Top critical review
Not great, but not bad
on January 1, 2002
I gave this book three stars, mainly due to the fact it is fairly medicore, and would have been two if not for the excellent characterisations of Geordi and Leah Brahms.
The book basically deals with the genesis wave from star trek II and III being enhanced and then unleashed on the Federation after Carol Marcus is abducted.
The actual plot isn't that bad, the wave starts off in the outskirts of the Federation then heads inwards, and after a couple of systems are destroyed, Starfleet responds, realising the wave will eventually threaten Earth as well as a fair chunk of Romulan space.
The writing is fairly solid, I found Picard to be pretty dull in this book, and some of the others were hardly seen or heard, but Crusher did have a nice role, it was good how Vornholt actually had Crusher talking about Wes, we rarely hear Crusher now.
Vornhole really puts some effort into using many of the different races within the Federation, Tellarites, Capellans, Deltans, some of those races are rarely ever seen or heard of.
The part of the book I have a serious problem with is the scale of the destruction. The wave wipes out over thirty million people on the first few planets it wipes out, and Starfleet, Picard in particular, just seem to accept that without any sort of grief or sorrow, while the loss of 10 Enterprise crewmembers is a tremendous tragedy, as if death from genocide is some sort of galactic constant and no more needs to be said on it, completely ridiculous.
I also don't like the format Vornhole has written the book in (or the format the publishers chose, I don't know which). The font change is okay, but at the beginning of each chapter the format is changed, I prefer the old format with the Starfleet symbol.
I also don't like the technical side of the genesis wave, how can a wave be generated from a simple device have enough power to wipe out and recreate an entire planet? But the biggest problem is the travel factor, the wave starts at the edge of the Federation and moves in, and within a week or so is threatening Earth. That's ridiculous, there would have to be a couple of thousand light years distance there, and waves can't travel faster than the speed of light(physics IS constant).
Like I said before, the book isn't a bad read, but it isn't an exceptionally good read either, think twice before buying it.