Star Trek
The Farther Shore

Author: Christie Golden
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99, US $6.99, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 6755 8
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When an unstoppable Borg plague breaks out on Earth, blame quickly falls on the newly returned crew of the Starship Voyager. Did Janeway and her crew unknowingly carry this insidious infection back with them? Many in Starfleet believe so and Seven of Nine falls under suspicion. The crew of Voyager must be reunited in a last-ditch effort to unearth the source of the contagion in order to save Earth from assimilation from a new Borg collective...

The Farther Shore follows on from the events unravelled in Homecoming - events that any true Voyager fan will be pleased have been tackled properly.

While Seven of Nine continues to be unable to win friends and influence people, or not as the case may be, Torres tries to get more in tune with her Klingon side. I loved this little piece of irony - Seven of Nine tries to fit in with the human race but can't and Torres tries to subdue her Klingon side but can't.

Kim's past love also continues to string him on in order to help Starfleet and Data makes an appearance.

Probably the biggest moan is the fact that it is not easy to tell that this book and the Homecoming novel are part of the same story. Why Pocket Books didn't use the same title for both books and add a "part one" and "part two" addition for each book is a mystery. The covers don't even look anywhere near alike (One having an artists impression of Janeway, the other a rather dull and washed-out shot of Seven of Nine). I know that the cover to The Farther Shore has "The exciting conclusion to the Homecoming adventure" plastered over the cover, but if you are looking for the conclusion in a bookstore you'll probably only see the spines.

A more than satisfying conclusion to the story that is only really let down by the sloppy presentation of the cover.

Amber Leigh

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