Star Trek: Discovery – Fear Itself
Lieutenant Saru is a Kelpien, a member of a prey species born on a world overrun by monstrous predators…and a being who very intimately understands the nature of fear. Challenged on all sides, he is determined to surpass his origins and succeed as a Starfleet officer aboard the USS Shenzhou. But when Saru breaks protocol in order to prove himself to his crewmates, what begins as a vital rescue mission to save a vessel in distress soon escalates out of control. Forced into a command role he may not be ready for, Saru is caught between his duty and the conflicting agendas of two antagonistic alien races. To survive, he will need to seek a path of peace against all odds, and risk compromising the very ideals he has sworn to uphold…
Released in 2018 after the first season, this is a fantastic science fiction novel by James Swallow, an author given the unenviable task of writing a full length Star Trek novel with only a dozen episodes to base the characters on. 99% of the back story is fantastic, though there’s two minor back story issues that don’t really matter at the end of the day. Swallow was able to capture the character voices and write an action story that kept me interested the entire time I was in the book.
I did find it interesting that this book featured drone ships like in the Enterprise War, released just a year later.