Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First Excerpt From 'Aftermath: Empire's End' Released

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By: Dominic Jones

The first new Star Wars novel from Del Rey Publishing is hitting shelves in just over three weeks!  The novel is Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End, the third and final installment in the Aftermath trilogy (which includes 2015's Star Wars: Aftermath and 2016's Aftermath: Life Debt) by Chuck Wendig.  Empire's End will be released on February 21st and today iO9 released an excerpt from the novel.  The excerpt features Lando Calrissian and Lobot returning to their old stomping grounds on Cloud CityCheck it out below,


“Lobot, we’re home.” Lando lifts a dubious eyebrow as he looks around, exasperated. “Guess the Empire didn’t keep up with house­keeping.”

This is the Casino level. Game machines line the smooth blue alac­tite floors far as the eye can see. Sabacc tables, too. And pazaak. And jubilee wheels. Along the far wall are banks of holoprojectors meant to show the latest swoop race down on the track-tubes piped through Bespin’s toxic Red Zone atmosphere. Once, this was a shining pillar of gambling excess: classy and bright with light coming in through win­dows looking out over the sun-kissed clouds. Now it’s wrecked. Trash drifts and tumbles. Machines have been turned over, their credits cut from inside like food from a beast’s belly. The windows are covered over with metal. The holoprojectors are dark. Lobot steps up alongside Lando. The computer forming a half-moon around the back of the man’s bald head blinks and pulses, and at Lando’s wrist is a communication from his friend and cohort:

I’ll look into rehiring staff immediately.

“Do that,” Lando says. Then he thrusts up a finger. “Ah. But make sure we’re hiring some refugees, will you?” The galaxy’s like a cup that’s been knocked over, and now everything’s spilling out. Whole worlds have been displaced by the war. Lando can’t let Cloud City turn from being a city of luxury to being a tent city of expats and evacuees, but he can damn sure give those people jobs. That’s his fa­vorite kind of arrangement: the kind where everybody gets something for their trouble. They win. He wins. The ideal for how everything should work.


Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End hits shelves on February 21st.


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