For a series where
characterization has recently been defined by how quickly you speak
Technobabble, to get a story as strong as Equinox is, to say the
least, unexpected. Voyager comes to the aid of stricken Starfleet vessel
Equinox, discovered in the Delta Quadrant seemingly under unprovoked attack.
However, no sooner have they carried out a rescue than Captain Kathy and Co
become involved in the terrible decision made by Equinoxs captain Ransom;
a decision which might spell disaster for both ships.
If Diane Careys
adaptation has anything going for it at all, its in being based on an
excellent character-driven story which would be hard to ruin. Though in
fairness, she has a good try. For a writer with so many books to her name, you
might expect a vague ability with the English language, rather than a
speed-written heap of mixed metaphors and skewed descriptions for which the
literary term utter gibberish is often applied. Witness: She
had fought to her last straw, and even that had finally cracked or
hoping to crinkle the ice a little more with Ransom. And always be
wary of books where they spell the sound effects for you.
The books most
significant deviation from the screened story is in removing episode ones
mystery regarding what the Equinox crew have done. It means Janeways
discovery is of something we already know and makes the first half of the book
a very slow read, though if you can handle a complete lack of tension then it
allows a better insight into both Ransom and Janeways thinking and makes
more of this Heart of Darkness retelling.
So what do we learn from the
events of Equinox? Firstly, that its good to talk. And secondly,
never throw your dinner party entertainers into your warp core.
|Written by Diane Carey
|Reviewed by Ian Atkins
|Simon & Schuster Books
|Price: £5.99 UK
|ISBN: 0 671 04295
| selected from TV Zone #121
Sadly, these lessons were
already taught in the television version, and this book adds nothing more.
Actually calling Equinox a novel (as the cover does) surely violates
some kind of trading standard, and if it doesnt then it insults the great
(by this standard) novelists, such as Campbell, Collins and Trump.