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on 12 August 2016
This is, in parts, excellent writing. I particularly liked the sudden realisation by a key character in the final chapter - a redefining of what 'home' means to the original Voyager crew.
There are also some truly moving moments of connection, and the mental distress and grief of a lead character in the opening chapters is very well drawn.
All of this clashes terribly with the faults in this book. Firsrly, there are way too many characters - further confused by the fact that three of them all share the same name (or should I say the same letter - the only slight clue I will offer in this review).
Ths primary fault with this book is just that - too much of everything ! There is way too much plot for any one book, with a daunting number of plot twists which ultimately dull you to the impact of each 'cliffhanger'.
I alaso very much doubt that anyone, possibly including the author, could understand the plot! Many times, it appears that the author finds herself stuck down a meandering alley, only to throw in yet more equally incomprehensible plot, coupled with a chunk of technobabble, to worm her way out of it. Failing that, there is always the omnipotent omnipresence who allows the author to completely alter the plot, leaving the reader feeling slightly cheated for having been led down such a blind alley in the first place.
The opening chapters promise much but the confusion of ships, planets, characters and plots makes the main core of the book impossible to follow. i suspect the writer failed to plot thoroughly before starting to write the central storyline and got caught up in a confusion of her own making.
It is a great pity that the main chunk of the book primarily focuses on a poorly drawn character who is not original to the tv series: a big mistake, I feel.
The welcome re-introduction of a female character from a much-loved episode promises so much, but her appearance is wasted as her plotline is swept aside for a much weaker one. Those scenes are visual, alive, and prickle with emotion but lead us down yet another blind alley, to suddenly be trampled on by the thundering hurricane of a rambling incomprehensible central storyline.
Such potential here, so much promise, some beautiful lines...all betrayed by a lumbering and ill-considered central plot.