Book Review: Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide

Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide

Kirsten Beyer

As the Voyager fleet continues its exploration of the Delta Quadrant, investigating the current status of sectors formerly controlled by the Borg becomes a key priority. Two of the fleet’s special mission vessels, the U.S.S. Galen and U.S.S. Demeter, are left at New Talax to aid Neelix’s people, while the Voyager,QuirinalEsquilineHawking, and Curie do a systematic search for any remnants of the Borg or Caeliar, even as the Achilles moves to a location central enough to offer aid to the exploring vessels as needed. As this critical mission begins, Fleet Commander Afsarah Eden, who has shared what little she knows of her mysterious past with Captain Chakotay, begins to experience several more “awakenings” as she encounters artifacts and places that make her feel connected to her long-lost home. She is reluctant to allow these visions to overshadow the mission, and this becomes increasingly difficult as time passes. But in the midst of this growing crisis, no one in the fleet could anticipate the unexpected return of one of Starfleet’s most revered leaders—a return that could hold the very fate of the galaxy in the balance.

* I read this book a couple months ago and am catching up on book reviews now.  My memory may be a little fuzzy. *

** There be spoilers here. **

The Eternal Tide, as the cover likely gives away, sees the return of Captain Janeway, back from the dead.  This isn’t a huge surprise… I find death has no meaning in Star Trek anymore.  Spock died and returned, Kirk did the same (both Shatner-Kirk and Pine-Kirk), as did Ensign Harry Kim, Data, and so many more.  I don’t find it terribly unique that Janeway has returned.

I’ve had mixed feelings about the Voyager re-launch — I thought it was going in a good direction and that it was finally given the serious treatment it deserved.  I found the re-launch to be a little overwhelming with the sheer number of ships and characters to keep track of.  That problem was resolved a bit in this book… there are a significant number of deaths.

The writing in this book, I felt, was a little weak.  It was a good story and a captivating read, but I felt the characters didn’t quite ring true and I had a little trouble following in some parts.  (However, I’m writing this after having read the sequel to Eternal Tide — and Kirsten Beyer has done a fantastic job with the follow-up — Protectors takes the Voyager storyline in a solid direction with strong writing.  So this is just a bit of a hiccup.  This story needed to be told if Janeway is going to come back, so that makes it a still strong and necessary entry in the Voyager series.)

Yikes, short review and not very helpful… I apologize… 🙂  Will do better next time!

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