Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating the novel. However, with other Star Trek novels the conversations and character development happened around an event. Here we got all of the character stuff out of the way and only last chapter had some events happen beyond short bursts meant to be part of character development or introduction. Remember, this is 13 chapters which means from here there are only three chapters and the epilogue to go.
Last time the Enterprise stumbled across a spaceship with its own world inside and an alien species complete foreign to anything Starfleet knows. On their first mission together as a USO troupe transportation. The bad news is they don’t speak like we do and the rogue Klingon Koronin finally returns to the story and pretty much does nothing but sit there taunting Kirk. We went to nothing to way beyond. It’s quite the whiplash, folks. The new aliens are about to visit the Enterprise and I’m curious to see what effect this will have on crew and vaudevillians.
Talk about packing a lot into one chapter. The Worldshipers (we’re going to go with flyers from here out, which the narration eventually refers to them as) come aboard and after a goof with forgetting about gravitational differences eventually puts them in the shuttlecraft bay serving as Athene’s pen. Spock mind-melds with one of the aliens and he learns Standard and some basic concepts that he communicates to his people. I bet it would make a stunning visual.
Meanwhile, Koronin sits and waits, possibly because she realizes that the Worldship is drifting, or as the flyers claim the universe moves around the ship, into Klingon territory. Things are quite volatile. So naturally this is when Stephen decides to be a jerk and take Lindy and Athene (who was a bit messed up after seeing the flyers fly when she can’t and being part horse and part eagle is rather confused) to the Worldship, where Athene can hopefully fly. Also, Steven may be the only one who can pull Spock out of whatever mental breakdown was accidentally caused by merging with “Scarlet”, the flyer he melded with. And Kirk finally had it with Scott questioning every order and not-so-subtly suggests he transfer if he has such a huge issue with his new captain. This is really isn’t Kirk’s best day.
So after so much nothing we end up with event overload. I mean, I’m still enjoying the story but this could have been spaced out better than it is. All character stories in the beginning and in the last few chapters everything happens. We’ll see which of these problems get resolved in our next installment.