Finally finished the book properly last night. My overall impression is that it was a fun read and a page turner. However, there were quite a lot of little things in this book that pulls me out of the story every now and then that I can't rate it as 'outstanding'.
Some of these things are very minor mistakes, for example a missing/extra quotation mark. Some are just words that read a bit awkward to me, one that pops to mind is "opponent's ship's shields" which is a bit of a mouthful when I tried to read it, and it broke the flow of my reading. There were also conversations where I didn't know who was speaking, this is especially the case on p452-3 where the second section started with Geordi and Leah walking, 10 lines later we were told Vol was the only other person left on the ship, then we had a conversion which started with Geordi but it wasn't until the end of the conversation I realised that he was talking to Leah when she kissed him. One mistake was scientific: just because Challenger
is accelerating at 0.1g towards somewhere, and the ship had a gravity of 0.5g, it doesn't mean the people in the ship will experience 0.6g, in fact the probability of that happening is very small. It's more likely that the characters experienced acceleration in some random direction, as 0.1g is roughly change of 0 to 100kph in 15 seconds, and they might experience a change (+ve or -ve) in gravity.
So I think this book showed the editorial turmoil behind the scenes in Pocket over the last year, as all of these things can be easily corrected.
OTOH, I didn't have too much problem with the two book in one thing other people in this thread had. Maybe because I knew about it going into the book. Same with Scotty's medical situation.
Anyway, this was a fun read, the story was engaging for me and I loved seeing all the old familiar faces and loved Geordi's journey through it. Oh yeah, I giggled at the Belgium reference. Looking forward to your next novel, David. :Bolian: