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Posted August 24, 2012
Two distinct stories - only one was worth reading
This book was tough to review because I honestly like half of the story. That, however, was the problem; there were two distinct and completely unrelated stories.
Important disclaimer first: If have not read previous books in the Star Trek Titan series or in expanded Star trek Universe, this book will absolutely make no sense to you.
Did I scare everyone off? Ok then. Fallen Gods, as previously mentioned, is two distinct stories - a ship-side story and a scary alien planet story. The ship in the bottle story dealt with the recent secession of Andor, one of the Federation's founding worlds. Because of this, Starfleet has issued recall orders for Titan's Andorian offices. To complicate matters, an Andorian starship arrives to repatriate these offices.
If this book was just about this "ship" story, it would be a pretty good short story. The Andorian characters are faced with forced repatriation with Andor or the equivalent of internment in the Federation. True to Star Trek there is always a third option which Riker and Troi explore. There is also a satisfying twist in the story that left me ready for the next novel.
If only it had been that simple.
The 2nd story takes place on the planet that the Titan is investigating. The planet in question is dying due to its proximity to a pulsar emitting lethal radiation. The people, who are never really described well beyond the fact that they are bug like creatures are locked in a political struggle of their own. The Preservationists want to save the technology of their fallen while the Thrashers want to destroy the technology that they fear as magic. Their salvation comes from the melding of minds between two of Titan’s officers and the planet's technology.
No really, THAT is the B story. It's and story in the Star Trek universe and it was not told very well. I was severely tempted to skip the portions of the story that took place on the planet. I simply did not care about the fate of Preservers or the Thrashers, and, honestly, neither did the author.
Another fatal flaw is the loads and loads of characters in the Titan series. Personally, Star Trek books are my "in-between" books because it is easy to visualize characters, plot, and setting. The series had so many characters from so many species it is difficult to keep track of who I am supposed to care about. The cast characters are made diverse for sake of being diverse. It is ultimately distracting.
My best advice is to only read this if you are a rabid Star Trek fan; even then, only read the Andorian plotline.
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