Well, since spoiler tags are no longer required, I'll give my thoughts on the villains in this book. Brendol Hux and Gallius Rax. Monsters. Hux was training and indoctrinating children! It's clear that this is where the First Order derived its deplorable tactic of training soldiers from childhood. And Rax is no better, encouraging the use of these child soldiers and dragging the remains of the Empire into a meatgrinder. I'll admit to cheering when Sloane killed Rax in the audiobook. But Sloane isn't much better than Rax and Hux. Sloane discovers these child soldiers and keeps them in use! Instead of taking these children to a proper facility where they can be deprogrammed and have a normal life, she takes them into the Unknown Regions to further her goal to revive the Empire. Utterly disgusting. This book shows us the depths to which the once-great Galactic Empire has fallen. The interludes on Coruscant with Mas Amedda really drive that point home. Overall this was a good book for showing what's become of the Galaxy in the aftermath of Palpatine's death.