Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Star Trek The Original Series: The Folded World Review

The Folded World opens with a chapter on a seemingly low tech world in a village that has apparently been attacked by some form of giant. It then moves to the Enterprise which is on a diplomatic mission to a world seeking to join Federation. There is also a secondary plot involving an Enterprise crew member with trauma related to nearly dying, and being the sole survivor of her post crew. The sub-plot also involves childhood trauma and a love triangle. The Enterprise receives a distress call from a Starfleet vessel traveling ahead of it. Upon diverting to answer the distress call the Enterpise discovers a graveyard of ships inside a dimensional anomaly surrounding a massive unknown vessel. A landing party is sent to the Starfleet vessel then continues to the central vessel. There they face threats and regrets drawn from the depths of their subconscious and discover the purpose of the vessel, and how it links to both the village seen in the first chapter and the world that is the Enterprise’s destination.
I liked the main plot of the book a great deal. While there wasn’t much in the way of space focused action with almost all of the fun inside the various ships it was an interesting little romp. The resolution of the secondary plot was disappointing though. It was more depressing then I like my stories, and while I can accept that if it leads to something in the story here I feel it led to nothing significant.

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