Caretaker - Star Trek Voyager Book Summary and Study Guide

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The USS Voyager and a rebel Maquis ship get swept across the galaxy by an all powerful "Caretaker." The Caretaker has been "caring" for a race of childlike creatures, the Ocampa, for hundreds of years now, and he is now dying. He is looking for a replacement. In the end, Captain Janeway and the crew decide to destroy the Caretaker's array in order to save the ocampa rather than return home. The story is told from rotating points of view, however often times that of Tom Paris and Capt. Janeway.
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This is a story about the crew of Voyager based on the pilot episode. It is set mainly through the eyes of Tom Paris a convicted criminal who is enlisted to help Captain Janeway find the Maquis rebels. However both Voyager and The Maquis they are chasing are pulled to the other side of the galaxy and have to try and get back home. We see their motivations, and feelings which may not have been obvious in the TV episode. It also deals with the shock of the prospect of never seeing their loved ones on earth again.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena    -   lost in spaceship Kind of series    -   Star Trek Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Star Trek or Star Wars book?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Domed/Underground City Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human freighter/transport    -   really, really giant spaceship/station A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   primitive aliens    -   empty, or nearly empty world    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation    -   an average amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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