Spoilers Coda: Book 1: Moments Asunder by Dayton Ward Review Thread

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Rate Coda: Book 1: Moments Asunder

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  1. thribs

    thribs Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Maybe that’s where the red matter comes from. It’s created as a weapon to fight the Devidians.
     
  2. Markonian

    Markonian Fleet Admiral Moderator

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    Voted Outstanding.

    I enjoyed spending time on the Relativity-G. The distant, unfathomable future had always fascinated me. And thanks to Discovery season 3, it has become a fathomable distant future.

    In a previous DTI outing - tho I'm failing at the moment to find which one - one threat the Litverse Federation was meant to encounter and survive between the 2380s and the 3050s were the Eukaryptics (sp?), whose goal was to end the universe. I thought it might be them showing up early. Having parasitic nobodies turn out to be the main antagonist is a surprise, and it works very well.

    On a character level, the body count is reaching Destiny levels already. I have some hope that the trilogy ends with this timeline riding into the sunset happily while we (the audience) refocus on the post-PIC TrekLit. Doesn't seem likely now. Looking forward to be surprised.

    I really liked the Afterword. It explains the Why and How of TrekLit's end, and it is also one for the feels.
     
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  3. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    This definitely has a very CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS feel to it.

    It's just Wesley is the Monitor.

    Which I never would have thought of.
     
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  4. thribs

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    That makes Ezri the Supergirl of the story. :)
     
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  5. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I'm surprised it didn't open with the Mirror Universe nasties trying to fight the Devidians and failing.
     
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  6. thribs

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    There's still book 2 and 3. I bet we will get some other alternate timelines. The JJVerse for instance.
     
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  7. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I am going to be honest, Ezri didn't hit me a 1/100th as hard as
    T'Ryssa Chen.

    THAT is an enormous blow to the gut and the death of one of my favorite Litverse characters. Ezri will be back in the new universe, at least retroactively, but no clue about the other.

    I've played Star Trek Adventures characters based on this one.
     
  8. Charles Phipps

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    1st review!

    STAR TREK: CODA: MOMENTS ASUNDER is a big epic disaster movie of a storyline. It reminds me most of STAR TREK: DESTINY but is even more focused on everything utterly going to Hell. The former was a war movie but this is much more an indescribable event that is beyond our heroes to deal with. Well, not quite, it is more like CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS with the old continuity of the Star Trek universe being sent to its final resting place in likelihood of a reboot that will feature a timeline closer to the Nu Trek on Paramount Plus.

    Whether you think this is necessary or not will probably impact your love of the book or not. As far as I was concerned, the finale of STAR TREK: THE FALL pretty much wrapped up the Litverse as much as you needed to be. You can just move on to a new continuity after a happy ending like the kind we managed to get. I'm reminded of the famous quotation, "A happy ending depends on where you stop the story" by Orson Welles (allegedly). When the old STAR WARS Expanded Universe ended, I always felt it had gone a little too long as we knew that Luke/Han/Leia's sacrifices would end up with the dystopian LEGACY comics.

    Was it necessary to blow up the universe (if that's what they're doing)? No. Is it a good story so far? Yes, but those who have an attachment to the characters of the Litverse may feel numerous gut punches and kicks before this is over. It's closing time and the Dayton Ward clearly thinks that this means a fire sale. While the "canon" characters of the Star Trek universe will undoubtedly be in the rebooted timeline just fine (except for the ones killed off nin Picard), the ones who are purely of the novelverse are not going to be so lucky I fear. Really, the only one we know will be "safe" is Christine Vale and that's because she shows up in DARK VEIL.I will be honest, one of the deaths in this book REALLY hit me hard.

    *points at Dayton Ward* Oh My Kahless, you killed [Blank], you petaQ!

    The Monitor of this particular Crisis on Infinite Treks is, of all people, Wesley Crusher and it's a shame Will Wheaton has stated he's done with the character. I think he would be a very well loved character if he showed up as his Traveler form. Seeing him desperately trying to save his kid brother (who won't exist in the Picard-verse), his mother, his stepfather, and the Enterprise is a surprisingly moving story. The enemies they face are perhaps a little hard to believe (I think the Sphere Builders would have been a better choice) but I'm glad they mined Trek lore for these guys rather than inventing someone new.

    This is a harsh and ruthless book but one that I'm glad to have ordered every copy of. The Trekverse has lasted decades of fun but now it's time to bring it an end. Let us at least meet it like Klingons, head on.
     
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  9. thribs

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    Chances are they are all coming back in the end.
     
  10. Oz Trekkie

    Oz Trekkie Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    As someone who has read all of the stories ……No it won’t be adversely affected
     
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  11. ToddCam

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    An observation: if you try to find Crisis on Infinite Earths parallels, Rene is kind of like Alexander Luthor. Complete with hyper aging.

    I say this jokingly. I think Crisis is just going to be a natural comparison because of related base concepts and Crisis being such a massive milestone.

    That moment when Paris mentioned not knowing Wesley was suspicious. I thought we might be finally getting a hint as to the true nature of the Nick Locarno/Tom Paris relationship.
     
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  12. Oz Trekkie

    Oz Trekkie Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Depends on which reality they end up in at the end!
     
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  13. thribs

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    Was the USS Crichton named after Michael Crichton by any chance? I know he’s written some time travel stories
     
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  14. ToddCam

    ToddCam Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    He wrote Timeline. One of the worst time-travel stories I ever read.
     
  15. thribs

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    Wil Wheaton was also in Crisis of Infinite Earths. Obviously undercover on Earth-38. :)
     
  16. Josh Kelton

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    Does the Enterprise itself survive the first book?
     
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  17. thribs

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    Yes.
     
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  18. SolarisOne

    SolarisOne Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    AKA the only TNG Relaunch-exclusive character I was really invested in.
     
  19. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Oh no, it's opening with the Guardian of Forever. I hope Carl on Disco season 4 hasn't already invalidated anything:lol:
     
  20. Extrocomp

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    I'm pretty sure Discovery is set in the 32nd century of the Picard timeline.
     
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