Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope
by Una McCormack, Robert Petkoff (Narrator)
I am very disappointed. I wonder if I had enjoyed this, if I hadn‘t seen the new series already. As it was, I found this very boring. The plot held no suspense for me. This was a drag.
There is a lot of talk, weak character development and little to no action. It doesn‘t help that I found the TV series to be mediocre at best, regardless of the nostalgia I was experiencing (seeing Patrick Steward back in this beloved role) and that I did not really like Raffi Musiker or Agnes Jurati much.
The story itself is episodic, talking about rescue efforts on various planets. The climax about Mars is tacked to the end without much build-up and is pretty short. Jean-Luc‘s fate in the aftermath is dealt with very briefly.
I am stumped about this utterly boring book. My main issue: there is a lot of planning and talking about things, but you get to experience very little of anything. This book actually (almost) managed something I had never expected to happen: It made me dislike Picard and think of him as a pompous, self-centered ass.
The only part I enjoyed in this: The audiobook narrator. At first I was a little disappointed that Patrick Stewart does not narrate this himself. The actual narrator, Robert Petkoff, does a pretty decent job of sounding like Stewart and also giving distinct personalities to the other characters. He also does a decent Leonard Nimoy imitation.
I personally can not recommend this book. However, lots of people liked it. So you will have to decide for yourself. If you want a positive voice, look at this review.
Something by the author herself:
“On the occasion of The Last Best Hope, the first novel associated with the Star Trek: Picard television series, author Una McCormack muses on Star Trek, the future it imagines, the present we live in today… and how it all comes together.“
And another interesting review, including the comments thread.
It had never occurred to me, how absurd the supernova plot actually is. So much for believable SF and how gullible I am apparently. Anyway, I greatly enjoyed the 2009 Star Trek movie and I am still sad that this particular branch of Star Trek seems to have ground to a halt, especially considering that ST Discovery did not really do it for me.