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The Body Electric (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

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A planet-sized Machine of terrifying power and unfathomable purpose hurls entire star systems into a supermassive black hole. Wesley Crusher, now a full-fledged Traveler, knows the Machine must be stopped... but he has no idea how.

Wesley must enlist the aid of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew, who also fail to halt the unstoppab
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Pocket Books (first published December 20th 2012)
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This is the third and final novel in the book event Cold Equations from Star Trek: The Next Generation that supposedly to be about the return of Data and his quest to find a way to resurrect his daughter, Lal.

Okay, first of all... why the heck is doing Worf in the cover?! He does some stuff in the story and there is a relevant moment about his Starfleet career but that's all. Hardly a reason to be pictured on the cover.

Wesley Crusher should be on the cover since it's his triumphant return to the
Carl Bussema
Why Worf is on the cover, I have no idea. They should have put WESLEY CRUSHER on the cover, because that's right kids, everyone's favorite Traveler is back!

And he's not bringing good news (duh). Turns out there's a machine at the center of the galaxy that's going to [science involving black holes] destroy the galaxy, soon. Aided by Wesley's ability to hyperwarp the ship, the Enterprise rushes out to investigate, and concludes that the machine was constructed by the same people who built V'Ger (S
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Body Electric was a satisfying conclusion to the Cold Equations trilogy. Each entry in this trilogy almost represents a different "genre" of novel. The first, The Persistence of Memory, is a black-ops thriller with a bit of personal memoir thrown in. Book two, Silent Weapons, is more of a political/action thriller, while The Body Electric brings a hard sci-fi element to the story. My favourite entry in the series was Silent Weapons, as I'm a sucker for the political stuff. But The Body Elect ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not sure what to think here. The elements of the story all reach for an epic scale not seen since "Star Trek - The Motion Picture". The prose is wonderful, and I positively breezed through this novel in a matter of hours. But in the end, it still feels slightly less than the sum of its parts. It feels as if it should be MORE epic, MORE emotional, MORE terrifying than it is...and the rather pat ending certainly works against it. To say nothing of dispensing with ALL the Typhon Pact shenanigan ...more
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So David Mack might be my new fav Star Trek author- absolutely awesome epic stuff... Again!
C.T. Phipps
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are two kinds of Star Trek fans: those who like Wesley Crusher and those who don't. I, for those who wish to know, am one of the former.

I was a wee lad of seven when Star Trek: The Next Generation first came on screen. Despite this, I watched it religiously and thought Wesley was the bomb. There was no reason not to like Wesley since, of course, a fourteen-year-old kid could do everything an adult could do but better. That was just common sense (at my age)!

I suspect the older a Trek fan
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, unlike the first two in the Cold Equations, feels like a stand alone novel. In this series, there are two main plots and several side stories. There is the story of the conflict with the Breen and then Data's search for a way to resurrect Lal. In this novel, the former was wrapped up in the first few pages of the book to make way for a story line with Wesley Crusher and AI's who created V-ger, The Body Electric. The Data story line continues through this novel and integrates into this ...more
Glenn Crouch
Maybe I've come to expect too much from Mr Mack, but I think compared to the other books of his that I have read, this one didn't really come up to the standard I've come to expect.

Plus being a 3rd book in a trilogy, after I really enjoyed the 2nd book, this one just didn't have the intrigue and I found the resolution a bit disappointing even a bit anti-climatic.

It could be that the "enemy" in this story was just "too big" - I don't know - but I was really growing to like the "new" Data in the p
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christopher Lutz
Probably the weakest of the three books of this trilogy. Much like a serialized TV show, this trilogy was really three separate stories with a loose arc connecting them: the return of Data and his quest to resurrect his android daughter. This storyline is wrapped up as the Enterprise crew faces a massive machine capable of ending all life in the galaxy, created by the same race of machines referenced on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It was a good story, but not nearly as entertaining as the sec ...more
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Body Electric by David Mack Plot:Wesley, now a Traveler in his own right, discovers a terrifying machine at the galaxy's core, a machine which creates random wormholes and pulls entire star systems through it to feed a massive black hole. Neither the other Travelers nor Q can offer a solution, so he asks Picard for help in this crisis which could change, and destroy in the longterm, the whole galaxy.Meanwhile, Data is faced with a terrible choi ...more
Joseph Masiello
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers pretty much immediately!

Well, it happened again. David Mack wrote an incredible book, however, his story didn't really focus on the original plan Data set out to accomplish. Instead he put forth a massive sci-fi adventure that was, to me, fantastic! I will agree with other reviews that the name of the main 'villain' is rather uninspired. "The Machine." Not to original considering it was an enormous planet size machine. Take it or leave it. It didn't really bother me.

On its own this nove
Maurice Jr.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bad news. There's a planet-sized machine with a companion black hole ominously named "Abaddon" using artificial wormholes to suck entire star systems into its maw. Worse news: the machine is a Borg-like collective of artificial intelligence systems with a serious attitude problem regarding organic lifeforms. To wit, it wants us all dead, and when it collides itself with the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, dead we shall be. It's up to Captain Jean-Luc Picard to somehow find ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This story was well-written, but the basic plotline was one of those that I've never cared for: Enterprise and its crew (whether the original Kirk-captained Enterprise, or the Next Generation Enterprise captained by Picard) is faced with a situation in which they must succeed or all life in the entire Galaxy will die. (Not much of an improvement in the similar stories in which they only need to save the Earth, but this definitely takes the stakes up a few notches even from that.) And, of course, ...more
Paul Lunger
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The finale to David Mack's Cold Equations trilogy, "The Body Electric" is pretty much a standalone story from the trilogy itself save the continuing Data sub-plot that has run throughout this series. The main storyline involves a machine at the center of the Milky Way galaxy that Wesley Crusher stumbles onto & realizes that it is in the process of destroying entire star systems & possibly the entire galaxy. With no luck from his fellow Travelers, he takes the advice of Q & enlists th ...more
Shane Amazon
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although both previous books had enough loose story threads to dedicate a third book to just those threads, Body Electric goes far beyond what was left behind and introduces the reader to an equally impressive story. In this, the final, installment the story takes from the TV series and puts our favorite characters against a once historic enemy. Using both guile and technology from stories past, the crew find a way to save the galaxy in zero hour.

In book one we were introduced to Data's quest to
Rebecca  Porter
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent sequel, both in terms of story and theme, to The Persistence of Memory. (It's supposed to be a sequel to Silent Weapons but that book has no real link to the others in the trilogy). The plot is very Star Trek: alien supercomputers programmed to destroy out of cold logic are a Trek motif, and the book acknowledges its debt to the Motion Picture.

Star Trek has never been hard scifi but the super science here is at least consistent and doesn't devolve into Treknobable. The philosophical arg
Michael Russell
My effort to complete all the Star Trek tie-ins I have on my shelves continues. This third book in David Mack's trilogy completes his effort to explain Data's resurrection after the events of ST:Nemesis and appearance in the prequel comics to J.J. Abrams reboot of the movie franchise. Wesley returns as Traveler wunderkind as opposed to the more generic wunderkind he appeared as in TNG. Picard and Data both have moments of diplomacy against a machine culture bend on the destruction of organic lif ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The unbelievable truth revealed at the centre of the Milky Way by the Traveler Wesley Crusher ignites a series of events which will lead the Enterprise crew to stare into the maw of the abyss. Once again, the crew, with the help of Data and other AI brethren of his seek to reason with a malevolent sentience poised at complete destruction.

The pace of the story is really good, initially moving forward on several fronts which towards the end come together to bring readers closure. David Mack manage
Cameron James
This Cold Equations trilogy was very loosely tied together, as each book could have easily stood on its own. It’s more of a common theme that holds them together than a unified plot. Each of the three books revolves centrally around artificial intelligence, androids, and machines.

I’ve had my challenges in reading this trilogy. The first book centred on a character I didn’t like and couldn’t get into. The second book held too much back from the reader and left me unsatisfied. And this third book
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was Nan excellent story that had me enthralled from beginning to end but in my opinion, suffered a few key flaws. First, calling it part three of a trilogy. The overall story had very little connection to the previous books. The main story from the first two (The Breen) was never really completed satisfactorily, and had nothing to do with this book. The other problem I had with it was the solution to the main problem. To say it was short and sweet would be an understatement of vast proporti ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have this idea that trilogies are supposed to have story arcs -- but the Cold Equations trilogy, of which this book was the third installment, felt like three separate stories. On its own, The Body Electric had a premise that could have been exciting -- an artificial intelligence feeding the star systems of the Milky Way into a black hole -- but I didn't find this exciting, really. Some of the character development wasn't believable, and some of the writing was quite awkward. This book was "go ...more
Krista D.
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Ryan Tompkins
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading my first series of Star Trek books I feel I have cemented my status as a Trekkie and can recommend doing the same for anyone else who enjoys the shows. The books read like episodes. David Mack wrote for Deep Space Nine and knows his way around Trek universe. The books flew by and were easy time filler. A better option to playing video games while holding a sleeping baby.
Paul Clark
I am a fan of David Mack's work in the Star Trek universe. It this trilogy felt stilted to me. There was barely a hint of continuity and in this the last book, it ended rather plainly. Other reviewers have said that this book or the entire trilogy on the whole should have felt more epic. I have to concur. "The Body Electric" served not to end a trilogy but to work as stand alone story with whispers of the previous two.

With all that aside, I enjoyed the adventure and it kept me engaged 'til the l
Lynn Alan Heath
This third book in the Next Generation trilogy, Cold Equations <\b> can actually be read by itself. But, then again, it does fit nicely after the first two in the series. It is excellently written and has a few unexpected twists. We have a character we have not seen for some time make an appearance to the happiness of longtime Enterprise officers as well as bringing extremely bad news. In order to not create any spoilers this is all that I will say.
Debra Cook
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wesley is hanging out in space when he comes across a machine that is eating galaxies. When his fellow Travelers won't help he goes to Picard and the Enterprise for help. Data in search of someone to help him bring back his daughter comes across a fellowship of robots looking for immortality. And they think they found it with the Machine called Body Electric. What happens, read and find out. Great conclusion to the trilogy.
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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies.

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