Star Trek Voyager: Children of the Storm, by Kirsten Beyer
“YOU WERE TOLD NOT TO RETURN TO OUR SPACE.”
After the alien race known only as the Children of the Storm decimated the Borg, they told the Federation not to return to their space. But the Federation wants to make sure the Children of the Storm wont be a future threat. Fleet Commander Afsarah Eden and Captain Chakotay of Voyager leads a mission to the Delta Quadrant to discover why the three Federation ships were attacked by the Children of the Storm and what happened to them. Their only hope lies in discovering what the Children of the Storm want and what their motivations are.
The story takes place after last year’s Destiny trilogy. Told from various characters points of view on various ships, the timeline follows both Voyager in the “present.” While the Quirinal, Planck, and Demeter follow an older timeline, leading up to the Voyager’s present, and providing a suspenseful mystery along the way. As with Beyer’s previous Voyager novels, the main characters are spot on, yet have grown and developed quite a bit since the show.
This latest Voyager novel is a bit grander than previous installments, encompassing the story of several ships over a longer period of time. It’s a complex story, woven together skillfully. With plenty of mystery, drama, adventure, and heart, Voyager fans will not be disappointed. Even though Voyager has returned home, I’m glad their adventures haven’t ended.