Book Review: Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition

Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition

Kirsten Beyer

An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Voyager; and the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Protectors!

Admiral Kathryn Janeway has now taken command of the Full Circle Fleet. Her first mission: return to the Delta Quadrant and open diplomatic relations with the Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant, a civilization whose power rivals that of the Federation. Captain Chakotay knows that his choices could derail the potential alliance. While grateful to the Confederacy Interstellar Fleet for rescuing the Federation starships from an alien armada, Voyager‘s captain cannot forget the horrors upon which the Confederacy was founded.

More troubling, it appears that several of Voyager‘s old adversaries have formed a separate and unlikely pact that is determined to bring down the Confederacy at all costs. Sins of the past haunt the crew members of the Full Circle Fleet as they attempt to chart a course for the future. Will they learn much too late that some sins can never be forgiven… or forgotten?

It seems that the Voyager storyline is now written by one author, and I think it’s all the better for it.

Kirsten Beyer has a strong vision for where she wants the Voyager storyline to go and has the strength to take it there.  The Voyager crew in the Alpha Quadrant, in the few novels by previous authors, never quite sat well with me.  With the Voyager show having taken place entirely in the Delta Quadrant, I feel the crew is more at home there.  I was really pleased when Beyer took the crew back there a few novels ago.

At first, it was with a massive nine-ship fleet that I had a heck of a time keeping straight.  In a previous novel, the number of ships in the fleet shrunk by quite a bit, so I’m having an easier time keeping them straight.  With all that’s going on, though, there’s a lot to keep track of.  Seven is on Earth, Janeway and Chakotay are on separate ships, and something is happening to the Doctor.

Keeping tabs on characters aside, Beyer does something that is long overdue in Star Trek.  The Worlds of the First Quadrant is an organization that, on the surface, functions much like the Federation.  It’s a bit of a surprise it took this long for a Federation equivalent.  Almost all other powers previously seen in Star Trek have been independent worlds.  Or, in some cases, some worlds/peoples might be under subjugation of another world.  But to have the Federation as the only political entity in which alien species work together as equals?  That’s a little far-fetched, I think.  So to have it happen again makes sense.  (The Typhon Pact, as seen in many recent novels in the TNG/DS9 storylines, is another example of this.)

Beyer also does a great job of piecing together a lot of Voyager’s history.  Since the TV series saw them basically go in one straight line from one end of the quadrant to the other, it’s easy to neglect a lot of what’s gone on.  (Unlike Deep Space Nine where the station stays in one place and aliens and storylines can come back repeatedly.)  Beyer pulls in references and aliens seen throughout the series and fits it into the larger fabric.

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