Book Genre: Science Fiction, Star Trek, Fantasy, TV Tie-in
Book Series: Star Trek: The Original Series #11
Released: 8/1/1983 by Pocket Books
Pages: 192 Price: $4.99
Buy the Book: Amazon Yesterday’s Son (A Star Trek Novel)
Source: I own a copy of this book.
With the help of the Vulcan leader T’Pau, Spock gets permission to use the Guardian of Forever, a portal through time constructed by a long-vanished race, to venture into the past. On another trip into history, on the planet Sarpeidon, Spock had loved a woman who could not return with him to the future, and now Spock wishes to see the son she bore him, 5,000 years earlier. But a Romulan attack on the Guardian’s planet could interfere, unless the Enterprise can keep the Guardian out of their hands.
This is the first Star Trek book I ever read. It must have been my early teen years, maybe 30 years ago, when I picked this one up at the bookstore. Much of the plot was forgotten, only a few parts stuck in my memory. I’m not sure what ever happen to that copy but when I picked up the sequel through a book exchange site I decided to read it again. I also recently watched the tv episode that the events this book are based upon. So the timing was perfect to revisit a piece of my childhood and my love of all things Trek.
This was such a good book. I am probably bias here but I loved this book it is by far my favorite Trek book that I’ve read. Ms. Crispin does an excellent job of capturing the chemistry and personalities of the characters it was exactly like reading an episode from the original series, only better! Better because you get to be in the head of Spock, Kirk, and Bones, you get to read the internal dialog of the characters.
As to the plot of this book I was totally engrossed I have never wanted to sit two characters down for a talking to as I did while reading this book. Maybe even smack them upside the head… I’m glad there is a second book because while I am satisfied with the ending it was so bitter-sweet, I wanted more for these two. Like I said the book read much like the tv series so if you enjoyed the show you should like this book. If you were a fan of Spock then you are really going to love this one! Looking forward to the next.
My Rating:5 Stars