My advice would be before actually starting this novel, read the author's introduction first. Because nothing is wht it seems, but you will understand it a little better, and realize what you are in for when you start to read the story.
We are dealing with different timelines here, as in the Parallel universe. Which means that we see our trusty Enterprise D crew living different lives in each universe. This is all fine until a certain Q child named Trelane decides to do a bit of experimenting and start mixing it all up.
Most Star Trek fans will remember Trelane from The Original Series episode, The Squire of Gothos. In this book, the writer makes him one of the Q Continuum, whose dabbeling into things he shouldn't means trouble for the universe. The only one who can stop him is Q, who finds himself, for once, with a formidable enemy, in dealing with one of his own kind who has gone mad, and turns to Picard for help.
The fascinating part of this book is the way the author brings together all the aspects of the Star Trek series, bridging certain episodes from The Original Series and fitting them into the Next Generation with ease. And he introduces us to characters that, though mentioned in the series, we never got to know. Although the story is complex, it is great the way the writer brings it together, and gives us foresight into what might have been if things had turned out differently for our characters. A must for the true Star Trek fan. I give this book 4 out of 5.
Author: Peter David
Review by: CL4 Leeta