Monday, 6 December 2021

[Review] - Star Trek: Coda: Book 3: Oblivion's Gate


The Star Trek "litverse" concluded last week with the publication of Star Trek: Coda: Oblivion's Gate by David Mack.


For the past twenty years, Trek authors have been telling stories beyond the episodes and movies. Well, all that came to a halt because of the streaming series Star Trek: Picard, which is set twenty years after 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis and ignores the litverse continuity. Dayton Ward, James Swallow, and David Mack worked together to create the litverse swang song trilogy.

In the Coda trilogy, the TNG mysterious villains, the Devidians, feed off a timeline created by a past temporal anomaly event. Captain Jean-Luc Picard became aware of this anomaly via his stepson Wesely Crusher, a "Traveller" who witnessed the Devidians madness firsthand. The Devidians are slowly destroying this universe, and then they'll go on to the next alternate universe. There is only one way to stop the Deividians - erase the litverse timeline from existence.


Final Thoughts

I felt like a kid Christmas morning when I got my hands on a copy of Oblivion's Gate. I couldn't wait to find out how everything was going to end, and at the same time, I was sad to see it go. Hands down, Oblivion's Gate is the best in the Coda trilogy. And, it has nothing to do with it being the final installment. It's just better written than the Dayton Ward and James Swallow entries. Don't get me wrong, I liked those books, too, but David Mack's descriptions and dialogues are on a whole different level.

Like I already mentioned, I was overhyped about Oblivion's Gate from the get-go, and I read it within 24 hours. The stakes have never been higher for our favorite Trek characters, and they're in a race against time to save the "Prime" timeline. Most of the surviving characters from Moment's Asunder and The Ashes of Tomorrow get their time to shine in this story. I don't want to give too many spoilers, but the revelation of the creation of the temporal anomaly wasn't too big of a surprise for me. However, at the same time, part of me was surprised David Mack connected the dots back to First Contact.

Listen, if you're a passionate or casual Trek reader, you're going to want to read Star Trek: Coda: Oblivion's Gate. Is this the ending we wanted? Maybe not. At least the Star Trek litverse has a definite finale, unlike what happened with the Star Wars expanded universe. In this case, there's an ending and beginning with Oblivion's Gate directly tying into the "Picard" universe - for better or worse.


Like I already mentioned, I was overhyped about Oblivion's Gate from the get-go, and I read it within 24 hours. The stakes have never been higher for our favorite Trek characters, and they're in a race against time to save the "Prime" timeline. Most of the surviving characters from Moment's Asunder and The Ashes of Tomorrow get their time to shine in this story. I don't want to give too many spoilers, but the revelation of the creation of the temporal anomaly wasn't too big of a surprise for me. However, at the same time, part of me was surprised David Mack connected the dots back to First Contact.

Listen, if you're a passionate or casual Trek reader, you're going to want to read Star Trek: Coda: Oblivion's Gate. Is this the ending we wanted? Maybe not. At least the Star Trek litverse has a definite finale, unlike what happened with the Star Wars expanded universe. In this case, there's an ending and beginning with Oblivion's Gate directly tying into the "Picard" universe - for better or worse.

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