Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.
I bought this right after finishing Ready Player One as this is also narrated by Will Wheton. and I liked it. I really liked it; even when it got meta and at times, especially because it got meta. The characters were awesome and the story came together really well. As a part time Trekkie, I loved all of the subtle and, let’s be real, not so subtle digs at Star Trek and the whole concept was just so cool! (My favourite part was the magic box that solves all of their problems for them without regard for science.) But three quarters of the way through, the main story ends and there are a handful of chapters that take place without the crew you’ve come to love and this completely threw me. If the main story had continued the whole way through, this would have been a four star listen for me. As it was, I dropped it down to three, but I’d be lying if I said I can’t see myself listening to this again one day – and that doesn’t always happen to me with audiobooks.