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So it ends....
on 31 December 2013
And that's it for this set of trek novels. A fair amount wrapped up, some stuff left dangling (a lot of stuff if you read the first book....almost nothing bar one event had any bearing whatsoever on the rest, and I really hope we get a proper return to ds9 to finish those threads and those from previous novels one day) and well...the book was a little uneven. (At one point worf becomes female due to some sentence insertion, Tom riker is left extremely vague as to motivation, a ton of minor cameos leaves you wondering where some bigger characters are in all this....particularly the ds9 crew who didn't wear blue and the resurrected data) and whilst it'allegory and message of hope at the end are clearly directed at a modern American audience, I for one will be glad to see the end of political trek for a while, and a return to going boldly.
The story is all wound up with a chunk of the book to go and its just a question of reading and waiting for the characters to learn what the reader already knows, and that robs the story of tension. Which is a shame as other tension building in the book works well, but as with many of the recent trek books you know you are in the last part of the book by how many corridors are exploding around a few characters and a guest character (often with our characters sans their uniform or comm badge) while a starship (enterprise or aventine) race to rescue a loved one in time. (This has been happening for years...since the world's of ds9 books at the very least) As it stands this felt like a trek novel in its strong and familiar characterisation of the regulars, and its similarity to many recent trek novels. It's promise of returning the federation and indeed the enterprise to a more positive state can only be a good sign...I am sick of the darker side that seems to be in fashion. I loved ds9 on television but even the darkest tv trek knew how to handle star treks particular vision of the future without turning it into a mere mirror image of now in order to make a point. Two of the novels in this series were really good...some of the others merely serviceable with strong identifiable voices for the characters but not so great in plot. Even the worst had decent characterisation. This book was...serviceable, but ended more with a wannabe west wing whimper than a bang.