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Not quite as good as part I
on 22 December 2008
I wasn't as keen on this as I was with part I for a couple of reasons.
There were a couple of jarring continuity glitches in the book (notably a scene in which Data is sent out on his own to rendezvous with Janeway, then in the next paragraph, Dr Kaz is with him, despite saying he is staying in sickbay), and also the illness sweeping the planet seems to change from Xakarian to Xanarian flu.
My main complaint of the first book was that the main cast didn't really seem to have much to do, by and large, and I think this book does the same. Secondary characters are more responsible for driving the plot.
The holographic strike story in this book didn't particularly interest me this time round and, in fact, became a bit of a distraction from the Borg and Torres plots.
The book makes a reference to Deus Ex Machina at one point, and unfortunately, I can't help feeling it played at least a small part in wrapping up the book - which I thought was very abruptly done. The whole 500 pages are summed up in literally the last two pages after the Almighty Borg Nanoprobes save the day again.
Characterisations still seemed a little off to me, particularly Seven's, and once again the majority of the Voyager crew is absent, with no real explanation of how they're adjusting to life on Earth, which I would've really liked to see.
While this book also has some good action scenes and excellent pace like its predecessor, it didn't feel as well-rounded an adventure as the first book. And I would've much preferred a character driven/emotional story for Voyager's return than a last triumphant phaser fight with the senior officers fighting side by side one last time. Hopefully the Spirit Walk books will explore these issues for me.