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(Star Trek: The Next Generation)

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The Borg are back -- and nastier than ever. No longer mindless, inhuman drones but cyborg soldiers on a mission to assimilate all intelligent life, their new goal is the complete destruction of the Federation. And in the midst of facing the Borg again, Captain Picard learns that he may be the cause of the change. Commander Data is changing as well. For the first time in ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 1993 by Pocket Books
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Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is how television episode novelizations should be done! Emotionally charged and gripping, I felt like I was actually watching the show!
Sean Randall
Jan 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Despite the obvious inferences of technological inanity, Data is a very complex, powerful character. Onscreen, this episode was quite powerful because of the way in which emotion takes hold of the android, and despite the terrifying nature of the Borg, the repercussions of their actions were purely transient here. Other episodes, novels and characters deal with the Borg, at other times and places: this work was, or should have been, Data-centric.

But just As with the lack of emotional depth in
Jun 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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This is the novelization of the season 6 cliff hanger where Data meets up with Lore and some rogue Borg. It's decent.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I know a lot of people don't like this episode but I loved this episode when I was a kid and now as an adult I especially love the Crusher in command of the Enterprise parts. I was hoping this book would did deeper into that part and also what was going on within Data during these events and I was pretty disappointed. I am glad she elaborated on how it was determined that Crusher was put in command (which some fans were quite livid about) but was mad at how she cheapened Crusher's proficiency in ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Didn't really add much to the episode. Also described Picard's head as "nude" which I never needed to hear, ever, and will never be able to forget.
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Enterprise recieves a distress call from a starship indicating they are being attacked and boarded, so they go to investigate. They soon discover that everyone onboard has been gruesomely murdered. They cannot figure out the rationale behind it.. .and then a discover one of the dead attackers: a Borg!

This only confuses them more, because this is not the Borg M.O. The Borg want to make you apart of their whole: another cog in their machine with no identity except that of the whole. They soon
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you want to read a book version of the Star Trek episodes "Descent" then you've come to the right place. Often times when I watch Star Trek I go through episode after episode like candy, often not thinking about the deeper meaning until after a couple of times of watching it. This two part episode is one of my favorites, because it not only deals with the Borg but what happens if Data malfunctions and becomes evil. Plus Lore has a special place in my heart (I'm not sure why), and he shows how ...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I love any Data-centric episode TNG, so of course as a Data-obsessed teen back in the 1990's I had to buy this book, and enjoyed it.

Reading it now, 20 years later, I have some different feelings. The plot is narrated pretty well but we don't get to see anything going on inside Data, unfortunately. All in all, as a straight narration of the episode, it isn't bad.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found this book really annoying, because it seemed like the author was trying to meet a page quota by trying to give deep thoughts to the characters that in some cases did not match at all how I personally perceive the characters.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Pretty fair.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Gret episode to which the novelization holds up well.
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Diane Carey also wrote the Distress Call 911 young adult series under the name D.L. Carey.

Diane Carey is primarily a science fiction author best known for her work in the Star Trek franchise. She has been the lead-off writer for two Star Trek spin-off book series: Star Trek The Next Generation with Star Trek: Ghost Ship, and the novelization of the Star Trek: Enterprise pilot, Broken Bow.

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