Specifically, after the events of Aftermath: Life Debt, the second book in the Aftermath trilogy, Empire’s End has a couple of very specific jobs to do:
1. It has to resolve the Norra Wexley/Rae Sloane conflict, which it does for the most part
2. it has to tell the story of the Battle of Jakku, the events leading up to it, and the fallout from it (which it does well)
3. It has to explain just exactly what Sheev Palpatine has been up to with Gallius Rax, and what that building on Jakku is all about, which it does while also raising many other questions
So in those regards, it’s very satisfying. There are also a number of interlude subjects brought back for conclusions to their tales – Cobb Vanth, the Tatooine lawman wearing Boba Fett’s armor; the Acolytes of the Beyond; the Anklebiter’s Brigade; and more.
Wendig has laid down a terrific foundation for us to understand the events of the first year after the fall of the Empire. It’s a massive amount of work, well executed, and possibly the biggest creative project of the new canon.
We’ll get into the spoilers starting tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you’ve read it, or you’re excited for it, please share your thoughts in the comments!
Trivia Time!Test your knowledge of the Star Wars universe!
Yesterday’s answer: Three: sand on Jakku, snow on Starkiller Base, and water on Ahch-To
Today’s question: How many times does Kylo Ren ignite his lightsaber in The Force Awakens?