Star Trek: Seekers: Second Nature by David Mack
A new mission: The late twenty-third century—Starfleet’s golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout Sagittarius and the cruiser Endeavour, to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach.
A doomed race: Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of the Sagittarius find the Tomol: a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood.
An old foe: The crew of the Sagittarius wants to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they’ll need to save themselves—from the most nefarious Klingon starship commander in history.
Nimur has just given birth, and doesn’t want to accept that she must give her child up to be raised by another couple as she must commit suicide before she changes into something else. She doesn’t believe the teachings of her people blindly. Meanwhile, the Federation and Klingons are on the planet for their own research purposes.
Second Nature is the first in a new Star Trek series entitles Seekers. Seekers follows the crews of the Sagittarius and the Endeavour on a mission of exploration similar to the original series and in the same era. Written by one of my favorite, current Star Trek authors, I had high hopes for this series. And I’m happy to report I wasn’t disappointed. This new series has new and unique characters, a familiar foe, and a big mystery that surrounds this interesting planet and its inhabitants. It’s well-paced with an exciting adventure and an original story. This first installment has a climactic ending that leaves off with a big cliffhanger that will leave readers eager to pick up the next in the series.