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(Star Trek Voyager: String Theory #2)

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As the Cosmos Unravels
The disruption in the space-time continuum caused by the creation of the "Blue Eye" singularity continues: Thread by thread, the fabric slowly frays and peels away, breaking down barriers between dimensions. As the lines between realities blur, the consequences cascade.
A Sleeping City Awakes
Voyager pursues Tuvok to a long-dormant space station, a
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Pocket Books (first published 2005)
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Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The String Theory trilogy continues!

This is the second book in a trilogy titled “String Theory”, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of “Star Trek: Voyager” (in 2005), each book written by a different author. The whole story is set after events of the TV Fourth Season Finale (“Hope and Fear”) but before the events of the TV Fifth Season Premiere (“Night”) of the original run of the “Star Trek” Spin-off TV series.


Just when Captain Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the USS V
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Sring Theory trilogy series. Think of Fusion more along the lines of a spooky ghost ship mystery than a traditional Star Trek novel. Tuvok is drawn to a wonderous, yet abandoned space station using telepathy, Voyager's crew is in persuit. However, this station bears a similarity to the Caretaker array that brought Voyager into the Delta Quadrant. Given what the Caretaker and his people can do, this could be both a blessing or a curse. The station is tremendously po ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't always know what was going on, plot-wise, but I enjoyed the book anyway. After the first few chapters, when it was really difficult to picture the aliens' culture and appearances and location, I couldn't put the book down. I remember getting through String Theory, #1 much faster though. I think that's because the author of #2 made word choices that left the text a bit more dense. There were longer descriptions and more involved explanations for events, which I don't think were either sa ...more
Harry Hol
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very enjoyable and suspenseful Star Trek: Voyager book, even more so than the first part.

After commander Tuvok leaves Voyager without authorization, the crew ties to catch up with his shuttlecraft. The chase leads to an advanced space station, orbiting a singularity.

There's a familiar 'abandoned spooky space station' theme to it all, with some pretty tense moments and fun ideas.

Even though it's more than clear that every main character will survive (this series of books is set between
Levy Mclaurin
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book I thought was really good. It definitely kind of brought all the elements together as far as better understand of the story and looking forward to the third and although I have it I’ll probably read something else in between.
Tim Balasa
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Decent book. Some parts were difficult to follow due to the nature of the aliens involved.
This is the second book in the String Theory trilogy.

Voyager is docked at an ancient space station. Tuvok finds himself the recipient of a mysterious summons coming from somewhere on the array. He abandons his post and shuttles over in order to answer the call. He finds himself caught up in a sub dimensional age old war that answers some of the questions about The Caretaker and the Ocampa.

On board Voyager a mysterious force deceives almost everyone into thinking Janeway's sister is a member of
2.75 stars.

I dunno how I feel about this book in the String Theory series. It's not bad, but it's not that great either. On the one hand, we get to learn more about the Array and the beings behind it. On the other hand, it was really slow and a little bit beyond the expectations of Voyager's reality. I think the word I'm looking for is "ethereal," like in a divine sense. Sadly, eleven days later, I can barely recall everything from this book.

But. Huge but.

I did like the progression of Tuvok's si
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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Not bad, for a book with no beginning and no end. This book suffers from a common ailment of books that are "Book 2 of a trilogy". It starts where the previous book left off, so if you haven't read the previous book, you are denied the satisfaction of seeing the beginning of the story, and it also lacks a satisfactory ending. This one at least leaves off at a more satisfactory place than the first book of the series did, but that isn't saying much. Obviously, if you've chosen to read this series ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After a Jeffrey Long’s excellent but quite standalone opening “Cohesion” the “String Theory” saga really takes off with all the epic mythology the first volume only hinted at. Kirsten beyer’s first professional novel “Fusion” is like a symphony flowing the beautiful oboe solo that was “Cohesion”.

Beyer gets the characters just right and manages to hold an impressively ambitious plot together perfectly. All the elements- mystical, psychological, societal, scientific- might easily lead into a chaot
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This is book two of a 3-book series and it was much harder to get into than the first one. It was really slow going at the beginning of the book but there were parts that moved more quickly which made it easier. At the end of book 1 Tuvok had left the ship so book 2 was the effort to find him and try to keep him alive. IMO it could have been done with much fewer pages. By the end of the book Janeway is near death and Paris, Kim and The Doctor are missing so it will be interesting to find out jus ...more
Jun 30, 2011 added it
2.5* It was nice to be in the ST:V world, and this book was better written than the first one in the trilogy... but it meandered, used manner adverbs abundantly (sic), and wasn't representative of the greatest smoothness in prose. The plot was intriguing in that I wondered how the 2nd book would build from the first... though the many parts could have been cut to delve more into certain places. Some of the best Star Trek work ever has been done when characters are trapped / have limited access, ...more
Denise Link
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I must admit that I didn't read the first in this series, and it has been years since I watched a Voyager episode, so I was a little lost. Even with that caveat, this book seemed harder to read than necessary. I'm usually a big fan of the complex sentence, but somehow these were cumbersome. And I would just start to find my footing when the scene would jump to a different character. I kept trying to figure out what was building on existing mythology and what was being created. Still: Star Trek. ...more
The array is filled with strange creatures. Tuvok is becoming another creature. A caretaker like being is messing about with Janeways mind. It's a clever story, and its nice to learn more about the caretakers race. It is mainly Janeway's story looking at her past and her relationship with her family. Neelix is also given time to shine too. Warning, it does end on a cliffhanger. A good read.
Sean Randall
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first of these but this descended a little beneath what I consider truly enjoyable trek, a combination of a rather silly ineffable species and Q never makes sense. Still, we'll see where it goes.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Not quite as good as book one in the trilogy. I got so bogged down in trying to understand the reasoning behind the story in this one that it got a little dry and irritating at times. That being said, it wasn't BAD either. So-so.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tohle mě opravdu bavilo. :-)
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was kind of weird but it got better by the end. It wasn't as good as the first one though.
Christina Farr-Thompson
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites!
Heather Mac
Not too bad. Only a minor suck for post-Endgame publishing.
Andy Butturini
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Could not put it down, lost a whole day. Excellent writing and easy to understand subject matter. Left myself at a few cliffhangers just so I could think about what was next
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