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Transformers: Exiles Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Alex Irvine is the author of Transformers: Exodus, as well as the novels Buyout, The Narrows, and A Scattering of Jades, and the novelization of the film Iron Man 2. He also is the author of nonfiction books including The Vertigo Encyclopedia and John Winchester’s Journal, as well as the comic series Daredevil Noir and Hellstorm, Son of Satan: Equinox. A past winner of the Locus, Crawford, and International Horror Guild awards, he teaches at the University of Maine.
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First of all, I did at the very least enjoy this book. Not as much as the first of the two though. As the first book. The Leading Bots on each side (along with those leading the different planets visited) were characterized quite well. A few of the secondary characters had their time in the sun as well, particularly Silverbolt and Jazz I felt.
Unfortunately, there were glaring inconsistancies that at time took me out of the story. Some of these shown through from the first book to the second, some showed up inside the span of just a couple of pages... For Example:
From the First to the Second Books:
1. The Reason for the Autobots entire Journey was Changed. In Exodus, they left the planet simply because the planet could not sustain them, not particularly to search for the Allspark.
2. The Allspark was not ejected from Cybertron to keep Megatron from polluting it with Dark Energon. From Exodus, the Allspark was ejected far before the Autobots, or Decepticons for that matter, even knew of Dark Energon's existence on Cybertron.
3. It seems that none of the Decepticons had to go through the debilitating withdrawl, rage, or cravings of the Dark Energon that seemed quite severe from Exodus
Within Exodus, the names of Artifacts and Locations of Bots seemed to not fully matter as the story went on...
1. Silverbolt was not part of the First or Second landing Team on Velocitron, yet appeared at the Expedia Race when only the first team had yet made landfall.
2. Sideswipe was on Junkion with the team fixing the Ark, but is all of a sudden piloting Primes Shuttle as they lift off from Solus Prime's Forge. (with that being the only mention of him with that group during those chapters)
3. Nexus's Primes Sword changed from Omni Saber to Chaos Blade.
4. I am still not sure if the Cyber Calibur is the same as the Star Saber. (the main object it seemed Prime was trying to find in the book other than the Allspark) Though my guess is that it was supposed to be.
All in all as I said it was a good book, but at times, having to go and reread sections sections just to make sure I had not read them wrong took me completely our of the story. (I.E. reading entire chapters again to try and solidify if the Star Saber and Cyber Calibur were the same)