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"YOU WERE TOLD NOT TO RETURN TO OUR SPACE." Little is known about the Children of the Storm — one of the most unique and potentially dangerous species the Federation has ever encountered. Non-corporeal and traveling through space in vessels apparently propelled by thought alone, the Children of the Storm at one time managed to destroy thousands of Borg ships without firing "YOU WERE TOLD NOT TO RETURN TO OUR SPACE." Little is known about the Children of the Storm — one of the most unique and potentially dangerous species the Federation has ever encountered. Non-corporeal and traveling through space in vessels apparently propelled by thought alone, the Children of the Storm at one time managed to destroy thousands of Borg ships without firing a single conventional weapon. Now in its current mission to the Delta Quadrant, Captain Chakotay and Fleet Commander Afsarah Eden must unravel why three Federation starships — the U.S.S. Quirinal, Planck, and Demeter — have suddenly been targeted without provocation and with extreme prejudice by the powerful Children of the Storm... with thousands of Starfleet lives at stake from an enemy that the Federation can only begin to comprehend...


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"YOU WERE TOLD NOT TO RETURN TO OUR SPACE." Little is known about the Children of the Storm — one of the most unique and potentially dangerous species the Federation has ever encountered. Non-corporeal and traveling through space in vessels apparently propelled by thought alone, the Children of the Storm at one time managed to destroy thousands of Borg ships without firing "YOU WERE TOLD NOT TO RETURN TO OUR SPACE." Little is known about the Children of the Storm — one of the most unique and potentially dangerous species the Federation has ever encountered. Non-corporeal and traveling through space in vessels apparently propelled by thought alone, the Children of the Storm at one time managed to destroy thousands of Borg ships without firing a single conventional weapon. Now in its current mission to the Delta Quadrant, Captain Chakotay and Fleet Commander Afsarah Eden must unravel why three Federation starships — the U.S.S. Quirinal, Planck, and Demeter — have suddenly been targeted without provocation and with extreme prejudice by the powerful Children of the Storm... with thousands of Starfleet lives at stake from an enemy that the Federation can only begin to comprehend...

30 review for Children of the Storm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    As I continue to enjoy these utterly amazing relaunch novels by Kirsten Beyer I feel privileged to do so. To me, Star Trek: Voyager means a lot, and to get a continuation of the story is so appreciated. The main story in this particular book is an interesting one where we get to experience the species calling themselves Children of the Storm. This species is like nothing I've even heard about previous to reading this book which in itself makes for an interesting read in getting to know a new spec As I continue to enjoy these utterly amazing relaunch novels by Kirsten Beyer I feel privileged to do so. To me, Star Trek: Voyager means a lot, and to get a continuation of the story is so appreciated. The main story in this particular book is an interesting one where we get to experience the species calling themselves Children of the Storm. This species is like nothing I've even heard about previous to reading this book which in itself makes for an interesting read in getting to know a new species and what they are all about. Added to this we also get a bunch of new characters to get acquainted with as the whole fleet that Voyager is included in gets a larger part. At first, I have to admit, this did create a minor confusion as to who was who and what to make of them. But, for me, this quickly settled as I think Beyer has this way in her writing that makes the characters stay with me. She creates a feeling within me for them and it's, in a way, almost like I'm right there with them. Farkas, Phinn and O'Donnell, to mention a few, are really good characters. They add something to the Star Trek universe as it's continuing to expand. Voyager's not as it was back when they were alone in the Delta Quadrant, and neither should it be. Although there is someone that I miss in this great adventure of exploration, the prospect of war, grief, strained relationships, hope and a mysterious past. And I'm not the only one who misses her... A sharp spasm caught in his side as he considered how much shorter his first trip to the Delta Quadrant would have been if they'd had a slipstream drive. Still, even with all of its difficulties, Chakotay knew now that he wouldn't have traded a minute of that journey. The memories he kept in his heart of the long days and nights forming some of the most meaningful relationships of his life with his crew and, of course, Kathryn, were tended as the treasures they truly were. On this night, he would have wished more than anything to see his former captain just a few steps ahead of him... Every time Kathryn Janeway's name is mentioned I love it. I take it to my heart. Even if it's just a few times. I miss her. This role model who never gave up and did everything humanly possible to get her crew back home. I'm glad she's not just dead and forgotten, but that her life made an impact on these people, as some of them are now continuing to make on me even in this book. The people who doesn't back down when they're told to do what they know in their hearts is wrong, the guy who saves his captain's life, the people who put themselves at risk for the good of the crew, the couple who makes it all go around with both family and careers... Star Trek has so much good in it. So much to learn from, look up to and enjoy. As always, I'm looking forward to continue on this epic journey in the next book, but I feel that I have to mention that the cover makes my heart dance. And also I look forward to learn more about Eden's past that we continue to get glimpses of every now and then. Had she not accepted this command, Starfleet might have recalled the entire fleet and Eden might have lost the chance forever to discover the truth about her own elusive past. Was that chance really all that had brought her to this moment, and more important, was it worth it?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    While an intriguing story, it's probably the weakest of Kirsten Beyer's additions to the Star Trek world. There's simply too many new characters being thrown at you from every direction. Who's on what ship and plotting with whom gets downright confusing. It seems like it's not really a Voyager story, so much as a generic Star Trek story that includes the Voyager crew. Not bad on its own, but if you're looking for adventures of your favorite characters, it's lacking here. While an intriguing story, it's probably the weakest of Kirsten Beyer's additions to the Star Trek world. There's simply too many new characters being thrown at you from every direction. Who's on what ship and plotting with whom gets downright confusing. It seems like it's not really a Voyager story, so much as a generic Star Trek story that includes the Voyager crew. Not bad on its own, but if you're looking for adventures of your favorite characters, it's lacking here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    As much as I loved Voyager. As much as I love to read. Without Captain Janeway, the entire 'feel' of the book is just off. The story was all right. The events and plot within the book itself were all right. But without Kathryn Janeway present, it simply did not feel right. A vital part of what made Voyager so attractive to me, a strong female Captain who was not perfect but who was willing to accept the repercussions of her choices and who stood up strong and tall to defend her ship and her crew.. T As much as I loved Voyager. As much as I love to read. Without Captain Janeway, the entire 'feel' of the book is just off. The story was all right. The events and plot within the book itself were all right. But without Kathryn Janeway present, it simply did not feel right. A vital part of what made Voyager so attractive to me, a strong female Captain who was not perfect but who was willing to accept the repercussions of her choices and who stood up strong and tall to defend her ship and her crew.. THAT was the heart of the show. The books now without her.. Whats the point?

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Carter McKnight

    Sequel to Beyer's Unworthy, which I found delightfully clever structurally - which left me unprepared for the impact of this book. It's a shame this was a tie-in novel, as it'll go under-appreciated. Both an excellent piece of real science fiction with *alien* aliens, a rarity these days, and a work of... the only term is grace. This is a series of nested musings on understanding the Other, both those labeled "alien," and nearest colleagues alike, in a spirit of acceptance and integrity that is s Sequel to Beyer's Unworthy, which I found delightfully clever structurally - which left me unprepared for the impact of this book. It's a shame this was a tie-in novel, as it'll go under-appreciated. Both an excellent piece of real science fiction with *alien* aliens, a rarity these days, and a work of... the only term is grace. This is a series of nested musings on understanding the Other, both those labeled "alien," and nearest colleagues alike, in a spirit of acceptance and integrity that is simply humbling, along with being deeply, passionately moving. A related theme of struggling with the balance between security and curiosity is particularly timely. Again Beyer undertakes something different structurally, that works after what I found to be a confusing start: she tells two parallel stories set two weeks apart but intertwining, one of a disaster in progress and one of the planning of a rescue. The structure allows her to subtly interweave her themes of security and acceptance while uniting them in the simultaneous resolutions. I can't wait for more of the new characters: the fleet commander recovering from an immense personal betrayal while seeking an understanding of her origins, the science vessel captain whose seeming diffidence masks deep compassion and a deft intellect, a pair of underachieving young officers who rose to a crisis but now have to manage daily responsibility, the aggressively Aspie counselor (!). They're much more fun than the legacy Voyager cast, which just underscores how much better this would have been as original fiction.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Srinivas

    This is my first Voyager book (all my other books are Enterprise / TOS books), and I really liked it. Voyager was the first trek series that I had seen 9back in my school days), and this book has brought back memories... but I might need to watch the series again(and read a few more books)to understand some of the nitty gritty details. Anyways, the dramatization and the fast story line keep you hooked and is definitely something that fans of the Voyager series would love. Would be picking up mor This is my first Voyager book (all my other books are Enterprise / TOS books), and I really liked it. Voyager was the first trek series that I had seen 9back in my school days), and this book has brought back memories... but I might need to watch the series again(and read a few more books)to understand some of the nitty gritty details. Anyways, the dramatization and the fast story line keep you hooked and is definitely something that fans of the Voyager series would love. Would be picking up more Voyager books soon. Towards the closing stages, this book kept reminding me of Buddha's immortal words: "As you think...so you are". Thoughts, feelings and emotions can indeed be really powerful. Voyager and fleet went all the way to the delta quadrant and saw the personification of these simple truths.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    The story is very thoughtful and engaging, and the characters are well fleshed-out and "real." The plot is fast-paced and easy to follow, and the story is true to the Star Trek ethos in a way many other stories aren't able to accomplish. Full review: http://treklit.blogspot.com/2011/07/c... The story is very thoughtful and engaging, and the characters are well fleshed-out and "real." The plot is fast-paced and easy to follow, and the story is true to the Star Trek ethos in a way many other stories aren't able to accomplish. Full review: http://treklit.blogspot.com/2011/07/c...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    I found the amount of characters and ships to keep track of very confusing. Also, reading the story as it goes backwards in time was kind of annoying. See read B, sort of get the context, then go back to A to fill in what started the chain of events.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Webb

    Star Trek: Children of the Storm by Kirsten Beyer is the latest in the series of Star Trek Voyager books that traces the adventures of the crew of the Voyager after they return to Earth. Star Trek novels are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine - I really enjoyed the various TV series when they were on (although watching repeats on Foxtel sometimes reminds me to never revisit the things I remember loving!). Still, I've been particularly enjoying the continuation of the Voyager, Deep Space Nine (my Star Trek: Children of the Storm by Kirsten Beyer is the latest in the series of Star Trek Voyager books that traces the adventures of the crew of the Voyager after they return to Earth. Star Trek novels are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine - I really enjoyed the various TV series when they were on (although watching repeats on Foxtel sometimes reminds me to never revisit the things I remember loving!). Still, I've been particularly enjoying the continuation of the Voyager, Deep Space Nine (my favourite of the TV series) and Enterprise stories in book form. Star Trek: Children of the Storm continues the story of a group of Starfleet vessels, lead by Voyager, that returns to the Delta quadrant using slipstream drive technology. I think this has been a very clever premise for this particular storyline. In some ways, the Star Trek universe has gotten too big and the Federation too powerful to have really interesting stories. The scale of the threat required to trouble the Federation as a whole are so grandiose that the scale of story telling required to match it had become almost impossible to do well. The move to a nine ship fleet in hostile space means that the stories can be toned down as well, and that is frankly a relief. I enjoyed that aspect of this story. The story itself was fairly standard Star Trek fare, with an inscrutable alien race, cultural misunderstandings, the threat of war and inter-species understanding triumphing in the end. The story was competently executed, although there was a significant amount of "set up" work this story had to achieve to help establish the fleet and the main characters. It did this well - in some places it was a little clunky, but only in a minor way. One element grated a little - the constant reference to the miracle of young life in the form of a precocious child was overblown. It reminded me of the way new parents can go on at length about their wonderful child, when everyone else in the room is rolling their eyes (I was/am not immune to this syndrome myself, but in my case it's different - my children really are that fantastic). I was not surprised to read in the author's afterword that Beyer was a new parent. Hopefully that element of her authorial voice will get toned down a little in future books. Apart from that a well executed novel establishing an interesting story arc for the Star Trek universe. Looking forward to reading more. I also reviewed this book on my website.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    The best Star Trek book I have read in a while, or, rather, the Star Trek book I have enjoyed the most in a while. I think people disappointed with the last two entries in the Typhon pact series (and especially the tone and the outcome of the TNG's story) will love this, because it's Starfleet doing what we expect Starfleet to do best: (mostly) keeping their heads and their wits when things go horribly wrong and managing to find a positive outcome without resorting to violence, but through knowl The best Star Trek book I have read in a while, or, rather, the Star Trek book I have enjoyed the most in a while. I think people disappointed with the last two entries in the Typhon pact series (and especially the tone and the outcome of the TNG's story) will love this, because it's Starfleet doing what we expect Starfleet to do best: (mostly) keeping their heads and their wits when things go horribly wrong and managing to find a positive outcome without resorting to violence, but through knowledge, empathy and understanding. Many nice developments for the original Voyager's crew, but the new characters really shine, especially Captain O'Donnell. Who, with the exception of The Amazing Captain Dax(TM), might just become my favorite captain from the books. Kirsten Beyer has already written a few other excellent Voyager's books, including the two (Full Circle and Unworthy) that preceded this one and basically re-relaunched the series after the ill-advised decision to off Janeway (nope, I'll never get over it). I think Voyager is in great hands with her, just as much as the Delta Quadrant task force is in Captain Eden's.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lars

    Kirsten Beyer's third novel in the Voyager relaunch series is the weakest so far, but overall a solid and worthwhile read. The story has a great sci-fi premise and Beyer knows the characters from Voyager well. My main complaint is that Beyer adds a lot of new characters. In fact, most of the story doesn't even take place on Voyager but on other ships in the fleet. These new characters are admittedly pretty interesting and distinct from the characters we've already come to know. But in the end, m Kirsten Beyer's third novel in the Voyager relaunch series is the weakest so far, but overall a solid and worthwhile read. The story has a great sci-fi premise and Beyer knows the characters from Voyager well. My main complaint is that Beyer adds a lot of new characters. In fact, most of the story doesn't even take place on Voyager but on other ships in the fleet. These new characters are admittedly pretty interesting and distinct from the characters we've already come to know. But in the end, most of us are reading these books to find out what happens next for Chakotay, Paris, Kim, Torres, Seven, Neelix and the Doctor and in that regard this book falls short. Even though there are some great "Voyager moments" to be found in this book, I'd like there to be a lot more. Suffice to say, I liked this enough to order the next title in the series almost immediately after finishing this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Yikes. A serious drop in quality from Full Circle to Children of the Storm. I had two main problems with this book: confusing and boring. Confusing because the timeline skipped around a LOT, and there were so many POV characters that I never had any idea whose head I was in, even though the book was written entirely in third person. Boring because, and I hate to say this, nothing really interesting happened until the very end. I spent a week trying to get myself to read this book, but I was just Yikes. A serious drop in quality from Full Circle to Children of the Storm. I had two main problems with this book: confusing and boring. Confusing because the timeline skipped around a LOT, and there were so many POV characters that I never had any idea whose head I was in, even though the book was written entirely in third person. Boring because, and I hate to say this, nothing really interesting happened until the very end. I spent a week trying to get myself to read this book, but I was just so disinterested. The last few ending chapters, however, I liked more than the rest of the book. I enjoyed the scene on Persephone, and the kiss between Seven and Cambridge. My favorite quote from this one was from my favorite character, and it’s a good description of her personality: “ ‘You want me to have him killed?’ he asked with mock seriousness. ‘Yes,’ B’Elanna replied with real seriousness.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Oleg Ryzhikov

    "Children of the Storm" isn't a bad book, it has an intriguing plot about strange unknown alien, high stakes decisions, personal drama and starship action. But somehow I didn't like it very much. Maybe it's because most of it was about new characters from new ships from Voyager fleet, and main VOY characters didn't do a lot, and felt like surplus additions to the whole story. Maybe yet another high concept story following the previous book's ("Unworthy") Indign was to much of the same thing for "Children of the Storm" isn't a bad book, it has an intriguing plot about strange unknown alien, high stakes decisions, personal drama and starship action. But somehow I didn't like it very much. Maybe it's because most of it was about new characters from new ships from Voyager fleet, and main VOY characters didn't do a lot, and felt like surplus additions to the whole story. Maybe yet another high concept story following the previous book's ("Unworthy") Indign was to much of the same thing for me. Or maybe I just should take a break from Voyager relaunch and read something else, and that's what I'm going to do!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This story was somewhat disappointing. I guess I just can't get past the idea of VOYAGER without Kathryn Janeway. Glad I didn't pay anything for this book. A friend was going to toss it and I picked it up to read first. It's going to goodwill tomorrow though doubt anyone will pay for it In fact, I'd bet money a good number of the glowing reviews here are paid for by the author and publisher trying to make it seem better than it was. This story was somewhat disappointing. I guess I just can't get past the idea of VOYAGER without Kathryn Janeway. Glad I didn't pay anything for this book. A friend was going to toss it and I picked it up to read first. It's going to goodwill tomorrow though doubt anyone will pay for it In fact, I'd bet money a good number of the glowing reviews here are paid for by the author and publisher trying to make it seem better than it was.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Backa

    A typical Star Trek story. I enjoyed the book. Looking forward to the next one

  15. 5 out of 5

    John

    I finally got around to this novel after several months away from the post-Nemesis timeline. While this isn't the best of the bunch, it was good enough to be worth the wait, and was definitely one of the better offerings in post-Nemsis Treklit up to this point. Basically, the Voyager and its big ol' fleet have returned to the Delta Quadrant, and in this novel, they are exploring the space occupied by some beings called the Children of the Storm (who were introduced in David Mack's Destiny trilog I finally got around to this novel after several months away from the post-Nemesis timeline. While this isn't the best of the bunch, it was good enough to be worth the wait, and was definitely one of the better offerings in post-Nemsis Treklit up to this point. Basically, the Voyager and its big ol' fleet have returned to the Delta Quadrant, and in this novel, they are exploring the space occupied by some beings called the Children of the Storm (who were introduced in David Mack's Destiny trilogy). I won't reveal too much, but these kids apparently didn't want the Federation to return to them again, and they respond malevolently at first. But they appear taken by the presence of plant life on board the ships. It seemed like a silly thing at first, but I found it to be a very intriguing plot once the intricacies unfolded. The plot mostly takes place on three ships. First, of course, the U.S.S. Voyager. Chakotay is now its captain, while Asfarah Eden is still the fleet commander and uses Voyager more or less as a command post. It seems that finally, most everyone has cheered up; Chakotay is no longer wallowing in self-pity, Seven of Nine's head is clearing up, and Harry Kim is friends with Tom Paris again. The interpersonal dynamics were a lot more enjoyable in this novel than they were previously, when everyone seemed to hate each other as well as themselves. One exception is the ship's counselor, Hugh Cambridge, who I really grew to dislike in this novel. I realize that he is supposed to be a bit abrasive by nature, but geez, he was a straight up a-hole in this book. He is perhaps my biggest gripe about this book. At one point, he messes up his personal quarters, strewing it with scientific charts and historical data trying to research a hunch that may be important, but nothing much really comes to it. Perhaps an oversight on Beyer's part, but maybe it's just who he is. The other two ships were interesting, and their inter-crew dynamics very well done. U.S.S. Quirinal puts up a valiant struggle against the Children of the Storm and their odd "spheres." I enjoyed its captain, Farkas, and Phinn Bryce, a young engineer who uses a secret site-to-site transporter to show up to work on time. U.S.S. Demeter, a science vessel, was perhaps the highlight of the novel. It has an unusual arrangement- its captain is Liam O'Donnell, a brilliant botanist who knows little nothing about anything except botany. The first officer, Atlee Fife, is a good tactician who is tasked with handling whatever captaining O'Donnell doesn't. As the threat of the Children of the Storm increases, they start to clash in terms of command styles, but at the end, it pays off pretty well. I seemed most interested in this storyline while reading the novel. Overall, an excellent effort. It managed to keep my attention, even if there wasn't anything terribly exciting. But it was an ingeniously crafted plot, and a fun story to follow.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Drake Tungsten

    This book has its good and bad points. With regards to the book's good points, I like the way the author is keeping the original Voyager characters familiar to us, while also letting them evolve. [Spoilers to follow.] I like the way they show B'Elanna being a engineer and a mom, sometimes bringing Miral to work with her. I like how Chakotay now has to deal with not being the cautious one as captain. And I like how they brought Neelix back into the fold. I also like what they've done with some of t This book has its good and bad points. With regards to the book's good points, I like the way the author is keeping the original Voyager characters familiar to us, while also letting them evolve. [Spoilers to follow.] I like the way they show B'Elanna being a engineer and a mom, sometimes bringing Miral to work with her. I like how Chakotay now has to deal with not being the cautious one as captain. And I like how they brought Neelix back into the fold. I also like what they've done with some of the newer characters. I am curious to see how the story of Afsarah Eden's origins will unfold. And it was funny to see Hugh Cambridge at a loss for words, for once, by story's end. As for the bad points, I think that at 400+ pages, the book was a little too long. They could've cut about 100 pages out and still been okay. There was a little too much back and forth between the other ships in the Delta Quadrant fleet and their crews. I think readers buy the Voyager books because they are mostly interested in reading about the main characters from Voyager. The author should've focused more on them with only a few exceptions. Overall though, the book is a good, quick read and I recommend it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bron

    When an alien species living in an area of the Delta quadrant previously unexplored requests to be left alone, does the Federation take heed? Of course not. As part of an exploratory fleet Voyager is back in the Delta Quadrant with some new crew members and some old friends like Tom Paris, Harry Kim, Seven of Nine, Chakotay and the Doctor. However, Starfleet Command wants to know more about the Children of the Storm because they seem to have managed to defeat the Borg. Trouble is bound to ensue. When an alien species living in an area of the Delta quadrant previously unexplored requests to be left alone, does the Federation take heed? Of course not. As part of an exploratory fleet Voyager is back in the Delta Quadrant with some new crew members and some old friends like Tom Paris, Harry Kim, Seven of Nine, Chakotay and the Doctor. However, Starfleet Command wants to know more about the Children of the Storm because they seem to have managed to defeat the Borg. Trouble is bound to ensue. After some fighting and the loss of one ship, I was delighted to discover that a botanist saved the day.

  18. 5 out of 5

    glass.curtain

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The 4 stars weren't exactly for the content by itself, but more for the execution. This book switches between storylines every chapter, if not more often and yet it never gets boring or cuts off in a place where the other storyline feels like a filler. Quite an accomplishment. Like others have already stated, there are a lot of new characters to get used to and remember, but all of them really grow on you quickly. Some grow on you like a Seska, others like a Doctor. Overall, a very good effort of a The 4 stars weren't exactly for the content by itself, but more for the execution. This book switches between storylines every chapter, if not more often and yet it never gets boring or cuts off in a place where the other storyline feels like a filler. Quite an accomplishment. Like others have already stated, there are a lot of new characters to get used to and remember, but all of them really grow on you quickly. Some grow on you like a Seska, others like a Doctor. Overall, a very good effort of a Voyager book that has to deal with a world where Kathryn Janeway isn't around to save the day.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scott Williams

    I found the characterizations a bit sentimental in this novel. The TV series had some moments like that as well so it's not necessarily uncharacteristic it's just not my favourite thing. This novel also spends more time with the new non-Voyager characters. I have to admit it was sometimes a challenge to remember who belonged to what ship and what their role was. Beyer has introduced a huge new cast of characters. There was a helpful appendix that might have been more helpful if it had been at th I found the characterizations a bit sentimental in this novel. The TV series had some moments like that as well so it's not necessarily uncharacteristic it's just not my favourite thing. This novel also spends more time with the new non-Voyager characters. I have to admit it was sometimes a challenge to remember who belonged to what ship and what their role was. Beyer has introduced a huge new cast of characters. There was a helpful appendix that might have been more helpful if it had been at the front of the book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peter Lowry

    I very much enjoyed this book! They Voyager Relaunch novels (once Kirsten started helming them) have been exceptional! Reading them gives you the same feeling as watching Star Trek & the way she writes interactions between characters from the Voyager series are just fantastic! She also does a great job of introducing many new characters without it feeling too overwhelming (some parts were, but if you kept reading it all feel into place). Her timeline may bounce around a bit in this novel but I und I very much enjoyed this book! They Voyager Relaunch novels (once Kirsten started helming them) have been exceptional! Reading them gives you the same feeling as watching Star Trek & the way she writes interactions between characters from the Voyager series are just fantastic! She also does a great job of introducing many new characters without it feeling too overwhelming (some parts were, but if you kept reading it all feel into place). Her timeline may bounce around a bit in this novel but I understand why she did it. If she keeps writing these I'll keep reading them!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melvin Patterson

    Another excellent addition to Kirsten Beyer's Voyager saga Although I only read the Voyager stories from time to time, when I do the series written by Beyer is the one I come back to most often. The characters are familiar and new ones are quote interesting. This story involves the discovery of an entirely new and different form of life and how the Starfleet crews respond and handle this discovery is really classic Trek. Another excellent addition to Kirsten Beyer's Voyager saga Although I only read the Voyager stories from time to time, when I do the series written by Beyer is the one I come back to most often. The characters are familiar and new ones are quote interesting. This story involves the discovery of an entirely new and different form of life and how the Starfleet crews respond and handle this discovery is really classic Trek.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kay Hudson

    Continuing my Voyager binge. This one took five days, but I did have to go to work. Beyer really does a remarkable job of pulling in the entire Trek universe - references to TV episodes, movies, and other books - without resorting to major infodumps.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Judy Sutherland

    Another enjoyable story from Kirsten Beyer. Her characters feel true to the originals, there are interesting new characters, moral dilemmas, and tough decisions. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. Another enjoyable story from Kirsten Beyer. Her characters feel true to the originals, there are interesting new characters, moral dilemmas, and tough decisions. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave Tindall

    This book started quite slowly, but soon became a really good read. Very clever. The relationship between Commander Odonnell and his first officer is very cleverly done and you don't see where that goes. This book started quite slowly, but soon became a really good read. Very clever. The relationship between Commander Odonnell and his first officer is very cleverly done and you don't see where that goes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Cage

    Interesting developments for the Voyager crew. Definitely worth the read. However I get a little lost in where things fit in the universe. Would have loved a recap in the beginning to help me feel where the story fit. Still and all a great read. I finished in two nights.

  26. 4 out of 5

    M

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Reading Star Trek novels is like eating Mac and Cheese as they are both comfortable. Not a bad book. I enjoyed the story. I am just glad that the Children did not become a Borg replacement and the new big baddie.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    While a part of the Voyager story, I have to admit that this story reads like an "Alien of the Week" type episode. I actually did not finish this on my first reading as I just didn't see the point of another novel without Janeway, but I'm glad I gave it another chance. While a part of the Voyager story, I have to admit that this story reads like an "Alien of the Week" type episode. I actually did not finish this on my first reading as I just didn't see the point of another novel without Janeway, but I'm glad I gave it another chance.

  28. 4 out of 5

    HistoryBuff

    Ok, a 3.5. It just didn't grab my attention like other Beyer novels. It jumped around at times with the time-line of events and ,in my opinion, more material than necessary to get the story across to the reader. Still a fan! Ok, a 3.5. It just didn't grab my attention like other Beyer novels. It jumped around at times with the time-line of events and ,in my opinion, more material than necessary to get the story across to the reader. Still a fan!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    It took me long enough. An excellent story

  30. 5 out of 5

    Goldenwattle

    An enjoyable read. The Voyager series was my favourite. More mature I feel than the original series; although for its day the original series with Kirk had some ground breaking moments.

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