Author: Kirsten Beyer
Genre: Science fiction
An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Voyager from New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Beyer—and the sequel to Atonement and Acts of Contrition!
The Full Circle Fleet has resumed its unprecedented explorations of the Delta Quadrant and former Borg space. Commander Liam O’Donnell of the U.S.S. Demeter makes a promising first contact with the Nihydron—humanoid aliens that are collectors of history. They rarely interact with the species they study but have created a massive database of numerous races, inhabited planets, and the current geopolitical landscape of a large swath of the quadrant. When an exchange of data is proposed via a formal meeting, the Nihydron representatives are visibly shaken when Admiral Kathryn Janeway greets them. For almost a century, two local species—the Rilnar and the Zahl—have fought for control of the nearby planet Sormana, with both sides claiming it as their ancestral homeworld. The shocking part is that for the last several years, the Rilnar have been steadily gaining ground, thanks to the tactics of their current commanding officer: a human woman, who appears to be none other than Kathryn Janeway herself…
Opinion: Time travel and the multiverse. This sort of thing can give you a headache if you think about it too much. Fortunately I enjoy it. This book involves three of the species from the episode A Year of Hell. For those of you not familiar with the episode, Voyager encountered a species called the Krenim. A Krenim scientist have created a Weldon that was capable of erasing objects, people, civilizations from time. The scientist was trying to make his people the most powerful species in the sector. But by erasing species (enemies) it had some unintended side effects namely his wife and Provence was wiped out. This scientist had created temporal shields for his ship so they would not experience the effect of the changes being made. They spent a couple of hundred years trying to undo the damage before Voyager stumbled onto them. Voyager was a wild card that threw the temporal calculations off. So naturally he tried to destroy Voyager. It was a rough year for the drew, but in the end Janeway destroyed that ship erasing it from the timeline and thereby resetting everything.
Once the timeline was restored, the Krenim didn’t tamper with the timeline as much. But there was two particular species that they were hell bent on annihilating- the Zahl and Rilnar. This book explores why the Krenim wanted to destroy these species.
As far as the other Janeway, well if you’ve read Star Trek Voyager: the Eternal Tide, then you know that every Janeway in the multiverse died on the exact same day. This othe Janeway died but then was revived. Very interesting as to why this occurred. Let’s just say our favorite letter of the alphabet is back.
We catch up with Tom and B’lanna who have had a son Michael Owen. The book explores more the aftermath of the effects on Nancy Conlon after her brutal alien takeover in Atonement ( I need to post this review).
Anyway, it was a very enjoyable read.