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Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy Paperback – March 2, 2013
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1476738874
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476738871
- Paperback : 384 pages
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Pocket Books/Star Trek (March 2, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story picks up around three years after the final episode of the Voyager TV series. Following the events of the franchise shaking Destiny trilogy, the story picks up with the Federation launching Voyager on a return mission to the Delta Quadrant to confirm that the Borg are truly gone.
The story serves multiple purposes, the biggest of which is to bring the crew of the show back together. The book also introduces a new primary story arc with Voyager's return to the Delta Quadrant as part of a nine ship exploration fleet. Using the new quantum slipstream propulsion system they are able to cross the galaxy in the time it would take to perform a normal mission using warp drive.
Unworthy features three primary plotlines, each of which is very interesting in concept. The first plotline is Seven of Nine having to cope with no longer being Borg, a result of the Destiny trilogy. The second plotline involves Voyager discovering a less advanced civilization that worships the Borg like gods. The third plotline is a secret saboteur whose presence threatens the safety of the fleet.
Each of these plotlines sounds intriguing in concept, but rather than building off of each other to tell a more compelling story they instead compete for your attention, reducing the books overall cohesion. I personally feel that the story would have benefited from cutting or delaying one of these plotlines to give the other two plots more room to be explored.
On the character front it is a mixed bag, with some characters coming out better than others. With eight new ships being added to the mix an influx of new characters was to be expected, however at this early point their roles and characterizations are a bit brief. Most of the returning cast is portrayed convincingly and in character, although it is clear they had some issues with a few characters. It seems that even in the novels the writers still struggle to find a role for poor Harry Kim (the man who remained an Ensign for the entire seven season run of Voyager). I was most disappointed in the portrayal of Torres, as the author felt the need to promote her skills by making those around her look incompetent.
On an issue of personal preference I also found myself cringing a little at the portrayal of the quantum slipstream technology. I had read the Typhon Pact miniseries before jumping into this book, which portrayed the technology a little differently than Unworthy does. In Unworthy it is treated like something that any ship can easily be equipped to use, whereas in the Typhon Pact entire ships had to be specifically designed from the ground up to use it. There is a very jarring difference in the tone and level of sophistication shown towards the technology between the books. This is primarily a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, as these books were written by different authors around the same time.
Alongside these issues of pacing and consistency, I also noticed multiple spelling mistakes and poor grammar scattered around the book. Combined they have left me wondering about the quality of the books editing. Overall the concept held a lot of promise, but the execution sadly just wasn't up to par with this offering.
I started to like Captain Eden and Counsellor Cambridge. I am eager to find out what happens next with them and the other crew(s) members. I am glad Captain Chakotay is back and so is B'Elanna. I think she is the best engineer in all Star Trek series: innovative and resourceful, with a difficult personality.
The new characters are OK, I am looking forward to see where the author takes them.
And I want Janeway back! :-D
This is a good one and does much to setup the future series
Easy to read and we'll written. Action Drama and Adventure awaits in a tale to setup further tales..... and resolve past books... wherein our Voyager crew split up post Destiny.
I enjoyed this bridging tale to put our crew staunchly in the Delta Quadrant against a new set of foes.
Yet the spirit of being a great Starfleet Captain is a role that shines through in this novel with Captain Eden. I really wish we could have seen her in t v. Rachel Barrett of Enterprise C is what I imagine with Eden. But she is a great character.
Engage the Delta Quadrant again. But be sure to start with Full Circle to get Star Trek Unworthy's its impact. It's best to have read Destiny as this is definitely post Destiny.
I had the feel of the old Voyager. this one has challenges, and interesting aliens presenting both Voyager, and Seven, a whole new set of problems to address. Put it all together and I found one very interesting story.
There are some clever (if somewhat obvious) twists and turns in the novel's plot that kept me interested. I also liked that the story focused more on character than on science (I pretty much gloss over all the alien building--sorry). It was fun to see some familiar faces from the series, too! All in all, a very nice book.
I am glad to finally get to read a decent Voyager novel! Kudos to Beyer, and on to the next!
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Hald the characters have gone and those that remain are so out of character to what they were like in the series as to be hard to imagine any of this happening - and how does a race like the Borg get destroyed and the perpetrators, having done this, just disappear?? All very odd
If you have not watched and loved the TV series then you might enjoy this read but have to say that the 2 do not go together.
Enter Kirsten Beyer! The quality and imaginative skill of this writer is unquestioned, add to that a deep knowledge of the whole Star Trek genre and you have the base from which to create an entire new run of stories to entice and enthral fans.
Kirsten's grasp of the individual characters is excellently portrayed in every conversation and interaction they have with each other and with their surroundings. In my head, the voices of those characters I know so well, echoed accurately as I read, with every inflection and gesture precisely rendered, whilst any newcomer was described with just enough detail for me to create a picture, as every reader does, in order to make them real.
The storyline is eminently believable, displaying Kirstens' grasp of trek physics, and while being based primarily around two central characters, she doesn't ignore the rest of the crew as they come to terms with the peril In order to, eventually, overcome and carry on the adventure intact though a little wiser and older.
The book can be read as a stand alone Voyager story, and as such is excellent, but i'm certain fans will want to delve even deeper into Kirstens' brilliant imagination and read her other Voyager episodes, any one of which could or even should be made into a TV special or, in the light of recent Star Trek movie fever, a feature film where the entire series of books could be spun into a stunning slick spectacle of big screen magic!