I had heard of this series long ago and always wanted to give it a shot, but I could never find the first one. I finally got my hands on the first fouI had heard of this series long ago and always wanted to give it a shot, but I could never find the first one. I finally got my hands on the first four original books, and I'm glad I did.
I really like the backstory for the characters and how it's presented. I find myself drawn to the characters and excited about what's to come.
I only have two gripes about the book.
First is the representation of the canon characters of Picard and Riker. While the essence of those characters is intact, they say things in ways that those characters would not. While they were familiar, they weren't quite right.
Second is the handling of POV and narration. At times the book is 3rd person limited, and then haphazardly shifts to 3rd person omniscient, which threw me out of the story a few times. I am almost exclusively a fan of 3rd person limited, but can appreciate an omniscient narrator when it's consistent. Almost every single scene where viewpoints switch would have been much better served staying in limited 3rd.
The most glaring example is in meeting with Riker, Picard, Jellico, Nechayev, and the alien representatives. The scene begins almost exclusively with Riker, but then reveals too much inner thought of the other characters that at certain points I wasn't sure who was thinking what.
Despite the flaws, the story was fantastic and I can't wait to continue the story!...more
**spoiler alert** The story is good, but there were too many instances where the characters acted out of character.
Dr. Crusher wouldn't say "What's up**spoiler alert** The story is good, but there were too many instances where the characters acted out of character.
Dr. Crusher wouldn't say "What's up?"
Riker doesn't give speeches every time he talks to subordinates.
I wish they had messed with Picard, but he was pretty spot on.
Also, with as short as the book is, there were far too many viewpoints, and they would either get lost in the plot, or forgotten about altogether. Christine Vale is one who had several early POVs, but after about the halfway mark she only appears once more. Also introducing the villain's viewpoint at nearly the last quarter of the book was annoying.
Now, I know this book is part of a much larger series, but would it have killed them to have a complete beginning, middle, and end? The ending was not satisfying at all.
As far as the story goes, awesome. I'm really interested in the Dokaalan, and the efforts to sabotage their work. I also love the idea of following up on the previous two books in the series with an accidental important mission. If you've read the first two in the series, you know what I'm talking about.
All in all, if they had focused more on character arc, pacing and basic novel organization, this would have been a much better book, one that really calls back to the best of TNG....more
The story was interesting enough, but it felt like it was an excuse to make a graphic novel. the artwork was ok, but could have been better at some paThe story was interesting enough, but it felt like it was an excuse to make a graphic novel. the artwork was ok, but could have been better at some parts. I would only recommend this for fans of the games. ...more