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The U.S.S. Discovery's specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call The U.S.S. Discovery's specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored. Is the seemingly human man found alone and alive inside the network the Starfleet officer he claims to be, or an impostor created by alien intruders who hope to extract themselves from the mycelial plane at the expense of all lives aboard Discovery?


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The U.S.S. Discovery's specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call The U.S.S. Discovery's specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored. Is the seemingly human man found alone and alive inside the network the Starfleet officer he claims to be, or an impostor created by alien intruders who hope to extract themselves from the mycelial plane at the expense of all lives aboard Discovery?

30 review for Dead Endless

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jemppu

    For someone like me, who finds themselves much relating to the character of Stamets, and inspired by their relationship and (universes transcending) love with Culber, this was such a joyride and an emotional thrill. Pleasant exploration of number of themes; tying in together bits of canon introduced separately in various media, and featuring lots of complementary thoughts and ideas sprung from those instances, previously mostly existing in the more or less formless realms of personal headcanon. For someone like me, who finds themselves much relating to the character of Stamets, and inspired by their relationship and (universes transcending) love with Culber, this was such a joyride and an emotional thrill. Pleasant exploration of number of themes; tying in together bits of canon introduced separately in various media, and featuring lots of complementary thoughts and ideas sprung from those instances, previously mostly existing in the more or less formless realms of personal headcanon. All of which here rang true to the characters, and in that sense were very supportive and validating of the imagined general psyches of Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, and great additions to their shared lore. The story is set harmlessly in a way that disturbs the established canon very little, if at all. Which too made the reading experience that much more relaxing and worry free; not chafing against already accepted facts. Still, not insignificant, but if anything, indeed embellishing some of the formerly introduced history. I will admit my personal focus on this being - as with the show - first and foremost Stamets, Culber and their shared experience, but other than a fulfilling 'Culmets' narrative, the story also has a dynamic teamwork drive, prominently featuring whole of the established on-screen Disco crew. Plus, including the one lesser featured character I personally care for most: Justin Straal, Paul's 'fungal bro' and 'hetero lifemate'. Such a delight to have them here, interacting with Paul, Hugh, and the previously unknown crew of USS Glenn, too. If there was one thing I might've noticed missing, it was some more calm and solitary moment(s), perhaps. The action is instant, and constant, and most all things happen under the watchful eyes of one or more shipmates. However, this is not a thing to despair over; true to the life aboard after all, one would imagine. (And, 'the calm' is where my personal ruminations have always lingered, so, room to easily fill in the quiet between the action is nothing but a relief, too). I had been waiting for this book both excited as well as anxious (both for the same reason of intense love for the characters), and can happily say that after the fact, of these two, only excitement remains. Excitement, delight, and inspiration (the good and manageable kind, born of sheer "yay"). Heartfelt and beautiful. Thank you, Mr. Galanter, for doing good for our darlings. I am nothing but elated by this. This came together during the 2nd listen, inspired by a scene.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dawn C

    A complex and very clever account of what actually happened to Hugh Culmets while he was trapped in the spore network. It’s rare that tie-in novels fill gaps of tv shows in any meaningful way but this one did. It also dealt with the Discovery crew’s treatment of the tardigrade, something I disliked on the show and which was left without comment. Lastly, I *loved* the alien species and the crew’s encounter with them, their communication was organic and interesting and even offered a few John A complex and very clever account of what actually happened to Hugh Culmets while he was trapped in the spore network. It’s rare that tie-in novels fill gaps of tv shows in any meaningful way but this one did. It also dealt with the Discovery crew’s treatment of the tardigrade, something I disliked on the show and which was left without comment. Lastly, I *loved* the alien species and the crew’s encounter with them, their communication was organic and interesting and even offered a few John Scalzi-ish humorous moments. A good read, all in all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mareike

    I absolutely hands down love this book. I'm not sure I've ever read a tie-in novel this good. This book tore at my heartstrings and made me smile and laugh and, finally, had me a second away from full-on crying on a train by the epilogue. (view spoiler)[There's always a little trepidation with books like this, but especially if it centers on your favorite characters in a show. Will the author get them right? is a question that almost inevitable crops up. And it's not necessarily a fair question I absolutely hands down love this book. I'm not sure I've ever read a tie-in novel this good. This book tore at my heartstrings and made me smile and laugh and, finally, had me a second away from full-on crying on a train by the epilogue. (view spoiler)[There's always a little trepidation with books like this, but especially if it centers on your favorite characters in a show. Will the author get them right? is a question that almost inevitable crops up. And it's not necessarily a fair question because, like all fans, I have all kinds of headcanons that, to one extern or another, mix with how the characters are portayed in the show. That being said, however, Dave Galanter absolutely got these characters . And not only did he get Stamets and Culber right, he also did a marvelous job with everyone else, giving several of the other Discovery characters moments to shine (and be the big nerds we love). And all in a story about parallel universes and "what ifs?" and "some other mes". I marvel at the skill it took to balance the emotional and philosophical heaviness of Stamets' and Culber's story with suspense and some excellent humor. (hide spoiler)] This has even surpassed Una McCormack's Tilly novel and is now my favorite among the Discovery tie-ins. Also, I see those references to Discworld and Doctor Who and I tip my hat to you, Mister Galanter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    I have to give this 4 stars, because it is way better than any of the other DSC-novels I've read. Yet still it managed to leave me somehow wanting. I started with little expectations, because so far I was quite lukewarm on the Discovery tie-in novels. And so I was positively taken with the first chapters. Not only does the story feature Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, my way most favourite ST characters, Galanter also managed to set the right tone for them (always a tricky task with the writing of I have to give this 4 stars, because it is way better than any of the other DSC-novels I've read. Yet still it managed to leave me somehow wanting. I started with little expectations, because so far I was quite lukewarm on the Discovery tie-in novels. And so I was positively taken with the first chapters. Not only does the story feature Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, my way most favourite ST characters, Galanter also managed to set the right tone for them (always a tricky task with the writing of beloved show characters). Both instantly felt familiar and in-character. And not only those two. The author has a sure hand for all of the crew, which was a delight to read. I was especially pleased that the 'second row' (Tracy Pollard, Gen Rhys, R.A. Bryce, Airiam …) all got their scenes. The story itself started strong. Galanter showed much sensitivity for the emotional chaos of his protagonists and balanced personal scenes with a solid sporedrive adventure. A successful mix. For about 75% of the book I felt elated and thought that I finally found a DSC book that had both, true characters and a good story. It was running towards a 5 star read. And then nearing the end it somehow lost its focus. There were at least three chapters (or longer scenes … I did listen to it, so I'm not sure if it were whole chapters), that were superfluous, that slowed the pace, distracted from the main protagonists, ruined what could have been such a nice, round story … okay … perhaps I'm being too unfair, but my enthusiasm popped like a balloon and that made me grumpy. Still 4 stars for those chapters that were perfect and for giving room for all of my beloved DSC side characters and for giving a true voice to the best virtual couple ever and for the great cover. (I just try to forget the dragged out ending)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm happy to say I very much enjoyed this story. I was trying to work out where in the Discovery series it would fit, from the general premise of the story and it does indeed slot into it's place as you read. I love the set up of the Discovery as we come to know it, a very interesting insight into the what ifs and might have beens. Coming from Hugh's perpsective, seeing the subtle differences in the characters lives and how that's changed them in small and large ways. I can't deny my heart was I'm happy to say I very much enjoyed this story. I was trying to work out where in the Discovery series it would fit, from the general premise of the story and it does indeed slot into it's place as you read. I love the set up of the Discovery as we come to know it, a very interesting insight into the what ifs and might have beens. Coming from Hugh's perpsective, seeing the subtle differences in the characters lives and how that's changed them in small and large ways. I can't deny my heart was both bursting and breaking for Hugh and Paul, who they are and aren't to each other. The coming anguish on their behalf, knowing what's to come. It's an interesting idea having the Tardigrade "Ripper" or Ephraim from season 1 returning. I haven't seen the Short Trek which seems to also have the Tardigrade in the story, which having the same name I'm assuming is the same one. Unfortunately I must admit finding the conversations between Hugh and Ephraim the part that didn't work as well for me. I comepletely understand Hugh's frustration with the contstant repeat of "I will and I won't. I have and I haven't." Non linear comprehension is a tricky thing to discuss and for me, it was more annoying than anything else. There were a couple of times when it did work, but the rest I have to side with Hugh and beg him to stop. Especially since Ephraim remembers the multiple conversations with Hugh, while Hugh does not, why hasn't he worked out that repeating that phrase doesn't help 80% of the time and just frustrates and upsets him? Aside from that, I enjoyed it over all and it's lovely having a book focusing around Hugh and Paul's characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Beautifully written, Galanter really manages to capture everything I love about Stamets and Culber. Their connection stretching across universes was so utterly heartwarming to read. I appreciated the way the little inconsistencies early on eventually added up to reveal the truth of the premise, and I loved getting to see all the characters we know and love in a new context. This book struck a fantastic emotional balance, leaving me laughing out loud (or at least giggling uncontrollably) at quite Beautifully written, Galanter really manages to capture everything I love about Stamets and Culber. Their connection stretching across universes was so utterly heartwarming to read. I appreciated the way the little inconsistencies early on eventually added up to reveal the truth of the premise, and I loved getting to see all the characters we know and love in a new context. This book struck a fantastic emotional balance, leaving me laughing out loud (or at least giggling uncontrollably) at quite a few parts, and sobbing at several others, and at no point did those moments feel out of place. The ending felt a bit haphazard at trying to put everything back into place, but maybe it's just because I didn't want it to end. Regardless, this is definitely one I will be reading again and I would be thrilled to see another Star Trek novel by this author someday.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    A book of Culmets. Brilliant. I loved the sarcasm, the humor, the angst, the love. So good! A fascinating story about Hugh and the network. It gave me all the feels. I'd love to read another Culmets novel!! I definitely plan on reading this one again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Bright

    What a lovely book to end the year with. The author understands and portrays the characters so perfectly, from their mannerisms to their speech patterns. It's beautifully done, and quite honestly it's the closest thing to a "romance" that I've enjoyed in well, ever. I hate romance. I loved this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, it's obvious that I'm a big fan of Discovery, but one of the biggest downsides of the serialized format of the show as opposed to an episodic series, is that we often don't get to learn much about the characters on a deeper level. This is where Galanter absolutely shines. Whether it be the discussion between Rhys and Airiam about the origins of her name, or the dry snarky jokes the bridge crew all make together as they eat lunch, or the deep, heartbreaking conversations between Paul and Hugh, So, it's obvious that I'm a big fan of Discovery, but one of the biggest downsides of the serialized format of the show as opposed to an episodic series, is that we often don't get to learn much about the characters on a deeper level. This is where Galanter absolutely shines. Whether it be the discussion between Rhys and Airiam about the origins of her name, or the dry snarky jokes the bridge crew all make together as they eat lunch, or the deep, heartbreaking conversations between Paul and Hugh, Galanter has really nailed and strengthened these characters in a way that I wish the show would more often. This was mostly advertised and talked about as a book about Paul, but in all honesty, I think it's more about Hugh. It fills in the details about what he experienced in the mycelial network, and it adds a devastating level of angst to the episode "Saints of Imperfection" from the second season. No wonder Hugh was so scared and terrified and, well, feral, when he was finally found by his Paul, because if he'd been facing this over and over, forgetting, knowing nothing but fear, not even his own name, then finding a Paul but not his Paul, falling in love and then being ripped away and forgetting over and over and over until he finds the right one. No wonder he didn't believe it was Paul, and no wonder he had such issues with dissociation. God I loved it. I did have some issues with the closure of the plot, same as others have noted, with the hasty tie back into canon, but I think it was well executed. I think I just didn't want it to end. “Did I die in my universe, only to end up in this one, with a gentler, kinder Paul?” Way to break my heart, Galanter.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    I quite enjoyed this book, set in the Star Trek universe, showcasing two of my favorite Star Trek characters, Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber. Dave Galanter captured the voice and mannerisms of these two characters so skillfully and spun a heart-wrenching yet beautiful tale of second chances and first chances. Add a tardigrade and the mycelial plane and you have a story that is hard to put down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sel

    This was my first Star Trek book and I was not disappointed! I couldn't pass up a book about Stamets and Culber and their relationship. Without giving too much away, the story setting was interesting and unique. I loved all the parts with Stamets and Culber and felt the storyline really touched on the connection that they have. There was some really touching, heartbreaking moments there as well. I also enjoyed the parts with the remaining characters, particular the bridge characters. I know they This was my first Star Trek book and I was not disappointed! I couldn't pass up a book about Stamets and Culber and their relationship. Without giving too much away, the story setting was interesting and unique. I loved all the parts with Stamets and Culber and felt the storyline really touched on the connection that they have. There was some really touching, heartbreaking moments there as well. I also enjoyed the parts with the remaining characters, particular the bridge characters. I know they don't get too much screen time, but I felt that the book was true to what we know about them. Great read!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara Gallien

    Wow! Dave Galanter has written a totally engrossing Discovery book. The (human/kelpian) characters were so real they came to life as I read. He was true to their personalities and histories. I was totally sucked in, unable to put this one down. It is difficult to write a review without revealing the first spoilery 75 or so pages of the book, so if you want absolutely zero spoilers, stop here. If you're okay with the setup being revealed, continue on. The setting for this book is a bit confusing Wow! Dave Galanter has written a totally engrossing Discovery book. The (human/kelpian) characters were so real they came to life as I read. He was true to their personalities and histories. I was totally sucked in, unable to put this one down. It is difficult to write a review without revealing the first spoilery 75 or so pages of the book, so if you want absolutely zero spoilers, stop here. If you're okay with the setup being revealed, continue on. The setting for this book is a bit confusing at first. Discovery is in communication with the Glenn, but Stamets is already set up with his tardigrade DNA. There are scenes with Culber wandering around in the mycelial plane. The book seems to take place in the middle of an episode we've watched(!) but it is not quite right. When it is revealed that the Captain of our ship is not Lorca or Pike, we finally understand this is an alternate universe, neither mirror nor prime. Now the author has leave to do whatever he wants with our friends. I absolutely love Stamets/Culber, and Galanter does them both justice. Their love story is as poignant as ever. Culber's kindness and gentleness, Stamets' wit and intelligence both come off beautifully. The only thing that I felt takes away from the story is that the tardigrade can talk telepathically, which I found silly. Also he has a name. A human name. A human biblical name. It was difficult to stay in the story during those scenes. This was a really great Discovery book and I highly recommend to fans!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    I was not expecting this at all. An astonishing character piece that will play with all your preconceptions of "Discovery". It manages to be missing episode-style fanwank yet beautifully, at its core, it is also an archetypal "Star Trek" story of exploration and first contact. But even with that, this is the love story of Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, and Dave Galanter captures their mannerisms, their characters, and their relationship with great beauty. As perfect as "Star Trek" novel as one I was not expecting this at all. An astonishing character piece that will play with all your preconceptions of "Discovery". It manages to be missing episode-style fanwank yet beautifully, at its core, it is also an archetypal "Star Trek" story of exploration and first contact. But even with that, this is the love story of Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber, and Dave Galanter captures their mannerisms, their characters, and their relationship with great beauty. As perfect as "Star Trek" novel as one can imagine.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was looking forward to this book so much and it did not disappoint. It's been a while since I read a book in less than a day. I felt at home right away with Paul and Hugh, their characterization familiar and well done. The emotions coming from the pages were deep and moving. It read in most parts like a fanfic and mean that as the HIGHEST compliment. I would have liked some more quiet time between them, unsupervised and intimate. I even felt like the overall story of the rescue mission, the new I was looking forward to this book so much and it did not disappoint. It's been a while since I read a book in less than a day. I felt at home right away with Paul and Hugh, their characterization familiar and well done. The emotions coming from the pages were deep and moving. It read in most parts like a fanfic and mean that as the HIGHEST compliment. I would have liked some more quiet time between them, unsupervised and intimate. I even felt like the overall story of the rescue mission, the new aliens and Captain Burnham took a bit too much time away from the main focus of Hugh and Paul near the end where Paul was suddenly missing from the story for at least two chapters. This would have been a book where I'd liked some more chapters after the climax of the side story, but the call of other!Stamets to other!Culber was still well done. I wonder what that Culber's reaction would be once Paul comes out with the reason for the call at some point. Definitely one of my favourites among the Discovery novels.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Weeks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wonderful book about the enduring Stamets-Culber relationship, the mycelial network, and an AU where the Klingon War never happened. Dave Galanter wrote beautifully and I loved how he set up every reveal in the book. The scenes between Hugh and Paul were expertly done—sensitive, funny, loving, and tragic. I’ll also say a part of me wanted Disco to take place in this universe! Captain Burnham and Fleet Captain Georgiou just felt so right! Another awesome DSC tie-in. All six books really add depth Wonderful book about the enduring Stamets-Culber relationship, the mycelial network, and an AU where the Klingon War never happened. Dave Galanter wrote beautifully and I loved how he set up every reveal in the book. The scenes between Hugh and Paul were expertly done—sensitive, funny, loving, and tragic. I’ll also say a part of me wanted Disco to take place in this universe! Captain Burnham and Fleet Captain Georgiou just felt so right! Another awesome DSC tie-in. All six books really add depth to the characters and universe (or this specific clearing) and I can’t recommend them more. Dead Endless ranks up among my favorites!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jaymie

    I was happy to discover for myself that this was not a novelization of the episodes from ST Discovery thanks to (view spoiler)[ a parallel universe. Culber is from the TV show timeline while Stamets and the crew in the book are from a different universe. (hide spoiler)] There was a good amount of time spent on their relationship as well as some circular conversations between Culber and a tardigrade. The rest of the story focused on the issues on Discovery and how Starfleet will save the day. It I was happy to discover for myself that this was not a novelization of the episodes from ST Discovery thanks to (view spoiler)[ a parallel universe. Culber is from the TV show timeline while Stamets and the crew in the book are from a different universe. (hide spoiler)] There was a good amount of time spent on their relationship as well as some circular conversations between Culber and a tardigrade. The rest of the story focused on the issues on Discovery and how Starfleet will save the day. It felt like a typical Star Trek novel, and I enjoyed it. (Some language)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kiri

    Enjoyed this. Without spoiling, my few niggles are that it went over something already established in the tv series, and they need to treat Tilly a bit more maturely, as I don't think she's THAT insecure. But that's my opinion ymmv. That said I enjoyed having Ephraim show up and the fleshing out of that character, and the storyline is interesting. ETA: The narrator does an excellent job with this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    While delivering much needed medical aid via the mycelial network, the 'Discovery' becomes stranded and Lt. Paul Stamets discovers a man inside the network. A man named Hugh Colber, who seems to know more about Stamets and the 'U.S.S. Discovery' than such a highly classified project should reveal. 'Dead Endless' by Dave Galanter is an interesting novel, which taps into the central characters exceedingly well and uses the mycelial network to its full advantage to create an exciting mission as well While delivering much needed medical aid via the mycelial network, the 'Discovery' becomes stranded and Lt. Paul Stamets discovers a man inside the network. A man named Hugh Colber, who seems to know more about Stamets and the 'U.S.S. Discovery' than such a highly classified project should reveal. 'Dead Endless' by Dave Galanter is an interesting novel, which taps into the central characters exceedingly well and uses the mycelial network to its full advantage to create an exciting mission as well as an intimate character study.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rian Monson

    I can't think of anything else to say about this book, that another reviewer hasn't already stated. Other than I loved the book. I wasn't sure I was going to, since the others haven't been really that good, maybe because the other characters I wasn't so invested in, or reading about their earlier life is just boring to me, haven't read the one before this one, enterprise war, but at least the books are kind of catching up time wise with the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maribel Myers

    Enjoyable I'm not sure what I expected but I very much enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and fun way to be back in season one DSC and not be at the same time. The author seems to really 'hear' the characters of Paul Stamets & Hugh Culber. I could almost see the actors in my mind's eye and hear them too as I read the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This book is excellent, and if you're a lifelong fan of Star Trek or a Culmets shipper you're owe it to yourself to read it. The characters popped off the page, and I heard their voices in my head without having to think about it. Just have tissues and chocolate handy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul Lunger

    It is very rare when a Star Trek novel in any of the series can surprise a reader as much as Dave Galanter's "Dead Endless" does as the 6th novel based upon "Star Trek: Discovery". The book starts out relatively innocently with Paul Stamets having dreams of hearing someone or something in the mycelial jumps as Discovery is dealing w/ delivering medical supplies to stop an outbreak of blood plague. Over time & careful storytelling we eventually learn that the person Stamets has been in It is very rare when a Star Trek novel in any of the series can surprise a reader as much as Dave Galanter's "Dead Endless" does as the 6th novel based upon "Star Trek: Discovery". The book starts out relatively innocently with Paul Stamets having dreams of hearing someone or something in the mycelial jumps as Discovery is dealing w/ delivering medical supplies to stop an outbreak of blood plague. Over time & careful storytelling we eventually learn that the person Stamets has been in contact with is in fact Hugh Culber (albeit not of his universe) something that becomes apparent when Discovery gets caught in the mycelial plan during a jump that goes slightly awry. Galanter tells a story of love, intrigue, mystery & full of humor as well as multiple layers that eventually reveal that the Discovery of this book is not the one we know in the Prime Universe, but is in fact one in an alternate universe albeit not the mirror universe that the series on air did visit. The book itself is an easy read & fills in blanks in the main timeline for events that technically are valid as well as clues as to what the Glenn crew would look like along w/ offering some tantalizing options for where things could've gone if the Battle of Binary Stars had gone a different way. We also get introduced to a race of aliens that set all of this into motion as well. In the end at times, though, this book is also about Hugh's love for Paul no matter which one that is & the dilemma of his being stuck in an area away from his normal existence. Galanter stays true to the characters in any universe as well as at the very end revealing where this story actually falls as just prior to "Saints of Imperfection" in Season 2. Overall, one of the better novels written in any Star Trek universe & one that reminds all of us of the power of love & determination.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Interesting story but overly melodramatic. The characters of Hugh and Paul don't act quite like their TV counterparts and it may be due to the actors' performances absent here, to ground the more personal relationship dialogue. It could also be due to extenuating circumstances the characters are presented with in this book but I tend to think it has more to do with the writing making their relationship feel more forced in this book than it has been on screen. I also think more shared flashbacks Interesting story but overly melodramatic. The characters of Hugh and Paul don't act quite like their TV counterparts and it may be due to the actors' performances absent here, to ground the more personal relationship dialogue. It could also be due to extenuating circumstances the characters are presented with in this book but I tend to think it has more to do with the writing making their relationship feel more forced in this book than it has been on screen. I also think more shared flashbacks to the beginning of the relationship (as we know it from the TV show) could have made aspects of the relationship in this book more believable. The *one* flashback presented in this book may be my favorite scene in the book and I was just disappointed there wasn't more of that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Fuka

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a great tie-in novel. I have a lot of general faves, but this one is right up there. It’s very emotionally evocative, and the novel is in no way stilted or out of sync with what we’ve seen on the show thus far. I must admit that my enjoyment of the book is vastly increased by its focus on the three characters who’ve affected me emotionally most of all: Paul Stamets, Hugh Culber, and Ephraim. These are the three who have made me weep, cheer, and become emotionally invested in the outcomes This is a great tie-in novel. I have a lot of general faves, but this one is right up there. It’s very emotionally evocative, and the novel is in no way stilted or out of sync with what we’ve seen on the show thus far. I must admit that my enjoyment of the book is vastly increased by its focus on the three characters who’ve affected me emotionally most of all: Paul Stamets, Hugh Culber, and Ephraim. These are the three who have made me weep, cheer, and become emotionally invested in the outcomes of their stories. And this novel did not disappoint by making them caricatures of themselves or completely unrecognizable. Highly recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Fate

    This is my first ever Star Trek book and I completely enjoyed it. It makes me want to watch the show and get more Star Trek books. Because this is based on a TV series, it is useful to look up the main characters if you don't watch the show. You'll have a clearer picture in your mind of what they look like. It's not absolutely necessary, but I did it about an hour into it. Parts of this book are emotional, parts intellectually stimulating, and bits have humor. It's entertaining and well written. This is my first ever Star Trek book and I completely enjoyed it. It makes me want to watch the show and get more Star Trek books. Because this is based on a TV series, it is useful to look up the main characters if you don't watch the show. You'll have a clearer picture in your mind of what they look like. It's not absolutely necessary, but I did it about an hour into it. Parts of this book are emotional, parts intellectually stimulating, and bits have humor. It's entertaining and well written. It certainly fits firmly into the science fiction genre.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hanscom

    Focuses on the Stamets/Culber relationship, in a creative manner that’s a little confusing for the first few chapters until it suddenly snaps into focus. Some great Tilly and Airiam moments, as well as some nice bits fleshing out the friendships among the _Discovery_ bridge crew that we just got a glimpse of in the Airiam-centric episode of the show.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    Unenjoyable and unfulfilling. end of review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike dean

    Ended too soon. I'll read this one again. Or I won't. Or I have. And I haven't. ;) Thanks, Dave for a great ride.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kaja

    Read almost all at once. A love story about the beauty of science and the wast unknown. Both scientific and poetic. For me: Star Trek at its best. Oh, and Stamets' witty one-liners? Love.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Baratta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So the start of the book takes place in an other universe where Michael Burnham didn't rebel against captain Philipa. It explains what Hugh went through. Before found by Paul.

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