- Series: Star Trek: Voyager (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 501 pages
- Publisher: Star Trek (September 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671026267
- ISBN-13: 978-0671026264
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pathways (Star Trek: Voyager) Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, September 1, 1999
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An away team with all the main characters, except Captain Janeway and the EMH, is captured and imprisoned in a concentration camp. They have little to do, and one of the ways they occupy their time is to tell the stories of their lives before they became part of Voyager. Though the concentration-camp sequences form the primary storyline, most of the book's content is composed of the secondary storylines--the flashbacks of pre-Voyager days. That is fortunate because the primary storyline has unconvincing aspects. But the flashbacks are excellent. Thus, my five-star rating.
A few years ago I watched every Star Trek Voyager episode, giving me firm understandings of the characters. This enhanced my appreciation of PATHWAYS; yet I'm unsure if it was necessary. Even if you have never seen the TV show, the flashback stories make for good, clean science fiction. They immerse the reader in futuristic life on Earth, on other planets, and in outer space. It is not action-bloated space opera, though action and danger arise intermittently.
Jeri Taylor, the author, was a co-creator and executive producer of the TV show. During the months that I viewed it, the characters became more family to me than my real blood relations. PATHWAYS rekindled that feeling, bringing the characters back to life. I know this is franchise literature, but it was a darn good read.
I kept asking myself, "Is that right? That doesn't seem consistent with the series." Many other reviewers have already mentioned some of these, such as details in Tom Paris' life, Klingon honor, etc.
The plot problem is that the string of stories is very weakly held together. It is very clear that the plot is only an excuse to put these character histories together in one novel. There should have been more plot development to make us believe that they shared their stories for a reason, or the book should simply have been turned into a collection of short stories.
I was also disappointed that each story ended at the beginning of the Voyager adventure, with little connection to how they thought/felt about their lives since that point. My final gripe is that it was not believable that Tom Paris had previously served under Chakotay in the Maquis. It is already too much of a coincidence that Tuvok was connected to both crews.
In summary, I think that the book is worth reading, but hard-core STV fans will find the book's problems frustrating.
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The Voyager crew are separated from the ship and captured by an alien race. The crew are placed in a prison camp full of various races.Read more