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Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars (Volume 4) Paperback – 1 January 2019
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Despite being an inexperienced Starfleet cadet, Sylvia Tilly became essential to the USS Discovery finding its way back home from the Mirror Universe. But how did she find that courage? From where did she get that steel? Who nurtured that spark of brilliance? The Way to the Stars recounts for fans everywhere the untold story of Tilly’s past.
It’s not easy being sixteen, especially when everyone expects great things from Tilly. It’s even harder when her mother and father are Federation luminaries, not to mention pressing her to attend one of the best schools that the Federation has to offer. Tilly wants to achieve great things—even though she hasn’t quite worked out how to do that or what it is she wants to do. But this year, everything will change for Tilly, as she about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime—an adventure that will take her ever closer to the stars…
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- Publisher : Pocket Books/Star Trek (1 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982104759
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982104757
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 1.78 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 115,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For a Star Trek novel this is quite different, and even if you’re fairly familiar with the character of Tilly it is, maybe, not what you’d expect. Charting a period of her life when she is sixteen years old, this is a ‘coming-of-age’ type of plot. Although it is reasonably impressive to come up with a newish approach to Star Trek considering the decades it has been around, I didn’t really enjoy this. It is too much of a ‘high school drama’. A lot of the story is set in a posh school with the obligatory elements of not getting along with her fellow students and balancing classes.
It is difficult to feel much sympathy for the lead character, her ‘plight’ being that of a spoilt little rich girl sulking because everything isn’t exactly as she wants it. The author goes to great lengths to entice the reader to emphasise. But in essence many of Tilly’s problems in the story are of her own doing. Yes, she does have an overbearing parent, but she also has another very understanding parent and supportive grandparents. She is also quite irritating, but then I found the character irritating for the bulk of Discovery’s first season. She is a lot more interesting in the second series.
The ‘trials’ she must overcome in her adventure aren’t really that much of a challenge. Although she copes admirably, she also receives a massive amount of luck and this period is only for a couple of weeks. This is a shame because this is also the best section of the book. The novel probably would have benefitted from having Tilly coping on her own for a much longer. It would have given more weight to her personal development. However, a lot of her growth as a person takes place onscreen so this novel is limited with how far it can go developing the character.
The novel doesn’t really add anything to the programme. However, it is an unusual approach to Star Trek and if you want to read a teenage school type drama in that universe and /or a big fan of Tilly this is certainly written well enough to satisfy that.
Its about a teenaged girl's relationship with her overbearing mother. [Or Smother, as such a woman is galled in the Goldbergs] It is a pre-season one set up for Cadet Tilly in Star Trek Discovery, but it is actually much more than that, it's another Una McCormack novel who weaves her own magic in the Star Trek universe.
Would love to see some other journeys of younger characters; I'm sure Michael's history would be a great counterpoint to the ordinary extraordinary that Fully went through.