Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: The High Country

When an experimental shuttlecraft fails, Captain Christopher Pike suspects a mechanical malfunction—only to discover the very principles on which Starfleet bases its technology have simply stopped functioning. He and his crewmates are forced to abandon ship in a dangerous maneuver that scatters thei

This is is one of the best Trek books that I’ve read in a while, with no offense intended towards the other ones that have come and gone. I’m somewhat surprised that I had such a great experience with it, as I recently read “Rogue Elements” and hated nearly everything about it, and both of them were by John Jackson Miller. I knew that I liked his writing though, as Rogue Elements wasn’t a poorly written book, I just thought the entire premise was ridiculous and it used some Trek elements that I’ve always thought were among the most silly in the franchise. Both books serve as quasi-sequels to television episodes, with Rogue Elements featuring the goofy mobsters first introduced in the original series episode “A Piece of the Action”, and High Country following up on some loose threads from Star Trek: Enterprise’s cowboy episode “North Star”.

Miller was able to capture Pike’s sarcastic swagger perfectly and introduced a deep and broad backstory for the elements of the planet they’re on and as I mentioned, I loved how it all played out. Normally I’m a spaceship kinda guy, but for once I was happy to be on this pony ride.

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