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Unspoken Truth

(Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  168 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Half Vulcan and half Romulan, Lieutenant Saavik has to decide where her loyalties lie: Vulcan, Romulus - or Starfleet.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Star Trek (first published 2010)
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Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it
After a long absence from the world of "Star Trek" novels, Margaret Wander Bonanno has come back with a vengeance in the past couple of years. Her return should be a cause for celebration and for the most part it is. Bonanno is one of the early set of "Trek" fiction writers who did more than just tell standard "Trek" stories but actually offered some character insight into the regular crew and some fairly rounded new characters to the "Trek" universe.

So when I heard she was going to write a stor
2.5 stars. While the first part of this book was enjoyable looking at a first contact situation as well as dealing with a character that does not tend to get the limelight, the second part of the book just left me confused. No, confused is the wrong word. Bewildered. Not only is that part of the storyline implausible according to canon, it made very little sense, and dragged the book down. Having said that, the climax was delicious, but then the ending was abrupt.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first two thirds would get a five star rating but the last third would only get a three. When Saavik finally starts on her 'mission' it gets messy, chaotic, and moves too quickly, glossing over what is happening. This could have easily been two books, one focusing on the Chaffee and their encounters on Deema III and the other on the survivors of Hellguard, and I would have preferred it that way.
It puts forward a pairing I am not fond of, creating an unnecessary subplot. But I love how Amanda
Quinn Rollins
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
In the Star Trek movies, there's a sort of central trilogy comprised of Star Trek II, III, and IV. They hold together as a story about the death, resurrection, and return of Mr. Spock. Central to that story is a new character who wasn't part of the original Star Trek series, Lieutenant Saavik. A Vulcan woman, played in The Wrath of Khan by Kirstie Alley and then in The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home by Robin Curtis, Saavik gets a lot of screen time, but somehow we don't end up knowing much ...more
Mark Oppenlander
This Star Trek novels takes place shortly after the events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. It focuses on the character of Saavik, with flashbacks to her childhood, both on Hellguard (cf. "The Pandora Principle") and Vulcan. The story itself deals with both an elaborate Romulan conspiracy and a scientific expedition to a new planet populated by enormous telepathic worms. The mixture of these elements leads to a strange inconsistency of tone - imagine Charles Darwin's scientific journals crossed ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
This book does not seem to me to capture the character of Saavik as I have always envisioned her; I perceived her as being more thoroughly Vulcan, less troubled by submerged emotion than this author does. Still, the book is remarkably well-written, the characters internally consistent even if not, in my opinion, consistent with what was seen elsewhere (and what was seen elsewhere did not provide a sufficient statistical universe to conclusively establish that the author's perception of the chara ...more
Tommy Verhaegen
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook_en, sci-fi
A very complex and deceptive story. Certainly interesting and it gives some background on Saavik and her relation with her adopted family.
Nonetheless, i had problems following the story line because of the numerous backflashes and changes of viewpoint. I finished the book and was actually glad i did so, which is not normal with a star trek novel, on the contrary. It left me wondering if it could not have been split in 3 books, the main storylines, without losing its consistency. Personally i thi
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I tried to like it, I really did, but something about the writing style just didn't work for me. I did read the entire book out of curiosity for where the story was headed, but I didn't enjoy it. Reading it felt almost like a chore, something that I had to get done.
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: startrek
Worth reading, but no need to re-read.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
I enjoyed this "back to the future" star trek novel. It takes us back to the original crew, two of the big screen movies, and some background knowledge previously unknown to me. I have read a lot of Star Trek novels, paperback and hard cover. This was one of the better ones! So, If you want more info on Saavik and Spock's life saving adventure, when they ended up on the first terra formed planet, that Spock ended up on, accidently, in his burial pod, this is the book for you! There are a few new ...more
Laura Gallant
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Saavik and was really psyched for the idea of this book. But the first half and last half don’t connect, the ship she works on is like some sort of high school reality show with everyone trying to have sex with each other, and the twist at the end is not much of a twist. The original crew are hardly in the book and a lot of the writing is just not connected to the plot. Also I’m a Saavik/Spock shipper so to have the book refer to their shared pon far several times and then make their actu ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
First, I will judge a book by its cover. Usually, a Star Trek novel has a cover illustraion of some combination of the characters, starships or planets and stars. You know, Star Trek stuff. Unspoken Truth has what appears to be some sort of futuristic office building on its cover. Easily the most boring ST cover I've ever seen. Without reading the text on the back, I would have had no idea what it was about, or even which Trek era it was set in.

When we last saw Lt. Saavik, she was standing on V
Apr 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
It started off really well, and I was excited, but then it did sort of lose its steam (and my complete interest) about half-way through, though I did keep reading it.

I liked that the author seems familiar and well grounded in two earlier works, The Pandora Principle, which I grew up loving, and was one of the reasons I picked this book up, and the film. However, if one is looking for more of a development of a relationship between Spock and Saavik, and a "bridge" to say Vulcan's Heart, one will
Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Not bad; one of the better Star Trek novels I've read in a while. Bonanno has some good ideas and I think she can tell a good story, but the timeline constantly jumps around, moving from various points in Saavik's childhood to the events in and shortly after Star Trek II to an alien planet populated by sentient worms. This makes the plot hard to follow; it would have been helpful dates and places had been given for each section, as you have in some books. And then there's all this espionage stuf ...more
Bill Sweet
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Margaret Wander Bonanno is one of my favorite Trek authors, author of some if the first trek books I loved and some of the more recent too, but there was something about this story that left me a little cold. Much of it might not be her fault: hanging over this novel is the shadow of the plot line in other novels which resulted in Spock and Saavik getting married, a development which I find a little creepy. This novel neither affirms nor contradicts that plot line directly, and it's own plot lin ...more
Apr 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This book gives some interesting back story elements to Saavik's past. The author had Saavik's character and personality spot on.

I think there was, maybe, a little too much going on in the book. We jump back and forth (sometimes confusingly) between different points in Saavik's life as she is trying to solve a mystery on mission while solving a mystery affecting her and her former Hellguard orphans as well as a burgeoning love story between her and Mikal.

I do like the way the author brought in t
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
I generally like this author's other Star Trek books (Probe and Strangers from the Sky especially); however, I was disappointed in this one. The two subplots didn't really fit together - to me they felt disjointed,- the characterization of Saavik was okay but didn't show me anything new about the character, and I didn't like Mikal at all. I re-watched Wrath of Khan during the same period as I was reading this book, and the exploration of character in that movie was so well-done- that's what I lo ...more
Wayland Smith
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-challenge
This chronicles what happens to Lt Saavik just after the events of the Search for Spock movie. We get a lot more about her background, which I didn't know, and her horrific childhood. There is also a First Contact Situation, and a complex Romulan plot.

The action is good, and it's nice to see some of the Star Trek world that doesn't revolve around the Enterprise big guns (although most of them at least cameo). Sarek and Amanda have somewhat larger roles. It's a nicely detailed story with a lot of
Bernard Doddema Jr
It wasn't the best Trek book I've read but not the worst either. Other reviews have complained about the time shifts spread throughout the book. It was annoying. I'm used to some when I read but never to this extent.

It also raised a question: Weren't the Ferengi fist seen in TNG? If so, why is one the characters talking about them as if they're common knowledge?

Lastly, I was hoping for some more development between Spock and Saavik.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Camille
Recommended to Jeff by: Saw it on a library shelf
Shelves: science-fiction
The continuation of Lt. Saavik's life and more back story as to where she came from and who she is. Not a bad read (I haven't read the previous book abut Saavik The Pandora Principle), especially the espionage on Vulcan sequence, but the rest of the novel is a bit ho-hum.

Not the worst Star Trek novel I've read, but not the best either.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I'm not a fan of Saavik at all, I did not plan to read this book at all. It was a gift from a friend, who knows I love Spock and Vulcans... So I had to read it. The book is almost doen't have our fav crew, but it's written well. I simply don't like a concept of Saavik at all.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek, tos, e-books
Feeling a little disjointed and cheating in failing to reveal things to the reader doesn't take too much away from an enjoyable read about a fascinating and under-used character.

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Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was unimpressed with the personalities conjured by Ms Bonanno. The mental monologue by Saavik and her issues were more suitable for the re-imagined Star Trek storyline. The plot climax passed before I realized that it was already over.
Benjamin Plume
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
Honestly a pretty good story. One of those tie-in works that takes a little-explored character and adds some real depth. Entertaining plot as well. Recommended to Trek readers.
May FLower
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fun-to-read and well-crafted story that fleshes out Saavik as a character and is an intriguing adventure/spy story as well.
another great read
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