Updated: Sep 15, 2019
Life Debt (Star Wars: Aftermath, #2) – Chuck Wendig
The story of Norra Wexley and her ragtag crew of Bounty Hunters, Ex-Imperial, Commando, Family and psychotic Robots continues. The crew are an eclectic blend of characters, each with their own strengths and major hang ups!
Norra is still concerned about Temmin and how her choices have changed him, Jas is still needing the big score but also finding fun and games in what she is doing now, Jom is still an uptight ass but very handy in a fight and by the sounds of it, what he is doing now as well! Sinjir wants to be a better person but is too darn good at being an ex-imperial and Temmin, well Temmin is in his tricky teens, so whilst he is a good lad, he can also be a bit of an idiot when it comes to family. Finally Bones is just purely bliming brilliant, if I was ever to end up in space surrounded by Stormtroopers, he’d be the one I would want by my side, in front of me and covering my back!
The great thing, for Star Wars fans about this series of books, is that you have an great bunch of new characters to follow but the story is held together by the inclusion of old favourites, Leia, Han, Chewie and Wedge all play prominent roles in this story and Mon Mothma, General Madine and Admiral Ackbar are all present as well.
The story follows on, Norra is still searching for her captured husband Brentin, Han is missing, trying to find Chewie, who was captured whilst trying to free his home world of Kashyyyk (If you’ve ever played Knights of the Old Republic, you can imagine the world clearly and the crew are still hunting down Imperials – the main protagonist is again Sloane, an evil career Imperial who weirdly has some very convincing reasons for wanting the Empire to regain control.
The main part that threw me, is that this book is written in the ‘third person present tense’ which whilst giving it a sense of urgency is not the norm for when you are reading and does take some getting used to and the interludes, whilst always lead on to something eventually can be difficult to remember by the time the story catches up to what the information they have set up(but that might just be my memory), oh and the fact that Wedge needs to spend more time in his X-Wing.
A very fine read indeed and true Star Wars story for any fan. It’s got space battles, heroes, villains, rebels and imperials, robots and spaceships and The Millennium Falcon.
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