Author: Kristen Beyer
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Following the destruction of four fleet vessels at the hands of the Omega Continuum, the U.S.S. Voyager and U.S.S. Demeter set course for a region of the Delta Quadrant far beyond anything previously explored. Captain Chakotay is determined to prove to Starfleet Command that the fleet’s ongoing mission is vital to Federation interests . . . and the key to doing so may lie in a distress call Voyager received nine years earlier but could not investigate.
Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway is recalled to the Alpha Quadrant for an evaluation period to determine her next assignment. Given the trauma she has recently endured, Admiral Akaar, Starfleet’s commander in chief, is questioning Janeway’s fitness to command the fleet. Janeway’s primary concern remains the fleet’s safety— for their mission to continue, she must find a way to secure the resources they require. But the uncertainty of her superior officers has left her powerless to act in their best interests.
Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I think this book takes place, immediately following the events in the Fall story arc. So Admiral Akaar is still trying to find allies. Between the Dominion and the Borg, the Federation does not seem to be changing for the better. The change in attitudes that some of the high-ups in Starfleet have is very disturbing. This book really concentrated on Janeway’s character, specifically her protectiveness when it came to her former crew. In fact there is some suggestion that one of the reasons that the whole Borg and Omega thing happened stemmed from Janeway’s inability to allow her crew to function on their own and take care of themselves. The future Janeway protected her crew to the point that she decided to alter the timeline.
Janeway is definitely going to have to come to terms with this particularly as at least two of her crew, Tom Paris and Seven, are being put in personal situations that could cost them. In the case of Tom, his mother is trying to get custody of his daughter due to the fact that they staged B’Elanna and Miral’s death to avoid the Warriors of Grethor. Seven is about to become a guinea pig for what appears to be a unexpected disease affecting planets that were transformed by the Caeliar.
Anyway, I’m interested to see what becomes of Janeway’s return. I think she could become a balance to some of the undesirable influences in the upper echelons of Starfleet.