I’ll say this for the Star Trek Relaunch universe and it’s little core group of writers, they certainly write novels with a very fast flow. In one way, this is good. The novels are easily digested and quickly read. The plot carries the story. That isn’t to say there isn’t character work, but as a whole, that’s less important than the beats of the over arching stories, which follow the modern trend of grand, universe changing events, instead of smaller events that explore how the characters deal with the status quo they’re in. Personally, I’m in favor of the smaller, character events, which explains my distaste for the current regime of Marvel Comics.
Back to the book at hand…
Star Trek – the Fall – Dust and Revelations, written by David R George III, stands as book one in a series collectively known as “Star Trek – the Fall,” the 2013 Event mini-series in the Star Trek Relaunch universe. If any one has been reading the Star Trek Relaunch series, it’s essentially a cohesive universe set after the end of each series and Star Trek Nemesis. And, actually, they’re a lot of fun, even if they aren’t cannon.
DnR takes place 2 years after the events of the last book series, Typhon Pact. Deep Space 9 was destroyed and has now been rebuilt as the most advanced Federation deep space station.
Warning: It’s impossible to discuss this book and it’s place in the series without spoilers. So, thus warned:
You’ve been warned. Back to matters at hand.
This book focuses on the opening of the new DS9. The President of the Federation, as well as the leaders of the Romlan and Gorn (two members of the Typhon Pact), the Klingon, Cardassian people are all present. When an emergency calls away the Cardiassian leader (a conflict explored in the next book, The Crimson Shadow), no one thinks anything of it. During the ceremony, Presidant Bacco is assassinated. The killer turns out to be a Bajoran, which is a problem as Bajorans are members of the Federation and evidence suggests the killer was manipulated by the Typhon Pact.
Running parallel to this story is the revelation that Kira Neyris is not dead. Having been presumed Dead, though classified as MIA, after the destruction of the first DS9, Kira has in fact been chilling with the prophets in the celestial temple in the body of an ancient Bajoran. Eventually, her purpose reveals itself as retrieving the first of the orbs for the Bajoran faith. After the vision ends, Kira discovers herself (presumably based on context) in the Gamma quadrant, in the hands of a former ally, the Jem Hedar Taran’atar.
That’s basically the story. And, not a lot happens. The book itself is quick read. Not hard, but engaging and moves along at a brisk pace for about 280 pages. It’s definitely fun to see all the characters I’ve become familiar with reappear and have their interactions. and, since Bacco has become a bit of a main stay in the Relaunch universe, her murder was sad.
If you’re a fan of the Star Trek novels, I can safely recommend this book. However, if you aren’t familiar with the Star Trek Relaunch novels, I have to recommend not reading this, and starting from the beginning of the relaunch, otherwise most of the characters, events, and set up won’t mean much of anything. This book relies heavily on that universe to tell its tale.
Which brings up the down side. After I finish the series, I’ll have to post my thoughts on all five books as an entire story, since after the end of DnR, I’m left with the distinct feeling that I haven’t gotten the complete story. In fact, much of this book reads as set up, not to mention resolution from the events of the last Star Trek mini series. Everything from the resolution of the murder of president Bacco to Kira’s orb experience is just a teaser for events that play out in later books. Nothing about this book, stands alone, which is a real problem. Books in a series are fine, they should lead in to the next book or be connected some how. But DnR doesn’t stand on its own. It’s act one and it clearly represents itself as such.
It’s like comics. Issue one doesn’t tell a complete story. In comics, that’s fine. Everyone understands what they’re getting themselves into. In books, that’s not okay. Still, the book is a fun, if not terribly complicated story. There are worse things to read in an afternoon.
Dust and Revelations took me about four hours to read.