Star Trek: The Next Generation: Destiny Trilogy book review (2024)

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Destiny Trilogy book review (1)

The epic Star Trek: Destiny trilogy is finally upon us. This three-book, litverse crossover will shape the enter Star Trek shared continuity for years to come. David Mack has promised a truly epic, game-changer event with these books. This is a clash of civilizations: The Borg v The Federation. Who will win?

Spoilers ahead!


David Mack was approached by Pocket Book editors Margaret Clarke and Marco Palmieri with a very specific request. Write a truly epic crossover trilogy. It had to be huge. It had to be an event. It had to be a statement piece.

After pitching a few ideas, Mack was told “sorry, not epic enough.” Finally, he asked them what sort of books they had in the pipeline. At the time, since books a written a year or two in advance, they had a lot of Borg stories on the agenda. “Aha!” said David Mack, who then pitched, sold, and wrote the Destiny trilogy.

It is interesting to note that the previous books were not specifically leading up to Destiny. It was more that Destiny was written to fit around them! It goes to show there wasn’t exactly a clear vision on where the post-Nemesis timeline would go. It was still, somewhat, in flux.

Mack was told to keep Voyager and Deep Space 9’s role in the books limited. This was because they had their independent post-TV stories going, and they wanted to ensure the Destiny books wouldn’t conflict.

Since I read these books a little while ago, I’ve decided to review all three at the same time, as my memories of the specific parts are a little hazy.


A mysterious wreck is found by some of the Deep Space 9 crew, which turns out to be a long lost Federation ship. Fast forward 8 years and the Borg have launched their devastating attack in the Alpha quadrant. Captain Dax eventually figures out the wrecked ship is linked to the Borg incursion.

Rewind a century or two, and the early Starfleet vessel Columbia is going about its merry way, until some Romulans show up and, long story short, they kept captured by the Caeliar. These guys love their privacy, so leaving is a no go.

Eventually, Titan finds the Caeliar too, and they’re also captured. Except that a long time has passed and now former Columbia captain Erika Hernandez is now in possession of some seriously Jedi like powers. She helps the Titan crew escape. Meanwhile, Federation President Nan Bacco gets an intergalactic Borg fighting band together, and they march off to fight the Borg.

Finally, the power Erika Hernandez poses as the Borg queen, in an attempt to liberate, rather than destroy the drones. We also find out, far into the past, the very first Borg is born… a bitter, angry, sick and confused Caeliar assimilates its first victim.


A lot of people say that the Destiny trilogy is a great jumping-on point for new Star Trek readers interested in the post-Nemesis literary timeline. Personally, I disagree.

Don’t get me wrong, Destiny is some of the best Trek out there, at least in book form. But man it’s complicated. While it’s sold as a crossover series, when I first read it I thought it would be a crossover in the style of Star Trek: Generations; something akin to “Kirk and Picard team up to fight the bad guys”. But Destiny is a litverse crossover. That means a lot of new characters. A lot of details outlined in the preceding books.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Destiny Trilogy book review (2)

Mack holds the huge, twisty, timey-wimey story together will impressive skill

That aside, Destiny is just about everything it promised to be. The trilogy does not pull any punches. It was a gutsy move, exploring both the origin of the Borg and, in the end, defeating them for good. That’s right, we know how the Borg came about and we see the Borg threat neutralised once and for all.

Like a lot of people, I found the Enterprise era story, featuring Hernandez, Inyx, and the MACOs, the most interesting. The story constantly shifts viewpoints, and some things that seem unrelated eventually come together. There were a few points where I found myself a little lost, or a bit impatient to get back to a more critical part of the story.

But Mack holds the huge, twisty, timey-wimey story together will impressive skill. And things come to a very satisfying conclusion in book 3. Mack also does a great job translating the feel of Star Trek from the screen to the page. Little, innocuous details help create a vivid sense of Trekkyness, without trying too hard.


The Destiny trilogy received positive reviews online. All three books hold an “excellent” rating on TrekBBS. TrekLit described Gods Of Night as being, “[…] an incredibly strong start to the Destiny trilogy.” While Trek Core said it was, “[…] an excellent trilogy.” Trek Movie described the trilogy as achieving, “a startling transformation of the Star Trek universe.” While The Discriminating Fangirl described the trilogy as, “A masterpiece.” Needless to say the general reception was positive.

Mack said in an interview that the book did, and continues to, sell very well.

The Final Verdict

The Destiny trilogy is big, bold, gutsy and well written. But best of all it’s a lot of fun. While I wish I had read a few more of the preceding books first, but I still enjoyed it. There is no question that the Star Trek Litverse will never be the same.



  • Relaunch
  • Star Trek
  • The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Destiny Trilogy book review (2024)


Are Star Trek books worth reading? ›

The first original "Star Trek" novel is still a good read and a great place to get some context for the ways "Trek" fiction has evolved. "Spock Must Die!" feels fresher than its 1970 print date in many places, but bear in mind, it plays with some "exotic sexuality" tropes regarding Spock.

Is there a Star Trek book? ›

Novels based on Star Trek, The Next Generation, Discovery, and Picard are currently in print. As recently as 2020, novels based on Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, and Voyager were published. Original concept and flagship series such as New Frontier, Titan, Seekers, and Vanguard have also been published since 1994.

Do Star Trek books have to be read in order? ›

The vast majority of novels are meant to be stand-alone, and indeed prior to 2001 Trek novels were assumed to only be in continuity with each other if explicitly stated - for example Peter David's Imzadi and Imzadi II, or Michael Jan Friedman's TNG novels that featured the USS Stargazer crew.

How is Star Trek better than Star Wars? ›

Russ concludes that despite both their success and popularity, Star Trek comes out as the better of the two, as it is set in "our" galaxy and therefore people can relate better to it, whereas Star Wars takes place in another galaxy.

Was Star Trek The Next Generation popular? ›

The series was the most popular syndicated television program 17 years after cancellation, and the Harve Bennett-produced, Original Series-era Star Trek films did well at the box office.

What Star Trek books are coming out in 2024? ›

The next Star Trek novel coming from Pocket Books arrives on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Written by David Mack, Star Trek: Picard: Firewall tells the story of Seven of Nine's time after Star Trek: Voyager and before her return in Star Trek: Picard.

Are any Star Trek books canon? ›

Roddenberry himself condemned this idea. He wanted Star Trek to continue after his death. What is and is not considered canon in the Star Trek fandom has changed throughout the years, however, most of the Star Trek novels remain not-canon.

What Star Trek novels feature the Borg? ›

Star Trek: Before Dishonor is a novel in The Next Generation line of Star Trek novels featuring The Borg. It was written by Peter David and was released in November of 2007.

Are Star Trek novels considered canon? ›

In general, Star Trek novels are not considered part of the canon. This was a guideline set early on by Gene Roddenberry, and repeated many times by people who worked with him: And as long as Gene Roddenberry is involved in it, he is the final word on what is Star Trek.

Are Enid Blyton books appropriate? ›

Though Blyton was originally aimed at teenagers, by the 21st century the stories were more appropriate for six-year-olds.

Are any Star Wars books actually good? ›

Like anything else, Star Wars novels have run the gamut of quality. But between novels like the original Heir to the Empire Trilogy from Legends to Thrawn's new mainline canon stories in the Ascendancy Trilogy, there are more than enough top-quality books to make this a worthwhile medium for Star Wars.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Dong Thiel

Last Updated:

Views: 6294

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (59 voted)

Reviews: 90% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Dong Thiel

Birthday: 2001-07-14

Address: 2865 Kasha Unions, West Corrinne, AK 05708-1071

Phone: +3512198379449

Job: Design Planner

Hobby: Graffiti, Foreign language learning, Gambling, Metalworking, Rowing, Sculling, Sewing

Introduction: My name is Dong Thiel, I am a brainy, happy, tasty, lively, splendid, talented, cooperative person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.