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Greater than the Sum (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  440 ratings  ·  46 reviews
The "Starship Rhea" has discovered a cluster of carbon planets that seems to be the source of the quantum energies rippling through a section of space. A landing party finds unusual life-forms inhabiting one of the planets. One officer, Lieutenant T'Ryssa Chen -- a half-Vulcan -- makes a tenuous connection with them. But before any progress can be made, the "Rhea" comes un ...more
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Published July 29th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing (first published July 2008)
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Kristen
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Richard
It starts off promisingly with an intriguing action sequence but then it starts to drag and I couldn't finish it. The main reason why it drags is that it focuses on a new character: a commissioned Star Fleet officer who speaks and acts like a mischievous, petulant, 10 year old child. This sort of comic relief character often works in anime to deflate the egos of the very serious regular characters. It even works in Star Trek, if the character is from an alien race where such behaviour is normal, ...more
Jimyanni
I don't much care for what they're doing with TNG these days.But given that fact, this is a very fine read and very well-done. There were weak spots, sure; I found the character of T'Ryssa Chen (a human-vulcan hybrid raised in human society rather than vulcan) to be almost as annoying as Captain Picard apparently did (maybe it's just something us old, bald guys have in common, but I'm unconvinced that somebody with her character flaws would ever have made it out of Starfleet Academy. I guarantee ...more
Luke
Greater than the Sum picks up a few months after the events of Before Dishonor, with Captain Picard and Beverly Crusher having been married "off-screen" between the two books

The Einstein, or Frankenstein as it's known since it's assimilation by the Borg, has been spotted in a realm of space inhabited by a vastly advanced entity, capable of instantaneous slipstream travel.
Starfleet orders that the Borg cannot be allowed to assimilate this technology and dispatch the Enterprise, armed with transph
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Pierre
Wasn't as bad as the previous TNG outing (Before Dishonor) - although it seems like the writers are always getting The Borg involved. ALWAYS. Why?
Katie Buerk
Great book more of the Picard/Crusher relationship. They are married now but they were already married when the book started. Would have been nice to get more details on that. Second part I was upset about was one page at the end of the book they decided to go for it when having a baby then it went straight into her being 6 weeks pregnant. I want to read those 6 weeks not skip over them come on. It's like waving a slice of meat in front of a tiger and then taking it away not fair. I need a book ...more
Matthew Bowers
More excellence from Bennett. Here he continues his penchant for mixing irreverence with drama and hard sci-fi with action-adventure, while at the same time smoothing over some of the more inexplicable character shifts and plot holes in the very uneven post-Nemesis TNG novel series, as well as some incongruities about the Borg themselves. His understanding of the TNG characters is solid, and his exploration of the new characters -- particularly T'Ryssa and Choudhury -- is excellent. By far the b ...more
Don Incognito
This Star Trek original novel typifies what frequent readers of novels based on science fiction TV programs with large fanbases disparagingly describe using a certain very vulgar seven-letter word starting with F.

It's poorly written, questionable in its depictions of some of the Star Trek characters' personalities, doesn't always bother with strong characterization, and endlessly shows off the author's knowledge of continuity from the various Star Trek series. When the book began expatiating the
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Kathy
Greater Than the Sum was a book that filled in so many holes in the Star Trek chronology for me. It was a pretty good book.There was a couple problems but overall it was strong.

This book takes place just prior to the Destiny series. This book really lays into the place the current Enterprise-E crew. Picard is ordered into a nebula to prevent alien technology from falling into the Borg’s hands. The Borg were starting to evolve their tactics where they were slightly more deadly than before since t
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John Kirk
This book seems like an unfortunate combination of good writing and poor editing. It follows up on several other novels and comics, but it provides enough of a recap that you should be able to follow the story if you haven't read them first. However, at this point my main reaction is "What, really? The Borg, again?"

There's quite a bit of retconning going on here, so that the writer can sort out the inconsistencies from various stories. Normally I'd say that's a good thing, particularly if you're
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Michael
"Greater Than the Sum" suffers from "middle child syndrome."

The story is set between last year's 20th anniversary set of TNG novels and this year's big Trek publishing event by David Mack, set to hit stores in October. This leaves the usually reliable Christopher L. Bennett with a conundrum of a book that is supposed to set up the next set of novels and try to reconcile some of the inconsistencies of last year's set of stories, especially the rather disappointing wrap-up novel by Peter David. (W
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Marc
I love Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it's still strange to read about the books post-Nemesis.

Like all post-Nemesis TNG books, there's a lot more conflict than on the show and a whole bunch of new characters. Sometimes those characters can be hit or miss but Tryss was interesting. She was like Spock but instead chose to shun her Vulcan side. Even though she's the central character of the book, the story isn't about her.

It's about the Borg. Actually, it's not but the Borg are in it and as al
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Kim
It's been eight years since I last read a Star Trek novel and I'll admit I'm a bit rusty on the particulars of where all the characters are supposed to have ended up by this point in the Star Trek timeline, but I was still able to enjoy this book. At face value this is the story of the crew of the Enterprise-E trying to do battle with the Borg (with the help of Hugh, remember him?) while also negotiating first contact with a new super intelligence. But really this was a story of family and babie ...more
Carl Bussema
Much better than the previous novel in the canon, Before Dishonor. A great new character is introduced -- a half-human/half-Vulcan who identifies more with her human side (compare to Spock for instance, who is very strongly Vulcan).

The Borg are back, but they don't play nearly as large a role in this book (which probably helps, given how badly they were done last time). Instead we have a new alien (good trek), which seems to be very very different than other alien life we've encountered (better
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Kelly Gregory
Loved it! I consider this book 4 in this particular storyline about the return of the Borg that spans The Next Generation, Star Trek Titan, Star Trek Voyager, and Star Trek Destiny, among others. This one tells The Next Generation storyline alongside the Star Trek Voyager book Full Circle.
Craig Andrews
Took me a while to read as I must confess to being bloody sick of the Borg when I started reading it. They have been the major villain in the last few TNG books and I think they've been over done. Perhaps if I'd read these novels as they came out the time gap between each one would have made the impact different. I thought this one would put the Borg to bed but the Epilogue suggests otherwise. The new crew were really well fleshed out. It finally feels like they've got a proper crew again after ...more
Paul Keelan
A good Star Trek book which develops on the storyline after TNG movies. The book requires a large amount of knowledge about TNG and VOY and even contains some content from DS9 so this book is only for die-hard Star Trek fans. As a die hard Star Trek fan I found the book excellent and couldn't put it down, some of the story elements were predictable but some were downright funny while still maintaining the Star Trek line. The new staff members were well told and I could easily imagine them on the ...more
Anna
What's it about: It's set post-Nemesis, and is a part of a larger story arc involving the Borg. The Federation thought the Borg were defeated, but instead, they were evolving. Janeway is captured by the new Borg, and becomes their queen. It's up to Picard and Seven to stop them.

Why did I read it: I like Star Trek, particularly the Next Gen, and I wanted to read more in that universe.

Favorite idea: None. I wish the Borg never existed. The militarization of Star Trek is centered on them, to the de
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Thacher Cleveland
Another sort-of decent Christopher Bennett book, but again totally plagued with "hey remember that Trek episode" syndrome. Every plant reminds someone of some other similar plant they saw in an episode once. Some reviews have said that there were passages in here to correct certain "character inconsistencies" from previous books, like "Before Dishonor". Nothing I read seemed out of character, unless they mean out of character for the changes that they've made in the extended universe, and in tha ...more
Miket01
This book managed to pull off a couple of things that I don't normally like. It plays a lot of connect the dots with past Borg stories, trying to patch perceived continuity holes. This is usually a soulless exercise in nerdery, but it works here because it serves as a summing up of the stories that brought us to this point, which serves the dramatic tension. It introduces a new, free-spirited character to change everyone's lives. A bit of a cliche, but one the post-Nemesis Enterprise was in desp ...more
Nicolas
I am really digging these post-Nemesis books. Technically this is a TNG title, but in a lot of ways it is a continuation of Voyager as well. This Borg arc they've been doing is really interesting. Basically the Borg has had enough and decides that the Federation is more trouble than it's worth. Lot's of good character development. It was nice to see Guinan, Hugh and 7 of 9 show up. Helps to fill the gap left by Riker, Troi and Data. Overall this book was a bit light on the action but made up for ...more
Robert Lewter
Another great episode of Trek.
Mariam aka MiMi
I don't remember all the details, but this particular Star Trek book kept me reading from start to finish. It was a good read.
Jacque Hodges (Carter)
What words can I use? I know! Read Kristen Elizabeth's review. I concur and she says it much more succinctly than I ever could. How did this get to print?
Bron
This story is set in the time after the Star Trek film Nemesis, so my favourite TNG character Data, is missing. I did enjoy reading some insights into Picard and Beverly's relationship, it was also good to discover more about Hugh, the liberated Borg drone, but it wasn't the most thrilling or intriguing Start Trek book I've ever read. The entity wasn't all that original an alien intelligence, and somehow the new characters didn't gel for me.
John
Excellent read. Continues the post-Nemesis TNG storyline...involving the Borg and tying in several of the episodes and characters from them as well, most notably "Hugh" - the leader of "The Liberated" faction of the Borg. The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that the Epilogue was basically the Prologue for David Mack's upcoming "Destiny" trilogy, which looks awesome but won't be available for a couple of months.
Rachel
Mar 22, 2011 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: quiverfullers, no one
I hated it so much I removed it from my Kindle.

Bennett has tremendous promise as a writer, but after reading this, I can safely say he doesn't know dick about the philosophies of Star Trek: TNG. I have read fan fiction with truer understanding of both universe and characters, although with worse grammar and style.

I'm really too disgusted to write anymore about this book.
Joy
It was okay. I'm so tired of the Borg right now. It seems that this books series is going all soap-opera on me. It was like there was a little storyline and then a bunch of relationship development (like should Picard and Crusher have kids . . . . yadda, yadda, yadda). Honestly I only read it so I could get to Destiny. Maybe I'm just spoiled by Peter David.
Michael Lighten
Nov 11, 2013 Michael Lighten rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read a sequel
Recommended to Michael by: back matter
Greater Than the Sum is a good, but not "great" book. There were times when the characters almost talked me to death. I know explanations were needed to explain some things, but this constant talking killed much of the story. If 100 pages was sheered off "Greater" would have been great. Still, an action-orientated good story. I am looking forward to the sequel.
Carmen
I liked it, but way too much emphasis on children for my tastes. And what the fuck was up with "If you don't have children you're not contributing to life"? I would recommend against reading this if you are childfree.
I like T'Ryssa Chen, but I do find it difficult to see how she would have been admitted and gone through the Academy.
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