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After Earth: United Ranger Corps Survival Manual Hardcover – May 21, 2013
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Rather than take the normal approach for art books, this one is unique because it is designed to be an artifact from the world of the film. It reads like a manual that would be given to cadets in the Ranger Corp. As such, the book is written to address the reader as though he/she was a citizen of Nova Prime. It's a fascinating approach, and one that definitely yields unique results.
The manual goes in-depth on a variety of aspects of the movie: background on the Ursa and other creatures; the dangerous environments of Earth; and more about Ghosting. Also detailed is the process of training cadets. The single best section of the book relates to the many tools available to the Rangers - this includes the life suit, wing suit, and weapons (and you can see the quality work that went into designing these tools).
Of course, the downside is that there is nothing about the actual making of the movie. No director, actors, or production references of any kind. So if you typically read books like this with the hopes of learning more about the filmmaking process, this guide would be one to skip.
In short, this is a quality book that will allow those who enjoyed "After Earth" to explore the world beyond what is on screen.Read more ›
I must say that the film could be much more than it was but the book is much better than the film itself, And it is not only on the content but by the quality of the book and its realization similar to to the FRINGE's September's Notebook, which is one of the best books I have.
This book is written like a field manual for Ranger cadets to familiarize themselves with their history, tools, enemies and more. It is set it the world of After Earth with no productions notes, interviews with the director and cast, or any other "making of" details other than conceptual drawings that help fill out the book's content. It's written to be as realistic as possible within the After Earth universe. This is what you get:
Complete history of mankind from a few decades from now to about a thousands years A.E. (After Earth exodus) - It tells a pretty bleak tale on the fate of Earth and the vast majority of its inhabitants. So very few survived to leave the planet according to the history in this book. It gives you a pretty bleak look at what happened and how we survived.
History of the Rangers - Tells of the corps humble beginnings up to the point where they are currently fighting with the Ursa. This includes the development of the "Ghosting" technique that renders a ranger invisible to the Ursa.
Ships and vehicles - This is really a minor entry that gives you some general information on the ships, but not enough to get into the fascinating designs you see in the film.Read more ›
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The After Earth: United Ranger Corps Survival Manual provides an in depth back story to the film. It is hardcover and loaded with full color pictures, production art, sets,... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Morpheus
The detailed information and all the pictures are really remarkable. I am astonished it sells for so little. Someone is taking a hit. This book should be priced at least $100. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by J. Smith