Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Edge (Starfleet Academy) by Rudy Josephs

The Edge focuses mainly on the personal struggles of the many cadets, as well as a medical scandal killing students.  The story is told through the eyes of Cadets Kirk, Uhura, and McCoy, the former dealing with romantic issues and trying (for the later 7/20th of the book) to clear his friend's name.  It is also told through the eyes of one of the Academy instructors, Spock, who struggles if only slightly, with understanding humans.  Each of the struggles told in the book allows you to come closer to the characters and understand them more as people.  Even so, the summary on the book is misleading.  The problems of the students take center stage, rather than the medical scandal.  For the first two-thirds of the book, the medical scandal of enhancing the student's bodies is only in the background and McCoy not even considered as a suspect!  This allows the characters themselves to be the story, and that is fine by me.  Seeing as the book takes place in the Academy, anyone can read and understand this book.  Any science fiction fan would be liable to enjoy it.

Reviewed by Kaitlin.

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