Survivors (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #4)

ISBN: 0671742906
ISBN 13: 9780671742904
By: Jean Lorrah

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Treva is an isolated human colony on the fringes of known space on the verge of becoming a true interstellar community, a full fledged menber of the Federation. But now the U.S.S. Enterprise has received a distress signal for Treva is in the throes of a violent revolution, a revolution led by a merciless warlord who has committed countless atrocities in the name of freedom. Data and Lt. Tasha Yar are dispatched to investigate. Once they reach Treva, they discover the truth, and any possible solution may be far more complex than a simple rebellion. Treva's president wants more then Starfleet's good words in her fight against the rebels, she wants their weapons technology.

Reader's Thoughts

Fredward Alexandru

I did not finish this book. I got about 2/3 of the way through before I had enough. The plot, in theory, is a pretty solid idea, but the execution didn't work for me. It was also more graphic than I expected, which wasn't a bad thing at all but it was a surprise for something out of the Trek universe. It is a must-read for fans of Tasha Yar.

Kelsey Mccluskey

This is the first book i have read from Star Trek the next generation, but I have been a fan of the show for many years. This story let me see the characters as people not just crew members and I got the back story on Tasha and Data that I did not know before. As always, Captain Picard wrapped it up with is warmth and wisdom that was able to guide any confused member of the crew.


I did learn about Tasha's past, but it seemed boring and a somewhat unrelated to the story line. Also even though it was mentioned that Data doesn't have feelings; it seemed like he did have feelings during several points in the book. If you are a fan of the series skip this book.

Daniel Shaw-cosman

Decent. A very interesting history/back story for Tasha Yar. Interesting enough to keep me engaged.


The writing of this book is painfully awkward and repetitive. When two female characters are introduce one is described as "neither pretty nor beautiful" while the other is first "stunning" and then suddenly "not beautiful, hardly even pretty." I don't know how this woman has published books.The ending is worthwhile...almost. The last chapter has Data reflecting on Yar's death. It is fairly well written. And then the author ruins it with some totally inappropriate and out-of-character line from Picard. Like one big final smug "fuck you" to the audience.

Daniel Kukwa

For anyone who thought that Tasha Yar was a first season TNG cipher needs to read this novel, which sheds new light on the character...and shows the potential that could have been tapped. Some of her background details are slightly set aside by future TV episodes...but in general, "Survivors" remains very compatible with what we get on TV...and a very emotional, dramatic read.


There are so many things wrong with this book. I really like Data's characterization, but it is not particularly representative of the series. Tasha's backstory is a checklist of Awful Things That Turn a Girl Into a Survivor: abandonment, poverty, drug addiction, rape, rape gangs, street gangs, emancipation as a minor, lack of education but incredible academic potential, death, betrayal, lost love, more abandonment. The love story is highly problematic and the love triangle is somehow both overworked and abridged. Dare is a cliche and the rest of the original characters are one-note. The plot is agonizingly predictable. And in the end she doesn't survive! So, why'd I give it four stars? Simply, I love this book. I read it when I was 14 and I over-identified with Tasha as only a 14 year old can. I got a Tasha Yar haircut. I used the name Tasha as an alias despite obviously not needing an alias. I made up a Dungeons and Dragons character modeled on Dare. I thought he was So Romantic. If I noticed any of the issues I outline in the first paragraph I didn't care. I fell in love with Dare, Data, and especially Tasha, and especially, especially the idea of "survivors". Twenty years later, I still over-identify with scrappy and sassy and spunky survivor girls. This is a book about me.


So this is one of the first TNG books, so I feel like it does get "graded" on a curve due to the author not really knowing the characters, etc. However, I read the follow-up to this book already (Metamorphosis), and the author seems consistent in and choices.First the good - I think this is a great Yar story, and there are not many opportunities to say that. The author gives Yar's backstory, which I think is consistent with what we saw, and really adds a lot to the character. I think Yar gets to shine throughout the novel -- and if anyone wants to have a Yar focused story, this is definitely the one to go for.Now the bads - The author cannot write Data to save her life. Again, you can say this was early days and allow certain forgiveness, but the much later written "Metamorphosis" is the same thing. If you are going to read this, just pretend this is some alternate universe-JJ Data, and it'll be all right. He is just waaaaaay to emotional (though not distractingly so) in both books. As for the story itself, it's good if slow in parts. The author also has a tendency to rush the last chapter. In other words, some secondary plot gets solved and then days and weeks and months go by in two paragraphs explaining how the resolution goes to the plot (again, this happens in both her books).I really would dissuade anyone from "Metamorphosis," as I wrote in that review. But this one gets a 50/50 - if you want a Yar story, this is the one. If you want a great TNG story, keep looking.


I liked Tasha Yar well enough on the show but actually came away from this book caring a lot less about her, which I'm pretty sure wasn't the point. I found her 'traumatising' backstory quite boring and her later relationship with 'Dare' quite silly and thought she behaved inappropriately for most of the book.I also thought the characterisation of Data was a bit much and that the author may have overstretched his emotional capabilities for the period.It was still an entertaining book but It didn't do too much for me.

Martijn Hartman-maatman

The whole Tasha story deserved a better ending, but this was not it. Aiding rebels? Going against everything they believe in and still do it? Not one of the best stories for sure.

Mikael Kuoppala

A nice try at illuminating Tasha Yar's character, but the overall feel of the prose is somehow quite amateurish.

Rebecca Porter

** spoiler alert ** This was okay, but as the book was written and published so early on, it can never be considered canon due to what is revealed in the TV series from the end of season one onwards. I enjoyed the plot, but I think the author made a few glaring mistakes. Data, for example, feels a range of emotions throughout the story - everything from jealousy to fear - and yet we know that Data cannot feel any emotion at all. He can only feel emotion by use of his 'emotion chip' which was not even mentioned in the TV series until the episode 'Brothers'. Had Data been less emotional, the character would have been truer and I likely would have winced less when reading the book. I really did not like it when he seemed to be *feeling* things he was not capable of feeling at such an early point in his journey. Apart from such mistakes, I did like this story, but it is not a favourite.


In honor of the 25th anniversary, of what would be my all time favorite show if it were not for The X-Files, Star Trek the Next Generation is coming to Blu-Ray totally redone. Having read most of the novels over two decades ago,  I thought that I would write my general feel for the serial STNG novels. I could never do a real review now, other than to say that I loved them.Star Trek the Next Generation was both my favorite science fiction series in college, and also my favorite serial novel. I was a major Trekkie during the late 80's and early 90's. I used to read two books a weekend as I rode the bus home from college to see my wife, who then was my girlfriend. The television series made me love Jean Luc but with regards to the books, it was all about number One. Riker was portrayed in a much tougher fashion than on the tv series and he was much more of a star. This was always unfortunate to me, as I was and still am a huge Jonathan Frakes fan. He had many awesome novelized fights that I wish were shown on the tv show.  Riker could go toe to toe with a Klingon. Worf was a bad ass in both formats, and he was so damn cool. Troi, was also another favorite of mine in both formats, as her relationship with Riker really gave us emotions to love. As for Jean Luc, he to me, is the epitome of a Starship Captain, where as James T. is the most charismatic and probably best leader for first contact. I had a blast reading these books and would love to go back for more.

Jim Morrison

I seem to like Jean Lorrah's writing style and understanding of the Star Trek characters. The story has a nice pace that held my interest and more. I love the way Lorrah writes about the nuances of philosophy. Human morals and feelings are examined by Mr. Data using reason in a way that is rare and wonderful. Just when I thought the story was over Chapter 12 appeared with another good dose of well written dialogue and analysis of our fundamental beliefs. "No, Number One," Picard said calmly, "you don't know that because I do not. That is the greatest danger in confronting evil: it is contagious..."


This was my favorite Star Trek novel as a teenager, and in rereading it two decades later I can see why. It gives a compelling backstory for Tasha Yar, an underused TNG character, and expands her relationship to Data (albeit in rather silly ways). It's a pasionate story of a woman overcoming a terrible childhood and moving on to find love and adventure. I can see why my teenaged self loved it.It's also terribly written, with a contrived plot and characters straight out of bodice ripper romances.  If I didn't have a previous emotional onnection to it, I likely would not have finished it.

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