Rosetta (Star Trek : Enterprise) Mass Market Paperback – Jan 31 2006
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Rosetta (Star Trek Enterprise)
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As the title and cover indicate, the most important character in this book is Ensign Hoshi Sato, and her work translating alien languages and trying to develop a universal translator is central to the story.
The book starts with a strange and very powerful alien race blocking trade routes in defence of what they appear to regard as their territory. Both Enterprise and various other star nations attempt unsuccessfully to communicate with them. Can Archer, Hoshi and the Enterprise prevent the situation spiralling down to a devastating war ?
Not everyone will like this book - a few of the plot devices have been over used in the series and are a bit tired - but I thought it was one of the better Star Trek Universe books that I have read.
My main problem with it is the "Historian's Note".
They say that it takes place between December 27th, 2254 and January 19th, 2255.
That is highly unlikely since this series takes place in the 22nd Century and not the 23rd.
If this really takes place during the dates indicated, then they should meet up with Kirk and crew.
Where are they?!!!
Unfortunately, this novel got bogged down with a disappearance and political intrigue (which I would normally like, but I would have liked to see more focus on the alleged premise of the novel.)
Also, the quality of writing was not as good as could have been hoped for either. The first half of the book was chock full of cliches and other tired and worn phrases that almost made me lose interest. The area of writing I DID like was the accurate citation and application of Chomsky's theory of "universal grammar" and its application to humans.
I haven't seen as many of the Enterprise shows as I would have liked, though when I did, I really liked the Hoshi Sato character. She is in an interesting field, and as someone who is multilingual, admire that she seeks to expand linguistic knowledge. Not to mention that she is by no means unpleasant to look at. I really learned a lot about Sato in this novel, and I hope more novels are focused on her character in the future.