Star Trek: Discovery: Somewhere to Belong – Book Review

Star Trek: Discovery: Somewhere to Belong by Dayton Ward

Captain Michael Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery are finding that each day is a critical adjustment to their new lives and new missions in an Alpha Quadrant more than nine hundred years in the future. It’s here that Discovery is reconnecting with various worlds where the cataclysmic event known as “the Burn” has decimated Starfleet and, with it, the United Federation of Planets. There’s been precious little time for the crew to truly come to terms with their present reality, as their devotion to duty hides the emotional stress that could impact their effectiveness, and even threaten themselves or others.

After a successful journey to yet another planet cut off from the Federation, Discovery picks up a distress signal located in a nearby star system—a plea that harbors roots from their past lives in the 23rd century, and which may now lead to an entirely new crisis, plunging them all into mortal danger…

Set in between the end of season 3 and before season 4, Somewhere to Belong, finds the Discovery crew assisting in reaching out to species in hopes of joining the Federation. But a distress signal from a familiar race interrupts their current mission.

This was a fantastic story as fans wait for the next (and final) season to release. I thought I knew where the story was going to go from the first few chapters, but then a nice surprise gave it a twist. From the sarcastic Reno to Tilly’s insecurities, the characters felt true to the show. And I especially loved the interaction with the Denobulan psychiatrist and Dr. Culber. In true Star Trek fashion, there’s a bit of modern-day reflection of politics. And there is still plenty of mystery, suspense, intrigue, and scifi tech that made this a well-rounded story that Discovery fans will love.