“The War is not over…”
As we’ve previously reported, Star Wars: Aftermath is a new canonical novel that is set to be released on September 4, as part of Force Friday and the beginning of the Journey to the Force Awakens marketing campaign. The novel, written by Chuck Wendig, will explore the Star Wars universe in the “Aftermath” of the Battle for Endor and the destruction of the second Death Star.
"“The second Death Star has been destroyed, the Emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire, and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over.”"
As our own Kyle Warnke stated, Star Wars creator, George Lucas, planned for the his universe to feel “lived-in and messy“, but by the end of Return of the Jedi, the Star Wars universe was pristine. Author Chuck Wendig’s novel seems poised to set Lucas’ planned path back on course. As we know, the Rebel Alliance from the Original Trilogy, is still fighting because the old Expanded Universe stories of peace in the galaxy have been thrown out the window for new official canon.
Now under the new moniker of the Resistance, the defunct Galactic Republic is on the run or hunt for the new threat to galactic peace, the First Order. Leia and Han do not appear to be together, so some event caused their relationship to fracture. Luke Skywalker is MIA, either training a new generation of Jedi and reestablishing the Jedi Order — in secret — or hiding from a new Dark Side of the Force evil, while a whole new cavalcade of characters and stories are being introduced to the timeline.
Penguin Random House, the publisher of the new Star Wars novels, has released an excerpt chapter from Star Wars: Aftermath. And, after reading this sample chapter, if you aren’t excited for Disney/Lucasfilm’s newest vision for the Star Wars universe, and the course for which J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy have chosen to start us on, then you need to get your Star Wars fan meter checked.
Star Wars: Aftermath, as mentioned above, will be released on September 4, later this year, as part of Journey to the Force Awakens. You can pre-order the 400 page novel now, at Penguin Random House, at a cost of $28.