The Children of Hamlin (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #3)

ISBN: 0671735551
ISBN 13: 9780671735555
By: Carmen Carter

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Every Starfleet officer knows of the Hamlin Massacre, of how the tiny Federation outpost of Hamlin was destroyed, its entire adult population mercilessly slaughtered and the colony's children abducted by Choraii invaders who attacked with a ferocity and speed that outmatched their Starfleet pursuers. Now, 50 years later, the Choraii ships have reappeared, but this time the Federation is better prepared, with the starship "Enterprise" TM standing at red alert.

Reader's Thoughts

Martijn Hartman-maatman

Not the best story of them all, at points it was really boring

Adam Boudreau

This book was a slight improvement over that of the “Peacekeepers”, which I found to be a rather tedious adventure. As we progress into the Star Trek books I feel the characters are getting a little stronger in their actual representation. It seems this author may have actually seen an episode rather than just read a script or two. However, there are still some things that are seriously wrong with the character portrayal compared with the show.The biggest issue was with Wesley. While I feel Wesley’s portrayal was well done, Carmen Carter was very liberal with Wesley’s duties. Now you have to remember in the first season Wesley is only an acting ensign, he’s not even a full ensign! Despite this it appears he can do whatever he wants to do. Picard is letting him sit in on classified meetings that have the highest level of secrecy and argues that Wesley is part of his bridge crew and therefore allowed to be in the meeting. This is utterly ridiculous.Another issue was with the technology in some cases. This may have more to do with lack of information at the time the author wrote this book. Maybe this comment is more in hindsight, but it just felt ridiculous when reading this. First off Wesley needed to get a book for someone, so he was printing one from a printing station on the bridge. This just seemed silly to me. In another instance Beverly had information on a tape cassette drive. There’s no way those would still exist, I can’t understand why the author thought that would be the pinnacle of data storage even in the late 80’s when this was published.Finally, despite really nailing Data’s character in this book unlike the previous two, Picard’s character was a little off. He was a little too mean and way too impulsive it seemed. It was strange because it never felt like he really weighed his decisions very carefully and he had multiple explosions of anger in this book. This just doesn’t mesh with the stoic captain we see on television. I suppose this irrational personality makes sense for her writing that Picard was convinced Data had emotions, which clearly isn’t true and it’s obvious he doesn’t believe such a thing in the show.Regardless of those weird things the overall story was okay. The Enterprise stumbles into a situation where the highest levels of Starfleet Security take a major role. Amidst all this secrecy they try to solve an old mystery involving missing children. Their original mission was to transport some back woods farmer type people that have decided to reject technology (despite their travelling in a star ship to another planet… go figure). Basically they’re Amish. Anyway, I could have done without the farmer people, but their role makes a bit more sense in the very end, not sure if it was worth the effort of having them there frankly. My one other gripe is the religious references to ancient human religions, such as Christianity, this doesn't get mentioned at all in the show. So Beverly’s name for a child as Moses is pretty foolish in my opinion. The human race in the Star Trek universe is supposed to have grown beyond such trappings and certainly not show favoritism in ones historical knowledge. Maybe it made sense… I don’t know… I just felt like it didn’t belong in this “world”, if you know what I mean.In the end 2.5 stars.


It's a classic Trek... all the characters where they belong and in the way you expect them.


The Enterprise crew answers a distress call on the way to relocating a group of farmers to their new home. Picard and the crew then come face to face with a group of aliens that had murdered a colony 50 years previous while stealing the children of that colony. Along with a Special Agent from the Federation, the Enterprise must reclaim some of the missing children from that 50 year old massacre. The Choraii proved an interesting foe while the farmers of New Oregon were for the most part pointless. We would not have had a reason to reach the books conclusion without this group but their role was such that they could have been left in the background a lot more than was done. Not the best nor worst of the STTNG books that I've read.


3.5 out of 5


Part of my project wherein I read all the published Trek books.


I enjoyed this book far more than I did the first two in the Star Trek: TNG book series. The adventure was more entertaining and more well thought out than the first two. The characters were less one-dimensional. The Choraii were far more interesting as villains than the first two books as well. If I had read this book back when it was first published, I would have harbored a hope that more books would be written about the Choraii. They just have a lot of potential that I have a feeling will be unrealized. My only real complaints about this book are the very predictable ending and the 'wheel of fortune' style names some of the farmers had. Take your typical names and remove the vowels and you have some of the farmers' names. Mry, Krn, Dnnys, Dvd, etc. Other than that I enjoyed this book and am surprised that it had as low a score on goodreads as it currently does. Hopefully my 4/5 will help that.


Interesting story of closure on an old adversary.

Scarlett Sims

This was a decent quick read. I think my main beef with it was that it was early-seasons: still had Yar, Wesley was a bigger character, everyone was still kinda new to the Enterprise. Also, some of the reveals were pretty predictable. However, the alien adversary was an interesting one and there was nothing notably offensive. I think I might just seek out later titles in the series from now on.


I read all these "Next Generation" books in middle school/early high school. Even then I thought most of them were pretty bad. But I'm a completist so they must be included in my book list!

Benjamin Plume

As far as Trek books go, this one isn't tops. Even for Sci-fi a good bit of it isn't believable, and the parts that are believable are predictable from the very early stages. It still manages to be a semi-fun read, though.

Daniel Shaw-cosman

A fun read. The 'enemy' race was very imaginative. Overall well written with some interesting exploration of character.


I appreciate the author's use of the characters. Each contributed to the plot in their own distinct way. The story kept me interested and raised an interesting question though it unfortunately handled it poorly in the end.


Not bad, not great. Its what one expects from a Star Trek novel. A nice mindless and quick read. Pure escapism and a guilty pleasure.

Daniel Kukwa

This was my first Star Trek novel, all those years ago. Reading it today, you'd think the first season of The Next Generation was a glorious triumph all around, as opposed to being an awkward, earnest, occasionally brilliant/occasionally awful pilot year. "The Children of Hamlin" is the first book to "get" everyone well...the first book that understood the characters, and the first book to plunge those characters into a terrific adventure, in conflict with a truly alien culture. I cherish this book...and it still stands as one of the best TNG-era novels. Compared to the previous two disappointments in the range, this is a revelation!

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