Star Trek Book Challenge 25: Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

……………….Jean Lorrah……………….

This author is a roller coaster of emotions of hate and love….. She has written some great books, like the  The Vulcan Academy Murders, The IDIC Epidemic… But then writes this pile of crap Survivors (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #4)….. There are some other books as well. But I’m looking the other way for good reason…

So Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Jean Lorrah…….Metamorphosis…… Maybe if I read this thing like you would rip a band aid off. Everything will be okay.. Maybe..  *Reading*…… *Reading*….. *Reading*……

15041830….. Well… I’m in complete bewilderment… How can you bomb out on Survivors and yet write Metamorphosis? Survivors was so lackluster, poorly written and jarring at times. But this book isn’t half bad! But like every TNG novel I’ve read so far, the editor was out to lunch while time to print the final copy. There are a few mistakes and again like Survivors the repetitive descriptions are there. But it flows really well and the story I rather enjoy. Metamorphosis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is about a unexplained gravitational disturbances summon Captain Picard and the Starship Enterprise to the planet Elysia, and the android Lieutenant Commander Data to a date with destiny. For on this alien Dataworld, he is drawn into an impossible quest, leading him to consequences both heartwarming and disastrous, as he finally dares to pursue his fondest desire: to become human.

Data has to be one of my favorite characters from the TNG series and it was nice to read a story line that followed him and his thought process. Philosophical aspects of Data becoming human and the complications that it causes are interesting. It was written with a lot of sensuality and a lot of emotional depth I was rather surprised. I did not expected that for this author in always shape or form. Now keep in mind this novel is following the story line that was in play on the second season of TNG called “The Measure of a Man”. The base story line for that eps is Picard must prove Data is legally a sentient being with rights and freedoms under Federation law when transfer orders demand Data’s Data_takes_the_standreassignment for study and disassembly. I remember this eps because of Riker mostly. Having to go against his friend in this court and almost destroy everything Data is & was. See the pain on Riker face was rather heartbreaking.

Riker asks to be allowed to remove Data’s left hand for examination; Picard objects then withdraws it, realizing he has no way to rebut it. Softly apologizing to his friend, Riker removes it for Captain Louvois’ examination. Citing that Data is essentially hardware built by a man and programmed with software written by a man, Riker then moves behind Data and abruptly deactivates him, proclaiming “Pinocchio is broken; its strings have been cut.” Even Louvois, who warned him to do his best, is a bit taken aback and as a remorseful Riker takes his seat, Picard requests a recess, which is granted.

That bit was for the show in act 4. With the help of I was able to share that with you :). Oh all if you get the chance to read this book and or watch the show I recommend it. Just stay away from Survivors!! For the love of God!!