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Notícias Way More Plot Details for Those New Star Wars Novels

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    Hey, remember those
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    in the lead-up to The Force Awakens? Well, we’ve just gotten detailed synopses for a bunch of them. Take a look at the past, present and future of the Star Wars universe, including the in-between movie adventures of Han, Luke and Leia.

    Here are just some of the official synopses (and covers!) for several of the Star Wars novels, both YA and otherwise.

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    Star Wars: Aftermath (Del Rey), written by Chuck Wendig

    As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance — now a fledgling New Republic — presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but is taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.

    Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former Rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world — war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.

    Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit — to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on the Norra and her newfound allies — her technical genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector — who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

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    Star Wars: Lost Stars (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), Young Adult novel written by Claudia Gray

    The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.

    Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion — putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.

    Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them — and the galaxy — apart?

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    Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi — A Luke Skywalker Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), written by Jason Fry

    Luke Skywalker returns in an all-new adventure!

    In this story, set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke finds himself drawn to a mysterious planet, where he must use the Force to save a young girl — and survive in a dangerous duel against a strange new villain.

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    Star Wars: Moving Target — A Princess Leia Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), written by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry

    Princess Leia returns in an all-new adventure!

    In this story, set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia must lead a ragtag group of rebels on a treacherous decoy mission against the evil Galactic Empire.

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    Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run — A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure (Disney-Lucasfilm Press), written by Greg Rucka

    Han Solo and Chewbacca return in an all-new adventure!

    In this story, set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Han and Chewie must fly theMillennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion, while evading ruthless bounty hunters and a relentless Imperial agent.

    There are more details on more of the books—mostly activity books for the youger set—over at
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    O Aftermath deve ser lançado no Brasil ainda este ano pela Aleph, ao que parece. Como muitos já sabem, esses romances serão parte do novo cânone. Os romances e HQs anteriores serão conhecidos como Legends.
     
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    Este ano sai a continuação de Marcas da Guerra (Aftermath), de Chuck Wendig, primeiro romance a sair do novo cânon e que faz a ligação entre os eventos do fim de O Retorno de Jedi com o status quo de O Despertar da Força. O título será Life Debt, e uma edição especial será vendida pela
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    Another major Star Wars novel is out, and that means even more revelations about the nascent Star Wars canon that Disney is building for the galaxy far, far away. We’ve read Life Debt, Chuck Wendig’s sequel to Aftermath, and broken down what it means for the state of the Star Wars galaxy.

    The Growth of the New Republic
    The majority of Life Debt deals with the liberation of Kashyyyk, the Wookiee homeworld still occupied by Imperials in the wake of the Battle of Endor. For Han, this is a personal mission—he resigns his commission and goes off with Chewbacca to liberate his partner’s home. After both heroes go missing, a group of ragtag fighters that were protagonists in the original Aftermath novel, including Norra Wexley and her son Temmin (better known now as Greg Grunberg’s Snap Wexley in The Force Awakens), are tasked with finding the duo and helping them in their goal.

    By the end of the book, Kashyyyk is safely in New Republic hands—thanks to the help of Leia, who chases after Han in the Falcon when he goes missing—but aside from that, we get some pretty major revelations about our heroes:

    Han and Leia tied the knot on Endor
    While previous novels confirmed that Han and Leia were indeed married post-Return of the Jedi, we now know that they didn’t hang around after the destruction of the second Death Star; they actually got married pretty much after the final scenes of Return of the Jedi. On top of that, Leia is already pregnant with the couple’s first child, although many of their friends and colleagues in the New Republic are unaware of that fact yet. We all know how that one turns out, don’t we?

    The Force is definitely with Leia
    Neither The Force Awakens or previous novels like
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    have shied away from the fact that Leia can call the Force an ally (and a powerful ally it is). She just doesn’t happen to join her brother as a Jedi—Luke’s presence in Life Debt comes through the meditation training he’s been giving Leia to help hone her Force sensitivity.

    She uses that training to guide her to Han after he goes missing, and notes how powerful that feeling is—a precursor to her feeling his loss through the Force 30 years later in The Force Awakens.

    Han and Chewie go their separate ways
    Yes, the dream team breaks up. With a child on the way and with Chewbacca finally free to live his life on Kashyyyk and see his family again, Han and Chewie decided to forge paths alone for the time being at the end of Life Debt. Even though we know they eventually get back to their smuggling ways ahead of The Force Awakens, and Han promises that Chewbacca will play a big role in his future son’s life, it’s still a little sad. They even get their own “I love you”/“I know” moment to boot:

    D’aaw.

    The Diminishing of the Empire
    The most important things going on with the Imperial Remnant are much more behind-the-scenes. While Aftermath teased that the Empire was making plans after Endor to funnel resources and fleets into hiding on the edges of known space, providing a force for the rise of the First Order by the time The Force Awakens comes around, we finally get to see these plans begin in Life Debt.

    Thanks to the novel Bloodline, we know the First Order doesn’t make itself officially known to the galaxy until a group of New Republic senators secede from the Galactic Senate and unite with the hidden remnant fleets
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    . But Life Debt gives us the real start of what would eventually become Supreme Leader Snoke’s new galactic force to be reckoned with:

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    Rae Sloane, and Brendol Hux’s son, Armitage Hux.

    Meet the Shadow Council
    The ruling force behind the proto-first Order is revealed as the Shadow Council—a cabal of Imperial officers who see the time of Palpatine’s Empire as over, and are ready to build a new, better Empire to rule the galaxy. They are:

    • Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, an Imperial Officer who has appeared as rising through the ranks throughout various Star Wars novels in the new canon, including Aftermath
    • Commandant Brendol Hux, father of future General Hux in The Force Awakens and avid trainer of Stormtrooper legions through natural selection
    • Grand Moff Rand, who goes on to lead the Empire at the costly Battle of Jakku
    • General Hodnar Borrum, an Imperial Officer dubbed “The Old Man” having served under Palpatine in the Old Republic
    • Ferric Obdur, Chief Informational Officer (“informational” meaning “propaganda”)
    • Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax, the real driving force behind the Shadow Council

    Rax is revealed to be the shadowy figure called “The Operator” in Aftermath, and is the most intriguing of them all, and there’s been some wild speculation that he’s actually a younger Supreme Leader Snoke. However, Life Debt keeps his race and appearance deliberately vague, and he displays no signs of Force sensitivity (although there’s an argument that could be made in that regard at the very end of the book—more on that later). But he’s positioned as the main face behind the new Post-Empire order.

    They’re really interested in kids
    The Shadow Council has big plans for children—mainly through Brendol Hux, who Rax orders rescued from the beseiged Arkanis Academy, where he was in charge of training young Imperial minds. Rax also orders the safety of Brendol’s illegitimate son, Armitage (yes: Domnhall Gleeson’s character is called Armitage Hux, and yes, it’s an amazing name) on the logic that “the Empire must be fertile and young.”

    This is presumably a predecessor to the younger Hux’s own belief in training loyal soldiers from childhood to adulthood rather than breeding a clone army, which leads to kids like Finn being taken from their families and brainwashed into being adherents of the First Order.

    The Emperor’s Super Star Destroyer is missing
    One of the most alarming things is that the Empire has lost control of a number of Super Star Destroyers. There were previously 13 of the massive ships in existence; Rae Sloane commands the Ravager, the only one left in the Imperial Remnant’s control.

    Of the remaining 12, the Executor, Vader’s flagship, was destroyed at Endor. Five more were lost in battles with the New Republic, a band of pirates has taken over the Annihilator, and one accidentally flew into a gravity well. Three are now in the New Republic Fleet. But Emperor’s personal Super Star Destroyer, the Eclipse, is missing. It was supposedly destroyed, but Sloane found irregularities in those records.

    Meanwhile, Elsewhere
    Aftermath: Life Debt is full of “interludes” on planets that don’t seem to be connected to the core plot, but certainly have implications for the universe as a whole.

    Snap Wexley is taken under the wing of Wedge Antilles
    Rebellion hero Wedge Antilles goes through the ringer a fair amount inAftermath: Life Debt. But, in between all that, he takes the time to mentor Temmin “Snap” Wexley. Snap showed up in The Force Awakens as a pilot under Poe’s command, and in Aftermath: Life Debt he trains in X-wings and X-wing simulators under the eye of Wedge. Wedge is even the source of the “Snap” nickname, which is a reference to how Temmin literally snaps his fingers all the time.

    A Dark Side Cult is in open rebellion on Corellia
    In Coronet City on Corellia, a group called the “Acolyte of the Beyond” is active, calling themselves devotees of something “greater than the Empire.” One is captured by the police while (essentially) spray-painting “Vader Lives” and says that, in this group, you have to “earn your mask.” In the basement of that building, the acolytes find what certainly sounds like a red lightsaber. They say that they’ve been looking for it, and they have it. It would make no sense for it to be Vader’s, but it would parallel Maz Kanata’s find nicely.

    No matter what they found, the Acolytes seem to have a lot in common with the Knights of Ren from The Force Awakens.

    There’s a Hutt on Tatooine again
    In one of the weirder interludes, we find out what happened to the devastated rancor trainer from Return of the Jedi. His name’s Malakili and his poor, dead rancor was Pateesa. After the events of the movie, he hung around Jabba’s palace for a long time, before seeking more animals to train. After he fails to find purpose in training the sarlacc, he ends up in Mos Pelgo (now Freetown) where a baby Hutt was taken from a criminal gang, planning to put it on Jabba’s throne. Malakili is asked to teach the Hutt. If it turns out to be Stinky, that would be an amazing Easter egg.

    Maz Kanata goes on a search
    Maz Kanata, the CG alien character played by Lupita Nyong’o in The Force Awakens, makes an appearance in Aftermath: Life Debt. Her castle/bar allows everyone in it, so long as they don’t fight. “ALL ARE WELCOME (NO FIGHTING)” is on the wall, and she even has a prison for brawlers. We also get a list of smaller, unwritten rules of Maz Kanata’s:

    (“Don’t go downstairs” is a definitely a rule Rey broke in The Force Awakens.)

    In Aftermath: Life Debt, an Imperial and a Rebel get into a fight, and they end up locked up. Maz releases them, but says to a droid that predates even her, “Peace has not returned to my heart. Something is off balance. Some stirring in the Force has made the water turbid. Hard to see. But I think it best we be prepared.” And Maz gets in her ship to travel around and “See just what I can see.”

    Timeline-wise, this could be the journey that ends with Luke and Anakin’s old lightsaber moldering in her basement. It would parallel with the red one found by the Vader cult on Corellia.

    Alderaan’s survivors are building a new home... out of the Death Star
    In one of the weirdest interludes, we see a meeting of Alderaanians who weren’t on the planet when it was destroyed by the Death Star. They also take delivery of the first of many chunks of scrap of the Death Star as reparations. They want to build a space station of their own out of it.

    And Finally...
    Life Debt’s final major reveal concerns the aforementioned Gallius Rax. The epilogue of the novel offers a huge hint at where Star Wars is going with its story, not just in the new canon, but in the movies as well: and it involves a familiar locale and a familiar face.

    Set 30 years before the events of the novel (so roughly just after the events ofThe Phantom Menace) the epilogue reveals that Rax was born on Jakku. In an attempt to escape the dusty world, Rax sneaks aboard a Republic ship that lands on the planet one day... and finds himself face to face with none other than Chancellor Palpatine, who’s visiting the planet for undisclosed (and presumably nefarious) reasons to excavate a piece of land.

    After a short chat with Rax, Palpatine offers the boy a choice: die, or swear loyalty to him and become part of a grand plan:

    Rax agrees to join Palpatine, and then Palpatine gives the child a mission: return to Jakku, and guard the area that Palpatine’s droids were excavating with his life. Why? Palpatine espouses that the area, whatever it is, will have a major part to play in the future of the galaxy:

    Whatever it turns out to be, it appears to be a major hint for what’s to come. And it suddenly seems that both Rey and an explorer with ties to Force-based religion like Lor San Tekka finding a home on Jakku just became a lot less coincidental...
     
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    In the old expanded universe, the Ewoks sort of just went about their business on Endor after the second Death Star was destroyed. Disney’s new canon, however, imagines something a little different—and it’s ridiculous.

    Chuck Wendig’s new novel Aftermath: Life Debt, out today, is packed with new nuggets of information about the state of the Star Wars galaxy after Return of the Jedi,
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    . But when we read this one, we just knew we had to share it so it can be... savored on its own.

    At one point in Life Debt, a Rebel commando named Dade has his leg blown off in an a skirmish with Imperial ground forces. He gets the leg replaced with a prosthetic limb at a New Republic medical center, and during his recovery process, is offered a ‘therapy droid’ to combat PTSD. Earlier on in the novel, the little droid is described like this:

    Making it sound a lot like an early version of BB units like BB-8. Makes sense, as BB-8 is both very cute and probably very relaxing! QT-9 is a great name for such a droid.

    But that’s beside the point. When Dade is first wary at how much a cute little droid will help him recover, a Doctor offers an... alternative therapy pet:

    That’s right: therapy Ewoks. Apparently, in their droves, Ewoks signed up to be therapy creatures for the New Republic as a thanks for the Rebel Alliance’s actions on Endor. THERAPY. EWOKS. Let that sink in. Imagine a tormented combat veteran having a PTSD episode while a group of therapy Ewoks sing
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    in the background, attempting to calm them down. That’s apparently a thing that is now Star Wars canon.


    It’s so dumb. And I love it. Thank you for this, Chuck Wendig.
     
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    Por enquanto a Disney não está me decepcionando com o novo cânon...
     
  6. Fiquei tentando imaginar mesmo como era o Sr. Ossudo (tradução de Mr. Bones), bem legal.
     
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    The second installment in Chuck Wendig’s trilogy set after Return of the Jedi,Aftermath: Life Debt follows Norra Wexley and her team as they search for the missing Han Solo. We talked to Wendig about writing the novels, integrating his original idea with the existing Star Wars universe, and the effect of The Force Awakens on it all.

    io9: What was the scope of the original Aftermath pitch?

    Chuck Wendig: As in, how far did it go? It was a pitch for one book, but had a smaller pitch nested in it that talked about the direction of the overall trilogy.


    What things about the state of the universe were you told versus how much you got to create?

    Wendig: I got to make up quite a lot, thankfully. I was given things I wasn’t allowed to write about, which framed my approach—I knew I had to color within a certain set of lines, so to speak.

    How much of this trilogy was written before The Force Awakens came out?

    Wendig: All of the first book and some of the second, if I recall.

    Did you worry about losing some of the dramatic tension since Temmin is clearly alive (as X-Wing pilot Snap) in The Force Awakens?

    Wendig: Not really. Fiction is at its worst when it hangs on OH GOSH WHO LIVES AND WHO DIES. That’s how you get silly cliffhanger TV shows and fake drama. We as people are more than our deaths, and characters are the same. It’s not about how or when they die, but what happens to them and how they change. There’s a great deal of narrative tension in who Temmin Wexley is and who he becomes and how he gets there—and how it all affects him in the end.


    How hard is it to balance the stories of the original characters with familiar ones?

    Wendig: Not hard. Star Wars is a galaxy of many voices and characters and it’s a lot of fun to see them play together.

    The dynamic between the team is so much fun and nuanced—what was your favorite bit to write?

    Wendig: Really, anytime I get the whole crew together, it’s great. But there are some scenes just between Sinjir and Temmin I really like. The way they interact, snarking at each other but also really learning to become friends? It’s cool.

    You had said that the first Aftermath book wasn’t originally going to bring “the big three” in, but the Han and Chewie scene from that book really leads into Life Debt. How did that evolve?

    Wendig: That interlude was given a green light after most of the book was written, and we decided then it would help us to inform the second book more completely. Tease it a bit. That first book presages a lot of the things to come, some of them in the interludes.

    The book ends with a pretty clear mission for the team. How long did you know you were building up to that story for the finale?

    Wendig: Actually, my initial pitch had them in that role of “Imperial Hunters” already—but we decided that it was best to build into that a little more. It’s classic Star Wars, I think, to see how a team comes together.

    Mr. Bones is great, but so are IG-88 and
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    . Why do you think murderous droids so much fun?


    Wendig: I don’t know what it is! It’s true too of murderous AIs (GlaDOS, HAL, Typhon from my own ZER0ES novel). Bones for me is a little more interesting because despite being murderous, he’s also a bit sweet? He’s very loyal and is a genuine friend to Temmin in his own mechanical droid-like way.
     

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