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Unity

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  923 ratings  ·  55 reviews
On the eve of Bajor's formal entry into the Federation, First Minister Shakaar was assassinated, derailing the induction and plunging the planet and station "Deep Space 9(TM) " into chaos. Investigation into the murder revealed the presence of a parasitic conspiracy threatening not only Bajor's future with the Federation, but the very survival of both. At the same time, th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 347 pages
Published December 2004 by Pocket Books (first published November 2003)
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Donald Hi Jen the Avatar books are thought of as DS9 Season 8 and make more sense when you read the series in order I would say that you could skip ahead to …moreHi Jen the Avatar books are thought of as DS9 Season 8 and make more sense when you read the series in order I would say that you could skip ahead to Unity but a number of plot threads are covered in this book - to be honest I would read the earlier ones to get the full story especially around Bajor's admittance to the Federation and the fallout of a certain event but you should be ok to read this on it's own.

If it helps I recently saw this on Reddit which shows what stories link to what books https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rexjvtxw7O...(less)

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Julio
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There were moments that were ok, others that I loved. Was not really into the whole parasite plot but was invested more in each character's personal journey (which I found some to be very touching). Still, this is a solid entry into the deep space nine books, with surprise appearances. It's ending was very fitting. ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This is certainly not a book to come to cold, especially if you are unfamiliar with the continuation of the story of "Deep Space Nine", following the events of the series finale on television. That said, those Trekkies who haven't read all the post-Ds9 finale novels are helped by a wonderful "previously on Ds9" timeline at the beginning of the novel. As for the story itself, it certainly has a massive amount of plot sitting on its shoulders...but by the halfway mark of the book, the story is suc ...more
Jessica
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
An exhilarating "season finale" to the post-canon "season 8" books. Provided emotionally satisfying closure for character arcs. Tied up all the politics plot threads in a heart-racing conclusion -- I stayed up way past my bedtime captivated by the twists and excitement. I enjoyed that Trill more world-building, though I admit that I expected a deeper conspiracy with the Trill government and the parasites, so that was a bit of a letdown. Overall an excellent bookend to Avatar 1/2. ...more
Erica
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 ½ stars. I really, really liked this novel. The story with the parasites wanting to take over and have their way was a perfect example of a kind of a story that I would like. I like the mystery of it all. We don't really know all that much about these parasites to begin with, and they're really creepy. A few people from Trill has a bit more knowledge, though, which is interesting in itself. What is the connection there?

Unofficially. Ezri felt a trace of disdain for the leaders of her homeworld
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Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Madeline
Okay, so the final episode of Deep Space Nine - should we just watch it real quick? We can't, because it makes me cry. And, honestly, every time these books have called back to that final shot things have turned sniffly around here. I don't mean that the show doesn't stick its landing, or anything, only that it sticks the landing by making you very upset. And these relaunch novels have been, in a way, a reply to that finale, to the final shot of Kira and Jake looking out the windows - even think ...more
Daniel
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was really happy to see the alien parasites from "Conspiracy" again, I assume we find more out about them in Trill and Bajor. At least I hope we do.

January 2021: I'm happy I reread this. I forgot it came before Trill and Bajor and only picked it up because I wanted to reread that book. This time it was like sinking into a beloved tv episode. I do remember this book as being longer but to be fair I did skip over the Eli-Benny segments, I remember them being weak and boring my first time through
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Shawn Payne
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read and a great way to open up dialogue about today's closed mindedness about religion and different ways to view the same faith. ...more
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everyones back! Awesome end to season 8!
Cornerofmadness
Probably more like a 2.5 read and maybe some of that is on me rather than the author. Maybe if I had read this way back when it was first published I'd have enjoyed it more. I also get the feeling there was a series by Perry for DS9 because there are characters in this I don't recognize but obviously the reader is expected to. that said, maybe they were in the last season of the show that I was unable to watch for reasons I don't remember 20 years later (yikes).

Let me start with what I really li
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Jim Fulner
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry really is a great author for this type of work. Her Prologue is a great short (>20 pages) summary of everything that has happened in the DS9 relaunch story thus far. This allows anyone to pick up at this point, and actually clarified some events for me (I've been reading them in order of release, but the events of Left Hand of Destiny actually occur before the events in Stitch in Time, not right before Unity). returnreturnHer transitioning between characters points of views and subplots is ...more
Maurice Jr.
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Defiant has returned to DS9 and found it chaotic. They're quickly brought up to speed about the parasite infestation, the murder of Shakaar Edon (a direct result of the infestation) and dive right in to help find a solution. Parasite possessed individuals keep turning up both on the station and on Bajor. Cardassians with their natural immunity to the parasites have agreed to take the lead in maintaining security checks to weed out those possessed until the queen can be located.

I enjoyed watching
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Bron
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very satisfactory conclusion to the sequence of stories that started with Avatar. An old enemy, one we met in the Next Generation episodes, has found it's way to Bajor and seems intent on using that planet to destroy Trill. Life on DS9 is even more fraught than usual as the scientists in the crew struggle to find ways to identify who is infected with the deadly parasite and how to cure them. They discover the creatures are controlled telepathically by a 'queen' that's hiding in Bajor's most impo ...more
Chris
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic continuation of the DS9 story

This was a fantastic addition to the Deep Space 9 saga. Perry’s love for the characters and Star Trek in general shines through on every page. I typically don’t enjoy ST novels that focus a significant amount of time on non-canon characters, but Perry is such a talented writer, I didn’t mind the diversions into alternate lives before coming back to the main characters’ arcs.

Looking forward to reading more of Perry’s forays into DS9 lore!
Brandon
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I skipped over the gamma books and found this as an easy return to the ds9 novels. Not perfect but very enjoyable and smooth reading. That said, boy do i hate the Shar story. Maybe its just a personal preference but i had to skip the Shar parts as they were incredibly boring
Thursday Simpson
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Novels like these can be really hit or miss. But S.D. Perry always does a phenomenal job with the DS9 characters. This book was put together masterfully. The climax really rang out as the joyous finale of the arks started in Season 1.
Greg
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full and proper review to follow but this book was mainly sublime, as well as a brilliant reminder to long term fans of what made the show so special in the first place.
Rob Powell
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing addition to DS9 reboot, must read for any DS9 fan!
Kyle Sullivan
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The DS9 Relaunch has been exceptional. The best I've read in Trek books. And it has made me miss DS9 terribly. THIS should have been season 8. ...more
Christina Farr-Thompson
Wow! This is how the mythical season 8 should have ended. Amazing book! Many surprises especially toward the end! Great book!!
Tara Hamilton
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a nice conclusion to the 10 book arc that proceeded it.
Adam
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent conclusion to all the major plot arcs that began with the post-Season 7 launch of the DS9 novels.
Shane Amazon
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm always a little worried going into a Star Trek book because I'm not always sure which kind of Star Trek book I'm going to find. Will I find a book primarily driven by chapter after chapter of character development or am I going to find a book full of chapter after chapter of suspense and drama. Here in Unity, I think found a good balance of both, but for everything I like about the book there are a few things I don't.

First and foremost, Unity is a book driven by the author's understanding o
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Greg Molumby
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Bernard
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: startrekkin
The DS9 Relaunch both pioneered and showed how a multi-book storyline (vs. single episodic novels) could work well, and with the other series adopting the same model and the Trek verse solidifying into a unified timeline and story line, it has never been a better time to be a Trek fan--even though I'm about 13 years behind! Nevertheless, thirteen years after publication of this book, I now ask myself, why did I wait so long to read it? Or rather, why did I put off gathering and reading these vol ...more
Tina
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Daniel
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Think of this as a season finale of the Deep Space Nine relaunch complete with the return of old cast memnbers. This book continues the story started in the previous novel, which, in turn, blended DS9's relaunch with a Next Generation episode called "Conspiracy" that featured parasites that can hijack a host body. Unity dives deeper into the parasitic invasion and uncovers more about where they come from. Some of the topics discussed reference earlier books in the relaunch, but the reader doesn' ...more
Derek Oberg
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this one. It's pretty obvious by the cover that this book is the inevitable return of Benjamin Sisko. I've been dreading it a little bit. Not beacuse I dislike Sisko in any way (I actually REALLY like him), but because getting rid of him at the end of the series was a huge sacrifice and a big risk to take and I felt like it needed to percolate a little bit before they hit the reboot button and everything goes back to normal.

I'm glad, at least, that there IS no going back to normal now. B
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Nicky2910
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Unity by S. D. Perry Unity marks the end of the first act of the DS9-relaunch - and a jump-in point for new readers because most of the prominent storylines of this first act reach a conclusion here. I'm admittedly one of the latter, not having read the Mission Gamma books or Rising Son. But apparently the editors counted on that and for once included a neat "Previously on..."-section at the beginning of this novel, summarizing what happened so far. However, while the ...more
John Carter McKnight
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Unity" wraps up the "Season 8" of DS9 novels, doing an excellent job of continuing the feel of the series at its best and juggling a huge number of subplots. Each gets their due in a way much less frustrating than most multiple-plot novels: none are too tedious or too compelling to interfere with the switching off.

Not too spoilerish to say there's a happy ending, a nice counterpoint to the very bittersweet ending of the actual series. There are a number of very nice little character touches, l
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SD Perry (Stephani Danelle, by the way, though she prefers SD or Danelle) has been writing novelizations and tie-ins for most of her adult life. Best known for her work in the shared multiverses of Resident Evil, Star Trek, and Aliens, SD is a horror nerd and an introvert. Her father is acclaimed science fiction author Steve Perry. SD lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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