Fair warning: I have been a Star Wars fan since the age of 4, when my mother plonked me in front of The Empire Strikes Back on VHS. As such, this is an overly long review for a Star Wars book. :P
In Expanded Universe (EU) novel The Truce at Bakura, published in 1994 and set directly after the second Death Star goes BOOM, the very first chapter sees fan favourite Wedge Antilles in a spot of bother. So imagine my nostalgia-ridden delight when Aftermath's (also set directly after aforementioned BOOM) very first chapter saw Wedge Antilles getting into...a much bigger spot of bother.
The characters we do end up with are nobodies, but you do root for them to escape their dire circumstances. There are two too (not a typo!) many dei ex machinas for my liking and I would have preferred to have seen a lot more Wedge (personal bias leftover from the EU, admittedly).
This book is advertised as the "journey to The Force Awakens" but it's really not - it doesn't link up well at all. At the end of the day, this is just a book about Rebels and Imperials getting off a planet. There are changes in the galaxy, and they're shown, but they're obvious. I've seen all this in the Expanded Universe, right down to warring factions of Imperial remnants. This is old. I wanted new.
Casual fans can leave this one at the bookshop. Those fans, like me, who watched the EU slide into utter ludicrousness and enjoyed some of the last attempts of the EU to redeem itself (i.e. Honour Among Thieves) will enjoy Aftermath, but will close the book feeling vaguely annoyed.
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.