Monday, April 27, 2009

Review of Star Trek Destiny trilogy

Title Gods of Night Mere Mortals Lost Souls
David Mack
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008

It has been a while since I enjoyed a Star Trek trilogy such as this one by David Mack. Usually trilogies tend to be a dragged out affair as the author or authors try to stretch one single plot idea into three books. This however involves three interweaving plots which comes to a surprising conclusion in the third book. It is also a crossover involving Captain Ezri Dax of USS Aventine NCC-82602 (which I am sure will be seeing her own series soon), Captain William Riker of USS Titan NCC-80102, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E, and Captain Erika Hernandez of USS Columbia NX-02.

The story is timed after the movie Nemesis and involves a new race of aliens called the Caeliar and our old friends the Borg. I like Borg stories because the Borg are the total opposite of the Federation. The Borg Collective's only purpose is to seek perfection - particle 010 or the omega molecule. In seeking this perfection, they expand their civilization by assimilating all technologies and civilizations. I have waited a long time for the inevitable Borg invasion of the Federation.

David Mack wrote about this invasion where thousands of Borg cubes crossed into the alpha quadrant. As in previous encounters with the Borg, Starfleet's armada of ships are no match for the Borg. In the television two-parter Best of Both Worlds, they have problem with only one Borg cube. Now we have thousands! In this trilogy the Borg invasion fleets reached the core home worlds of the Federation, Klingon and Romulans.

I will not give any spoilers except to mention that this is about the butterfly effect. Anything we do or do not do have consequences. Sometimes these consequences are way beyond what we expect them to be. I really have fun with some of the concepts played around in this trilogy.

This is a good set of books to read.

Captain Ezri Dax's USS Aventine (slip-stream drive)

Concept art by Mark Rademaker for the Vesta-class USS Aventine.

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