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This is the way the Federation ends, not with a bang but a whimper
on 20 May 2012
After the Destiny Trilogy and A Singular Destiny the Typhon Pact series was created it study the landscape of the Star Trek Universe after the Borg devistated the galaxy. Each book focusing on one of the Star Trek Franchises and one of the founding members of the newley established Typhon Pact. The Paths of Disharmony was the final book in the first wave of the Typon Pact sounded so promising, saddly the book fails to deliver. To begin with the book is over a hundred pages too long and still manages to be over a hundred pages to short, however, I will get more to this in a minute.
The book focus's on the TNG characters and the ongoing Andorian reproductive issues, without spoliering anything a new treatment has been brought to the table which may solve the Andoiran crisis - whose population, like most of the Federation, are still trying to recover after Borg invasion - however the 'cure' comes at a price - it only rquires 2 of the Andorian casts to reproduce - and as a result the entire populice is up in arms not only aginst the treatment but against the Federation who they believe deserted them in the war with the Borg. And this remains the focus on the first 311 pages (the book is only 455 pages long), it is when the Tholian's arrive (and who only appear for a few chapters) that the entire landscape of the book, the Andorian people and the Federation is changed.
Saddly it takes over 300 pages for anything to happen, at one point I skipped over a hundred pages of the novel and was still able to continue reading the book without losing any of the plot. What happens after page 311 happens far too quickly and this is what I was saying about the book being too long and too short. the final hundred pages or so are enjoyable, tense and (while the ending is obvious from the first few pages of the book) is likely to have a huge impact on the Star Trek franchise going forward.
After reading the book I honestly can't help but feel the plot of the book would have been more suited to one of Keith DeCandino's polictical Star Trek Books (Articles of the Federation/Singular Destiny). The events of the book are too big to be studied from just the point of view of the Enterprises crew, we needed to see behind the closed doors.
Saddly when all is said and done the book feels more like a simple excerise in moving pawns into place (a lot of the book focuses on Picard and clearly getting him into postion for the events of Star Trek XI prequal graphic novel) rather than a study of the Typhon Pact.
Overall the book manages to be slow and uneventful while completly changing the landscape of the Federation and in the end its this lack of balance which makes the read incredibly disapointing.