Life Debt

Life Debt

Book - 2016
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Set between the events of "Return of the Jedi" and "The Force Awakens," the second entry in the "Aftermath" trilogy continues the story of a galactic civil war under the leadership of Wedge Antilles, Admiral Ackbar, and others after the destruction of the second Death Star.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101966938
Characteristics: 430 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 24, 2017

I liked this adventure more than the original Star Wars: Aftermath novel. I thought the original characters were better fleshed out and the plot was more interesting. The new villain is definitely someone to keep an eye on. That said, the established characters, especially Han, didn't read right to me. His behavior and dialog just didn't feel like Han. Its an issue older SW novels have had as well. The present-tense style is a little hard to get used to (most novels I read happen to be in past-tense), but it quickly becomes natural and I wasn't thinking about it after 50 or so pages. Overall, though, it is a quick, fun read and I'm looking forward to part 3, hoping we start to see the connections to The Force Awakens.

Oct 17, 2016

My criticism is that some of the language in Life Debt seems entirely contrived:

"Chewie, you're home."

"Hey Sister, don't get cocky."

Like someone is pulling the string coming out of Han Solo's back to make him spout catchphrases.

Jul 22, 2016

Probably more of a 2 or 2.5 for me, but hey, it scratched my Star Wars itch so 3 stars it is.

The author has a chore fitting his story into a continuity that has yet to be fully revealed or defined, but that can't excuse some fairly uninteresting characters and appearances by Star Wars icons like Han Solo and Chewie that amount to dull cameos.

Sardonic Sinjir remains a highlight. Am I the only one who hears his voice in my head as Jeremy Irons in The Lion King?

New Big Bad Gallius Rax is a little too Thrawn-y (he's not an alien, and he listens to opera instead of contemplating art), which could be problematic for Wendig as a new, in-canon Thrawn novel by Timothy Zahn is coming for 2017.

Most of the really cool stuff involving the liberation of a captive planet, etc., takes place off-page, which was disappointing.

Also, the weird, Heart of Darkness-esque behaviour by the Imperial governor felt like something from a different kind of sci-fi book, a little too grim for Space Opera- and this for a series that features regular amputations by laser sword and telekinetic torture!

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