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|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 28, 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,743 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#66 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#159 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#361 in Adventure Science Fiction
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Janeway, Chakotay and most of Voyager seem to have been written out of the franchise in Kirsten
Bayer's last book To Lose The Earth, I have to wonder what's in store for the other characters.
Even with all of the above, this book is a worthwhile read.
This is a really well-written book. I mean, well-written is something we come to expect from the Star Trek book series, with good authors and editors, but this is a step above. Dayton Ward has managed to create a compelling book that kept me gripped throughout, as the multiple crises unfolded in logical fashion inside The Big Crisis. I will leave my speculation as to what this is building up to myself for the moment.
As the first part of a trilogy, many questions necessarily are left unanswered. This book is here to set up the story and the antagonists, and it did a good job at that. The antagonists weren't immediately revealed by their own points of view as in many books, but instead by detective work by Our Heroes, including a very humane Wesley Crusher in his Traveler form. The Enterprise, the Titan and the Aventine are all together in this (we're missing Voyager,, but who knows what's coming in the rest of the trilogy?)
Even the "Countdown to Shield Failure" trope that usually puts me off is well-written. If you pay attention to details, you'll notice that it's different every time. In fact, it made me think that antagonists fighting Starfleet would feel like fighting the Borg: no strategy works more than twice or three times, until Starfleet adapts.
The mounting casualty list is both compelling and depressing. If you like some of the characters, you'll feel down. I remember when they killed off Jasminder Choudhury in Cold Equations and felt it was unnecessary. This book doesn't make the deaths feel unnecessary, because the authors are clearly building up to something, but the real gut reaction can't be avoided. _This is a dark book_
I had originally pre-ordered only this book and not the next two, wondering if I would want to read the next ones. I most certainly will now.
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.
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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.