Star Trek: That Which Divides by Dayton Ward
While studying a spatial rift in the Kondaii system, the science vessel U.S.S. Huang Zhong is caught in a tractor beam and crashes on a planet inside the rift. The Enterprise has come to aid in rescue and diplomatic liaison with the system’s local inhabitants. Meanwhile, the Romulans have heard about the Federation’s interest in the rift which appears to be artificial, and much too advanced for the local population’s knowledge. The Romulans want their hands on any advanced technology, and will stop at nothing to make sure the Federation doesn’t lay claim to it first.
Taking place 4 years into their 5-year mission, the Enterprise crew has an easy camaraderie. And the ambassador on board is a welcome addition, more easy going and jovial than most in her position. The Kondaii system local people are not discussed in detail, other than that they haven’t yet discovered warp drive. And the spatial rift is the main reason the Federation decided to ignore the Prime Directive in this case. Though, it seems Picard’s time period upheld the directive more than Kirk’s earlier time for the most part anyway.
With plenty of twists and surprises along the way, That Which Divides is fast-paced and full of adventure. Fans of the original show will enjoy seeing a familiar face return. Reading like an actual Star Trek episode, this latest original novel is incredibly enjoyable and another fantastic installment in the series.