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Survivors (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Paperback]

Jean Lorrah
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1 Jan 1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation
Treva - a human colony on the fringes of known space. Isolated from the rest of the galaxy, at last report they were on the verge of becoming a true interstellar community - a fully fledged member of the Federation. But now the Enterprise has received a distress signal. Treva is in the throes of a violent revolution, a revolution led by the merciless warlord who has committed countless atrocities in the name of freedom. Data and Lt. Tasha Yar are dispatched to investigate. But once they reach Treva, they discover the truth - and any possible solution - may be far more complex than a simple rebellion. For Treva's president wants more than Starfleet's good words in her fight against the rebels. She wants their weapons. And before the battle is over, she means to get them. Over Data and Yar's dead bodies, if necessary.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (1 Jan 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852860952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852860950
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "You sent an android and a woman, very clever." 27 Jun 2008
Titan Books continue their series of novels based on Star Trek: The Next Generation with #04: Survivors by Jean Lorrah.
The events of this book take place between the episodes `The Arsenal Of Freedom' and `Symbiosis' and continues as an epilogue to `Skin Of Evil' in the first season. There are also references to `The Naked Now' and `Angel One' as well. As such this story precedes novel number three, The Children Of Hamlin by Carmen Carter, and the epilogue comes after that story.
The Federation receives a message from Nalavia, ruler of the planet Treva which is a colony world on the edge of Federation space. They had been assessed for Federation membership but incidents on the planet had delayed their admission. Now, Nalavia is pleading for help from Starfleet to stop terrorist attacks carried out by Rikan, last of the old warlords who is threatening to unseat the current government and return to the old ways.
With the Enterprise required to carry out another mission, Picard sends Tasha Yar and Data to go in a shuttle and meet with Nalavia to assess the situation and the ship will rejoin them a few days later.
This story is tied in with alternating chapters of Tasha's life as she finds disturbing parallels of the troubles of Treva with her home colony of New Paris. Flashbacks take us to when Tasha was fifteen and rescued by Starfleet officer Darryl Adin and her relationship with him through to the age of twenty two. The flashbacks really flesh out her character, more so than anything in season one of the show, and add to the plot.
The Next Generation novels are getting better and better and this one focuses mainly on Tasha Yar and also the majority of the rest the time with Data.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor cat 3 Sep 2003
An excellent Tasha book, (I think we really needed one as she wasn’t around for long) as this book really helps you to understand her life before star fleet. In the book she is quickly swept off from the enterprise to some planet to clear up a whole no-win diplomatic issue… with Data, of course, it’s a Jean Lorah book.
Good writer, entertaining, and always quite feminine in her need to tease us with sexy scenes that make you feel quite naughty wanting to know more. (Gossip). It’s a good book for Data fans as well, as he becomes aware of feelings, as such, of jealousy, revenge… and love, ooh yes it sounds very juicy doesn’t it? Oh.. and I cried.
This book is great in the continuum of the books… try reading Metamorphosis after this, same author, and carries a few characters on with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolution and ghosts from the past... 19 Jun 2001
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Treva is an isolated human colony that wishes to join the Federation. This means that when a distress signal is received the Enterprise is despatched to investigate.
Data and Tasha Yar the chief of security, are sent to the plant to meet with its leaders and are soon embroiled in a revolution that brings Tasha face to face with her past.
More insight into the relationship between Tasha and Data, this fast paced addition to the ST-NG series also tells us more of Tasha Yar's personal history before Starfleet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at an underappreciated character. 15 Aug 2001
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I never did forgive the writers of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" for their treatment of Tasha Yar, easily the most interesting character on the show. First they radically underutilized her, then wrote her out of the show entirely. Okay, they wrote her out because the actress wanted out, but perhaps if the character hadn't been so underutilized, Denise Crosby wouldn't have wanted out. And in any case, if they were going to write her out, they could have done so without killing her, and if they absolutely HAD to kill her off, they could have done so in a way that wasn't so completely trivial and worthless.
This book gives us a wonderful look into the character of Tasha Yar, as well as a bit of insight into Data and the interrelationship of the two. It is a marvellous precursor to "Metamorphosis", another Next Generation Novel by Jean Lorrah. It is easily the best "Next Generation" novel I've read to date. The ending seemed a bit rushed, as Ms. Lorrah takes us through the story of the end of Tasha's life, without being willing to go into great detail, assuming that we've seen the episode that tells that story. But that is my only complaint, and it is a minor one, because she DOES tell enough of the story to fill in someone who isn't familiar with it. It simply felt a bit rushed, as I say.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tash Yar's adventures with her two lovers,Data and Dare! 9 July 1997
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The life of Tasha Yar,Next Generation's Security Officer, unfolds in a story even a non-Trekkie could love!From her sad childhood as a wild orphan,to her rescue by the dashing Dare, and finally her death in the hands of the evil Armus, the reader is drawn in by her unwavering sense of duty to Starfleet.Even her love for Dare could not distract her from her mission in life.

Tasha Yar was a perceptive, caring woman who cherished her relationship with the android Data. Her perception of him enhanced our understanding of his almost humanoid qualities. Once they were lovers,but then they were colleagues facing war together.Surprisingly, the android could be jealous of Tasha's rekindling of her relationship with Dare.

This book is a meaningful tribute to a strong woman, a great role model and one of the most shining characters in Star Trek history, Lieutenant Tasha Yar.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STNG #4 - Survivors - A superb early STNG novel! 14 July 2003
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Of all of the early Star Trek The Next Generation novels, this one definitely stands out among the rest as being one of the better ones. Granted, there are a few back story or canon errors within this one but that is to be expected as this one was written very early in the series run on television and the author had no idea where the series was going to go with respect to certain aspects. The sad thing is that this fine author has only published four novels in the Star Trek arena, two Original Series novels and two STNG novels. Considering how well she wrote these novels, it would be very nice to see her make a foray back into Gene Roddenberry's universe. For fans of Lieutenant Tasha Yar, this quick but excellent novel is a real treat.
The premise:
As this was written very early in the television series, the author picked up well on the dynamic interpersonal relationship between Commander Data and Lieutenant Tasha Yar. In doing so, she put these two characters in the midst of away mission on their own, dropping them off on a human colony known as Treva. They quickly become embroiled in the situation to include running into a Starfleet fugitive that just so happens to have been Tasha's former fiancé. While this human colony "was" intent on becoming a Federation member (which is a bit of an irony considering that it is a "human" colony), they find themselves having to deal with a violent revolution. Now Data and Yar find themselves in the middle of a bloody revolution and having to find a way to end the bloodshed and stay alive at the same time.
What follows is as I stated above, an excellent early STNG novel that captures the dynamic of the relationship between Data and Yar extremely well. The last chapter of this outstanding novel is also quite intriguing as well.
I highly recommend this novel to any and all fans; die hard or casual, of the Star Trek genre as it well exceeds the Star Trek novels of its time. {ssintrepid}
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for Tasha Yar fans... 16 Aug 2001
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When the Enterprise receives a distress call from the planet Treva, security chief Tasha Yar and android science officer Data are dispatched to investigate. What the two discover, however, is far more than a simple conflict between the government and a group of rebels. Data must escape from the clutches of the exotic Trevan president Nalavia, while Tasha is forced to confront painful memories when a member of the resistance turns out to be the first man she ever loved, Darryl Adin, a former Starfleet officer convicted of treason and murder six months before they were due to be married. With time running out, Data and Yar must discover the truth in order to save both the planet of Treva from destruction and escaped criminal Dare Adin from life imprisonment in a rehabilitation clinic...
Of all the Star Trek books I have read so far, I would rank "Survivors" as one of the highest. Tasha Yar was my favourite of the Enterprise-D crew up during the first season and I always felt that her death in the episode "Skin of Evil" was a disappointing end to the one of the strongest female characters seen on Star Trek to date. There were so many aspects of the character that could have been developed or were never explained and this book at least provides some consolation. I'm not completely sure, but as far as I know this is the only novel to focus on Tasha and for that reason alone "Survivors" is a must-have for all fans of the character. Very little of the remainder of the Enterprise crew is seen: Data and Yar are the principal characters and much of the novel is set in flashbacks to Yar's past. There are a few minor continuity errors of course, no mention is made of Tasha's sister Ishara and her home planet is given a new name - not the author's fault because these facts were revealed long after the book's publication. Overall, this was a fantastic book and I definitely recommend it to all Star Trek fans and especially to those of Tasha Yar.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 2 Feb 2009
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I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it! It fills you in on the backstory of Tasha Yar. How rough was her life before? How did she get rescued? All these questions and more are answered. I really didn't like this character before reading this book. There just wasn't enough information about her. I'll admit though I still got teary eyed hearing her farewell message and Data's confusion to Capt. Picard. It also fills you in a little bit about what happened after Tasha and Data's tryst. All of this and there's a second story. Data and Tasha have benn sent to investigate a distress call on Treva. They soon figure out things are not what they seem. Tasha is reunited with a old flame. We see that Data really does have feelings for Tasha. I liked this it showed him more human than machine. It ends with Tasha's death in Skin of Evil. As a finishing touch Data asks Cpt. Picard to let him deliver Tasha's last farewell message to Darryl Adin(Her rescuer, her old friend, lover and supposedly betrayer) All in all I think this book is the best in the series so far. Don't get me wrong they are all pretty good better than some in the Voyager series. I would definitely recommend this one and also Imzadi(Focuses on Deanna and Riker's relationship)
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