"Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"
One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness and obscurity.
"You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your own destiny. The only question you face is, which path will you chose?"
The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.
In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.
Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.
"The wait is over."
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When I heard there was going to be a prequel, my husband and I were in line for the first showing. I loved the movie and plan on buying the DVD.
The novelization follows the script fairly well as I recall it with a few exceptions. The story begins with Spock's birth on Vulcan. Next, we go to the "U.S.S. Kelvin", which is under attack. Field promoted Captain George Kirk loses his life to save the crew from an attack by a Romulan ship from the future crewed by Captain Nero, who's seeking vengeance on the Ambassador Spock and the Federation for destroying his world in the future.
Next, we follow the lives of Spock and Jim Kirk as they move through their early years prior to Starfleet, then the Academy, and finally their assignments to "Enterprise." Of course, we see the famed Kobayashi Maru incident.
The cadets are called from training early when a surprise attack at a Klingon prison camp causes the Fleet to go on red alert. The ship's crew must face Captain Nero again, because now it's time for him to destroy both Vulcan and Earth.
Alan Dean Foster is one of my favorite writers. He's got a strong flair for describing details and making characters come to life. As I said earlier, the book fairly follows the film with some stronger explanation and deepening of the story. You see a bit more of Spock and Sarek, plus more at Kirk and Scotty's meeting.
Two questions you're probably going to ask:
Is the book better than the movie? No. Unquestionably not. You've got to see this film to really capture the story as it should be told.Read more ›
I imagine few who read this will be unfamiliar with Star Trek and the characters. For someone new to the world of Star Trek, the book gives enough for the book to be understandable, but there is no in depth explanations about Vulcans, their history, the Federation, etc. While it does explain a few plot holes, it is more about the characters than the action, as well it should be.
After listening to it, I saw the movie again and found my new insights made the movie even more enjoyable. I agree with an above reviewer that you should see the movie first.
Zachary Quinto, the actor who capably played Spock, does a terrific job of reading the book. His pronunciation is clear and unhurried with appropriate emphasis and feeling. He differentiates the characters well with slight modifications of his voice, but not in a cartoonish or exaggerated manner. He does struggle a bit with Scotty's brogue, however. Also, there are no distracting sounds such as noisy breaths or nose hairs whistling. (No joke- I've come across that before in an audiobook!)
Overall, the audiobook is worth buying and adding to your summer listening lineup.
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What was important to me, was the character's first meetings, and the thrill of being on board the Enterprise again. Read morePublished 11 days ago by bookiewookie
If you are new to trek. Then this is the series I would start with. I watched the DVD , then read this book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Bjhank
Even if the movie wasn't the best, Alan Dean Foster does an excellent job of novelizing it. He is a very seasoned veteran in Sci-fi literature, and his mastery of the art shines... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alan C. Schriver
great addition to my collection and to the Star Trek cannonPublished 5 months ago by Paula Scarborough
I've been a Star Trek fan forever and it's fun to read about the early lives of the characters I have loved for so long.Published 12 months ago by P. Taylor