Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt and Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End will release in 2016 and 2017.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take place a full thirty years after the end of Return of the Jedi. Hoping to satisfy the curiosity of fans interested in knowing what happened in the time intervening, Disney and Lucasfilm are working to fill in the blanks using things like comic books and novels. Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath, for instance, explored the events immediately following the destruction of Death Star and the death of Emperor Palpatine. While the book stirred a bit of controversy among some readers, many more were intrigued by the story and left it eager to find out what would happen next.
According to a recent announcement, the next chapters in that story are on their way. In a pair of Tweets over the weekend, the Star Wars franchise’s publishers at Del Rey announced two sequel novels that will follow up on Aftermath. Entitled Aftermath: Life Debt and Aftermath: Empire’s End, the new books will again be written by Wendig and continue his tale of the events after Return of the Jedi. The new books will be coming out in “Summer ” and “2017.”
The big question, of course, is what will happen in the new books and how close they’ll take readers to the universe as it exists at the beginning of The Force Awakens. Understandably, Del Rey didn’t reveal anything in the way of story details. That said, we’re sure fan speculators will be more than happy to spend the next year or two trying to fill in the blanks. What do you think? Are you excited for these new sequels or will you be leaving them off of your reading list?