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Competent novelisation of an entertaining movie
on 30 March 2013
"Star Trek" by Alan Dean Foster is a novelisation of the enjoyable and action packed 2009 JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. For those of you who aren't aware the story follows a young James Kirk who, after a chance meeting with a man named Captain Pike, decides to join up with Starfleet. Whilst at the Academy, an emergency at Vulcan forces the various cadets to be called up to work on various starships. And so Kirk is called into an adventure that leads him to face off with an enemy that was involved in the death of his father on the very day he was born.
I am happy to say that in the written form this story is just as entertaining and action packed as it was when I watched the movie. However, if you have seen the movie already then the overall story won't offer you any surprises. That isn't to say that Foster hasn't added anything to the story because he has. There are a several little enhancements that flesh out and compliment the story such as in regards to the Spock/Uhura moments and in how the rest of Nero's crew react to the decision to try and destroy Earth.
Some of the issues that I do have with the book however are with the overall plotline which was present in the movie itself. The story was exciting and enjoyable but some of the plot points were just rather weak. Even now, a few years later I still find it hard to come to grips with the face that Kirk seems to be propelled from cadet to captain due to one single mission.
Foster is an experienced writer when it comes to novelisations, in fact he was involved in converting the Star Trek animated series to book. As I have come to expect from him, the writing as competent and he captures the events of the movie very well. I do think that he maybe tried a little bit too hard at times though as some of the additions to dialogue seemed to make it feel a bit clunkier that it did in the movie and actually spoils some of the impact.
Overall this is a competent novelisation of an enjoyable Star Trek movie. Alan Dean Foster has captured all the various scenes well and has also fleshed out some areas which does enhance the storyline. Personally, I preferred the movie experience due to the less clunky dialogue but I still think most Star Trek fans will enjoy reading this book to see some of the more positive enhancements included by Foster.