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(Star Trek: Voyager #12)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When the sensors of the "U.S.S. Voyager" detect abundant
plant life on an unexplored planet, Captain Janeway leads an Away
Team in search of fresh food supplies. They find lavish gardens
inhabited by an enigmatic alien race that holds the gardens
sacred. The fragrent blossoms are beautiful, enticing -- and far
more dangerous than they appear. One by one, the Away Team begi
Mass Market Paperback, 279 pages
Published March 1997 by Pocket Books
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Once again this book takes place during the early seasons of Voyager. I think this takes place sometime after Parturition.

Once again the Crew is in need of food and stops at a likely looking planet. It is lush and full of edible plants. I will give the writer credit for at least giving the reader strong hints that this planet is 'not what it seems' instead of surprising us with seemingly nice aliens who turn out to be evil. Neelix has heard rumors and old stories about it but dismissed them. Gu
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, voyager
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chrysalis see Janeway and her band encountering a planet called Urrytha! :D They need food and supplies, which makes the planet look perfect, especially as Neelix knows the place! :D Initially the planet is presumed to be uninhabited but this turns out not to be the case! :D The locals are very much alive and well and preparing for what they call Ascension! :D Meanwhile Janeway, Tuvok and co have been sniffing the literal flowers and are starting to get space out! :D This set up the plot of the ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
A poor Star Trek book.

I had a few problems with this book.

Firstly, the premise is that Voyager needs food, again. This seems to be the idea in many of the voyager novels and it is not exactly a riveting plot idea.

Secondly, the book is only 279 pages, however in my opinion the book was at least 50 pages too long. I found a lot of chapters quite boring and it took a lot of willpower to continue reading this book.

Third, shut up Neelix. My god, he was never this annoying.

Fourth, I just didn’t li
Elizabeth Perez
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star_trek, own-it
So Voyager has to get supplies and lands on a planet with some strange readings.

Normally I don't care for the 'slow burn' type of star trek books but this one was pretty good because I got to learn more about the whole cast. I especially loved where Paris goes with his thoughts, he was just very relatable. Neelix was actually important and valued to some degree in this one, I wish I saw that more on the show.

If there are any cons I think it's just that the book was kind of slow and the aliens
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
This book was very difficult to get through. It was boring and the moments of tension were lost in confusion of what exactly was going on plus getting events replayed over and over from everyone's perspectives. I wanted to punch Neelix in the face as he was whining his whole way through the book over Kes. The characters were on point but it was just such a dumb story I didn't even care. I think the conflict of two different belief systems would have been something that would have fit better in t ...more
Sean Randall
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Voyager novels, especially those going off the Bible, have had some grammar issues. But this, penned by an otherwise successful writer, seems disproportionately awful. I probably should have stopped to find specific issue, but it was just yucky.
Joshua Palmatier
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Continuing my attempt to catch up on all of the Star Trek books I've bought but haven't gotten around to yet, just finished Chrysalyis. The basic premise is that Voyager is low on food and stops at a very earth-like planet to scrounge for some food. An away team beams down to the lush gardens riddled with ancient ruins after scanning the planet and finding no life--at least not what we expect as life. There is some kind of energy reading that comes across as a life-force, but it permeates the en ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
A reasonably interesting, well-written Star Trek book, this story's pacing was just a touch off. It seemed to me that it peaked a bit too soon, with the last 40 pages or so something of an anticlimax, if not uninteresting. It had an interesting basic concept, the conflict between the "religious beliefs" of alien species, and the misunderstandings that can occur when they come into conflict, and this concept was handled pretty well. My head tells me that I should give this story a fourth star; re ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This was just meh. The title kind of gave it away, the whole time I was just waiting for the butterfly aliens to hatch forth. It is such a solid example of me as a reader just being on the lookout, with a decent idea of what I would get ahead of time. It didn't do much to make it intriguing or great, and so it just gets an average mark. It is average and completely worthy of being skipped or skimmed.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Voyager needs food again, this is a common problem in the novels. They land on a planet with a religious group who are very strong in their beliefs. The plot really didn't do much for me, it was very predictable. The characterisations were ok, there was just not enough page turning moments for me. An ok read.
Patrick Satta
Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was the first Star Trek novel I ever read. It was terrible. I can even remember that character names were spelled wrong. It seemed like fan fiction with names changed to avoid copyright infringement.
Anja Braun
Oct 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
He still worried more about the affairs of others, & their opinions than he did about the state of his own spirit pg. 150

"Would it not be arrogant of U to believe your own to be the only possibilty in the universe?"Tuvok to Ban pg.214
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
A clever, psychedelic and surprising book with a truly nice, culturally relativistic angle.
Anne Thorpe
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not bad, characters pretty good story is interesting.
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