Why not kick off the new year with more space faring adventures with Jean Luc and crew? Is there ever not a good time to pine for the stars and imagine onesself gliding through the vacuum powered by dilithium and imagination? Along that vein I continue my novelistic journey with the next Star Trek TNG novel, “Power Hungry”.
This novel, written by Howard Weinstein, takes readers on an adventure that blends political intrigue with the thrill of space exploration, showcasing the crew of the USS Enterprise in a story of danger and diplomacy.
The novel centers around the planet Thiopa, a world grappling with a crucial dilemma: the potential environmental destruction caused by their primary energy source. The Enterprise, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, is dispatched to assist in this crisis. However, upon arrival, they find themselves embroiled in local politics and a complicated situation that tests their diplomatic skills and Starfleet principles.
The plot thickens as the Enterprise crew discovers that the energy crisis on Thiopa might not be as straightforward as it seems. Elements within Thiopa’s political landscape have their own agendas, and the Enterprise finds itself navigating a web of deceit and subterfuge. The story really shines in it’s portrayal of Captain Picard’s diplomatic acumen, as he must make decisions that balance the needs of the Thiopans with the broader implications for the Federation. His calm and measured approach to conflict resolution is a highlight of the novel and a trait that I wish I could muster daily with my children.
Commander Riker and the rest of the crew also play significant roles, with each character contributing to the resolution of the crisis in their unique way. Weinstein captures the essence of these characters, staying true to their voices and personalities as established in the television series. The books are finally catching stride and seem to understand the characters better.
The story adeptly tackles themes of environmentalism, the ethical dilemmas of intervention, and the complexities of diplomatic engagement. The narrative is paced well, with a blend of action, dialogue, and introspection that keeps the story engaging. Weinstein’s writing style is accessible and vivid, painting a picture of Thiopa’s world that is both intriguing and believable. The interplay between the crew members, their interactions with the Thiopans, and the unfolding mystery keep the reader invested in the story.
“Power Hungry” is a compelling addition to the Star Trek TNG literary canon. (Although these are all non-cannon :[) It captures the spirit of the television series, offering a story that is both thought-provoking and entertaining. In “Power Hungry,” Howard Weinstein has crafted a tale that is a testament to the enduring appeal of the Star Trek saga – a journey into the final frontier that is as much about exploring new worlds as it is about understanding our own.