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Star Trek The Next Generation #4 (Star Trek: The Next Generation #4)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  1,076 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Treva is an isolated human colony on the fringes of known space on the verge of becoming a true interstellar community, a full fledged menber of the Federation. But now the "U.S.S. Enterprise"TM has received a distress signal for Treva is in the throes of a violent revolution, a revolution led by a merciless warlord who has committed countless atrocities in the name of fre ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 23rd 2000 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing (first published 1989)
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The ruler of a non-federation planet requests starfleet intervention in a civil uprising, Tasha Yar and Data get sent on their own to see whats what. As usual things are not to to be taken at face value.

I knew I'd like this book from the outset, because who can deny that Tasha and Data were two of the most interesting characters on TNG. And that we never saw enough of Tasha, and that we could never have enough of Data.

Of course theres always the impending doom hanging over this book, as I knew
I liked Tasha Yar well enough on the show but actually came away from this book caring a lot less about her, which I'm pretty sure wasn't the point. I found her 'traumatising' backstory quite boring and her later relationship with 'Dare' quite silly and thought she behaved inappropriately for most of the book.

I also thought the characterisation of Data was a bit much and that the author may have overstretched his emotional capabilities for the period.

It was still an entertaining book but It didn
So this is one of the first TNG books, so I feel like it does get "graded" on a curve due to the author not really knowing the characters, etc. However, I read the follow-up to this book already (Metamorphosis), and the author seems consistent in and choices.

First the good - I think this is a great Yar story, and there are not many opportunities to say that. The author gives Yar's backstory, which I think is consistent with what we saw, and really adds a lot to the character. I think
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Mikael Kuoppala
A nice try at illuminating Tasha Yar's character, but the overall feel of the prose is somehow quite amateurish.
Describes Tasha Yar's childhood on a post-apocalyptic planet! Much darker and grittier than most Next Gen novels.
Rereading these early ST: TNG novels, and this is the first that I felt was really good quality. I remember reading one of the original series novels by Lorrah and liking that when younger - one of the first Trek experiences I had actually, and this succeeds largely because she is a good writer and came up with a decent plot. It also is notable and stands up because the focus of the novel is on Yar. Other early novels in the series read badly because the characters are so off from how we know th ...more
There are so many things wrong with this book. I really like Data's characterization, but it is not particularly representative of the series. Tasha's backstory is a checklist of Awful Things That Turn a Girl Into a Survivor: abandonment, poverty, drug addiction, rape, rape gangs, street gangs, emancipation as a minor, lack of education but incredible academic potential, death, betrayal, lost love, more abandonment. The love story is highly problematic and the love triangle is somehow both overw ...more
Himmelhochjauchzend zu Tode betrübt

Dieses Buch zu beurteilen ist eine sehr ambivalente Sache. Besonders hervorzuheben ist z.B. dass es eine sehr interessante Darstellung von Tasha Yars Vergangenheit gibt, die sich sonst nirgendwo findet. Aus der Serie kennt man, dass Tashas Kindheit und Jugend nicht besonders rosig war, aber diese Darstellung geht weit darüber hinaus und ist auch sehr gut gelungen.

Dafür erlaubt sich Jean Lorrah einen Fault Pas sondergleichen im Aufbau des Plots. Zunächst wird ei
In honor of the 25th anniversary, of what would be my all time favorite show if it were not for The X-Files,Star Trek the Next Generation is coming to Blu-Ray totally redone. Having read most of the novels over two decades ago, I thought that I would write my general feel for the serial STNG novels. I could never do a real review now, other than to say that I loved them.

Star Trek the Next Generation was both my favorite science fiction series in college, and also my favorite serial novel. I was
Jul 02, 2012 Heidi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard TNG and Data fans, fans of Tasha Yar (Do they really exist?)
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Slight tendency towards 2.5 stars

The only reason I read this book was the follow-up novel Metamorphosis which uses characters from and refers to events in this one.

My expectations were low. It was my first Star Trek TNG fan fiction book, and for all my Data love I wasn't sure whether I could handle a plot that focuses on Tasha Yar, one of my most disliked characters in television history. All tough, almost 'masculine' in a ridiculously clichéd way and kick-arse on the outside, she dreams of bein
Sean Randall
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Athena Braun
Apr 30, 2009 Athena Braun rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
This book fills you in on the backstory of Tasha Yar. How rough was her life before? How did she get rescued? All these questions and more are answered. I really didn't like this character before reading this book. There just wasn't enough information about her. I'll admit though I still got teary eyed hearing her farewell message and Data's confusion to Capt. Picard. It also fills you in a little bit about what happened after Tasha and Data's tryst. All of this and there's a second story. Data ...more
I picked up this book because I'd read Lorrah's Metamorphosis, the first Star Trek The Next Generation "Giant Novel" (of which there were only two, before they switched to hardcover format for "bigger" books), and then subsequently learned that some of the characters in that book debuted in her earlier novel, Survivors, the fourth numbered Pocket Books novel from 1989. Wow, what a wonderful story. Lorrah really groks Tasha Yar. With Yar's sad exit during the first season of Star Trek The Next Ge ...more
Mr. Koop
Underwhelming and mediocre at best. I also found it quite jarring how the author just jammed Tasha's death into the last chapter, as if she couldn't find a better place to place it in correlation with the tv episode. All--in-all, a bummer.
Kai Knetsch
I was surprised at how good this book was. It was nice to read a novel around Tasha Yar. I thought the author got the characters bang on and the story had a good plot too.
Amelia Defield
It was a well written, sad book with a few high points. I had hoped for a different ending, but it was more realistic the way it ended.
Jim Morrison
I seem to like Jean Lorrah's writing style and understanding of the Star Trek characters. The story has a nice pace that held my interest and more. I love the way Lorrah writes about the nuances of philosophy. Human morals and feelings are examined by Mr. Data using reason in a way that is rare and wonderful. Just when I thought the story was over Chapter 12 appeared with another good dose of well written dialogue and analysis of our fundamental beliefs. "No, Number One," Picard said calmly, "yo ...more
This was my favorite Star Trek novel as a teenager, and in rereading it two decades later I can see why. It gives a compelling backstory for Tasha Yar, an underused TNG character, and expands her relationship to Data (albeit in rather silly ways). It's a pasionate story of a woman overcoming a terrible childhood and moving on to find love and adventure. I can see why my teenaged self loved it.

It's also terribly written, with a contrived plot and characters straight out of bodice ripperromances.
Probably the best portrayal of Tasha Yat out there. Too bad it's in an average book.
May 23, 2012 Ryan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochists, People Who Don't Understand How Real Humans Interact
The writing of this book is painfully awkward and repetitive. When two female characters are introduce one is described as "neither pretty nor beautiful" while the other is first "stunning" and then suddenly "not beautiful, hardly even pretty." I don't know how this woman has published books.

The ending is worthwhile...almost. The last chapter has Data reflecting on Yar's death. It is fairly well written. And then the author ruins it with some totally inappropriate and out-of-character line from
I did learn about Tasha's past, but it seemed boring and a somewhat unrelated to the story line. Also even though it was mentioned that Data doesn't have feelings; it seemed like he did have feelings during several points in the book. If you are a fan of the series skip this book.
1989 grade B+

Next Gen Trek
Fan fiction at its worst
Katie Buerk
Got to love the Crusher books
Martijn Hartman-maatman
The whole Tasha story deserved a better ending, but this was not it. Aiding rebels? Going against everything they believe in and still do it? Not one of the best stories for sure.
I very much enjoyed the story in this one, which also makes me think that I was right all those years ago that Tasha should have had more airtime. The part that was hard for me to read was the excessively long chapters with very few breaks. It was very hard to find a place to stop that didn't seem to be mid-paragraph, which I found very frustrating. Also, there was a little abuse of Data in a deus ex machina sense. Over all, I enjoyed it, especially the back story for Tasha.
Daniel Shaw-cosman
Decent. A very interesting history/back story for Tasha Yar. Interesting enough to keep me engaged.
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Jean Lorrah is a science fiction and fantasy author. She has produced several Star Trek novels and often collaborated with Jacqueline Lichtenberg. Her most recent work with Lichtenberg is on the Sime - Gen Universe. Her fantasy series The Savage Empire, from the 1980s, is mostly solo work. She is also a professor of English at Murray State University and received her PhD from Florida State Univers ...more
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