Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope – Staff Pick – Nancy Mes.

Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormick

My experience with tie-in fiction has been mixed. At best, they’re an excuse to spend more time with characters and a universe that I love. At worst, they feel like cheap filler. But with The Last Best Hope, Una McCormick elevates my expectations by providing a great sci-fi novel that does a wonderful job setting things up for the new Star Trek: Picard series.

With the Romulan star set to supernova, Jean Luc Picard finds himself in charge of a massive undertaking that will require him to leave his beloved Enterprise behind. Now an Admiral, Picard must find a way to relocate billions of Romulans to new planets. Not only is this a logistical nightmare, but he faces pushback at every turn, both from people who want to downplay the severity of the supernova, and members of Federation that do not want to invest so many resources into a foreign power. To Picard, his quest is all about saving lives, but will political squabbles at home derail the most important humanitarian mission of his career?

The Last Best Hope is an engrossing novel that feels sharply relevant today’s issues. While watchers of the show know how Picard’s mission will ultimately end, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the story as he continues to hope, against all odds, that things will turn out for the best. Author McCormick does a great job of presenting all characters as complex individuals, taking time to explain to the audience why even the more selfishly minded people feel the way they do.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek: Picard, then The Last Best Hope is a must-read. An ebook version can currently be found on the cloud library. 

5 stars