This book by Chuck Wendig is a part of the new Star Wars canon. As I have said before, I am glad that they are giving the new movies a newly ordered canon. I know many people are angry that the novels that were perviously canon are now just classified as legends and are no longer a part of the official storyline.
This book takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It is part of a series that will lead to the new movies and clear up how the galaxy laid out after Return of the Jedi.
This book earns two and a half to three stars. The characters are forgettable (perhaps further books will redeem them) and the plot is slow moving, but that is the point. The books treasure lies in the fact that the main story is just a pretense for putting in all the details about the larger Star Wars universe. The entire purpose of this book (and probably the others) is to lay out the state of the New Republic, The Empire, and The Alliance and how we passed the time between movies.
With that in mind it gets the three stars for appealing to information, canon, and lore junkies like myself, but still remains mediocre at best. It is not supposed to tell a good small story–and with the exceptions of the escapades of the droid Mr. Bones–it does not tell a good small story, it is supposed to be filler material. It does enrich the viewing of The Force Awakens if you thought the movie was just a copy of episode four, but beyond that it is a mediocre at best book. I really only recommend it to true junkies. 2.5/3 stars.
Hrolf The Ganger