What happens in the thirty year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?
Star Wars fans may get the answer this September after the release of one of the most important stories in the new expanded universe. The cover of this book, written by Chuck Wendig, says: “The War is not over” and features the second Death Star. It was reported many time ago that the Empire still exists in The Force Awakens, a fact that may mess some minds of the fans (since Jedi has a happy ending where the good guys won) but that ultimately makes sense. This new novel gives a final confirmation that the Empire still around. The book is called Star Wars: Aftermath and seems to be the backbone of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Here’s the official synopsis to Aftermath:
The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them?
This is one of the 20 books that will become the new expanded universe (the old ones are turning into “Legends”). Huge respect to Lucasfilm for their plan to redefine longform storytelling. This are actually good news, everyone involved in these projects care about Star Wars, these creators care about what happens in this universe. Also, Lucas is no longer here to ignore what could be good material.