Where was the Enterprise during season 1 of Discovery? There was a war on, after all! This book does a great job answering that question.
Miller brings the Enterprise crew alive, from the senior command staff to those usually relegated to the lower decks. He does an especially good job with Anson Mount’s Captain Pike and blending the new Spock of Ethan Peck with the character we’ve known for over 50 years. The story takes place over the course of a year, but Miller makes every moment action packed while also conveying the passage of time.
The ship’s adventure in the Pergamum Nebula is a clever bit of world-building within an already expansive world, and I was sucked into the drama and ongoing conflict as much as the Enterprise and her crew were. As usual, a novel allows the writer to play with concepts and technology that would be too difficult to portray on screen and develop a longer story with plenty of exciting and complicated elements.
By the end of the story, even the villain had morphed into a sympathetic character, and I was incredibly pleased and pleasantly surprised with the closure of the plot. This book is worth reading for any fan of Star Trek, regardless of whether you watch Discovery or not.
Still too many baseball references, though. The joke is getting old, guys.