Moments Asunder: Star Trek: Coda: Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse - only to find that some fates really are inevitable.
Starfleet’s finest faces a challenge unlike any other
Tomorrow is doomed.
Time is coming apart. Countless alternate and parallel realities are under attack, weakening and collapsing from relentless onslaught. If left unchecked, the universe faces an unstoppable descent toward entropy.
Wanderer, oracle, ally
Scarred and broken after decades spent tracking this escalating temporal disaster, while battling the nameless enemy responsible for it, an old friend seeks assistance from Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. The apocalypse may originate from their future, but might the cause lie in their past?
Everything that will be
Identifying their adversary is but the first step toward defeating them, but early triumphs come with dreadful costs. What will the price be to achieve final victory, and how will that success be measured in futures as yet undefined?
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 52 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 28, 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #15,509 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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That being said, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding Star Trek: Coda and the first of three books from the series, Moments Asunder. Written by Dayton Ward, this book has the monumental task of not only opening up this epic plot and series but also doing its part to bring to a close dozens of plots and character arcs that have been exclusive to the novels for the past two decades since the release of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Avatar series. While an enjoyable and easy read, this book felt like it suffered slightly from the first pancake syndrome–you know what you’re about to take part in, you’re anticipating the meal but no matter how hard you try, that first pancake isn’t going to come out as planned. “Moments Asunder” comes off as a blend of The Terminator and Avengers: Endgame. Our heroes–the crew of the starship Enterprise-E, are up against a temporal threat and time traveling enemy. A character from TNG-lore makes a return and is positioned to be the universe’s greatest hope for survival. There are a lot of Thanos-snap like deaths and characters from the novel universe are mostly on the chopping block. There is one big death but it felt rather played down, which makes me believe that death may not be permanent and may lead to something more in the other two books in the series.
This being the first of three parts of a series meant to wrap up several different lines of books, I expected an epic crossover of sorts. This first novel was mostly a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel. Picard and Beverly Crusher are at the heart of the plot. The book has vibes of Star Trek: Nemesis for the first third of the novel; there’s a lot of change coming about with various characters being presented with new opportunities that would require them to leave the Enterprise behind. Then a threat comes about and all of that change is put on hold as our heroes do all they can to preserve and save the universe. We as the reader, however, know that this universe as we know it is doomed–Star Trek: Picard has given us a glimpse of what’s supposed to happen and there have been more than a few novels released under the Star Trek: Picard banner to show what’s happened between the final scenes of Star Trek: Nemesis and the first episode of Star Trek: Picard. “Moments Asunder” does its best to setup an epic plot but much of the payoff feels like it’s being held off for the next two books. There are many action scenes that play out that feel more like filler than real meaty material and a few characters feel a bit “off.” We’ve seen 7 seasons of TNG and several TNG-themed movies yet Beverly Crusher simply refers (in private) to William Riker as “Riker” rather than “Will;” another legacy TNG character, who has played a minor role in previous Star Trek novel-verse novels feels like a super hero and gets a bit of hero worship; Worf feels very reserved and tame and is plagued with bad dreams; and two Deep Space Nine’s characters association/past feels completely ignored. O
Overall, “Moments Asunder” is okay–it’s average and ends not on a real cliffhanger but just on a quiet note. I’d have liked to have seen/read more crossover moments; some Voyager characters pop up here and there but as much as Star Trek: Voyager plays into some of the plot and is referenced, the Star Trek: Voyager relaunch novels feel a bit absent. Deep Space Nine, another relaunch series, also feels very played down in this first novel but hopefully that’s fixed in the next two. There’s a lot of action but the books feels light on real character development and wrapping of plots brought up in the novels over the past few years. Overall, it’s ok if you go into it knowing that much of the action, plots, twists and turns are probably being reserved for the final two installments. You don’t need to have read all of the novels that have taken place since Star Trek: Nemesis but I would say having read the Destiny trilogy and being aware of the Typhon Pact and The Fall is going to help facilitate a lot and help you get into these books a lot easier. If you’re expecting Coda to match the hype and excitement of some of the past mini series’ like Avatar or even Millennium, get through this book and expect the payoff in the two other novels to come.
Whether you think this is necessary or not will probably impact your love of the book or not. As far as I was concerned, the finale of STAR TREK: THE FALL pretty much wrapped up the Litverse as much as you needed to be. You can just move on to a new continuity after a happy ending like the kind we managed to get. I'm reminded of the famous quotation, "A happy ending depends on where you stop the story" by Orson Welles (allegedly). When the old STAR WARS Expanded Universe ended, I always felt it had gone a little too long as we knew that Luke/Han/Leia's sacrifices would end up with the dystopian LEGACY comics.
Was it necessary to blow up the universe (if that's what they're doing)? No. Is it a good story so far? Yes, but those who have an attachment to the characters of the Litverse may feel numerous gut punches and kicks before this is over. It's closing time and the Dayton Ward clearly thinks that this means a fire sale. While the "canon" characters of the Star Trek universe will undoubtedly be in the rebooted timeline just fine (except for the ones killed off nin Picard), the ones who are purely of the novelverse are not going to be so lucky I fear. Really, the only one we know will be "safe" is Christine Vale and that's because she shows up in DARK VEIL.I will be honest, one of the deaths in this book REALLY hit me hard.
The Monitor of this particular Crisis on Infinite Treks is, of all people, Wesley Crusher and it's a shame Will Wheaton has stated he's done with the character. I think he would be a very well loved character if he showed up as his Traveler form. Seeing him desperately trying to save his kid brother (who won't exist in the Picard-verse), his mother, his stepfather, and the Enterprise is a surprisingly moving story. The enemies they face are perhaps a little hard to believe (I think the Sphere Builders would have been a better choice) but I'm glad they mined Trek lore for these guys rather than inventing someone new.
This is a harsh and ruthless book but one that I'm glad to have ordered every copy of. The Trekverse has lasted decades of fun but now it's time to bring it an end. Let us at least meet it like Klingons, head on.
I would still like to know why "they' decided to change so much in Picard. The story chosen really could have been done with much of the accumulated history intact, not everything certainly, but much of it.
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There is essentially no character development, other than "haha they died".
Pacing is awfully slow. While a somewhat slow pace is expected in the first part of a trilogy, this book is just bloatedly slow, to the point where everything done in the first 1/3 of this book could have been done in a chapter.
RIP this continuity. RIP all the excellent characters.
It's a rough, rough book.
This isn’t bad, but it isn’t good either. I was not gripped by the story with its over reliance on a character that was never that interesting to me in the first place. The narrative felt bloated and this part of the story could have been told in half the length it took.
I will keep my fingers crossed that the next part is an improvement…
I'm finishing the book with morbid curiosity for the next two books... But I hate that they exist.