April 17, 2020

Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures

Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic MeasuresStar Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward
Series: Star Trek: Discovery #2
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Star Trek
Pages: 400
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An original novel based upon the explosive new Star Trek TV series on CBS All Access!

It is 2246, ten years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”….

Drastic Measures is a great example of what not to do when faced with a crisis. You do not murder half the population because of food shortages and then when help arrives go into hiding.

The book is a change from the usual sort of Star Trek novel. While it does focus on a Federation colony, it is more of a justice novel. Lorca and the rest of Starfleet are looking for a killer. That is what makes up the majority of the book. While it was interesting to follow, there were times when the story was slow-paced.

Drastic Measures also introduces a relationship between a Starfleet officer a civilian. Prior to the novel, I thought that it was Starfleet’s policy not be involved personally with alien species. But I can’t remember with the woman was human or alien.

There is a lot of action throughout the course of Drastic Measures. If you like that sort of thing, this book if diffidently for you. But for me there just seemed to be something lacking to make it feel like a true Star Trek novel. But that is just me personally.

Overall there was nothing really good or bad about Drastic Measures for me. Like I mentioned there were times when it was slow-paced and it fought for my attention. But if you enjoy Star Trek or the Discovery series you should read this book.

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