First Excerpt from ‘Star Wars Aftermath: Empires End’ Released

The new Star Wars novel Aftermath: Life Debt from Del Rey Publishing will be hitting shelves on February 21st but today an excerpt was released for us raving fans!  The novel is the third in the Aftermath trilogy, which chronicles the continued fall of the Galactic Empire following the events of Return of the Jedi. Each novel in the trilogy was written by Chuck Wendig and is a must read for all Star Wars fans. 
 
In this excerpt, Lando recollects how he took back Cloud City, but also has the best idea for a baby gift in any galaxy.
 
Check out the excerpt 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.

 
You can check out the rest of the excerpt by visiting i09
 
Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End hits shelves on February 21st.