#153: Caretaker (VOY #1, episode novel)

This week, when Captain Janeway worries that her chief of security has gone MIA, the search lands her ship clear on the other side of the galaxy. But as she struggles to find an easy way home, it becomes distressingly apparent that not even a two-parter may be enough to fix everything. Who do early writers perceive as Voyager‘s main character? Is Voyager’s entire stay in the Delta Quadrant Starfleet’s fault? And can I learn to stop worrying and love the Neelix? All this and more in Caretaker, the book that takes time to honor its fallen.

#152: Proud Helios (DS9 #9)

This week, when a ragtag band of pirates puts one over on the Cardassians, Dukat doesn’t care what he has to do to stop them. But when Diva Plavalaguna turns out to have some surprising haggling bona fides, there could be danger to DS9 from inside and outside. How many kinds of spiders does Bajor have? What’s the worst episode of season one? And why is everyone picking on Julian? All this and more in Proud Helios, the book that resembles its subject a little too closely.

#151: Mystery of the Missing Crew (TNG-YA #6)

This week, as Data makes his way to Starfleet Academy, he finds that some birds of a feather really like to flock together. But when the adults vanish and the robo death squad moves in, they’ll have to learn to do group work among more than just themselves. Will Data rise above peer pressure? Can his new friends even join the Federation? And how long can the streak of fun about-the-author paragraphs last? All this and more in Mystery of the Missing Crew, the book that solves the mystery of the missing crew.

#150: Balance of Power (TNG #33)

This week, when a scientist of questionable repute dies, the powers of the galaxy race to bid on his creations. But when Wesley stumbles on a way to make gold-pressed latinum grow on trees, the invention falls into the hands of the last people you’d want that sort of thing to. What is Geordi’s major malfunction? Can we break the Bing Klingon translator? And has Data been running a long con this whole time? All this and more in Balance of Power, the book that dirties up nicely.

#149: The Pet (DS9-YA #4)

Quick Note to Readers: I am currently tasked with supervising my son’s virtual schooling. Due to the time commitment this requires, review postings (like this one) may be delayed to Friday evenings or Saturday mornings for the next few weeks. The reviews are getting written, but between handling virtual schooling and having to fit in sleep (because I work overnight), opportunities to transcribe them are severely limited. I know y’all will understand because you’re cool like that. I just wanted you to know. —Jess

This week, when a big brown furry thing takes a shine to Jake, Odo leaves it in his and Nog’s care. But when the wormholes burps up a soap bubble that’s looking for its abducted prince, their bylaws dictate that they can’t give out any useful information for finding him. Are Jake and Nog card-carrying members of G.R.O.S.S.? Does Morn ever panic? And do you even have to read this book at all? All this and more in The Pet, a book written by Mel Gilden. What a guy!

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