My review of Star Trek Destiny: Gods of Night
I have to say off the bat that this book took everything that worked in the previous Titan, TNG, and ENT novels, and stepped it up a notch.
As mentioned before, even though the Borg invasion of the Federation is the main threat in the story, they are not mentioned all of that much. There are a few battle scenes between the Enterprise-E
and the Borg, but they do not last very long, and are confined to the beginning of the novel. So those worried that this is another Borg-centric novel can calm down.
I would say that the majority of the novel focuses on the fate of the Columbia, with Titan
taking up the second most time, the Dax/Aventine
story third, and the Enterprise-E
fourth. There are also brief scenes devoted to Voyager
, the Klingons, and the Federation President's handling of the situation as well. I personally would have cut the Voyager
scene out and just moved it into the forthcoming novel strictly about the ship, because I think it distracts from the rest of the story.
I thought it was an interesting (and human) touch to see the conn officer of the doomed USS Ranger
actually disobeying the order that was given to send the ship on a kamakaze run. Too often I have felt in the past like all of these characters fated to die had balls of steel, and had few reservations about throwing their lives away. I also liked the brief mention of the Excalibur
and their victory over the Borg in (what I assume was) Thallonian space.
I hope that by the time this series is over, there will be an explanation for why the Borg decided that the Federation needed to be exterminated, rather than assimilated like in the past. It would have made more sense had the Einstein
reached Borg space, but we know that didn't happen. Picard himself in 'Gods of Night' wonders this same thing, but he does not reach any conclusions as of yet.
I am now going to have to find things to occupy myself until the next novel is released in 4 weeks or so.