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


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.


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 →


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.


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


Not very well written and the story itself wasn't very interesting, also could have done without Tasha's backstory involving a love interest. But at the same time...there was plenty of Data (even if his character here was not entirely consistent with his character on the show at this point) and getting to know more about Tasha was great. Also the last chapter sure has an emotional punch. So all in all, it was not a bad read.


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.

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 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.


RubbishFan fiction at its worst

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.

Mikael Kuoppala

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

Daniel Shaw-cosman

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


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.

Sean Randall

** spoiler alert ** Thrilling, superb, utterly charming."It is the price we pay for being survivors." Data.yar never really got a great deal of onscreen development, yet despite this fact, Jean Lorra has taken every nugget, every morsel, every nuance and development of those nuances and made Tasha yar into a fully-flushed, Human character."That is the greatest danger in confronting evil: it is contagious. I have no doubt I did what was necessary. Why I did it I will probably question for the rest of my life." Jean-Luc Picard.But not only did Lorra give Tasha Humanity, depth, thoughts and feelings and cares and everything else that turns someone we read about into someone we feel for - not only this, but the backstory which was so rarely hinted at onscreen has become something so much more..."But the day the rape gang found the girl, just two days after the old woman's death, the knife did her little good." Page 14.Even by the fourteenth page, this girl has our sympathies. By page 248, I wanted to cry as much as anyone else."'Gone?' Picard asked as if he still could not believe it, forcing Dr. Crusher to explain further, her voice tight with unshed tears." A simple line - even the description of the demise is simple. yet anyone having seen the show will agree with Guinan's assessment, made in the episode Yesterday's enterprise: "It was an empty death. A death without purpose.""To lose his freedom would be far worse than death to such a man." Rikan, about Adin.As empty as the death may have appeared, as sad as the episode where she died still was, watching it didn't really hit me; not terribly. not the way the death of a regular should at least. But absorbing this novel, really seeing who Tasha could have been and how she might have felt and thought and loved and lost then loved again, really makes the loss of such a profoundly emotional character that more painful."As her fiance fell, Yar felt something inside turn to ice. She rose to her knees, took aim at the one who had shot Dare, and drilled him through the forehead. And she kept shooting until that phaser was discharged, and she was the last of the bridge crew taken, backhanded by the Orion who finally captured her. She struck the wall, and blessed oblivion overcame her."Jean Lorra pulls the heartstrings in every way imaginable - by Giving Tasha a history to make anyone sad, proud, hopeful and disgusted in equal measure. By making her such a real presence, a driving force, yet a vulnerable, caring person. By making her later love life such a tormented affair, and by then handing her the biggest conflict of all - to love, to friendship, to duty, to belief.I haven't even started on Data's development in this book - but I don't need to. i couldn't do it justice, more than the author has done herself. All I can do is to announce my overwhelming feelings, my enjoyment of a fine work of art and my hope that if anyone is in need of a good read and a powerful story they remember this review.

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.

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