- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books; paperback / softback edition (July 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781166781
- ISBN-13: 978-1781166789
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is what novelizations should strive towards. Does it capture the essence of the film? Does it add to the experience? Yes on both counts.” – Blogcritics
“A blockbuster thriller ride.” – Geek Smash
“When the action starts, it doesn’t stop and fulfills all hopes of excitement and action
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“If you enjoy action stories, military Science Fiction or monster stories than you will almost certainly like the fast-paced action in Pacific Rim.” – Twisted SciFi
“This book is a must read for any fan of Pacific Rim that wants a deeper, richer experience in that world. Irvine completely transformed a film about giant robots punching monsters into one of internal human struggling and triumph.” – Dorkadia
“I would happily recommend this book to anyone looking to beat the bejeezus out of an afternoon and send it down to a watery grave in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.” – Fanboy Comics
“All throughout the book (mostly between chapters) there are files and dossiers about the characters, places, and events in the Pacific Rim universe. These files give you an amazingly large understanding of the story and its world.” - 8 Days a Geek
“Worthy to be owned by any Pacific Rim fan.” – GameNTrain
“Told from a strong 3rd person omniscient perspective, Alex Irvine does Pacific Rim does justice while bringing it to a new audience of readers and fans. Fans of the film and this book can only hope that Mr. Irvine has a shot at adapting a sequel!” – Fulvue Drive-In
About the Author
Alex Irvine's first novel A Scattering of Jades won the Crawford Award for Best New Writer. He also won awards for Best New Novel from Locus Magazine and The International Horror Guild and was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He is an experienced writer of novelisations including Transformers Exodus, Transformers Exiles and Iron Man: Virus.
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+Stays close to the plot of the movie, minus some minor changes that probably come about from using an earlier draft of the screenplay as outline.
+Every chapter ends with an in-universe report that helps expands the universe.
-The Hong Kong fight follows the view of the people in the Shatterdome/on the ground of Hong Kong, instead of the view of the pilots of the Jaegers. The only time we do it is when Striker Eureka is EMPed and Gypsy Danger is being carried into the atmosphere by Otachi. Truly a shame, considering one of the biggest criticism of the movie was that the pilots of Typhoon and Alpha didn't get enough screen time or character development and the same is true of the novelization, when this would be the best way to develop them by letting us read their thoughts.
-There are times where characters speak Japanese and transcribed in romaji, followed by the translation. Rule of thumb when writing foreign languages is to either write the translation and say they are speaking the language, or transcribe the language and let the reader figure out the meaning by the context and following sentences. However, don't transcribe and immediately follow it up with the translation.
-Continuity error early on. Raleigh mentions that Mark-V Jaegers weren't around when he was a Ranger, yet the novel mentions Gypsy and Eureka were deployed for the Manila kaiju attack. Eureka is a Mark-V. See the problem? FYI, the screenwriter for the movie mentioned the Jaeger Herc was piloting during the Manila deployment was Lucky Seven.
Ultimately, an okay novelization. It adds some context to things and expand on the universe. However, if you saw the film, it can be quite repetitive and some expanded information has been contradicted by higher sources of canon.
Long before DVD extras and director cuts, the only way I knew of the deleted scenes was because of the novel. See they are written using the first shooting script. Scenes get trimmed, re-written, cut, or rearranged during filming or in post-production. By then the book form is already on the way to the printers.
That brings us to now, I have seen Pacific Rim three times already. I know Del Toro cut scenes, he said so. I couldn't get the novelization fast enough. It answered so much and more.
Thoughts the characters had, descriptions of scenes I wouldn't have noticed. In addition there are nuggets of information only for readers. Dossiers of characters, internal memos from PPDC, and a few other things you'll just have to read for yourself.
I can only hope the extra scenes will be on the DVD, but if not this book is what you need to get the whole story. At least until we get a sequel. This is just too big of a world to leave unexplored.
The book answers those questions. It seriously fills out the universe with so many awesome details. There are at least a dozen "ohhhh, ok!" moments throughout this excellent movie novelization. It really makes you appreciate Typhoon, Cherno and Striker for the badass jaegers they are, and understand why the battle of Hong Kong didn't go as planned for the PPDC (Otachi and Leatherback were a waaaaay bigger deal than the movie let on).
If you want to know more about the Pacific Rim universe, pick this up right now.