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

Katie Buerk

Got to love the Crusher books


By far the best of these early STTNG novels to date. It was interesting to get the back story on the short lived character of Tasha. This book had a nice flow between past and present. The duo of Tasha and Data that were featured in the book worked well together and I think the author got the tone of the characters faithful to their development in the TV series at this point in time. Well worth the read by an STTNG fans.


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.


RubbishFan fiction at its worst


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.


The ruler of a non-federation planet requests starfleet intervention in a civil uprising, Tasha Yar and Data get sent on their own to see whats what. As usual things are not to to be taken at face value.I knew I'd like this book from the outset, because who can deny that Tasha and Data were two of the most interesting characters on TNG. And that we never saw enough of Tasha, and that we could never have enough of Data. Of course theres always the impending doom hanging over this book, as I knew it was set only slightly before the episode where Tasha Yar dies, so I wasn't waiting for the perfect happy ending, but it really good none-the-less.See my other reviews of the Star Trek: The Next Generation novels:1# - #3 not reviewed :( | #5 Strike Zone →


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.

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.


Himmelhochjauchzend zu Tode betrübtDieses Buch zu beurteilen ist eine sehr ambivalente Sache. Besonders hervorzuheben ist z.B. dass es eine sehr interessante Darstellung von Tasha Yars Vergangenheit gibt, die sich sonst nirgendwo findet. Aus der Serie kennt man, dass Tashas Kindheit und Jugend nicht besonders rosig war, aber diese Darstellung geht weit darüber hinaus und ist auch sehr gut gelungen.Dafür erlaubt sich Jean Lorrah einen Fault Pas sondergleichen im Aufbau des Plots. Zunächst wird eine Sequenz erzählt die dann mit einer zweiten Sequenz vereinigt wird. Anschließend daran wird der Erzählstrang der zweiten Erzählsequenz vor dieser Vereinigung der Handlungsstränge wieder aufgenommen ohne dies als Rückblick zu zeigen. Während des Lesens verliert man dadurch die zeitliche Einordnung. Man hat den Eindruck als ob die Seiten falsch geheftet wären.Die Darstellung der Figuren ist nicht sonderlich gut gelungen aber angesichts der Tatsache, dass dieser Roman bereits während der ersten Staffel geschrieben wurde, kann man dies natürlich entschuldigen. Ein fahler Beigeschmack bleibt aber dennoch. Die Story dafür entspricht absolut dem, was man sich von einem spannenden Star Trek Roman erwarten kann. Tasha und Data werden auf einer Außenmission zu einem Planten geschickt, der die Aufnahme in die Föderation beantragt hat. Dort angekommen entdecken sie, dass nicht alles so ist, wie es bisher von offizieller Seite gegenüber der Föderation dargestellt wurde. Beide werden von Rebellen gefangen genommen und Tasha trifft wieder auf ihre große Liebe aus der Vergangenheit - einen aus Starfleet wegen Verrats und Mordes ausgeschlossenen Offizier.Würde das Buch nun nach 95% enden, so hätte es sich tatsächlich vier Sterne verdient (um den einen Stern Abzug für den Plot führt kein Weg vorbei). Doch nun kommt die nächste Katastrophe. Auf einigen wenigen Seiten wird - völlig aus dem Zusammenhang gerissen - das Ende von Tasha Yar erzählt. Man möchte fast meinen Jean Lorrah hat den Scriptentwurf für die Fernsehfolge unwesentlich um Dialoge ergänzt abgeschrieben. Ein grausames Ende für dieses Buch.

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..."

Mr. Koop

Underwhelming and mediocre at best. I also found it quite jarring how the author just jammed Tasha's death into the last chapter, as if she couldn't find a better place to place it in correlation with the tv episode. All--in-all, a bummer.


Probably the best portrayal of Tasha Yat out there. Too bad it's in an average book.


Well, it's not terrible. If you like Star Trek for techno-babble, though, this one is not for you. I didn't feel like the relationship between Tasha and Dare was any good. It was more often than not annoying. It didn't have the sort of characterization that really grabbed me at all, not like the show, or other novels. Like I said, it wasn't the worst Star Trek novel I've read, but I was glad to be done with it, and on to better things.

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.


Rereading these early ST: TNG novels, and this is the first that I felt was really good quality. I remember reading one of the original series novels by Lorrah and liking that when younger - one of the first Trek experiences I had actually, and this succeeds largely because she is a good writer and came up with a decent plot. It also is notable and stands up because the focus of the novel is on Yar. Other early novels in the series read badly because the characters are so off from how we know them from later continuity. With Denise Crosby's departure in the first season, Yar never had the chance to really develop. This novel gives a nice look into her character, in far better depth and maturity than the brief glimpses we saw of the character's past in the show. (Many don't like Yar much, but really none of the characters were quite right until the third season of the show, and I think this novel shows she could've been great.) I don't recall thinking much of this the first time I read it decades ago, so I'm glad I gave these easy books a second chance to rediscover this. Lorrah also has a nice, short into at the start about SF writers writing these kinds of media-tie-in novels, both the pluses and pitfalls.

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