Monday, April 16, 2018

Deep Space Nine #10 and #11

In Space Camp, Jake and Nog go to Space Camp on the planet Rikar for two weeks. This is basically boot camp, for people planning to join Starfleet. They and the other cadets are forced to do a lot of exercises, they go through a disaster simulation, trips through deadly landscapes and practice battles against each other. Jake and Nog both get a crush on the same girl, and they get incredibly competitive. They also prank each other.

Two-thirds of the way through, we get a plot twist. Quark gave Nog a holocube diary device. Quark reveals that it's secretly been programmed, to hack into any computer in a two-mile radius. It accidentally hacks into an underground computer and triggers a bunch of bombs. Our heroes are forced to go underground and break into the computer system to save the planet.

This book was okay, but not all that good. It was mostly an unrelated series of boot camp exercises. The book has some nice foreshadowing for the series, wasas Nog considers joining Starfleet for real, while Jake considers not joining Starfleet.

Book 11 is Day of Honor: Honor Bound, featuring Worf's son Alexander. He's going through Klingon puberty, and he wants to destroy things constantly. Worf helps teach him some techniques to cool his temper, and Alexander promises not to attack anything until the Day of Honor holiday next week.

A trio of bullies harass Alexander, and they even push a bookshelf on him. Alexander takes the blame for it, rather than tattle-tale on them. The bullies beat up Alexander the next day, and again, he takes the blame instead of telling the truth. Worf intervenes at this point, and the bullies are challenged to defeat Alexander in a traditional Day of Honor competition.

Alexander is nice, though, and he challenges them to a gymnastics competition, instead of fight to the death. He wins, the bullies learn that prejudice is awful, and Alexander learns to embrace his heritage. This book was a totally different style than the previous book, with a lot of focus on Alexander's feelings and internal struggles.

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Thanks for letting me read these teenager Star Trek novels, blog readers. That was a nice diversion, in between book reading projects. Now I want to continue reading the Deep Space Nine series for adults again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Everyone needs some light reading.