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Transformers: Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2011
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Transformers: Exodus is precisely the origin story that the franchise needed. It’s entertaining, filled with the sort of epic battles Transformers lend themselves to, and keeps readers breathless with anticipation even though we already know how it ends. Megatronus was a gladiator until he got his name and started thinking about the way Cybertron’s caste system diminished the bots’ potential. Orion Pax was a data worker—a librarian, really—under the master archivist. The archivist is more than he seems, and provides a great deal of context for the history of Cybertron, and a few key deus ex machina twists. Orion Pax, now known as Optimus Prime, is an honest character, who never asks for the greatness that is forced upon him; Megatron, on the other hand, is an egomaniacal tyrant. But in the framework of a political revolution and the civil war that overthrows a system that had practically calcified, there are terrible fights, friendships made and broken, and the beginnings of a genuine epic; above all, it’s fun to read. --Regina Schroeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Transformers: Exodus is precisely the origin story that the franchise needed. It’s entertaining, filled with
the sort of epic battles Transformers lend themselves to, and keeps the reader breathless with anticipation
even though we already know how it ends. [I]n the framework of a political revolution and
the civil war that overthrows a system that had practically calcified, there are terrible fights, friendships
made and broken, and the beginnings of a genuine epic; above all, it’s fun to read. —Booklist
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It doesn't really tie into the origins of Transformers G1-G2, Beast Wars and Beast Machines, Robots in Disguise, the Unicron Trilogy, and Transformers Animated. It does mention some characters from those shows, but it's still a different continuity all together. It does touch upon the AllSpark being shot into deep space like in Bayformers.
I didn't find Transformers Exodus to be a huge rough draft as someone claimed, but the minor errors don't hurt the plot that much.
If you want a gripping, exciting origin story on Optimus and Megatron this book is for you.
Hasbro contracted Alex Irvine to write a book that would serve as a prequel to the War for Cybertron video game which in turn would be a prequel to the new Transformers Prime television series. Unfortunately for Hasbro both Irvin and High Moon Studios (the company contracted to develop the video game) had their own ideas. Unwilling to cooperate with Hasbro or each other, the book and the game had nothing to do with the series, and contradict each other as well. What was supposed to be one continuity has become an irreconcilable mess.
On top of this, the book itself is at best a rough draft. There are major continuity holes as early as chapter six. In a single conversation between Orion Pax and Megatronus, the setting changes inexplicably. At first they meet in person at a secure location. Mid-conversation Orion is back at the city and is talking over a vid-link, and then near the end of the conversation they are once again in person. For a novel that is supposed to emphasize the plot, this book fails miserably.
It's clear that this book was never edited, nor even read, prior to being published. It's an insult to the fanbase and to every struggling unpublished author out there that this garbage would see public release. Alex Irvine is an established writer as well as a college professor, so these errors don't make sense to come from it. It's possible it was brought on by a rushed release date, but it would've been nice if he'd at least taken the time to read the last paragraph he wrote before picking up where he left off.
In addition to that the novel has virtually no pace. Nothing is established and nothing happens as you wander from one lengthy conversation to the next. In addition to which the story displays absolutely no creativity in anything. If you've read any of the comics, watched any of the television shows, then you've already heard this story. Megatron, one of the greatest classic villains of all time, is nothing but a brute who copied his name from a feared transformer of legend (yes, according to the book, the Fallen was Megatronus Prime. Stifle your vomit if you can). Optimus Prime is Orion Pax, a curious data clerk with nothing to do. Other reviewers are correct; you'll find better written fanfictions on the internet.
Save your money, do not get this book!