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I love this book. There are plenty better Star Trek novels, but for some reason, this story struck a chord in me when I was younger. I've read it quite a number of times, and nostalgic value alone makes it one of my favorites. Oct 09, Mike Crate rated it really liked it Shelves: Saavik, an enigma to many that know her and in this novel by Carolyn Clowes we see a very legitimate backstory to how she came to exist and her ties to Spock. We learn how as a child she first met Spock and how he took responsibility for her and brought her t Saavik, an enigma to many that know her and in this novel by Carolyn Clowes we see a very legitimate backstory to how she came to exist and her ties to Spock.

We learn how as a child she first met Spock and how he took responsibility for her and brought her through the trauma of who and what she is and then through her early years at Starfleet academy. The secondary plot involves an attack on Earth which sidelines Kirk leaving the Enterprise commanded by Spock having to deal with immediate consequences as Starfleet goes to a war footing. The Pandora Principle is a very good Star Trek novel, we get an awful lot of background on Saavik and Spock and their relationship which rests at the heart of the novel. There is also a nice mix of new characters included the strange alien "obo" whose existence reminds me a lot of a character from the JJ movies.

Recommended for anyone interested in learning of a possible explanation of Saavik or simply into all things Spock. Jun 29, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first time I read this I found it gripping, but also hard, emotionally, to read, similarly to The Hunger Games, yet with a slightly different, more appealing quality. It may have some relation to the public hero dynamic for Katniss or the perpetuation of a truly horrifying system.

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At the time, I wasn't aware that Saavik wasn't a one-off character for this book. The second time was easier, but I still cried at the return to Hellguard. The major storyline The first time I read this I found it gripping, but also hard, emotionally, to read, similarly to The Hunger Games, yet with a slightly different, more appealing quality. The major storylines are Spock's, as he adopts Saavik; Saavik's, as she endeavors to come to terms with terrible childhood memories and being caught between cultural existences; and Kirk's, as he tries to evade the inevitable desk assignment and deals with being trapped underground at Starfleet HQ.

There are at least two more minor storylines entwined in the tale. For a period, Starfleet is on the brink of war. And there's the endearing little creature Obo. It's still a great story. Apr 16, Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it Shelves: Another first-rate tale from the movie-era of "Star Trek". This is a fine example of how to plug an interesting continuity hole without sacrificing solid, exciting, gripping, hilarious, poignant storytelling.

This is the novel that not only gives Saavik a proper, multi-layered origin story, but cements why she is a worthy second-generation addition to the TOS universe. It's a crying shame Carolyn Clowes never wrote another "Star Trek" novel -- this is gold worthy of a Ferengi's desire. Jun 25, Nicole rated it did not like it Shelves: Spock's personal history with Saavik. I have a young friend who wasn't even born when Star Trek aired but she has come to be very involved in the story line through the later shows.

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We often talk about SF and how it has changed through the decades but I have always adamantly avoided the spin off books so this left a hole in an area she particularly enjoys. So I have been given a selection to read. I am surprised that I enjoyed them. The science was as weak as I feared, but otherwise they are book Spock's personal history with Saavik. The science was as weak as I feared, but otherwise they are books within what I class as a bus book.

Good to read commuting, easy to put down and easy to restart. Many technical aspects were flawed but the interpersonal story was fine. I liked the Saavik character's interaction with Spock.

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Both hybrids and incomplete they find solace in each other. The first technical complaint comes in the use of the term virus. A virus is a nonliving infectious particle that is incapable of acting outside of a host cell yet the story uses the term for a non-infectious agent that catalyzes a reaction upon exposure to oxygen. Next was that a reaction that was so spontaneous, easily initiated, it would be highly exergonic and release a great deal of energy probably as heat.

They said the mystery material was an isotope of silicon but then went on to say is was chemically different. Isotopes are chemically indistinguishable!!! So we are left with a natural mined silicaceous nonradioactive isotope acting as a virus, causing an incredibly fast oxidizing reaction that consumes gaseous oxygen but produces no heat.

Star Trek: The Pandora Principle No. 49 by Carolyn Clowes (1990, Paperback)

Somehow it reacts with molecules it isn't even in physical contact with. Oct 03, Kayla rated it it was amazing. Personally, I've never understood why it was good that Hope was left in Pandora's box.

As Distress was released in the world, wouldn't we want Hope out, to battle Distress? Anyway, I liked what Saavik says about the myth: For myself," she said slowly, "I believe that people make their own evils--and the result is not a matter of chance.

I believe a box opens Trusting in gods does not keep it shut, and hope does not keep its evil from getting in Personally, I've never understood why it was good that Hope was left in Pandora's box. Trusting in gods does not keep it shut, and hope does not keep its evil from getting into the world.

The only way to do that Nov 08, Mary Norris rated it it was amazing. I like this book for the fact that I was able to discover the history of Saavik.

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Half-Vulcan, half-Romulan and completely tough, Commander Spock tries to teach her the ways of Vulcan. Her struggles are hard as expected, but worth it. But Spock and Saavik must unite one more time to return to Saavik's birthworld Hellguard to try and stop an evil plan of the Romulans. Jul 29, Grey rated it it was amazing Shelves: It shows a softer side to Spock than the one we normally see, the political intrigue keeps you guessing, and Saavik is an endearing, intriguing protagonist.

So glad I read this book Pretty good for a quick read; don't expect anything earth-shaking, and you'll like it. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Great story about the love between Saavik and Spock. Also gives inside look at life on Romulus. One person found this helpful. This book was very nice for its age. See all 28 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on July 19, Published on May 21, Published on August 30, Published on August 17, Published on July 10, Published on August 2, What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

The Vulcan Academy Murders. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. I enjoyed the young girl's patois syntax, especially the concrete images in her cursing. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. The Original Series Star Trek Novels Bringing of the prize to Earth for Examination. We learn the history of Saavik.

To My mother who read me books before I was born. References to this work on external resources. Wikipedia in English 1 The Pandora Principle. Spock felt the disapproval at his impertinence; it could not be helped. This does not concern you. Spock regretted it had come to this. The children of Hellguard require a home. S'tvan, philosopher and physicist, was on his feet.