After the Borg war that devastated the Federation in the Star Trek: Destiny series, Starfleet’s first priority is to pick up the pieces. Worlds were destroyed, millions of citizens were displaced, their allies needing as much assistance as they do. Leading the charge is the Enterprise and her crew, the flagship of the fleet being used as the beacon of hope for all these people who have had their spirits shattered.
In Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace by William Leisner the Enterprise ends up being just a symbol of the rebuilding with her missions reflecting that. Instead of being put to good use in the rebuilding, they are sent on diplomatic transport missions. Command essentially wants them visible to the people of the Federation. Doctor Crusher is asked to be apart of a humanitarian survey mission to the planet of Pacifica where hundreds of thousands of refugees have been displaced to.
While Star Trek: A Singular Destiny takes a good look at what happens to a nation-state in the aftermath of war, Losing the Peace very much focuses on the people themselves who were affected by the war. I enjoyed the fact that they didn’t gloss over much of the problems now being faced by the Federation. Despite being this reasonably utopian society, the UFP now has a lot of problems on their hands. People who never knew want are facing it for the first time and can’t understand why. Crews who have lost so much during the war are forced to stay strong to help their crewmates and society through even worse tragedies.
Losing the Peace focused a lot on character development. We learn a great deal about Beverly Crusher’s past before she joined the Enterprise. Geordi La Forge and Captain Picard both have to come to terms with various weaknesses the war has slammed them with, including each having to forgive themselves for previous actions.
Even characters that were introduced to replace some of the original series characters (Kadohata for Data, and Choudhury who took Worf’s Chief of Security position when he moved up to First Officer) have been given richness and a chance to develop. I definitely have to compare this to the Titan series, because in those books these kind of “not in the TV series” characters are throwaways. Whereas in Losing the Peace these characters feel as if they fit in with the TV characters.
I truly enjoyed this book and could barely put it down! Read this book!