Okay, so this book did something pretty clever. The standard Mean and Suspicious Starfleet Admiral cliche got turned on its head a bit here, and I liked it, and the reveal of just who was behind the Borgifying plot and the reasons for the conspirators’ involvement came early enough to be a bit of a twist, and yet also with enough grounding from the rest of the story to actually make sense.
When we left off in Book 1 of this post-series tale, the crew of Voyager was desperate to get their friends Seven of Nine, Icheb and the Doctor out of custody. The reason they are there eventually makes sense — they could have helped foil the plot, they had to be gotten out of the way — and their rescue is effected in a nice heistly way that is pretty fun and old school Trek adventure, as is the admittance of Data, on loan from the Enterprise, to their inner circle. (Hi, Data!)
The book moves along at a pretty fast clip — except for yet more Boring Klingon Ritual Stuff with B’Elanna, WHY DO YOU DO THIS, no one is interested in the Boring Klingon Ritual Stuff, especially when it has absolutely nothing to do with anything that is happening anywhere else — and it ends up being pretty satisfying, when it wraps up the story in a neat bow. An epilogue-style last chapter gives us what everyone gets up to following their single-handed saving of Earth from Borg infiltration (Tom and B’Elanna move to Boring Klingon Ritual Planet! The Doctor and Seven work at a think tank! Janeway and T’uvok — much absent from the action of the books, by the way, for no discernible reason — run a class together at the Academy! Icheb is dating one of the students who attacked him, because Icheb is an idiot! Chakotay gets given captaincy of a Starfleet ship, because sure, okay!) and there we have it. Closure.
I can’t say I loved these two books unreservedly. The crew of Voyager deserved better than Starfleet’s general disinterest and/or suspicion of them, and I don’t think it entirely tracks that they would be treated so shabbily because of the aftermath of war, no matter how devastating that war might have been. B’Elanna’s stupid side mission was stupid, and throwing in the hologram uprising (and the scenes of immersive punishment meted out to random humans, who are forced to act like holographic slaves — it’s all very “The Gamesters of Triskelion” from TOS) just added way too much to a mix that was already overflowing with capital-P Plot. But I read the books quickly, and compulsively, and desperately wanted to know what was going on, what was happening, and what everyone did next, and was pleasantly surprised more than once when I at last found out, so on the whole, they have to be considered successful additions to their universe.
They really were better than the final episodes of the series, anyway. Not that that is too difficult. The end of Voyager was one of the most disappointing series finales ever. Close to two decades on, I’m still bitter.
At least these books, for all their flaws, take away some of the sting.
TBR DAY 71: Star Trek: Voyager: Homecoming (Homecoming #2) by Christie Golden
GENRE: Science Fiction, Star Trek: Voyager, Media Tie-in
TIME ON THE TBR: ~2 years.
PURCHASED FROM: A second-hand shop.