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Ist die Voyager nur nach Hause gekommen, um das Ende der Menschheit mitzuerleben?

Als auf der Erde eine unaufhaltsame Borg-Seuche ausbricht, wird der gerade erst zurückgekehrten Mannschaft des Raumschiffes Voyager die Schuld gegeben. Waren es Kathryn Janeway und ihre Mannschaft, die diese heimtückische Infektion ahnungslos mit sich nach Hause brachten? Viele in der Sternenflotte denken so, und auf Seven of Nine fällt der Verdacht besonders.
Nun muss Admiral Janeway, mit ein wenig Hilfe des Raumschiffes Enterprise, ihre Mannschaft in einem letzten verzweifelten Versuch wieder zusammenführen, um die wahre Quelle der Seuche zu finden und die Erde selbst zu retten, bevor sie in ein unersättliches neues Borg-Kollektiv assimiliert wird.
Doch die Zeit läuft ab.

260 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published July 1, 2003

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Christie Golden

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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

2009 will see no fewer than three novels published. First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel, Athas: Rise of the Lich King. This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover. Fans of the young paladin who fell so far from grace will get to read his definitive story.

In June, Golden’s first Star Wars novel, also a hardcover, sees print. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi—Omen is the second in a nine-book series she is co-authoring with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning. Also in June comes the conclusion of Golden’s StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga with the release of Twlight, the third book in the series. The first two are Firstborn and Shadow Hunters.

2004 saw the launch of an original fantasy series called The Final Dance, from LUNA Books. The first novel in the series, On Fire's Wings, was published in July of that year. The second, In Stone’s Clasp , came out in September of 2005. With In Stone’s Clasp, Golden won the Colorado Author’s League Top Hand Award for Best Genre Novel for the second time. The third book, Under Sea’s Shadow, is available only as an e-book

Golden is also the author of two original fantasy novels from Ace Books, King's Man and Thief and Instrument of Fate, which made the 1996 Nebula Preliminary Ballot. Under the pen name of Jadrien Bell, she wrote a historical fantasy thriller entitled A.D. 999, which won the Colorado Author's League Top Hand Award for Best Genre Novel of 1999.

Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists , which introduced elven vampire Jander Sunstar. Golden followed up Vampire with Dance of the Dead and The Enemy Within . In September of 2006, fifteen years to the month, The Ravenloft Covenant: Vampire of the Mists enabled Jander Sunstar to reach a whole new audience.

Other projects include a slew of Star Trek novels, among them The Murdered Sun , Marooned , and Seven of Nine , and "The Dark Matters Trilogy," Cloak and Dagger , Ghost Dance and Shadow of Heaven .

The Voyager novel relaunch, which includes Homecoming and The Farther Shore , were bestsellers and were the fastest-selling Trek novels of 2003. Golden continued writing VOYAGER novels even though the show went off the air, and enjoyed exploring the creative freedom that gave her in the two-parter called Spirit Walk, which includes Old Wounds and Enemy of my Enemy .

Golden has also written the novelization of Steven Spielberg's Invasion America and an original "prequel," On The Run , both of which received high praise from producer Harve Bennett. On The Run, a combination medical thriller and science fiction adventure, even prompted Bennett to invite Golden to assist in crafting the second season of the show, if it was renewed.

Golden lives in Loveland, Colorado, with her artist husband and their two cats.

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Profile Image for David.
2,550 reviews81 followers
June 21, 2019
An excellent finale to the first story of Voyager's crew upon returning to Earth. Really loved this one. And it's plain to see why it's a so well regarded ST novel. Gives ST: Voyager fans everything they could want in a sequel to the widely-beloved TV series.
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719 reviews9 followers
June 5, 2013
I was pretty neutral about the first book and I was hoping that this one would improve. Sadly it went in the wrong direction. By the time I was done I was pretty disappointed in this entire series. Many of the crew hardly get any scenes, instead Libby Webber and a kidnapped starfleet officer get more time than they do. Again the multiple plot lines result in a lack of cohesion. B’lanna’s storyline is not really resolved and I found myself thinking what was the point of this again and why was it so urgent? For the other two major plotlines, the doctor and the borg plague, there were major developments that just fell out of the sky. Instead of feeling like a clever idea it just felt cobbled together to make the story work.
Profile Image for Chris.
612 reviews6 followers
November 18, 2020
This caps off Voyager's return to Earth and really gives the reader a sense of closure the show didn't provide.

There are three main plot points, the first being a secret attempt to create a new Borg Queen by some damaged individuals, the emergence of the fight for holographic rights and B'Elanna's quest to find her mother.

It's very Star Trekky to have multiple story threads that don't necessarily overlap. B'Elanna's quest is very much the kind of story you'd see in one of the episodes, so it's nice to give her character some development even if it doesn't connect with the rest of the plot threads.

The argument that holograms could be considered sentient beings is also something that takes its inspiration from several episodes of Voyager and The Next Generation, but the storyline kind of peters out as the book focuses on the threat of the Borg. I wonder if it's a thread that will be picked up in later books.

I like the attempt at explaining why a human in the 24th Century would want to create their own collective of Borg on Earth, I'm not sure I entirely buy it. I understand the person responsible was damaged due to abuse as a child, but it's still takes some suspension of disbelief, at least for me.

Overall these two novels are a nice re-introduction to Star Trek: Voyager and set up potential new adventures for the characters.
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Author 4 books64 followers
January 6, 2016
Star Trek Voyager: The Farther Shore by Christie Golden is the direct sequel to Homecoming, and together the two books form a duology. They are more like one longer book that was split in two, however, and neither of them stand alone. This review contains spoilers for Homecoming, and probably some for The Farther Shore, too, but I will put those under a spoiler shield thingy unless they are very minor.

This book made me pretty angry. There were two main elements which led to this. First, the prologue and a bunch of out-take type scenes in Homecoming featured extensive violent and sexual child abuse over many years of the victim's life. I had no idea where those scenes were going in the first book, so I largely filed them away in the "will probably be relevant later" draw. In The Farther Shore their purpose was revealed: the child abuse existed to motive the villain being a villain. There are so many things wrong with this, I don't even know where to start. Let's start with the obvious that most victims of domestic violence don't go on to pursue world domination. Also, while domestic violence is endemic in our society, it really seems like the sort of thing the Star Trek future should have largely dealt with and mostly eliminated. Certainly, I find it implausible that it continued for her entire childhood without the future having given her mother the tools to get herself and the child out of the situation. But more importantly, the whole being repeatedly raped as a child making someone a villain and turning into a literal monster is a very damaging trope. I was very annoyed to find it a pivotal plot element.

The other thing that really annoyed me was a bit of a spoiler, so it is under a spoiler shield.

Overall, there were minimal redeeming plot qualities but the rest of the book wasn't terrible. The hologram revolt sort of fizzled out and the Borg threat was, predictably, stopped by our main characters. The characterisation was all right, but the characters weren't exactly put in optimal situations. Even the well-meaning but mislead character who kept standing in their way had an unsatisfactory about-turn. Libby, a new character who I liked in the first book, still played a pivotal role but did not get enough page time in the resolution. B'Ellana's story line was completely separate from the main elements of the plot. Although it wasn't bad, it really could have been removed without ruining anything. The only relevant part was that she was off elsewhere while Tom was with the other main characters. I assume it's purpose was to set up some future book, but, well, meh.

I have been a bit harsh, though. The first part of The Farther Shore wasn't too bad. Aside from the specific things I singled out above, only the ending was a bit disappointing. On the other hand, from about half-way through my desire to get through it so I could write an angry review, which I have now done, started to outweigh my desire to find out what happened next. The latter, however, is why I didn't just put it down. (Also because it's not that long.)

I don't particularly recommend this book to anyone. Which is unfortunate, because the previous book wasn't bad, but definitely doesn't stand alone. Part of me wants to know more of what happens to these characters, but I think it will be a while before I pick up another Voyager book, alas. (But my TBR rejoices at not having the competition.)

2.5 / 5 stars

You can read more of my reviews on my blog.
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126 reviews9 followers
September 4, 2016
This book is more of a 3 ½ stars for me. I think it's a really good book. It's full of suspense and a lot of exiting things going on, we have the characters we know and love from Voyager with Christie Golden doing an amazing job with the writing of them and then we also have the fact that some things in my opinion felt a little bit over the top.

To me this book felt a little like Star Trek meets a political action thriller with elements you might expect to have seen in perhaps Alias (I loved that TV series, by the way). There's the Borg threat that started to form in the previous book, and then there's Starfleet Intelligence with a secret spy and then we also have the former crew of Voyager sneaking around trying to save the day when everyone else is just blind to what really needs to be done. It was an exiting premise, albeit maybe not the most common one within Trek.

But I did like this, though. It kept me in my seat trying to figure out what was going on. And when I thought I had it, and that I knew who the woman we've read small glimpses about since the first book was and what her agenda was, I found out I was only partly right in my assumptions. I didn't quite see what was really coming, and I'm not kidding when I say that the truth shocked me in such a way so that I was literally sitting with my mouth hanging open in utter disbelief. I would say that this was what might have been, to me, a little bit too much to take in. Maybe. Perhaps. Maybe some of you get my drift here...

I did like having Data, the android from TNG, as part of the story. I like him a lot. And since I thought about him and his previous situation, in regard to the Doctor having rights even though he is a hologram, it felt even more rewarding to have him on board. And he's funny, too.

The Doctor appeared, and his face took on a soft expression. "My old stomping ground," he said fondly, as he looked around sickbay.

Data opened his mouth to inquire if the Doctor actually strode with deliberately heavy footfalls in his sickbay, then thought better of the question.

Although being a very serious and thrilling feeling kind of book, I laughed several times through it. In between the shocks and my mouth falling down to the floor, of course. Maybe this wasn't supposed to be funny even, but I still laughed. Out loud. Just listen to this part of a conversation between Janeway and Chakotay...

"Miss your chicks?"

She stared at him. "I beg your pardon?"

He smiled. "On Voyager, you often struck me like a mother hen protecting her chicks. They've grown up and, to use an old cliché, flown the coop."

She finished setting the table and he lit the candles. "Of course I miss my chicks," she said.

Before I finish this review I also want to say that I just liked the sub story with B'Elanna more and more in this book. I really feel that her experience here added to her as a character, and I really like that.

And the ending, the last few pages, that was just pure perfection to me. I just had to get that in here somewhere, too.
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202 reviews
September 22, 2017
One of my literary pet peevs is when a character has an internal monolog describing all their hopes, dreams, fears and/or how exactly they committed a crime. This book seemed like it had a page limit and the only way to conclude the book in time was to just infodump.

And what the hell was this whole hologram uprising thing? Half the book was dedicated to this plot and nothing comes of it.

The only way this is getting 2 stars is because I like Star Trek.
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297 reviews
December 20, 2017
We just finished bingeing on the ST Voyager series, so I had to read the 2 follow up books chronicling
the events following their return to Earth. They delivered great storylines well within the plot and character parameters of the series.

I’m an old time, staunch fan of Star Trek, and if you are as well you’ll enjoy these books.
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116 reviews7 followers
January 7, 2010
I found this book only marginally better than the first in the series, but still found the story rather unbelievable (even for the Star Trek universe). I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a die-hard Voyager fan (which I am), and even then I'd give a warning.
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233 reviews6 followers
February 9, 2021

Star Trek Voyager Homecoming and The Farther Shore present What Happens After The Journey

The story did not end after seven years when they finally got back home.

We knew that because it was logical, and because we saw Admiral Janeway in Star Trek Nemesis.

But what about the rest of the story.

That is where Star Trek Voyager Homecoming and Star Trek Voyager The Farther Shore come in. Both are paperback books, published in 2003 and 2003 respectively, and written by Christie Golden, a veteran novelist.

Now Star Trek is a television and movie franchise created in the 1960s by the late Gene Roddenberry, about humans exploring space. Voyager was the fifth show created, and deals with a starship lost in space.

Homecoming starts right after the Voyager series finale, called Endgame, a name which might sound familiar to Geeks. The shock of their return hits Voyager and Earth hard, especially after the Dominion War that occurred on Star Trek Deep Space Nine, and Starfleet is half empathetic and half business. At this point we have guest stars, and they all make sense, of Captain Picard and Counsellor Troi and Admiral Paris and Lieutenant Barclay, and some newbys as well.

The story shows the emotional and not always easy reunions of the Voyager crew and their loved ones. And we get surprises as well since seven years has happened to their family and friends. In some ways this first part of Homecoming also does some housecleaning on some of the subplots left over from the series.

For Voyager fans, this is probably the most favourite journey of the tale. Not everything is perfect and happy, but at least we get some closure the show denied us.

Nice and pleasant all this is, their is still a subplot itching to become the main plot, because we have to continue the story with further books. And very quickly this happens, as a new Borg threat hits the Earth. Before you get annoyed at it being the Borg yet again, this time it makes sense and is really scary.

Homecoming goes back and forth between the closure of their past and the threat in their future. Some of my favourite ongoing stories here is B’Elanna and Seven of Nine and The Doctor, with everything feeling dramatic and natural and touching. Meanwhile who the villain pulling the strings becomes fairly obvious fairly quickly. All this flows seamlessly together and really propels the story forward.

We of course get a cliffhanger at the end of Homecoming, and it is a darn good one, leading us right to the sequel The Farther Shore.

The Voyager crew are still in the midst of the Borg crisis, which started after they returned to Earth, which in stupid Starfleet logic means they are involved in a bad way. Complicating matters is another subplot from the television show and Homecoming dealing with Hologram rights, one that you can tell is going to be around way beyond these twin books. But besides the main threat of the Borg being concluded, for now because their is a thread that can be tugged one that can generate another story, we also get to the end of the excellent B’Elanna tale, that then evolves into the next stage of her journey.

One aspect of The Farther Shore goes very much into mature subject matter, but fans who really analyzed some of themes in Star Trek Voyager that were explored with Seven of Nine are already familiar with these difficult subjects. Snippets of this comes up in Homecoming, and are fully revealed here. Seven gives her unique perspective when she understands the true nature of what is going on, one that shows how far she has come as well. Everyone deals with PTSD in their own way, and it is interesting to see Seven espouse a human/Federation view of sympathy to a person who has committed a horrible crime because of pain.

My spideysense says Homecoming and The Farther Shore were meant to be a hardcover, but were split into these paperbacks, which is unfortunate. Multiple plot threads from the show, and several from these books, still linger at the end, which is why at the finale things are setup for more Voyager stories, with (Spoilers for 17 years ago) Captain Chakotay taking the ship back into the Delta Quadrant. Which sounds good to me.

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226 reviews7 followers
September 30, 2019
A slight improvement over 'Homecoming', but that's mostly because it gets on with and finishes the story. The whole things feels a bit rushed and that means there's very little character development (true to the spirit of the show, I guess). However, more time is spent on random characters rather than the main crew.

The entire Borg story line is fairly ridiculous and not given enough detail or context to make that much sense. Then there's the holographic uprising subplot which goes nowhere. I would have been far more interested in just seeing how the Voyager crew adapt to life back on Earth rather than having them immediately involved in uncovering a huge Starfleet conspiracy. The fact that it all stems from sexual abuse just makes it more unpleasant to read.

B'Elanna also gets a side quest which is more interesting that the rest of the book, but again not given enough space to really work well.
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312 reviews
November 7, 2018
While Homecoming was an interesting, if rushed beginning to this story, I felt that The Farther Shore squandered a lot of the story's potential. There are certainly a number of truly interesting ideas in this book, but none of them are taken in particularly satisfying directions. A lot of the actions of both the main characters and the antagonists feel like they don't follow up on the promise that the story initially had.

Full review: https://www.treklit.com/2018/11/TFS.html
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301 reviews6 followers
July 27, 2021
The exciting conclusion to the novel titled "Homecoming" which immediately preceeds this one. I am not surprised that there was a "badmiral" involved. I am surprised that despite the horrors of Wolf 359, and the Dominion War, that someone thought it was a good idea to become a Borg Queen and start assimilating earth... It just goes to show that people fail upward in life. As an aside, this was a good tie-in to the events of First Contact.
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Profile Image for Donna Demarest.
36 reviews
September 1, 2020
Well, I love everything Star Trek, but am so glad for the books following Voyager, after the series ended on TV. This book is a conclusion to the story line following Homecoming. I really enjoyed it, it stayed true to the characters of Voyager, and brought in other Star Trek characters, and kept my interest! The only negative, was some of the characters didn't have a complete closure, but that is perhaps for the next book!
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27 reviews2 followers
August 21, 2018
You really know how to make someone look forward to the next book, Christie. Thank you.
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398 reviews1 follower
September 14, 2017
I really liked the first book in this series; this one, alas, didn't quite stick the landing for me. It took me awhile to figure out exactly why, too, but I think it boils down to the fact that this was an enjoyable sci-fi book, and even an enjoyable Trek book -- but it was not a very enjoyable *Voyager* book, because much of the Voyager crew is hardly in it.

Which is a shame, because Golden's got a great ear for the Voyager crew characters and how they talk. In a world where tie-in novels often don't quite fully capture the characters' voices, this one had every character sounding wholly themselves. (This is particularly fun with the Doctor and Tom Paris, who have their own particular styles and cadences.) But that made it all the more frustrating to have two of our three main plotlines being headed up by non-Voyager characters.

Not that I didn't like the non-Voyager characters! Both Libby (who is from the original show, albeit only one episode) and Aiden Fletcher were fine viewpoint characters; I also liked the new Trill doctor a good bit, which is fortunate since we spend a lot of time with him. The main plot itself, of the Borg virus, was also quite a neat idea, to put it mildly.

But speaking of plot: I think there either needed to be a third book, or some plotlines needed to be snipped. The hologram uprising was kind of shunted to one side -- and this after a rather horrifying sequence in the holodeck with Fletcher that didn't feel like Trek at all. (Speaking of that scene: I didn't quite buy how quickly ).

The hologram uprising wasn't the only plotline to feel a bit short-shrifted.

... I'm being pretty critical here, and it probably sounds like I hardly liked this book at all. Not true; as a general read, it's probably more like three and a half stars. As a Voyager read, though, we're closer to two and a half. I love this crew so much, and I want so much to spend more time with them. There were some pretty neat ideas in this story, but the endings happened too fast. Character arcs had to resolve too quickly to wrap them up, and they needed more time to breathe. I still enjoyed much of the read; I just wish some things had been given more time -- and more Voyager crew to experience them.
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212 reviews18 followers
August 13, 2012
Such a let down from the first book. I really enjoyed "Homecoming", though it was far from perfect. This one was so disappointing because it lost most of the fun of the first in the series. I very rarely enjoy it when the bad guy's POV is given so much page-time, and this is no exception. This book also went from giving us the POVs of a few non-Voyager crew, to far too many, all jumbled together in one messy, lazy attempt at writing.

The plot was unbelievably predictable (more so, even, than most franchise continuing Sci-Fi books). There was not a single thing that happened in this book that I did not see coming almost from the very beginning of chapter 1.

I also despise it when an author takes over a well-established franchise and characters, and then proceeds to undo or ignore things that she maybe didn't like from the TV show or previous novels. I won't do spoilers here, but you get the distinct impression that there were certain aspects of the Series Finale that she was working hard to undermine. If you agree to continue the story, you should actually do so in all aspects of all the characters; if you run out of time, simply don't mention everything, but do not go out of your way to negate certain events from the well-liked TV show.
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68 reviews
May 24, 2012
In the end there is just too much competition for space to allow all three story lines: the Borg Virus, B'Lanna's Challenge and the Holo Rebellion, to develop and resolve themselves satisfactorily (like so many Berman era Trek episodes).

I'm still at a loss to understand why B'Lanna's wholly unrelated story line playing Clan of the Cave Bear on Boreth with her Mommy Dearest is even included here (let it be know I've never been able to take TNG era Klingons and their angsty Stone-Age cultural ethos the least bit serious.) when those pages could have been better served expanding upon the Brenna Covington character and thus avoiding her fate as yet another two-bit B-movie Trek villain bent on world domination who is readily dispatched in a hasty action-oriented climax.

The Holo Rebellion presented the more interesting story possibilities but is the least developed and most mishandled by Golden.

In the author's favor, however, is her ability to realize the Voyager crew in print as they came to be known on television.
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903 reviews
February 19, 2020
3.5 stars

This review is of both parts of Homecoming together. I definitely suggest reading them in immediate sequence; these are NOT stand-alones.

While they lack a few things I really really wanted to see (e.g. ), what we did get to see what a lot of fun. Libby was great. B'Elanna's adventure was moving on multiple levels. And the whole Borg plot was well-done.

There are lots of after-they-came-home fanfics out there for those of us who want elements that were not in these books. But this pair of "official" novels I not only enjoyed reading, they are well-written enough I expect I will re-read them more than once in the future.
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11 reviews
October 7, 2018
The Farther Shore wraps up the story from the previous Voyager novel Homecoming, it's a decent story but not quite as good as Homecoming was. My main issue was how two of the major subplots don't add very much to the story and end up not going anywhere. B'Elanna's search for her mother ends on a quite disappointing note, while the Doctor's holographic revolution storyline never really catches on and heavily features the perspectives of some not very interesting secondary characters who don't add much to the actual narrative with the Borg virus. As a wrapup to the storyline of Homecoming, The Farther Shore is fine but does feel like a somewhat missed opportunity.
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61 reviews1 follower
January 5, 2009
This book was not any better than the first. Christie Golden should be ashamed of herself. Such fanfic panderings.

The B'elanna story was outstanding through. It had so little to do with the rest of the plot that it could have and should have stood by itself. B'elanna and her mom: 5 stars. The rest of the book: 1 star.
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104 reviews2 followers
May 14, 2022
Scoll down for english.

Tar vid där ”Homecoming” slutade och vi får den rafflande upplösningen om sprider ett Borgvirus på jorden och stoppar det.
B’Elannas äventyr på jakt efter sin mor och genomförandet av ”Challenge of the Spirit” vet jag inte om jag riktigt får in i helhets historien… Det verkar vara en strikt karaktärsutvecklande intrig och bidrar inte mer till helheten än att resten av Voyagers kärntrupp får klara sig utan henne. Men B’Elannas inneboende konflikt mellan sina båda arv kan ju heller inte ignoreras, och kanske var idén lite att få saken ur världen och låta henne finna en balans mellan människan B’Elanna och klingonen B’Elanna.
Jag skall erkänna att jag anade redan mot slutet av förra boken att Covington var inblandad i Borgviruset på något vis och att hon försökte dölja det genom att försöka sätta dit Montgomery. Libby är en intressant karaktär att inkludera då hon både plockar upp förhållandet med Harry Kim igen och är involverad i underrättelsetjänsten ”Starfleet Inteligence”. Det ligger visserligen upplagt för en del trassel och spänningar som kan uppstå på grund av detta – men rätt använt så kan hon bli både en bra och intressant förstärkning till team Voyager.
Jag gillar också att vi får komma in under huden på skurken i fråga och få iaf en liten inblick till varför hon valt att göra som hon gör. Det skall också bli intressant om ”the Hand” (även om han uppenbarligen är död) kommer dyka upp någon mer stans eller om det bara var en bakgrundskaraktär för den här boken.
Överlag en bok lika bra och välskriven som den förra, susade bokstavligen igenom den’. Kommer definitivt läsa fler böcker i den här serien, det skall bli intressant att se om Chakotay verkligen förblir kapten över Voyager eller om Janeway som Kirk i TOS-filmerna tar över när de stora äventyren annalkas. Om än att jag kanske försöker läsa något mer emellan så jag inte snöar in totalt på dem.

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Picking up where "Homecoming" left off and we get the thrilling resolution to what spreads a Borg virus on Earth and stop it.
I don't know if I really understand B'Elanna's adventures in search of her mother and the participation of "Challenge of the Spirit"... It seems to be a strictly character-developing plot and contributes nothing more than the rest of Voyager's core squad gets to do without her. But B'Elanna's inherent conflict between her two legacies cannot be ignored either, and perhaps the idea was also to get the matter out of the world and let her find a balance between the human B'Elanna and the klingon B'Elanna.
I will admit that I suspected towards the end of the first book that Covington was involved in the Borg virus in some way and that she was trying to hide it by trying to frame Montgomery. Libby is an interesting character to include as she both picks up the relationship with Harry Kim again and is involved in the "Starfleet Inteligence" intelligence agency. It is certainly set up for some tangles and tensions that can arise because of this – but properly used, she can be both a good and interesting reinforcement to team Voyager.
I also like that we get to get under the skin of the villain in question and get a little insight into why she chose to do what she does. It will also be interesting if "the Hand" (although he is obviously dead) will appear somewhere else or if it was just a background character for this book.
Overall, a book as good and well-written as the last one and I literally cruised through it. I will absolutely read more books in this series; it will be interesting to see if Chakotay really remains captain of Voyager or if Janeway as Kirk in the TOS-movies takes over when the big adventures approach. Albeit that I might try to read something more in between so I don't totally get snowed in on them.
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706 reviews19 followers
June 12, 2017
Star Trek Voyager was my personal favorite series out of all of them, and I found both Part 1 and 2 of Homecoming to be the perfect ending to a less than perfect ending.

All your favorite characters are back (at least the ones that made it to Earth), plus a few more faces, make an appearance in this installment to Star Trek Voyager. A Borg virus is wreaking havoc on Earth, and only Janeway and her crew can save the day. Sound familiar? This would have made an excellent bonus 2-parter episode after the series ended, but obviously it's a little too late to do that (unless they make digital representations of these actors...now that would be something).

The plot moves along at a steady pace, although some characters' stories are a little less interesting. The B-story of this episode was B'Elanna doing some sort of journey in order to apparently finish off the Barge of the Dead episode from the series. In a sense, I guess it sort of redeems one of my least liked episodes, but only just barely. However, the connection of B'Elanna's story with the rest of the book is entirely lacking, and while this might work on tv, I would have liked to see a more cohesive connection in book format. The characters really lack any development, but that's okay because you literally have seven years worth of development. Right now, you just want to go on an adventure with them.

A fun read for any fan of Star Trek and, specifically, Star Trek Voyager.
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5 reviews
March 9, 2018
The final season of Voyager ended a little too abruptly for me. I loved all the story lines in the last few seasons and the characters had a lot going for them. But, the final two parter, while it got the Voyager crew back to the Alpha Quadrant, didn’t quite tie up all the loose ends. Specifically, regarding the anxiety held by the doctor, the members of the maquis, and seven of nine about returning to the Alpha Quadrant. And, while it makes sense for Star Trek, a show about boldly exploring, to end when the exploration is finished, sometimes the characters arcs don’t get a real sense of closure.

Christie Golden brilliantly weaves these characters into the post-war world that the plot of Deep Space Nine created. And, it gives Voyager more of an ending than the series did. The characters have to struggle to adapt to this new world, which gives them more depth and a sense of finality for their arcs.

I really only have two critiques. One is that “The Farther Shore” and “Homecoming” shouldn’t have been split into two books. They don’t tell different stories and they’re not that long. The only other thing is that B’lanna’s arc feels superfluous to the rest of the action. All the pov character’s chapters lead to the same place and build tension, but she’s on a different planet doing her own thing.

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the Klingon elements and I couldn’t put this one down. It gave me a real ending to Voyager that I was happy with.
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3,926 reviews80 followers
April 2, 2023
I really enjoyed this story! The crew of Voyager is back and the looming threat of Borg assimilation is a real one!

The characters are well developed for the most part; I particularly enjoyed how B'lanna's and her Mother interacted! I teared up at the end of their story and applaud B'lanna's decision to stay!

There are three main plot points, the first being a secret attempt to create a new Borg Queen by some damaged individuals, the emergence of the fight for holographic rights and B'Elanna's quest to find her mother.

I enjoyed the multiple story threads that don't necessarily overlap. B'Elanna's quest is very much the kind of story you'd see in one of the episodes, so it's nice to give her character some development even if it doesn't connect with the rest of the plot threads.

The argument that holograms should be considered sentient beings is also something that takes its inspiration from several episodes of Voyager and The Next Generation. I hope this will be explored more in forthcoming novels.

I have a question. Is Kim still an Ensign or has he been promoted? I can't recall; I mean he should have been!

My only criticism is that this book and The Homecoming are just too short! Ms. Golden needs to expand on the action in the book and give each character the time he or she deserves!

That being said, I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
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283 reviews
August 7, 2017
Most of the characterization was on (save, perhaps, for Tuvok), and the book continues the story from Homecoming right where it left off - but I think a little momentum was lost. B'Elanna Torres's story was good, but it could hardly have been more incongruous with the rest of the book. Voyager has been cursed with the ability to make even Borg stories lackluster in the past - and it carries that tradition on through this book. Also, the reader becomes keenly aware that television-friendly effects, like holograms assuming the forms of others, is a whole 'nother ball game in the written form. All in all, though, a cozy read. If you like Voyager, you'll like it. I do, in a guilty pleasure way, despite forever wondering when Harry Kim's character will start to develop. Maybe after another decade of stories or so :)
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72 reviews1 follower
December 12, 2020
This is the second book in a two-part series that starts right after the last episode of the show, Endgame. It is nice that this series is called Homecoming because it truly does feel like a homecoming for all of Voyager's crew. Book 2 is a nice addition & continuation of the stories of the crew of Voyager as they adapt to life on Earth after their absence of 7 years in the Delta Quadrant. Book 1 sets up a definite obstacle to those from Voyager & the inhabitants of Earth, while in Book 2 the crew slowly uncover the plot & work together to overcome the Threat. I really did enjoy the Homecoming storyline. It really felt like an extended two-part episode arc from the series & that is the feeling I was looking for in these books. All of the crew are left in new positions at the end of the two-part series & it will be exciting to see how their stories progress going forward.
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270 reviews3 followers
January 24, 2022
A captivating novel bringing political issues and technological advances together in one. Christie Golden does a fantastic job of portraying the beloved Voyager crew in written form while also introducing new characters to be fascinated by. The plot's action moves along at a reasonable pace, keeping the reader on edge wondering what awaits our heroes. The storylines regarding holographic individuals' rights and the emergence of the Borg virus on Earth was expertly woven together. However, B'Elanna's side story seemed out of place to me in relation to the rest of the novel; with this being the second book of a duology, perhaps her story relates to events there. Overall, I was quite satisfied with this story that takes place after the final season of Voyager and would recommend it to any fan of the series.
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199 reviews2 followers
April 24, 2018
3.5 stars.
I love Voyager more than your average fangirl, so I did enjoy reading this despite the major problems I had with it. The ending felt extremely rushed and while some parts of the B'Elanna story felt resolved, the conclusion was... out of character to me. Tom felt completely out of character in both books. As did most of the others except maybe Harry, Janeway, and the Doctor. Harry and Libby didn't really get the attention I had hoped for in the conclusion, especially since Libby was such a major player in both books. The hologram revolt didn't really resolve, so I'm not even sure why she included that side story at all other than to have an excuse to imprison the Doctor.

I definitely preferred the Dark Matters series over this duo.
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