AVATAR BOOK TWO is easily as good as book one was. The drama, the action, the excitement, the suspense is all there and it builds up to an ear shattering and emotional crescendo like few Trek books ever have, or ever will. As I mentioned in my review of book one, the literary presentation of the TV Show's favourite characters are all perfect. The new ones - Elias Vaughn - as well as (SPOILERS) - are a stroke of pure genius, but Vaughn even more so. He has his own mysterious past that the reader knows very little about, and by book's end, you are bound to love him (platonically, of course) so much that you would do just about anything to learn all about it.
The writing is impeccably brilliant and matches the tone of the show perfectly. There is little to no humour in the book, but since when has war (or even the distant threat of it) ever been funny? Social justice issues are touched on, briefly, but not really resolved, but I guess there are countless future opportunities for this to be dealt with in typically Trek fashion. On a negative note, both volumes of this duology were a little on the short side, and also the ending is a little vague from the point of view of two characters – without giving anything away, what happens to Kira will *shock* you and I must admit to feelings of disappointment for the way the story ended for Jake.
Speaking of Kira, I believe the resolution to the AVATAR series leaves her as arguably the most tragic and lonely figure in Trek history. I cant justify this outlandish statement here obviously (SPOILERS) but I urge fans of the show to read these books and you will see what I mean. Apart from these two points, the climax to the story was brilliant. It was heart stopping excitement from go to woe, and resolved in a way that gave tribute to one of the station’s principal’s heroes. And it even gave some of the glory to one of the new character’s too.
Despite these misgivings, I still award the book full marks. Trek books don’t get any better than this. They might be longer, but I cant imagine how a literary continuation of the greatest science fiction saga of all time can be any better.
SD Perry, may you live long, and prosper. May the Prophets guide your path.
- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Star Trek (4 June 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780743400510
- ISBN-13: 978-0743400510
- ASIN: 0743400518
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.3 x 15.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review