While fans had a mixed reaction to Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath novel that focused on the goings on directly after the events of Return of the Jedi, there’s a new Star Wars book on the way that has a lot of people very excited.
Aftermath gave very little attention to Han and Chewie, and now we know why. It turns out their story was big enough to need it’s own book!
The galaxy is changing, and with peace now a possibility, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s home world of Kashyyyk.
Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of rebels pursue Admiral Rae Sloane and the remaining Imperial leadership across the galaxy. Sloane, increasingly wary of the mysterious fleet admiral, desperately searches for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. Even as Imperial forces fight to regain lost ground, Princess Leia and the New Republic seek to broker a lasting peace.
But the rebel’s hunt for Admiral Sloane is cut short after the disappearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Desperate to save them, Leia conscripts Norra, Sinjir, Jas, and the rest of their team to find the missing smugglers and help them in their fight for freedom.
The EW announcement of the new book also featured this excerpt from the book of the first meeting between Han Solo and Norra Wexley:
But then something lands in the grass in front of them—the thing rolls a few times like a flung rock. It beeps three times in succession. Then:
An implosive sound—foomp. The air lights up around them, a hard pulse of bright light. It concusses the air, too, hitting her like a thunderclap. Norra is suddenly blind and deaf, her ears ringing, her vision washed away in a tide of searing white. She fumbles for the blaster at her side—she whips it out, and it’s suddenly rocked out of her hand, clattering away.
A shape emerges in front of her as the white light begins to recede: a person-shape. Norra thinks: Aram has us. We thought we were watching him, but he was watching us.
She leans forward, starts to stand.
“Don’t move,” comes a voice. Quiet, but urgent.
Norra asks as her eyes adjust, “Who is that? Who’s there?”
The figure steps forward. She spies two blasters held aloft, one in each hand, and one pointed right at her. “Name’s Han Solo. Captain of the Millennium Falcon. Who the hell are you?”
If the name Wexley sounds familiar, that’s because Norra Wexley is the mother of Temmin “Snap” Wexley – The X-Wing Pilot played by Greg Grunberg in The Force Awakens.