What I mean is, I read the beginning of Rudyard Kipling's book Captains_Courageous, the story upon which this installment of the Captains' Table series is based, when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, and I hated it. But I like this book. Go figure, huh?
While this book is not, in my opinion, the best of the Captains' Table series, it is quite a good story in its own right. Captain Janeway's attempts to fit herself into an alien culture and crew with a quasi-Victorian view of women are interesting, and her growth into compassion for a woman of the mysterious "Menace" race is touchingly realistic, as she struggles to overcome the hatred for them which is almost all that has kept her going since the destruction of the USS Voyager, which she has witnessed. Plus, there's a special twist to the ending, but I won't tell you what it is, except to say this: the story does not end exactly the way one might expect it to. Buy it, especially if you like "coming-of-age"-type stories.