First of all let me say that I really liked how Steven Piziks knows his Star Trek. This book was very well written with many references to things that happened in episodes that took place before this story that is set to be towards the end of Voyager's seventh season.
Piziks also manages to take the story and lead certain elements of it towards what would later take place in the series since this book is written after the series ended. I applaud him for this and think that it was a brilliant move. Per se, anyway. A bit of a problem I had with this was that the most poignant of these things was that he wrote about the small beginnings of what later on came to be a romantic relationship between Seven of Nine and Chakotay. A relationship that pretty much made me cringe. Luckily this was not a bigger part of the story.
I found the main story with the Chiar species to be very interesting. The Chiar being a species that literally just made their first warp drive, putting them where the humans were when the Vulcans made first contact. This in itself is an interesting concept, and together with the Chiar as a species and society it feels like a pretty unique story for Voyager. I like that. The Chiar is like no other species that I can remember seeing or reading about so far within Star Trek. But I do wish that they had been a bit more of what I'd thought they would be.
Last but not least I also want to say that one of my favorite sub stories in this book was Tom Paris's story with what he had to go through down on the planet. I really liked reading about how that affected him, the impact it had on his life and maybe especially the friendship he formed with one of the natives. That was definitely one of the high lights for me reading this book.
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Star Trek (3 December 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743436466
- ISBN-13: 978-0743436465
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 177 g
- Customer Reviews: 13 customer ratings