- Series: Star Trek: Discovery (Book 3)
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 150116659X
- ISBN-13: 978-1501166594
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
James Swallow is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author and BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, the only British writer to have worked on a Star Trek TV series. His Star Trek fiction includes The Latter Fire, Sight Unseen, The Poisoned Chalice, Cast No Shadow, Synthesis, Day of the Vipers, The Stuff of Dreams, Myriad Universes: Seeds of Dissent, and short stories in Seven Deadly Sins, Shards and Shadows, The Sky’s The Limit, and Distant Shores. His other work includes the Marc Dane thriller series and tales from the worlds of 24, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Halo, Warhammer 40,000, and more. He lives and works in London.
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First of all, the show is so new, it's difficult to create additional fiction without potentially resulting in inconsistent canon in years to come.
Second of all, the author of this novel missed a prime opportunity to fully explore Saru and the Kelpien mythology. In his defense, the series is so new that it may be too soon to address this because in years to come perhaps we will learn more about the Kelpiens. But if the author was given license to write a book at all, he should have gone the mile to create the Kelpien mythology to his own liking. If it was inconsistent with what is displayed in the series in later years, so what? It would have made for a more interesting book. And I, for one, find the Kelpien prey - predator concept to be one of the more interesting concepts in recent Star Trek memory.
Third of all, the book contains a large amount of interaction with the Tholians, and in the Original Series, it seems like they were not well known. Given what was mentioned in this book, and how much fighting went on, how could this alien species not be known in TOS?
Fourth of all, there was way too much time spent on describing fight scenes between the Tholians, the Peliars/Gorlans, and the Shenzou. While it may have been appropriate for the book, it was hard to get through without seeing it on a screen of some sort.
Finally, the aliens were not developed well enough for me. If the Peliars agreed to resettle the Gorlans, why was it to a dustbowl planet? I don't think that was every answered. And the 'hub' was somewhat mysterious, even when it was described in the book.
Overall, it was not a bad read, but it could have been so much more.
But, for all that it lacks, it is still a well-written and enjoyable story, true to Star Trek, and exploring an interesting character. It just didn't live up to my, admittedly high, expectations.
The battle scenes were quite invo!ved, but necessary to the storyline as the Thollians .came into the picture.
I didn't like this book as much as the previous books, but see its value in the developing Discovery world. I fully recommend this book to al! interested in the developing Discovery storyline and anyone aware of Star Trek lore. Great read! Thanks for another look into a rapidly growing new venue!!
“Fear Itself” is the third DISCO novel and like the first one it is a prequel adventure about the crew of the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Lieutenant Saru is the main focus of this story. I am sure that the author is limited in the amount he can explore the character because the show is still defining Saru. James Swallow overcomes his limitations and provides great insight into the character. He also shows a great understanding of Captain Philippa Georgiou and Michael Burnham.
The plot is pure Trek with the Tholian Assembly as the main antagonist. I really enjoyed this story and hope we get more novels about the crew of the U.S.S. Shenzhou.
BTW if you don't like me calling Star Trek Discovery STD I'll stop once Star Trek Discovery feels like I'm watching Star Trek and not Battlestar Galactica or The Expanse. Until then it's STD.