Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book 2: Star Trek the Next Generation Losing the Peace

   Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace by William Leisner was the other book I was reading during a day of being lazy and indulging pleasures while in the company of old friends. It is one of the books that remind me of episodes like “The Quickening” from DS9. It shows some of the aftermath of a war, it’s slow moving but it also shows off the character strengths and weaknesses.
          Losing the Peace takes place after the Destiny Series and before the Typhon Pact books. It was one of the books that are a bit slow moving that is both important to the series progression and a stand-alone book.  The book uses a couple threads. First there is Crusher and Kadohata go to Pacifica to help report on the conditions on the refugees. Second is how Worf wants to help his partner Choudhury get over her grief about losing her parents and the lost of all Deneva. Third is how Picard kidnapped two officials and brought them to Pacifica so they could see the conditions of the refugees first hand after they voiced more selfish concerns after the Borg.
          I love character books/episodes especially if it’s a character that I like. I’m a huge fan of Beverly Crusher so I love how this book used her. It showed her compassion to medicine and even her fragility after Jack’s passing that nearly took her away from that career that helped her to resonate with refugees on Pacifica.  The book also talked about Miranda Kadohata in the same thread and how hard it is on families when one parent has to leave to enter the course of duty.  I also loved how Picard was used. He was back to normal Picard who was brazen at times. Plus loved how he used a quote from the Generations movie.  And I loved Worf. He was back to being both a protective mate yet at the same time he was trying to be sensitive and not treading on her toes too much.  It was the Worf I loved over the years on DS9.  The one character that I hated was Trys Chen. She seemed like an immature and extremely narrow minded which really felt wrong since she’s a First Contact specialist.
          I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was so deep and well done. It wasn’t forced. It also felt like it parallels to the world right now without being preachy. I liked it a lot.

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