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Chrysalis (Star Trek: Voyager) Paperback – 3 Mar 1997

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (3 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671001507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671001506
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book the crew is once again in need of food supplies. They find a planet with gardens and somewhat friendly, or at least polite, aliens that don't mind if they take what they need. While they gather food a member of the away team falls in to a deep coma due to a special flower that effects people in a way that they never could have guessed. More members of the away team starts to feel the effects of the flowers, and since they don't want to spread anything to Voyager they have to stay on the planet until a cure is found. The only problem is that some of the aliens aren't so polite anymore when Janeway, Tuvok and Harry go deeper in to the gardens in search of a solution since they see the gardens as sacred...

I really like the story in this book. It has a very spiritual side to it that I find interesting. The aliens culture, beliefs and way of life is special to say the least. In some ways I even find it beautiful, and I liked the book more and more the further in to it I came. In some, perhaps a bit far-fetched but still, ways I can relate to the aliens and their story. And, of course, it's always fun to read how Janeway and her crew will solve the problems they face. Being lost on the other side of the galaxy isn't an easy way of life, but on the other hand we do get do meet a lot of new alien cultures because of it. I'll bet you wouldn't find a culture quite like this one in the Alpha Quadrant :)

If I'm going to mention what I didn't like about this book I would feel compelled to mention that it could have been written a little bit better. It's not badly written per se, but some mistakes have slipped through that I at times found to be pretty annoying. They could probably have been corrected had the book been proofread one more time or if the author had looked up some details a bit better. There's nothing all that major, though, and I would say that the story is good enough for the reader to overlook these things and focus on the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
STV #12 Chrysalis - Rather unimpressive! 2 May 2004
By K. Wyatt - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Chrysalis" is author, David Niall Wilson's one and only venture into the Star Trek universe. The premise of this story is a fairly good one albeit another diatribe of "we're lost in the Delta Quadrant and we need supplies," which was well over done in the episodes and done way too many times in the Star Trek fiction line. I found the author's writing to be extremely descriptive however, the pacing and the overall execution of the premise leaves the story somewhat flat and unentertaining.
The cover art for this novel is fairly bland which is something that the Voyager series of books was normally not afflicted with but in this case it is.
The Premise:
In this particular "search" for supplies; the crew of Voyager detects a planet in which they may be able to replenish their supplies however, not long after arriving they find lavish gardens and the drama kicks in when a particular flower in the garden starts causing crew members to fall into comas. Captain Janeway, unwilling to have this afflict the crew on board Voyager must find a way to help her away team while at the same time dealing with the enigmatic inhabitants of the planet...
What follows from there is, as stated above, a story that in its premise is a fairly good one but in the execution of that premise it falls flat despite the exceptional narrative in setting up the "atmosphere" of the novel.
I would recommend this particular Star Trek Voyager novel to fans of the series or Star Trek in general that like to read all that's in print but I would certainly not recommend it to a first time Star Trek reader as it would ultimately leave such a reader questioning the overall quality of Star Trek fiction as a whole. {ssintrepid}
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I skipped the middle chapters 26 Mar. 2008
By R. Harrison - Published on
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I don't read much fiction but recently I've been nostalgic about the Voyager TV series and decided to try out a few of the novels.

This book starts out well enough, with an Away Team exploring some ruins on an unknown planet. One of the crew members falls into a weird sleep/trance and cannot be awakened. I think this is where the author made his mistake -- he has this mysterious affliction strike a "disposable extra," a member of the crew I've never heard of before, rather than someone the reader could actually care about.

By the time you're a third of the way into the book, it's obvious that the aliens have some sort of life cycle in which they sleep within large tall structures for centuries, and then some sort of "awakening" happens. The only question is, are those structures rocket ships, or butterfly-like chrysalids, or what?

Somehow the way the characters interact and the forced-seeming nature of the conflicts and "adventures" in the middle of the novel did not hold my interest. I skipped ahead to the final third of the novel.

Not a riveting novel, and not a satisfying re-creation of the Voyager experience, in my opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Falters just after the first few pages 31 July 2008
By C.B. - Published on
Format: Paperback
First off, I am a big fan of most things voyager. In fact, there are few things of ST: Voyager I don't like. This book falls into that latter category. The plot starts out promising, but ends up dragging out several aspects of the plot, including the 'one voice', which isn't really described in the book. Also, the author must love earthquakes, as it seems the planet the crew finds themselves on loves to try to shake itself to death, but the crew doesn't seem to care. Character development is almost null, and the entire crew seems a little, hmm, 'off' when it comes to making decisions. Janeway makes decisions that are not the kind she would make, Tuvok starts to show a little emotion, and Tom Paris is not nearly the wise crack he should be. In fact, Tom Paris seems very mellow in this book. Oh well, not all books can be superb.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is perfect for any Star Trek fan!!! 24 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is about the Star ship Voyager badly in need of supplies. Their sensors trace an abundance of plant life on an uninhabited planet. Captain Janeway leads an away team to the planet to replenish their supplies when they meet the non-detected inhabitors of the planet, the Urrythans. Urrytha has a mysterious, but beautiful flower. The flowers have very fragrant blossoms, but what the Voyager team doesn't know is that these plants are more dangerous than they appear. These flowers are causing the Voyager team to fall into comas, one by one. Captain Janeway runs into problems after Ensign Kayla fell into to this so called LONG SLEEP. The Urrythans are amazed that the Ambiana (the flower) had such quick effect on Ensign Kayla. The Urrythans stated that it is impossible for Kayla to escape this LONG SLEEP. But as usual, Captain Janeway had her mind set, she will find a cure. She will get her away team of the planet safely. Will Captain Janeway find the cure? Will the encounter with the Urrythans be peaceful? If you want to know more you REALLY have to read this book. I recommend it to any TREKKIE!!
Not bad, not great. 2 Jun. 2010
By James Yanni - Published on
Format: Paperback
A reasonably interesting, well-written Star Trek book, this story's pacing was just a touch off. It seemed to me that it peaked a bit too soon, with the last 40 pages or so something of an anticlimax, if not uninteresting. It had an interesting basic concept, the conflict between the "religious beliefs" of alien species, and the misunderstandings that can occur when they come into conflict, and this concept was handled pretty well. My head tells me that I should give this story a fourth star; reading over what I've said, this sounds like a four-star review and I can't honestly say why it doesn't rate that highly, but I just didn't enjoy it enough to rate it that highly.
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