Star Trek: Starfleet Academy: The Edge, by Rudy Josephs
When James Kirk first arrives at Starfleet Academy, he is faced with an intense schedule, competitive adversaries, and an intriguing young woman to occupy his spare time. But when a classmate is found dead under mysterious circumstances, it soon becomes clear that some cadets are trying to get an edge in their training and studies by dangerous methods.
This latest installment in the new Starfleet Academy series is set immediately after Kirk arrives at Starfleet Academy as a first year cadet – in Abram’s latest Star Trek universe. Kirk hasn’t formed many friendships other than with Dr. McCoy, who also becomes involved in the investigation into the cadet’s death. This new Star Trek series geared towards young adults have both been murder mysteries so far. Both installments are stand-alone novels, so it’s not necessary to read them in order. In fact, this novel is set in an earlier timeframe than the last book. A mystery involving advanced technology, relevant subject matter, a bit of romance, and plenty of suspense make for another satisfying addition to the vast Star Trek universe. Star Trek fans of all ages should appreciate these short, fast-paced adventures.