Every thirty-three years, a rift in space connects the Federation with a mysterious race called the Calligar who live on a planet hundreds of light years away — much too far to travel in a Starship. Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise™ are dispatched to transport a Federation delegation of diplomats, scholars and scientists who will travel to Calligar directly during the brief period of time that the rift will be open.
Mr. Spock leads the Federation party as they travel by shuttle through the rift just as a group of the aliens arrive in Federation space. The meetings go smoothly until the Calligar take Spock’s party hostage and Kirk discovers that the aliens are keeping a deadly secret. With angry Tellarite and Andorain fleets ready to attack the Calligar, Kirk must save Spock and the others before war breaks out and the rift closes for another fifty years.
Here we are!! At book 50 of the Star Trek Book Challenge!! That means there are only 37 more to go! Sweet baby Jesus haha, definitely a bit much to take on for a random challenge. But I’m glad I did tho. It’s been interesting to say the least.
The Rift (Star Trek: The Original Series #57) by Peter David as some good foreshadowing and use of nuances. Very good contrasting/comparison of Kirk and Pike, and explanation of changes in the enterprise from Pike’s era to the first series. Not a long portion, but a decent inclusion of Pike as a character. It was nice to see Kirk get some comeuppances. I also liked the societal comparisons/contrasts with the Prime Directive. As much as I have enjoyed many other books in the original series, this one ranks a bit out ahead of the others. It’s over all it’s a well written story and a classic Trek adventure :). The history for the characters was well done and the humor was perfect for this story. If you have a chances to read this book, I’d say go for it.