At the beginning of its five-year-mission, the Enterprise visited a very strange world, a huge, incredibly ancient space station that was abandoned by its creators. On that station, a group of spiders has evolved to sapience, and it was now time for the Federation to make contact with the people.
And at the end of its five-year-mission, the Enterprise is going back to the world to participate in the ceremony marking its entry into the Federation. But, the natives of the world have advanced quicker than anyone would have thought possible, and they are becoming aware of the capabilities of their formidable station. There are people amongst the natives who want to steer the future of their world, and worse, there are people from other worlds who want the power that these people possess. It's up to Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to figure out just what is going on, and make sure that everything comes off right...if they can stay alive long enough to do it!
First of all, let me start out by explaining that this book is a graphic novel, a sort of super-comic book. As for the story itself, I thought that it was pretty good, but definitely not as good as it should have been. The author did a very good job of capturing the essence of the characters - Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, and so on. The problem is that the story was a little too slow moving. There is a lot of talking among the characters, and the action suddenly appears and then ends just as suddenly. The author definitely did not know how to maintain a sense of drama in the story.
But, that said, I did enjoy the book, finding it to be a pretty good Star Trek story. It was nice to see the old gang back in action, as if they had blown right out of the old series.