I wanted to like Aftermath (Book 1), I really did. A self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, I’ve read a significant amount, nearly all, of the now considered “Legends” books. It’s purely my fault for the comparison, but I was hoping to get something akin to Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy that kick-started the Expanded Universe. Man, was I in for a huge letdown.
It’s really hard to summarize the plot as there are something like 30 characters presented in the book. Sure you have arcs for the main characters of the novel, but if you came expecting anything about Jedi or Sith, you’re going to be disappointed. If you want some kind of connection between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens: Nope. Not at least in this, the first book of the Aftermath Trilogy.
What’s more, the writing is abysmal. The dialog gets downright cringey. The poorly executed plot and several questionable editorial choices were so disjointed that it was a bother to read. Wendig oddly uses several popular expressions from American vernacular that should have no place in a Star Wars novel.
I’ll say this: Pick it up if you are a Star Wars fan, if only because it contains characters that will resurface later in Disney’s new vision of the SWU.
tl;dr – Didn’t Like it, you probably won’t either; check it out from the library.