Leia Uses The Force in the Excerpt of Aftermath: Life Debt

Aftermath Life Debt

With the release of Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig, sequel to the first post-Return of the Jedi novel in the new era, approaching quickly, we are getting more information and the first insights into the new book.



Mashable got the exclusive excerpt from the novel featuring everyone’s favorite princess.


While you can read the entire excerpt on their site, this tidbit shows Leia actually connecting with the Force for the first time:


Oh, my!

There! There it is. Washing over her and through her — an awareness unlike any she’s ever felt before. A pulsing glow, flickering and strong.

It’s not the plant. It’s not Luke. It’s not even Han.

It’s her child.

This isn’t just a mother’s recognition of the life inside—that, she already knows. She’s already well aware of the bump and tumble of that little person she carries. (And she already knows about the heartburn, and the pre-breakfast nausea, and the post-breakfast nausea, and the post-post-breakfast hunger …)

This goes beyond all that. This is something separate from her. It isn’t a physical feeling. It is all around her. It suffuses her like the perfume from a jungle of flowers. As such, she is suddenly aware of her child’s mind and spirit: She senses pluck and wit and steel blood and a keen mind and by the blood of Alderaan is this one going to be a fighter!



It’s a boy.

It’s a boy.


While we know that book follows the Aftermath gang (Nora and Temmin Wexley, Jas, Sinjir, Jom Barrel and Mr Bones) searching for and assisting Han Solo and Chewbacca, it is nice to know that we will get the insight into other beloved characters as well and more puzzle pieces of 30-year-period between the Original Trilogy and The Force Awakens.


Aftermath: Life Debt official synopsis:

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 book is scheduled for release on July 12th, 2016. On the same date you can expect the official SWNN review with our impressions of the novel.


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33 thoughts on “Leia Uses The Force in the Excerpt of Aftermath: Life Debt

  • June 22, 2016 at 1:06 am

    So is this one going to be punctuated by a bunch of interludes that account for the only interesting bits too?


      • June 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

        Oh Crap! I bet its the “Force Tree”! Luke goes on a quest to get a tree in Shattered Empire, now possibly mentioned in this book! Its sounding more and more like the stupid “Force Tree” rumor for VIII could be true.

        • June 22, 2016 at 8:33 am

          Well we saw that there was a giant tree in the leaked set pictures. It’s not too far fetched to think that they wouldn’t have spent all of that time making a fancy set with one giant charred tree in it, only to not showcase it in the film.

          Is there a problem with a force sensitive jedi tree, when we’ve had anti force sensitive lizards, anti force sensitive biological alien invasion, velociraptor aliens, force zombies through a talking flower, force alchemical creatures, force caves, force planets, force crystals, clones of popular characters like Luuuke in the past beloved EU…?

          It’s not too far fetched to believe that in a universe where the force is described as being everywhere and in everything, where we have force sensitive people, there might also be some force sensitive trees too, especially if they came from a jedi temple?

          • June 22, 2016 at 9:59 am

            Having a tree sensitive with the force isn’t what I’ve got a problem with. It’s the rest of the rumour I don’t like in that the tree created the first Jedi. It goes something like, a boy and a girl touched the tree and received force powers. The boy ends up turning to the dark side and kills the girl but not before she creates the Jedi order and she also says that one day she will return. Rey is supposed to be the return of this first Jedi which is why she is so powerful. I’m not sure if it says but I’m guessing that Snoke could be the boy.

          • June 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

            And who said that was true or even all the details fleshed out? Who said it was first? May have been the start of the Jedi but not the Force itself.

          • June 22, 2016 at 12:25 pm

            So basically Disney are no longer considering Anakin the Chosen One. Kinda make the first 6 movies pointless then……and doesn’t it turn into not being a saga about the Skywalker family.

          • June 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm

            To be fair, there was no reference in the OT to Anakin being “the chosen one”. He was just a Jedi, strong with the force, who had betrayed the order and helped Palpatine kill the other Jedi. As for Luke, he wasn’t special in any particular way either. The only reason he was Obi-Wan’s last hope is because he was the last person left that could potentially be trained as a Jedi. It was the prequels that introduced the (misguided) concepts of “the chosen one” and “immaculate conception”.

          • June 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm

            Maybe, but the prequels are canon. Still it could be Luke is revealed to be the chosen one after all and the Skywalker saga concludes with him finally restoring balance.

          • June 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

            Actually if Anakin was the product of the Sith as hinted at, maybe he was a false Chosen One used by the Sith to bring the Jedi to ruin. It never occurred to the Jedi that Anakin was a product of the dark side of the force. If they go that route it would tie things up with what was said still in the prequels.

          • June 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

            The way I read that when it was first announced was that the tree just amplified their already existing abilities and that they ended up be looked at as part of the reason the Jedi and Sith Order was founded years later. They were probably just the first to actually use their abilities more publicly.

      • June 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

        Read the entire excerpt (follow the link) – the plant is explained. For everyone else who commented and speculated without reading the entire thing – it is not the Force tree.

  • June 22, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Honestly, this excerpt reads better than Aftermeth 1… The Meth Awakens.

  • June 22, 2016 at 2:08 am

    I can’t connect with a Ben Solo or a Ben Solo to be when we’ve already been introduced to Kylo Ren.

    • June 22, 2016 at 3:17 am

      Yeah, reminds me of some other Jedi/Sith… you know who you are.

    • June 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Why not ?: BTW, in the TFA novelization , Ben is portrayed as being far more conflicted between the dark and light sides than in the movie itself. After he fails to extract the map from Rey, Snoke even comments that he failed not because of Rey’s strength with the force, but rather because Ben felt compassion for her.

      • June 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm

        Maybe because of the temper tantrums he’s had in the movie. I listened to the audio book once a while ago, so I don’t remember those details or didn’t pick them up the first time. Thanks for the additional background

  • June 22, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Leia is sure mentioned in a lot of Star Wars novels lately….. This means she has a large part in Episode VIII, right? Oh wait…

    • June 22, 2016 at 2:54 am

      No it’s just Kathleen Kennedy’s obsession with all things female

      • June 22, 2016 at 6:59 am

        Equal representation of gender and race in a film is so stupid. AMIRITE?

        • June 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

          Absolutely when the objective is to bring that specific race or gender into theater and sale more tickets, even if they have to butcher the storyline to leave room for these token characters. Besides these characters aren’t just a female and a black guy, they are completely unnatural 1-dimensional gross caricatures. The girl is the poster child for feminism, the black guy is a space slave.
          I find these caricature very offensive, and I can’t believe someone can genuinely believe these stereotypes are the sign of Hollywood going in the right direction.

          • June 23, 2016 at 5:21 am


            Your convoluted opinion dosed with a smattering of decent diction that in reality is still entirely your nerd rage enema being farted out as vapid racism/sexism?

    • June 22, 2016 at 3:14 am

      Hey, Leia’s a good character, bruh.

    • June 23, 2016 at 1:38 am

      I think it’s meant as sort of an apology. Carrie was by far the worst actor of TFA so I can’t really blame them. Though to be fair, It’s not like she’s been in anything for awhile.

  • June 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Can people explain to me why they hate Chuck Wendig?

    He might have a nontraditional style of writing, but isn’t that a good thing?

    • June 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      because REASONS!

      I dunno. I liked Aftermath so I’m looking forward to Aftermath: Life Debt.

    • June 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      “She’s already well aware of the bump and tumble of that little person she carries.” Sounds like a bad PSA.

    • June 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      While it is good to experiment with art and literature; different does not always equal good.

      1) Wendig combines short, choppy sentences with repetition. So he repeats. What he has said before. Short sentences.

      It can be exhausting.

      2) One of the classic features of great Star Wars is the ability to use context to explain sci-fi sounding words. Han working on the Falcon needed a hydrospanner…you knew he needed a tool. Wendig circumvents this when he has the kid playing ‘Settlers of Catan’ or Dengar saying another bounty hunter was wearing ‘space diapers’ when Dengar started hunting.

      3) He writes in the present tense which breaks with the tone of what one expects for SW. Plus this is confusing; look at the quoted excerpt. Who is speaking? Leia? The narrator? It sounds like Leia’s thoughts…then he uses ‘her’ as a pronoun indicating it’s a narration by someone else.

      4) Then there is his ability to create characters that inspires concern for their fate. In fact if Nora had died in the novel it would have added depth to Snap’s character. When it was revealed the ex-ISB agent was gay…it was so awkwardly done it felt forced. Which opened up the door to criticism of a SJW agenda.

      5) The summary of this novel makes it sound like a Mary Sue band traveling the galaxy in the starship equivalent of the Scooby-Doo gang’s Mystery Machine.

      * * *
      I do not hate Wendig…I just think he is not an author who should write more SW novels when finished with this trilogy based on his writing abilities.

      Nor am I member of the Troll Alliance to Restore a Cumbersome & Bloated EU.

      Nor am I homophobic or a misogynist. I welcome gay characters and female leads. As long as the story is well executed and the fact that they are gay or female or black is commonplace and unremarkable.

    • June 23, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Outside his writing style, He really is like Donald Trump/Charlie Sheen/Floyd Mayweather of the literary world far as personality goes. Except he’s nowhere near as successful or respected as they are nor as good looking.

      There are a lot of hack authors in the EU (especially now) but the difference between him and them is that most are actually decent people who just love to write even if they lack the basic abilities of what makes a good writer.

  • June 22, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Something I’m struggling with is how similar and repetitive the backgrounds of new charters are:

    Ezra: parents taken away by the Empire for rebelling/treason leaving him alone.

    Poe: parents both enlisted in the Alliance, leaving him behind.

    Snap Wexley: dad killed by Empire, mom abandons him to fight the Empire.

    All three see the good reasons they were left behind and fights for the light and takes up their parent’s cause. Three times is enough…can we get different back stories please?

  • June 23, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Does anyone honestly really give a shit about any of the non-film characters in the book? They were some of the most unoriginal and boring ones in the EU and that’s really saying something with nearly 40 years worth of material.

    • July 5, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Snap Wexley is in the books, just saying. Not that it’ll help the books along. The last novel jumped around and was confusing as well as dull.

  • June 27, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    wow…just by reading this I can already tell this book is going to blow just like the first one did….sad. its going to be a huge clusterfuck of sleep inducing bordom. exactly which star wars fans are they even writing this trilogy for anyway? I have seen maybe 5 dumbasses total claim they didn’t mind aftermath..but I am pretty sure that those are the type of star wars fans that you could sell an old beat up trash can to, if you slapped a Star Wars logo sticker on it.

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