/star-wars-force-awakens-books/Last week, it was announced that Disney and LucasFilm have teamed with DelRey to release at least 20 books this fall through multiple publishers. These novels and activity books will bridge the 32-year gap between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hitting theaters December 18. One of the more important books storywise, hitting store shelves on September 4, is Star Wars: Aftermath, which has just become available for presale. We have your first look at the cover art, and more details about how this epic adventure will actually bridge the original and the impending trilogies with both old and new characters alike.

The book will be written by "Blackbirds," "Mockingbird,"  and "Under the Empyrean Sky" author Chuck Wendig. About his experiences writing the novel, and why it means so much to him, he states:

"My earliest - and still one of my best - movie-going experiences as a kid was being a four-year-old watching The Empire Strikes Back at a drive-in theater with my sister...My jaw dropped and I don't think I've found it, yet. Those movies opened up a world for me, and my love of storytelling comes from them and from the galaxy of smaller, connected stories, too - from the toys to the games to the books. In fact, one of the first novels I ever read was the novelization of A New Hope. I have a son who will in a few short months be my age when I saw Empire, so to be involved with the Star Wars universe just as the new film is coming out - it feels like not only something akin to kismet, but a great and powerful privilege."

In Star Wars: Aftermath, the second Death Star has just 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?"

Star Wars: Aftermath promises to provide plenty of clues to what is happening in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie will debut just four months after the book hits stores and online retailers, and should serve as a nice way to wain some of that anticipation. At this time, it is not known which original characters will pop up in the book, or if it will provide insight into any new characters we might get to see on the big screen later in the year. Until we known more, take a look at the book's fabulous art, which depicts the second Death Star as it begins to explode into a trillion tiny pieces, turning to dust that will spill down on the forest moon of Endor in what is one of the best celebrations in sci-fi history:

Star Wars Aftermath cover
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