SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Body Electric

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Body Electric by David Mack

A planet-sized Machine of terrifying power and unfathomable purpose hurls entire star systems into a supermassive black hole. Wesley Crusher, now a full-fledged Traveler, knows the Machine must be stopped . . . but he has no idea how. Wesley must enlist the aid of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew, who also fail to halt the unstoppable alien juggernaut’s destructive labors. But they soon divine the Machine’s true purpose—-a purpose that threatens to exterminate all life in the Milky Way Galaxy. With time running out, Picard realizes he knows of only one person who might be able to stop the Machine in time to avert a galactic catastrophe—if only he had any idea how to find him.

As Data hunts for the one man who may be able to bring his daughter back to life, Wesley seeks out the Enterprise to help stop a Machine from destroying the entire galaxy. Meanwhile, relationship drama ensues with a couple crew members. And Beverly worries that Wesley’s time as a Traveler has changed him too much.

This final installment in the Cold Equations trilogy is packed with excitement, suspense, and drama. The Enterprise is always at her best with a seemly impossible situation. And this Machine is pretty much unstoppable by force. With references to several familiar stories, this fan was thrilled to see the return of Wesley, the Followship, and mention of V’ger. The Body Electric is a fantastically climactic story that builds to a thrilling and emotional finale. Don’t miss this stellar trilogy.

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