So, I’ve got to reading Aftermath, the book immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi in the Star Wars narrative (a narrative which requires a mapping much like the lands that are sketched in fantasy novels. This would be a huge undertaking considering all the stories involved, but should be fascinating to read).
Aftermath is a compelling read.
The outline is compelling in itself and the storytelling is compellingly presented.
I’ll look at the outline because my last post on Star Wars was about how Aftermath continues the story of the Empire and the Rebellion though there is no hint of its continuation in Return of the Jedi.
The Rebellion, the good guys, became heroes for executing victories over the Empire, victories which punctuated the original trilogy. (The prequel trilogy was not positive like this, as heroes fall and the Empire is born to oppress planets for decades.)
In Aftermath, the Rebellion is consolidating it’s wins and establishing the New Republic which is based on democracy.
The Empire is scrambling to reassert itself. The survivors of the Empire, the “dregs”, are contemplating what their arsenal will be.
In this one, the Rebellion has the advantage from the start, which is a first in the Star Wars stories I’ve seen and read.
It seems the Empire’s fight back will be short-lived…as the First Order takes over the “mantle” of evil, oppression and greed in Episode VII onwards. But how the empire dissolves, if it does, will be interesting.