I have been thinking a lot about Star Trek Voyager since the recent release of Kirsten Beyer’s latest book in the Relaunch series Atonement. First and foremost I have been thinking that I am now 3 books behind and I had better get going since I really want to know what is happening with the Voyager crew.
But it has also caused me to look back at the Voyager books of yore. Certainly you should go an explore it all but some of the highlights for me have been the Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch Voyager novels. Dafydd ab Hugh‘s Invasion novel was excellent and The String Theory Trilogy is not to be missed.
One unique element of the Voyager novels is that Jeri Taylor, one of the creators of Voyager, wrote two novels giving more backstory to the characters she helped create. They are Mosaic and Pathways and they are both worth a read.
BUT! If you love the Star Trek Voyager live action TV show but have not yet started on the novels your best bet is to start with a Christie Golden numbered novel. When Christie Golden writes a Voyager novel it is the most warm, comfortable and familiar thing you have ever experienced. The character voices are perfect and the interactions are right on. I can’t help but smile with every page.
I started watching Voyager late. The show was already over and I devoured the DVD sets. When I finally finished with Endgame I was not satisfied. I NEEDED more Voyager. Luckily for me there were the Voyager Relaunch novels, the first four of which were written by Christie Golden. I loved the Homecoming books but was not as thrilled with the Spirit Walk books. I must not have been the only one because there was a 5 year gap between Christie Golden’s Spirit Walk Book Two and the next Voyager book Kirsten Beyer’s novel Full Circle.
During that 5 year gap a few things happened elsewhere in the Star Trek Novel Universe. First and most importantly in Peter David’s novel Before Dishonor under the Next Generation heading Admiral Janeway is killed. I won’t tell you how because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. (Open mouth and insert foot.) Then David Mack’s Destiny Trilogy happened and the entire Star Trek Universe got shaken up.
Amazon – Star Trek: Destiny
iBooks – Star Trek: Destiny: The Complete Saga – David Mack
All of these events took a heavy toll on the Voyager crew. Kirsten Beyer picks up the pieces in her novels and does such a good job of letting the pain develop our characters. She moves the narrative forward away from safe familiar territory and into unknown waters. I cannot wait to jump back into Kirsten Beyer’s Star Trek Voyager.
If you would like to see a reading order for the Voyager novels I recommend the Wikipedia page for Star Trek books. I will put a link below. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook to join the conversation. Enjoy!