Friday, October 17, 2014

Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition review

This week I decided to review Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition by Kirsten Beyer. When the book begins, the Full Circle fleet,, now under the command of Admiral Janeway, has returned to the Delta Quadrant seeking an alliance with the ancient Confederacy of Worlds. But as the fleet learns more about the laws and customs of the Confederacy, they discover a number of facts that leave some questioning the wisdom of an alliance between the Confederacy and the Federation, such as the power wielded by the Confederacy’s Market Consortium and its treatment of member worlds in crisis. But with a coalition of many of Voyager’s old enemies, and those jealous of the Confederacy’s technology at the gates, an alliance may be all that saves both the fleet and the Confederacy. But the true nature of the hostile coalition’s leadership may render all efforts to combat them useless. Meanwhile, back in the Alpha Quadrant, Seven of Nine struggles to aid Starfleet Medical in combating the Catomic plague which is devastating many of the worlds damaged by the Borg during their final assault on the Alpha Quadrant. But soon Seven discovers chilling signs of just how far Starfleet will go to stop the plague and even more horrific evidence that the plague might not be what it seems. And Tom Paris must face off against his own family in a desperate legal battle for custody of his daughter and unborn son, calling in every friend and favor he can against his mother, who feels that he and his wife are unfit parents, and his sisters who are supporting their mother’s efforts.
I give this book an 8.5 out of 10. It does a great job of balancing the various plot lines, though the transitions are a little jarring at points. While only one of the major plot lines is resolved in this book, with the others to be dealt with in the upcoming sequel, there was enough attention given to each plot that I have enough ideas about what might come to keep me wondering just what will come in the sequel, and there’s enough mystery left that I’m not sure where one of the plots will go next from the possible paths at the end of this book. The space combat was a little bland but not enough to cripple the story.

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