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#183: Gypsy World (DS9 YA #7)

This week, when Nog peeks at a starmap containing a secret, the ship’s captain brushes it off as the folly of youth. But his crew demands tougher justice, taking the boys on a ride that may not come with a return ticket. Why does the computer have a feminine voice? Where the heck is the Lost Quadrant? And is being the leader of the Rom Defense Squad going to become a full-time gig for me? All this and more in Gypsy World, or, D.S.9.: The Search for Eden.

#169: Field Trip (DS9 YA #6)

This week, when Keiko promises Sisko her class’s field trip to the Gamma Quadrant will be totally safe, it’s almost as if she’s never seen Star Trek. But when a Cardassian attack forces an emergency landing, Jake’s Bigfoot sighting might be the thing that saves them all. How much say does the senior staff have in Keiko’s curriculum? How badly are the YA books and the show going to de-sync? And is Nog the big mood of 2021? All this and more in Field Trip, the book that remembers a more innocent time.

#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!

#146: Prisoners of Peace (DS9 YA #3)

This week, Keiko’s class gets a new student, but the only class he’s interested in is Advanced Cardassian Murdering. But when they find a stowaway in the vents, they suddenly realize why there’s always cheesecake in the beef stew. Can the YA books handle full Garak? Is it harder to survive war or peace? And when did everyone turn British all of a sudden? All this and more in Prisoners of Peace, the book that may very well lay claim to the franchise’s first adorable Vulcan.

#131: Stowaways (DS9-YA #2)

This week, Jake misses terra firma enough to take Nog up on some ill-advised shenanigans. But when their unwitting Uber driver gets kidnapped, suddenly they’re the ones playing secret agent. Is there any such thing as a poisonous snake? Is Vedek Bareil just chopped liver? And is there any way Ben raised Jake to talk to women like that? All this and more in Stowaways, the book where the beach is transparent.

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