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Review: The Assassination Game

The Assassination Game cover

Title: The Assassination Game

Series: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy 

Author: Alan Gratz

When a terrorist attack rocks Starfleet Academy, it’s clear someone has a very serious—and very deadly—secret agenda.The rules are simple: Draw a target. Track him down and “kill” him with a spork. Take your victim’s target for your own. Oh, and make sure the player with your name doesn’t get to you first. No safe zones. No time-outs. The game ends when only one player remains.

James T. Kirk is playing for fun. Leonard “Bones” McCoy is playing to get closer to a girl. But when a series of terrorist attacks rock the usually placid Starfleet Academy campus, it becomes clear that somebody is playing the game for real. Is it one of the visiting Varkolak, on Earth to attend an intergalactic medical conference? Or could it be a member of a super-secret society at the Academy dedicated to taking care of threats to the Federation, no matter what rules they have to break to do it? Find out in The Assassination Game, the fourth installment in Spotlight’s exciting series for teens.

3 stars

This is the fourth book in the Starfleet Academy series based on the 2009 Star Trek movie. It’s also my least favorite. In reviews for previous books, I wrote that they’re too short. This one, while a bit longer than others, is still quite short. But it took me a longer time to read, because I just couldn’t completely get into the story.

Spock and Kirk still haven’t met. Of course I knew they wouldn’t, but it’s weird reading all those Star Trek books where both of them are very important characters but they don’t have any scenes together.

The book has terrorist attacks, Varkolaks, the Assassination game and a secret society. Even with all that, I still couldn’t make myself care very much about the plot. I was surprised, but also glad that Kirk doesn’t have any love interests in this book. I enjoyed reading about him and the Varkolak a lot.

My favorite parts are usually Spock/Uhura scenes, but their relationship is a bit rocky here. Spock can be so frustrating. There’s a big development (finally!) later on, but we don’t get any details.

This is the last published Starfleet Academy book. I wonder if there’ll be any more of them.

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