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Star Trek: Voyager Getting to know Capain Kathryn Janeway

Star Trek: Voyager’s Captain Kathryn Janeway traveled where no other captain had gone before, and she did it with strength, grit, and determination

But first, she had to learn what she wanted and how she wanted to spend her life. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be among the stars, to fly. And she never wavered from that desire. In The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, you’ll learn how Star Trek: Voyager’s captain climbed the ladder of success only to end up so far away from home.

If you’ve watched the series, you know the episodes, and honestly, that isn’t what is most important about this book. It’s the story of Janeway’s life before Starfleet, her connection to both of her parents, but mostly with her father. She wanted so badly to follow in his footsteps, and she succeeded but she lost a lot in the process.

Though author Una McCormack gets a bit liberal with the cursing and some canon changes, she also creates a beautiful visual of a little girl who reached her dreams at great cost. The Kathryn Janeway described in this book was a tenacious spirit who helmed Voyager with white knuckles and a backbone of steel while grieving alone in her quarters. She presented a strong front because her crew needed her, while writing letters to a home she wasn’t sure she’d ever see again.

You’ll find Janeway’s story fascinating, especially her sibling rivalry with her sister, Phoebe, and her deep connection to Boothby at Starfleet Academy. It’s not a perfect story, but then, you wouldn’t expect it to be for it’s the story of a life created by fallible humans. Though fictional, the book provides a great example of what a woman can accomplish when she has strength, willpower, and great friends.

The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway is available now in ebook, paperback, and hardcover.