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Star Trek: Into Darkness: film tie-in novelization

Star Trek: Into Darkness: film tie-in novelization [Kindle Edition]

Alan Dean Foster
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The novelization of the eagerly-awaited brand new Star Trek feature film which reaches cinema screens in May 2013.
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

About the Author

Alan Dean Foster is the author of several bestselling Star Wars novels as well as science-fiction, fantasy, detective, western, historial and contemporary fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (9 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BEH39RO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor reflection of a good film. Again. 22 May 2013
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Alan Dean Foster's invitation to pen the novelization of JJ Abrams' second Star Trek film came as something of a surprise to me, as I was very disappointed with his version of the previous film. This book lives up to my recollections of its predecessor.

The novel follows the plot of the film almost exactly (a film which I enjoyed almost as much as the last one), and is a faithful description of what happens, but it is significantly lacking in detail, particularly in the action scenes. The pacing is poor and the writing doesn't grip anywhere near as well as the source material.

It seems as if the publishers have given Foster too much leeway - they've thrown the usual Star Trek novel styleguide out the window and replaced it with narration that feels patronising in how much it wants to explain. There are parts where it's as if it's writing for a small child. Rather than the usual style of aligning the third party narrative with one character at a time and following events from their perspective, we're given a more god-like overview with occasional glances inside the characters' heads. Altogether this makes for a lightweight presentation that removes a lot of the suspense and the relationship with the characters.

There are places where Foster has added missing detail to the plot that helps explain some of the things that puzzled me about the film, but not even to the extent of the scenes he retained/added in the previous book, and this doesn't make up for the book's faults.

There are other established Star Trek and novelization writers that could have added more to what feels like a rushed clone of the script. The book only managed to hold my attention by reminding me of what I saw in the cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 9 Sep 2013
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Brilliant... just wished I could've finished it before my holiday ended! Haven't had the time to read any more, but will do so asap
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, Love It, Love it 1 Aug 2013
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Althought I'm not a trekie, I love every star trek movie, and to be able to read such wonderful novelization of such a great film was a very good experience
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star trek into darkness 12 July 2013
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It's a nice book to purchase. If you liked the film, you'll like the book too. Only it could have been written in more detail, more backstories to the characters. But it was still fun to read. I'd recommend it to the movie fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant 15 Jun 2014
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every spoken line in this is a true telling of the tale, with such detail and depth you would think the book came first.

I love all the extra description and detail with it, you really get inside the caracters heads, a must read if you have seen the movie and want to re live it and more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A straighforward retelling. Nothing more. 24 Mar 2014
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Anyone hoping that the novelization of the movie would delve into the backstory of "John Harrison" will be disappointed.

As novelizations often flesh out scenes that have been discarded from the final movie/ final script, I was hoping they would explore the world and origins of the Benedict Cumberbatch character. Alas, the novel is just a point -by-point rehash of what is on the screen, so as a book in it its own right, it's a woeful disappointment.

Perhaps the film makers never intended to flesh out the character or his motivations, which adds to my further disdain with the latest JJ Abrams Trek outing. You'll gain no new insight reading this beyond what you saw in the movie.

One of the weakest Star Trek movie novelizations I have read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 16 Feb 2014
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I loved the movie, but this book felt more like a read-through. It describes what occurs, but there's little 'heart' in it. I had been hoping for a more in depth look at the thoughts, reflections and emotions behind certain scenes and character decisions, but I don't feel any of those were addressed. It felt like the author (who I know can write brilliantly) simply read the script/watched early versions of the movie and just described it. Very little heart and soul in it, which is a shame. It doesn't add anything extra to the telling of the movie's story in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i am going to enjoy this book 13 Jan 2014
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I am going to enjoy this book when I get round to reading it and many more to read enjoy
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