Feeling nostalgic, I snagged this book and got through it in about two hours.

General Information

What You Leave Behind by Diane L. Carey
What You Leave Behind

Author: Diane L. Carey
Original Publication Date: June 1999
ISBN: 0-671-03476-6
Length: 212 Pages
Cover Price: $6.50


(From Simon & Schuster) Seven years ago, Benjamin Sisko took command of an alien space station newly christened Deep Space Nine™. There he met Kira Nerys, Odo, Miles O’Brien, Quark, Worf, Julian Bashir, and many others who would touch his life deeply. He also found a new and troubling destiny as the long-awaited Emissary to the mysterious wormhole entities known as the Prophets.

Now, after years of triumph and tragedy, and a cataclysmic war that rocked the entire Alpha Quadrant, Captain Sisko and his valiant crew face their final challenge. No one is safe, nothing is certain, and not even the Prophets can predict the ultimate fate of Deep Space Nine!

High Point

There’s a scene, in chapter two, where Kira, suffering from a severe concussion, has a eloquent conversation with a Cardassian sewer rat. It’s the only “new” scene in the book and, aside from being very funny, articulates exactly why the Federation thrives and other empires fall.

Low Point

The length. This book is far too short. Some new or expanded scenes would have been nice. At the very least, I would recommend that they add more from season seven, perhaps two or three more episodes to round out the completeness of the book.

The Scores

As far as the episode is concerned, it’s only partially original, but still feels fresh and fun years later. 3 out of 6.

The imagery is good, but Carey could have spent more time fleshing out details. 3 out of 6.

The story is the same work that we’ve come to love from DS9. Some people still gripe about the ending, but you cannot deny the finality of this piece. 5 out of 6.

Characterization is shallow. It seems like Carey didn’t get to know the characters or just didn’t take the time when writing this book. 2 out of 6.

The emotional response is mixed. For me, it was fun to relive those last moments of DS9, but the author doesn’t bring anything new to the table. 3 out of 6.

The editing is adequate. Needs to be longer, though. 3 out of 6.

Overall I was disappointed. Most novelizations from the Star Trek franchise add details, scenes, and dialogue that couldn’t be contained in the time limit. Not the case here. 3 out of 6.

Total: 22 out of 42