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The Way To The Stars

(Star Trek: Discovery #4)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Despite being an inexperienced Starfleet cadet, Sylvia Tilly became essential to the U.S.S. Discovery finding its way back home from the Mirror Universe. But how did she find that courage? From where did she get that steel? Who nurtured that spark of brilliance? The Way to the Stars recounts for fans everywhere the untold story of Tilly’s past.

It’s not easy being sixteen,
Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Dawn Christoffersen
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a really sweet coming of age story, with a very likable character at the center. Sylvia Tilly is no less likable in the hands of Una McCormack. She’s relatable and not the trope she could easily have been. She’s a sensitive 16 year old who, under pressure from her successful, bossy mother, feels unable to live up to the expectations of being first in class at everything, and ends up skipping school, sneaking on board a starship and hiding on an alien planet. She makes mistakes, she’s ou ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I'm in Prague, a truly beautiful city full of history and life. I'm supposed to be sleeping in order to meet a dear friend for the first time in the morning (a friend who I became friend with because of this wonderful show). Instead I stayed up late to finish this novel in one sitting.

I love Tilly - she's awkward, unsure, ambitious, and has a propensity for inserting her foot into her own mouth. I can relate. Learning about this marvellous character through this fun book was an absolute delight.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This isn't quite as impressive as the previous "Discovery" novels, primarily due to the fact that the opening section of Tilly at boarding school feels like an overly-familiar, almost 90210/Harry Potter mash-up plot line. However, Una McCormack's superb writing style and command of character powers through the familiarity, and when the novel gets to Tilly on the run, it finally engages at a higher gear of storytelling. On a side note, I'd definitely like to see more of the Starship Dorothy Garro ...more
Alex Bright
Star Rating: 3.0

Tilly's backstory reads like YA fanfiction, but at least it's fairly well-written fanfic! There are a lot of wonderful sequences in the first two thirds of this novel, and McCormack definitely has Tilly's character interactions on point. I would have given it 3.5 stars, but after that point (view spoiler) the story rushes headlong into clichéd, predictable plot progressions, and over-
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

В прошлый раз, когда речь зашла о Star Trek: Discovery, я объявил, что кадет Сильвия Тилли, возможно, являет лучшим персонажем сериала. Естественно, теперь нам нужно поговорить про роман Уны Маккормак о том, как в год своего шестнадцатилетия Тилли пришла к решению пойти в Звездный Флот в результате удушающе элитной школы и нескольких небольших приключений.

Я не знаю, чего я ожидал от этой книги, но, наверно, не того, что получил. Задним числом хо
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-cleanup-2019
Listened to the audiobook (I always forget switching editions for my updates).

This was a cute coming of age story, that perhaps even works for younger readers without Star Trek/Discovery experience. It is about a girl who has to find her own way against the oppressing presence of her famous know-it-all mother.
Those readers who know Discovery will find a very apt characterisation of Sylvia Tilly's character, and in case of the audiobook a well done rendering of Tilly's over-the-topness. It was f
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alright, so: I definitely didn't expect to spend the whole day reading on, but I didn't want to put the book down. It's fun, it's refreshing (baby!Tilly, anyone? She's a mess, but she's so cute at it!!), and it's definitely a great addition to the series.
I like that she has an interest in mushrooms right from the start, I had always assumed she came from theoretical engineering, then into astromycology from there - possibly through Stamet's work about interstellar travel directly. But this makes
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars kicks off with Tilly recounting to Michael all that she experienced as a awkward 16 year old! :D This then takes the plot off into examining Tilly's early years and does a brilliant job from the start! :D In Tilly we get to see an awkward teenager that doesn't hit all the normal stereotypes that you would expect! :D At the same time as the story is primarily told from the point of view of Tilly you can really emphasis with her and understand why the wis ...more
Jamie Walker
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic novel about a memorable character

Bought early this morning, finished a moment ago. Don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this - yet it was so easy to read and see all of the events in Syl... Sorry, Tilly's life. My brain keeps on trying to remind me of a 'kid at school' story I read when younger but the way they story unfolded was great.
Would love to see some other journeys of younger characters; I'm sure Michael's history would be a great counterpoint to the ordinary extraordi
Pamela Labarbiera
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to give this 4 1/2 stars because of an inconsistency, but it's a great story and very well-written. To my surprise, I knocked it off in a day! Any Star Trek fan will enjoy it.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great look at Tilly's characterization. I loved every minute of it!
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
***As per all of my reviews, I like to preface by saying that I listened to this book in audiobook format. This does indeed slightly skew my rating. I have found that audiobooks, give me a better "relationship" with the characters if done well, but also kills the book for me if narrated poorly. Due to the nature of listening to the text, names and places may be spelled incorrectly here as I often do not have the physical volume in front of me. Also, I have written this review in a "rolling updat ...more
Scott Williams
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a simple, sweet coming of age story for Tilly. Tilly has become one of the most popular characters on Discovery so I’m glad they’ve chosen to give her the spotlight here.

It’s clear that Kirsten Beyer is working hard to make these novels tie in well to the series. The scheduling is impeccable and having these stories to read really adds a new layer to what’s happening on the series.

Una McCormack does her usual excellent job. I really love reading her work.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-read
4.5 stars but I'll round up because my main complaint is wishing it didn't end when it did. At least this means there's more Tilly back stories to tell. I'm finding that this author is really good at writing interesting, character driven, non-traditional Star Trek stories. The narrator of the audio book was also fantastic at accents and Tilly's lilting, bubbly voice.
Richard Gray
On the eve of a new season, the Star Trek: Discovery tie-in novel series makes a triumphant return. Writer Una McCormack follows the theme of the book series by taking a deep dive into a single character’s backstory, in this case Cadet Sylvia Tilly. It’s one of the more lighthearted entries to date and has more in common with the conventions of contemporary YA than it does with other books in this series.

Bookended by a conversation between Burnham and Tilly on the eve of the cadet’s entry into t
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book

THE WAY TO THE STARS: The Heroine’s Quest

Young Sylvia Tilly is super smart and tries so hard to be the daughter her mother wants.

Sylvia Tilly’s mother is a big mucky muck in the Star Fleet diplomatic corps and wants Sylvia to be a diplomat too. She pushes and pushes this highly intelligent woman, so obviously gifted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, to become someone she is not. As much as it is a “coming of age” novel it is also a “how not to
Anne-katrin Clemens
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Unseen Library
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Way To The Stars from Simon & Schuster Australia to review.

Rating of 3.75.

Get ready to dive into the extended Star Trek universe with The Way To The Stars, the latest tie-in novel to the franchise’s current show, Star Trek Discovery.

I have to admit that I am more of a casual Star Trek fan and I have more of a preference for Star Wars (and with that, I lose several Trekkies reading this review). That being said, I have watched a number of the movies and I am really en
Michael Hanscom
16-year-old Tilly must deal with an overbearing mother, boarding school ups and downs, and choosing between what’s expected of her and what actually interests her. A fun, light Trek YA novel.

Two things stuck out to me regarding the overall Discovery universe (very minor spoilers for this book):

1. The captain of the Starfleet vessel the Dorothy Garrod at one point is exercising wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with "Dotty". Assumedly, this equates to the Discovery's crew having "DISCO" on their exerc
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I utterly LOVED this book. I have read a lot of Star Trek books but this one has to be one of my all time top favorites because of the humanity...for lack of a better term. Star Trek Discovery, while having it's own share of critics, has breathed new life into the Star Trek franchise and I believe extends to their books as well. Particularly in the character of Tilly, fans are able to picture themselves in the world of Star Trek. She isn't Spock, Kirk, or Picard but she's someone that you see ev ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had the time to write a gigantic review for this book - it is 5 star for more than one reason.

I picked it up thinking it would be "light reading", sort of pulpy star trek pew pew Tilly saves the day. I adore Tilly on the show, and this writer comes highly reviewed, so bring on the mind candy.

This book is not pulpy mind-candy. It is a "legitimate" (yes i am cringing as well as I use that descriptor), deep, well-written book about the process of growth and personal discovery of a teenager
Paul Lunger
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With "The Way to the Stars", Una McCormack, fills in a big part of the back story of Sylvia Tilly which explains a lot of what makes her the person she is today. The story focuses on a period in her life as a 16 year old living in France with her grandmother & step-grandfather & sees her get sent away to a school where she never really wanted to go. We see the relationship between her strong-willed and at times overbearing mother as well as her father who we later learn divorced her moth ...more
I hate to admit it but I didn't like Discovery nearly as much as I was hoping for, for many reasons. But I love Una's writing so I got this one anyway and I'm so glad I did. Una wrote such wonderful characterisation of Tilly. She was interesting and complex. She really captured the struggling youth trying to figure out her own way in the world and how to find out how she could do the things she wanted, how to fit in, how to explain any of that to her parents. It was all done beautifully. The sto ...more
Rick Padwick
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Review - Star Trek Discovery The Way To The Stars by Una McCormack

OK it's official this is my favourite of all of the Star Trek Discovery books. I read it in 36 hours even with being at work all day.

This book tells you a great deal more about a character who hasn't been covered in the series a great deal. It gives a lot of background information about her and why she does things the way she does.

I haven't read a book this quickly in ages ( let alone stayed up late to read it). I didn't wa
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Sylvia Tilly is just sixteen years old, and her mother has her future career as a diplomat all planned out. But when Tilly is sent off to a prestigious boarding school with other children of diplomats, she soon starts to realise she doesn't fit in.
After a hard school year she runs away, unable to face her mother again. Out on a transport ship she starts finding herself, and in the aftermath of running away she learns to stand up for herself and make a future for herself that she believes in.

Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: discovery, star-trek, 2019
Just read The Way to the Stars. A different Trek novel for a change, but in a good way. You need to have the right expectation going into this novel. So no section 31, no abduction by bad aliens, no exploding warpcores and no angry Klingons.

The fourth book in the Discovery series is a coming of age story featuring Tilly at age sixteen. She is a highly intelligent kid with an overbearing mother and an absent father and she is lost.

This is my first book by Una McComack and she is a great storyte
Kieran McAndrew
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the daughter of Earth's representative to the Federation Security Council, Sylvia Tilly's life has been carefully choreographed to help her follow in her mother's footsteps. But Tilly soon finds herself marching to the beat of a new drum as her interest in science and engineering causes her to run away from her exclusive boarding school to make her own way in life. A way that will eventually lead her into Starfleet.

McCormack's carefully written novel helps flesh out one of the younger charact
Zachary Omans
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Book is Excellent

How many stories can you say draw you in from start to finish. This book had me on a Whispersync/General binge this whole week. Some of the other reviewers said it felt like a YA novel and can understand the criticism. Though, the story is so well done it can be overlooked. It ties in so well to Tilly and is really relatable. I mean in our own lives how often do we find ourselves trying to live up to someone else's standards and not able to do what we want. I commend the w
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this! Tilly is my favorite character on the new Star Trek Discovery show on CBS All Access. I adored this look at her backstory. Except for the prologue and epilogue, there are no direct references/tie-ins to the series, so those who have not watched the series can still enjoy the story. And the story reads like a fairly typical YA coming-of-age tale. And I loved every page of it. I borrowed this from the library but I will absolutely be buying my own copy because I enjoyed the story so ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sylvia Tilly is probably my favorite character on Discovery (with Saru close behind). I was so excited to receive this book and I appreciated Una McCormack's take on what life was like for Tilly at age 16. She's a sensitive, hard-working 16-year old that doesn't quite measure up to her diplomatic mother's expectations. I found Tilly relatable and it made me think back to my own high school days.

There was definite sap throughout this book, but it was a worthy coming-of-age story.

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Una McCormack is a British writer and the author of several Star Trek novels and stories.

She has also written a number of Doctor Who novels and short stories.

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