappointing about Chuck Wendig’s story?

His inability to write idioms and metaphors appropriate to the Star Wars universe, his use of common Terran animals/objects. His use of a racist metaphor *specific* to this planet.

Any additional comments?

I'm really curious why no editor insisted changes when Wendig failed to use universe-appropriate language and I'm extremely disappointed no one caught the whammy that Admiral Ackbar would never, ever say. Wow.

The sequel is an improvement over the first one, but I still don't think Wendig's writing style and language are suitable for Star Wars. The story wasn't interesting enough for me to not notice a large number of jarring phrases which halted the story for me and made me think of the author instead of the characters.

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  • Mathew
  • 29/07/2016

Slightly better than the first one

I suffered through 10 hours before giving up on this completely uninspired and boring piece of tripe, which is 9 hours more than I made it through Aftermath book 1. If Marc Thompson hadn't have been reading it, I doubt I would have made it that long. Some authors write Star Wars (Gray, Luceno, Kemp), and some authors write what they think Star Wars should sound like, and unfortunately Mr. Wendig falls into the latter category. In the 10 hours I suffered through, hoping it would get better, he somehow made love triangles, rescues, ships fighting, Han Solo, and Princess Leia seem boring and plodding. The HUGE marketing of the Aftermath books makes me want to try them, but I have been sorely disappointed in the execution, perhaps Mr. Wendig's writing style just isn't for me? As much as I wanted to love this series I genuinely cannot recommend it to anyone. There are genuinely good Star Wars canon novels released over the last 2 years, but the Aftermath books are not among them, and are by far the worst of the new canon.

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  • Kalen
  • 04/06/2018

This series sucks.

Marc Thompson is the only high point here... Chuck Wendig should be banned from Star Wars.

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  • Gina Ray
  • 01/03/2017

Too much soap opera relationships!

Stick to Star Wars and the story of the rebellion and its heroes. I was disappointed with the story and did not even finish it because it has too much soap opera relationships nonsense.

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