Star Trek Voyager: Unworthy
By Kirsten Beyer
BookMattic’s Rating: 4/5
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.09/5
Unworthy is one of those Trek books (if you’re into Star Trek) that is similar to watching an episode of the series. There’s a strong moral to the story which Kirsten Beyer has done a great job in writing. It’s nice to pick up this book and just zoom right through it since it’s easy to read and has a good story line. These Voyager characters have well rounded characteristics which bring life to the story and make it fun to read.
Unworthy’s plot is tied in with a few of these new Star Trek Voyager books written by Kirsten Beyer which at first I did not know. So there are some back plotting that might come to a surprise, like it did for me, if you haven’t read any of the other books. This doesn’t take away from the understanding of this story, though it does open up many questions as to how the story lead up to that point, how the characters got to where they are and generally makes you want to go back and read the other books.
Starfleet is sending Voyager along with 8 other ships, Esquiline, Quirinal, Planck, Galen, Curie, Demeter, Achilles and Hawking on a three year mission to the Delta Quadrant using slipstream technology to get there and back. Captain Eden is in command of Voyager along with Tom Paris as her first officer and a few other faces that we all have grown to love. Their mission is to seek out new life and explore areas where Voyager in its first time around to the Delta Quadrant didn’t get a chance to explore. As they arrive in the Delta Quadrant they come across a system with a species known as the Indign living together as a ‘collective’ with several different species emulating the Borg. The Indign travel in ships that look exactly like Borg cubes. Luckily the cubes are not as strong and don’t have capabilities to assimilate people. Nonetheless Voyager has to find a way to communicate with the Indign since it is their mission to explore. They also want to find out exactly what happened with the Borg because now they are gone. The biggest threat to all kind was eliminated by the Caeliar gestalt.
There’s a few other well done aspects to this book such as Seven of Nine’s rehabilitation into living without the Borg collective voices in her head and dealing with emotions she hasn’t experience since before she was assimilated. Basically she’s human again, but for her she can’t define herself like that, she was human before getting assimilated, then spent most of her life as Borg, and finally the Caeliar came along and replaced her nano-probes with Caeliar catoms and made her for the most part, human. It’s fantastic that she’s in the story with Chakotay and the Doctor right along side her to help her in her personal journey.
Last but not least there are a few new characters that are great additions to the Voyager cast. Captain Eden and Counselor Cambridge. Captain Eden does hold some of the same qualities as Janeway but she seems more ‘human’, I guess more sensitive than Janeway. She has a lot of growing to do as a captain but she’s still strong willed which is a quality any captain should have. All of this put together makes her character interesting to read about. Part of her history is mysterious, interesting. Then you’ve got Counselor Cambridge which is the perfect addition to this series. He’s got guts and lots of humor. He’s very similar to Bones but much more easy going. He’ll speak his mind as if he doesn’t have a filter. By far Counselor Cambridge is my favorite new character.