- Series: Star Trek
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (February 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416524592
- ISBN-13: 978-1416524595
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mirror Universe: Glass Empires Paperback – February 20, 2007
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David Mack is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, and comic books. He resides in New York City.
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David Mack is an excellent author, and his writing style is probably the reason why I bumped up the rating one star. However, I personally think his comfort zone is writing stories in situations he has the largest contributions in; such as the aforementioned S31, and not in one he just participates; such as MU. I imagine that the MU is fun to write in, since it's NEARLY a clean slate to do whatever you want with it, but there seemed to be no restraint in RLL.
With the exception of a few characters, almost none of the actions taken really mattered due to the near omniscience of Memory Omega. Their technology is awesome, but quite unbelievable; even in the ST universe. It's not even explained how MO came about their level of gadgets in this book... it's quickly glossed over in S31:D by stating they got it from other dimensions, which is a cop-out IMHO. Also, while the MU is a different dimension, it's still a 'near universe', which is why recognizable people are in roughly the same place at the same time. Considering that, it's jarring to see Vulcans suddenly able to perform extreme telepathic feats on par with comic book characters. They've always had parapsychological abilities, but nowhere near the level depicted here.
There were a few small nitpicks that irked me as well: on several occasions hand weapons were referred to as "blasters." Every weapon in Trek is either a phaser or disruptor; blaster is a Star Wars term (that's pretty eye-rolling, I know, but it's true). There were several spelling/grammar errors throughout the book, which often ruined the pace of the scene for me. While somewhat common in the MU, I just couldn't picture some of the characters in their roles; namely Keiko and Neelix. Since I haven't read the MU books that preceded this one, the character Calhoun was new to me. Perhaps that's the reason why I thought Calhoun, and his telepathic link to a person physically connected to his ship, to be out of place, and more than a little ridiculous. Finally, the conclusion of the book took place at least four chapters before the book actually ended. While there were a few nice moments in those last few chapters, they were entirely unnecessary for an already overly-long novel.
Looking at the rating and comparing it to the review appears to be a bit inconsistent, but if you've read other books in the Mirror Universe series, I'd recommend picking this one up as well. It's gritty, provides decent character arcs for a few people, and introduces some incredible technology/locales. I felt it could've been edited more, and not lose anything important, but it was often difficult to put down, which is obviously a good thing. It was more enjoyable than S31: Disavowed IMO, and a fine conclusion to a series I didn't even read.
If you enjoyed Mack's Destiny trilogy, you can rest easy that his magnificent storytelling is running full-steam. He juggles a long list of characters and groups, but you never feel like he's short-changing any of them. Plenty of lesser characters even get their own arcs in the book, like Kes, Troi, Ezri, and Keiko. The plot moves quickly and unpredictably, but each new development makes complete sense.
One thing Mack doesn't do is to use the Mirror Universe as an excuse to have familiar characters chewing the scenery as evil versions of their prime universe counterparts. This is a big problem with the DS9 episodes especially, where you got the feeling the writers just wanted to give the actors something fun to do.
But really, the best part about this book is that it's a story of humanity earning the paradise that's taken for granted in prime universe Star Trek stories. Star Trek has always been about hope that mankind can overcome its selfishness and prejudices, but we've never really gotten the journey, just the endpoint. By the end of Rise Like Lions, you really get the feeling that paradise is earned through self-sacrifice and the courage to be better than what we are.