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An all-new novel based upon the explosive Star Trek TV series! In a desperate attempt to prevent the artificial intelligence known as Control from seizing crucial information that could destroy all sentient life, Commander Michael Burnham donned the “Red Angel” time-travel suit and guided the USS Discovery into the future and out of harm’s way. But something has gone terri An all-new novel based upon the explosive Star Trek TV series! In a desperate attempt to prevent the artificial intelligence known as Control from seizing crucial information that could destroy all sentient life, Commander Michael Burnham donned the “Red Angel” time-travel suit and guided the USS Discovery into the future and out of harm’s way. But something has gone terribly wrong, and Burnham has somehow arrived in a place far different from anything she could have imagined—more than nine hundred years out of her time, with Discovery nowhere to be found, and where the mysterious and cataclysmic event known as “the Burn” has utterly decimated Starfleet and, with it, the United Federation of Planets. How then can she possibly exist day-to-day in this strange place? What worlds are out there waiting to be discovered? Do any remnants of Starfleet and the Federation possibly endure? With more questions than answers, Burnham must nevertheless forge new friendships and new alliances if she hopes to survive this future long enough for the Discovery crew to find her....


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An all-new novel based upon the explosive Star Trek TV series! In a desperate attempt to prevent the artificial intelligence known as Control from seizing crucial information that could destroy all sentient life, Commander Michael Burnham donned the “Red Angel” time-travel suit and guided the USS Discovery into the future and out of harm’s way. But something has gone terri An all-new novel based upon the explosive Star Trek TV series! In a desperate attempt to prevent the artificial intelligence known as Control from seizing crucial information that could destroy all sentient life, Commander Michael Burnham donned the “Red Angel” time-travel suit and guided the USS Discovery into the future and out of harm’s way. But something has gone terribly wrong, and Burnham has somehow arrived in a place far different from anything she could have imagined—more than nine hundred years out of her time, with Discovery nowhere to be found, and where the mysterious and cataclysmic event known as “the Burn” has utterly decimated Starfleet and, with it, the United Federation of Planets. How then can she possibly exist day-to-day in this strange place? What worlds are out there waiting to be discovered? Do any remnants of Starfleet and the Federation possibly endure? With more questions than answers, Burnham must nevertheless forge new friendships and new alliances if she hopes to survive this future long enough for the Discovery crew to find her....

30 review for Wonderlands

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    A surprisingly quiet and melancholy novel. Not all of the side trips are the most compelling of stories, but the character work is superb. Michael hasn't be the star of a "Discovery" novel in some time...and it was worth the wait. Her aching loneliness permeates this book...and it compellingly fills in the gap between the first two episodes of the third season. A surprisingly quiet and melancholy novel. Not all of the side trips are the most compelling of stories, but the character work is superb. Michael hasn't be the star of a "Discovery" novel in some time...and it was worth the wait. Her aching loneliness permeates this book...and it compellingly fills in the gap between the first two episodes of the third season.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A stirring tale filling in Michael Burnham’s year between DSC episodes “That Hope is You, Part 1” and “Far From Home.” I really enjoyed the glimpses of the pre-Burn and post-Burn Federation, and how the author made the former Federation feel as alien and unfamiliar as the Delta Quadrant. I recommend reading this in between the episodes listed above.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

    The voices of Book and Sahid were good, Burnham in large parts as well. But the overall writing style was too pathetic for my taste, emphasized even more by the audiobook narration. The plot itself is on the average side.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    It is the thirty second century and the Federation is in tatters after a catastrophic event a century ago called the Burn, which destroyed most of the dilithium reserves in the galaxy. Commander Michael Burnham, fleeing the Artificial Intelligence known as Control, arrives here with one thing on her mind: pull together what is left of Starfleet and rebuild what was lost. McCormack's novel is in keeping with the feel of the 'Star Trek: Discovery' series and does a good job of exploring the develop It is the thirty second century and the Federation is in tatters after a catastrophic event a century ago called the Burn, which destroyed most of the dilithium reserves in the galaxy. Commander Michael Burnham, fleeing the Artificial Intelligence known as Control, arrives here with one thing on her mind: pull together what is left of Starfleet and rebuild what was lost. McCormack's novel is in keeping with the feel of the 'Star Trek: Discovery' series and does a good job of exploring the developing relationship between Burnham and Book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    F. William Davis

    Sharing the good advice that I received: Read this book after episode one and before episode two of season three, if you have the chance. It turns out that it's possible to absolutely love a book and still be mildly disappointed with it. My short review is that this book does a great job of filling in Burnham's first year in the 32nd century but so much happens that I wish it had been split into a miniseries, at least a trilogy, to expand on these events. As we're rushing through a year we find Sharing the good advice that I received: Read this book after episode one and before episode two of season three, if you have the chance. It turns out that it's possible to absolutely love a book and still be mildly disappointed with it. My short review is that this book does a great job of filling in Burnham's first year in the 32nd century but so much happens that I wish it had been split into a miniseries, at least a trilogy, to expand on these events. As we're rushing through a year we find ourselves jumping from event to event in order to paint a broad picture, it's not hard to follow but we get very brief accounts of pivotal moments and I think some of these deserved more attention. Thankfully McCormack is an excellent author. Burnham's experience lifts off the pages and I found it easy to feel empathy for her situation. Although the analogy with Alice's trip through the rabbit hole is extremely versatile it can at times feel overplayed, I've not always found its application on Discovery appealing BUT in this particular story I think the analogy is in its most apt use and I found it abundantly meaningful. If Burnham hasn't just jumped through the metaphorical rabbit hole, then no other story can make that claim. She's in a completely foreign universe where all the rules are apparently upside down. In Wonderlands we meet some of the players that will take part in our 32nd century adventure. We find out some background to The Burn and to the chaos that ensued. We learn that even without enforcement the sentients in our galaxy have found their own ways of keeping order, if only in a limited sense. I found the relationship with Zuka and Binye frustrating but reflected that it was a pretty perfect embodiment of the general situation in the Federationless 32nd century. The younger generations showing disdain for ideals that their elders struggle to maintain and in their own way taking the more mature approach to their reality. It makes sense, being born further away from the Pre-Burn society. (These roles happen to be exactly reversed in one particular example given in this story). Sahil is quickly becoming a favourite character, that was obvious from episode one for me. But what he's holding onto at his lone spaceport (Devaloka) is not the only bastion of hope in the galaxy. Wonderlands introduces a few different groups that are finding new ways to bring about their own versions of order to galactic society. I'm a fan of all the tech seen so far. The mention of a quantum slipstream in episode one seemed appropriate given the similarity of the post-Federation situation to the setting in Roddenberry's other series, Andromeda. One thing that does appear to be lacking is quantum computing, considering a scene where Burnham finds herself wishing for a faster data transfer time. We get some great story telling and a fair idea of what Burnham has been up to, making some valiant efforts to swim against the tide, doing the right thing with minimal available resources AND rest assured, the ending is sweet.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maya Dworsky-Rocha

    This was a good time, and felt true to the series. Burnham is the well-meaning imperialist she always has been, and McCormack brings her Cardassia-seasoned nuanced approach to the (allegedly) post-Federation world of Star Trek. There's limits to it, of course, and quite a bit of it falls under the 'Garak visits Berlin and finds it eerily familiar' brand of heavy handed social commentary... but overall, it weren't that dumb. I adored the exploration of Burnham and Book's relationship -- it really This was a good time, and felt true to the series. Burnham is the well-meaning imperialist she always has been, and McCormack brings her Cardassia-seasoned nuanced approach to the (allegedly) post-Federation world of Star Trek. There's limits to it, of course, and quite a bit of it falls under the 'Garak visits Berlin and finds it eerily familiar' brand of heavy handed social commentary... but overall, it weren't that dumb. I adored the exploration of Burnham and Book's relationship -- it really is everything we were promised and denied by the show.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scott Williams

    McCormack does her usual excellent job. This novel chronicles Burnham’s first year in the future and helps to develop her relationship with Book. One of my principal criticisms of Discovery is that the writers try to pack too much in to very brief seasons. It’s usually clear that they know all the details of the things that happened off screen but skipping over things sometimes makes some of the happenings in the series seem very convenient or unbelievable. The Discovery novels have been so succ McCormack does her usual excellent job. This novel chronicles Burnham’s first year in the future and helps to develop her relationship with Book. One of my principal criticisms of Discovery is that the writers try to pack too much in to very brief seasons. It’s usually clear that they know all the details of the things that happened off screen but skipping over things sometimes makes some of the happenings in the series seem very convenient or unbelievable. The Discovery novels have been so successful, I think, because they focus on a lot of the character development that Trekkies are accustomed to getting on screen. They help make the Discovery crew more likeable and slow things down to a more familiar pace.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    3. 5 to 4 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mika J. Elijah

    i love michael burnham so much. this is such a good book, might even be my favorite discovery book tbh

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Lunger

    With "Wonderlands", Una McCormack tries to bridge the gap for Michael Burnham between "That Hope is You, Part 1" and "Far From Home". The story tells of Burnham's missing year as she gets acclimated to 3188 and as she also waits for her reunion with the rest of the Discovery crew. In this missing year, we have Burnham still not exactly accepting of the fact that the Federation she once knew being mostly gone & also trying to solve the mystery of the Burn. We do though watch her growth into that With "Wonderlands", Una McCormack tries to bridge the gap for Michael Burnham between "That Hope is You, Part 1" and "Far From Home". The story tells of Burnham's missing year as she gets acclimated to 3188 and as she also waits for her reunion with the rest of the Discovery crew. In this missing year, we have Burnham still not exactly accepting of the fact that the Federation she once knew being mostly gone & also trying to solve the mystery of the Burn. We do though watch her growth into that eventual acceptance of things along w/ her developing relation with Book. At over 300 pages, the tale McCormack weaves is a bit uneven although it does fill in some missing parts of this 32nd century universe with brief references to the Temporal Wars as well as introducing us to a Cardassian named P'Dan and Starbase 906 which plays an important role in this missing year along w/ a group called the White Palm. The use of Sahil and the starbase where she first meets him known as Devaloka are also nice touches in this missing piece of things & does allow for more plausibility for the events in Discovery's 3rd season especially early on. 2 criticisms though that I do have of the book is we never really get much sense of time in this year & the ending is so abrupt that it makes this reader wish we'd seen just a little more of that tie in. Overall though this a rare average fare book for this series which does use it's 8th novel as a necessity to fill in canon more than anything else.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Richard Gray

    Una McCormack's last entry in the tie-in series was the Tilly focused The Way to the Stars, so it's wonderful to see her cut loose on a Burnham story. Unlike the previous novels, which have largely delved into deep into the character's pre-show past. Here McCormack explores the recent past - or future as the case may be. Taking place during the year following Burham's arriving in the 32nd century - so basically between the first two episodes of Season 3 - it's as much a character study of the Fe Una McCormack's last entry in the tie-in series was the Tilly focused The Way to the Stars, so it's wonderful to see her cut loose on a Burnham story. Unlike the previous novels, which have largely delved into deep into the character's pre-show past. Here McCormack explores the recent past - or future as the case may be. Taking place during the year following Burham's arriving in the 32nd century - so basically between the first two episodes of Season 3 - it's as much a character study of the Federation as it is of Burnham and Book. As Burnham tries to fathom how the Federation fell so quickly, she discovers cracks in the philosophy she once held so dear. People may complain about the darkness that's crept into this and Picard, but this makes a good case for it always having been there. More like this please.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elliot Weeks

    An excellent and very necessary look into Burnham’s ‘gap year’ in the 32nd century. I really loved exploring more of this time - getting the lay of the land and coming to understand better why the Federation couldn’t hold together. I really like that it was *just* the Burn that collapsed the Federation, but also political reasons and a government that had gotten too big too quickly. McCormack’s writing is phenomenal, as usual. Her character studies into both Burnham and Book are fantastic. I hav An excellent and very necessary look into Burnham’s ‘gap year’ in the 32nd century. I really loved exploring more of this time - getting the lay of the land and coming to understand better why the Federation couldn’t hold together. I really like that it was *just* the Burn that collapsed the Federation, but also political reasons and a government that had gotten too big too quickly. McCormack’s writing is phenomenal, as usual. Her character studies into both Burnham and Book are fantastic. I have loved the other Disco books that flesh out the other characters, but it has been a long time since we got a Michael focused novel. It’s good to have that again - it brings clarity and connection to the now-caption of the NCC-1031. Great read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Review 48 Star Trek Discovery Wonderlands by Una McCormack Set between the 1st episode (That Hope is You Part )and 2nd episode (Far From Home) of Star Trek Discovery series 3, this book is focused on Michael Burnham played by the amazing Sonequa Martin-Green. This book focuses on the year between the 2 episodes mentioned above and what Burnham finds whilst getting used to the new time she has travelled to, all the while looking for her ship (USS Discovery). I loved this book as Burnham has not b Review 48 Star Trek Discovery Wonderlands by Una McCormack Set between the 1st episode (That Hope is You Part )and 2nd episode (Far From Home) of Star Trek Discovery series 3, this book is focused on Michael Burnham played by the amazing Sonequa Martin-Green. This book focuses on the year between the 2 episodes mentioned above and what Burnham finds whilst getting used to the new time she has travelled to, all the while looking for her ship (USS Discovery). I loved this book as Burnham has not been the focus of a Star Trek Discovery book for quite a while. If like me, you have watched series 3 of Discovery and wondered what happened to Burnham to make her chance so dramatically from the person she was in series 2, then this book is for you. ***** 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I loved learning more about this unexplored period in Michael Burnham’s story. Una McCormack was perfect for providing this, with strong characterization and a knack for keeping the sense of wonder about technology in the forefront rather than getting bogged down in science, technobabble and battles. Of course Burnham gets up to some thrilling adventures during this year, she’s Burnham, but at heart this is a more introspective novel about what the Federation is, what it really means to be Starf I loved learning more about this unexplored period in Michael Burnham’s story. Una McCormack was perfect for providing this, with strong characterization and a knack for keeping the sense of wonder about technology in the forefront rather than getting bogged down in science, technobabble and battles. Of course Burnham gets up to some thrilling adventures during this year, she’s Burnham, but at heart this is a more introspective novel about what the Federation is, what it really means to be Starfleet, and how you create a home.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    I love the show and especially Season 3 which takes us 950 years in the future. I was anticipating this novel and I read it as soon as it was available.It was was fantastic! The story fills in the gap of the year that Micheal Burnham was in the future before she was reunited with Discovery. I felt as if I was privy to a secret behind the scenes look at Sahil, Book and Burnham's budding relationship and how their friendships sustained them through the crazy events of the future. Bravo Una McCorma I love the show and especially Season 3 which takes us 950 years in the future. I was anticipating this novel and I read it as soon as it was available.It was was fantastic! The story fills in the gap of the year that Micheal Burnham was in the future before she was reunited with Discovery. I felt as if I was privy to a secret behind the scenes look at Sahil, Book and Burnham's budding relationship and how their friendships sustained them through the crazy events of the future. Bravo Una McCormack! I would love more stories that center on Book and Burnham.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dallas Reinhart

    The good: Expands on the 32nd century, which is always helpful, and it certainly feels like a post-Federation universe. The bad: Didn't expand on it enough, however. Also, it sped through or glossed over the major action sequences. They needed more expansion or detail. Overall: A not bad read. It was pretty decent. Could have been more action packed, but it was still fairly entertaining. The good: Expands on the 32nd century, which is always helpful, and it certainly feels like a post-Federation universe. The bad: Didn't expand on it enough, however. Also, it sped through or glossed over the major action sequences. They needed more expansion or detail. Overall: A not bad read. It was pretty decent. Could have been more action packed, but it was still fairly entertaining.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    I really enjoyed reading this. I was only going to give it 4 stars but it deserves 5 as it got me to want to go back and watch season 3 of Discovery again. This is a true Television Tie-In book. It is full canon and covers events that transpired in her life between the end of episode 1 and the beginning 2. I can't wait for season 4!! I really enjoyed reading this. I was only going to give it 4 stars but it deserves 5 as it got me to want to go back and watch season 3 of Discovery again. This is a true Television Tie-In book. It is full canon and covers events that transpired in her life between the end of episode 1 and the beginning 2. I can't wait for season 4!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hanscom

    Fills in the year between Burnham’s appearance in the future and when she finds the Discovery. Lots of expansion of the new setting for season three and beyond, with some entertaining ties to much earlier Trek bits.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steven Shinder

    This takes place in the year between the first two episodes of season 3. I feel like it doesn’t convey the passage of time within the story very well. It is nice though to see how Burnham is thankful that Book cares. The story just didn’t show their relationship growing quite as much as I expected.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Satisfying look at the time between Burnham arriving in the future and Discovery's arrival. Lots of good scenes between Book, Burnham, and my fave, Grudge. Audiobook. Satisfying look at the time between Burnham arriving in the future and Discovery's arrival. Lots of good scenes between Book, Burnham, and my fave, Grudge. Audiobook.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Philippa

    Enjoyed Book and Burnham's developing friendship, and Burnham finding her place and accepting her fate. Enjoyed Book and Burnham's developing friendship, and Burnham finding her place and accepting her fate.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jolisa Gilchrist

    I love this show so finding out what had happened in the year Michael is alone sounded like a good time. It really was. It was interesting to say the least. Now I want to rewatch the last season.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Baratta

    Takes place between Season three premiere and episode 2. Una McCormick is an outstanding author. The narrator is outstanding nailing each character of the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    This was probably the best of the Star Trek Discovery novelizations I have read yet. A stand-alone if you have watched the show.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Palm

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marc-ids Foppen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shea Chambers Dunn

  30. 4 out of 5

    James

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