Monday, April 19, 2010

Book Review : Star Trek Unspoken Truth

After Kirk and the crew leave Saavik on the planet Vulcan at the end of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, what happened to her? Now we know!

She learns that fellow half-Vulcan, half Romulan children from her past are being murdered. Trying to stop a murderer from striking again, she heads to Earth and Saavik gets promoted to serve on the science vessel Chaffee. While dealing with her past and with an intriguing mystery on Deema III, she also struggles with feelings for one of the other officers. Who is she really?

Bonanno attempts to psychoanalyze Saavik. and the concept of dealing with her past and future is a welcome one. Unfortunately, the author tells the story in a non-linear fashion. The narrative bounces around like a kid on a trampoline, so it's difficult without heavy concentration to grasp if it's Saavik's past, present, the near past, the main storyline, etc. It also shifts point of view randomly, making it hard to figure out sometimes who is talking. Told straightforwardly, this would have been a classic.

6 out of 10