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4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,366 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
This paperback original novel is based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon's screenplay for Universal's 2005 motion picture. The characters are based on the science fiction TV series Firefly, which has achieved cult status.

Five hundred years in the future, Captain Mal Reynolds, a hardened war veteran (on the losing side), ekes out a living pulling off small cri
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Pocket Star Books (first published August 30th 2005)
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Jun 28, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Craig, julia Andersen, Firefly/Serenity fans
I became a fan of Firefly with the airing of the first episode and have loved it ever since. Even, sometimes, to my own amazement, since I’m not a fan of zombies (which Reavers basically are) and a few other elements of the SF/Horror genre. (The first time I saw the movie, I started to think Whedon was going to kill everyone off, possibly just to spite the FOX network for pulling the plug on the show. I still say what happened to Wash was plain wrong.) But most of the characters are so well-real ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Angela rated it did not like it
You'd think I would have loved this because I love Firefly but this novel is simply awful. The writing is terrible (it reads like really, really bad fan-fiction) and cringe-worthy. It's awful and offers no new insights into the fabulous show and film. Avoid. Instead, go and read the graphic novels, they're excellent.
Feb 27, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the movie; people who like to laugh at bad writing;
I loved the movie. But this novelisation? Ha. No.
The writing was mediocre at best and terrible at worst (Seriously, I nearly laughed during a death scene).
Waaaay too much tell and not enough show (I know you're adapting it from the screenplay, but "The captain was defensive", really?).
The characters weren't true to their characters as established by the show/movie (Nothing else mattering to Zoe except in relation to Mal and Wash? What. The. Heck. It's like the ultimate anti-Bechdel and it's so
Oct 09, 2012 Curtiss rated it really liked it
The nice thing about reading books, as opposed to watching & listening to movies/tv is that sometimes the author gives the reader access to a character's thoughts - as in River's mental review of Serenity's other crew members, especially Mal as "the only other person who lived with as much pain as she did."
Jan 12, 2012 David rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody. Ever.
This book is probably intended solely for those that have either watched the TV series or watched the series and the movie. As a self-contained novel, it's quite bad. The laziness on the part of the author is ridiculously apparent with such phrases as "little sister look" or "are you serious? look". This is how emotions and visuals are expressed in this book and it's not even just once but repeated for each instance of said look. If you already watched the series you're likely aware of what thes ...more
Mar 25, 2014 ϻαđίѕσи rated it it was amazing
Ok I usually don't write reviews but I saw a lot of bad reviews for this book and wanted to put in my input. People say that it is just like bad fan fiction, but the writer was supposed to stick to the script and the events in the story, so most of it wasn't actually his writing, especially the dialog. I personally loved this book because of how well it stuck to the movie. Although some of the head cannon could have been better I still really enjoyed it!
Annie Ortiz
Sep 14, 2015 Annie Ortiz rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I wrote a review for anything, but that’s mostly due to the fact that the last few books I’ve read have been so slow that I gave up on them.

Anyway, in that time, I got into the TV show Firefly, which my friends have been telling me to watch forever and it was only after I had a dream about the show wherein I was River Tam (who, as it happens, is a lot like myself anyhow) that I finally downloaded it and binge watched it in a day. I also ordered myself the novelization of
Apr 21, 2010 Fence rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where do you start when you go to write a novelization? Do you just stick to the script, or go off on little tangents of your own? How much can you make up, do you get to collaborate with the director, or talk to any of the actors? Must be pretty hard, imo, to get a good book out of a film, any film.
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 09, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
This is the novelization of the movie Serenity, which is based on the television series Firefly. In the future, the Earth is no longer inhabitable. There is an organization called the Alliance which has control over the various colony worlds that were established. The Alliance is a ruthless force.

Mal, Zoe, Kaylee, and Wash have a spaceship which they call Serenity, and they basically survive by taking jobs, some legal and some not so illegal. They also took passengers at times, such as Shepard
Dec 03, 2013 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fellow Browncoats
Shelves: firefly
Read the book before I had a chance to watch the movie; and even before I have seen Firefly. Loved the book, it gives a great insight into the minds of the characters, something that's hard to see on screen sometimes. Serenity is one of my all time favourite books.
Mar 19, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
A good book, but the movie does not translate as well to print. The first third of the book felt like a ton of condensed info dump for those who've never seen Firefly or Serenity, but the book got better as it went along. Movie is still better though.
Julene Ds
Jul 28, 2014 Julene Ds rated it really liked it
4 stars because this is my favourite movie but I had a few minor issues with the book.

The book is taken directly from the movie (same plot and lines) except for the inner dialogue and brief summary of events in the firefly series. I felt like there could have been either more and better inner dialogue or none at all, since I disagreed with some of the thoughts the author wrote for the characters.

Also he confuses the observer's effect with the uncertainty principle which no one but physicists p
Aug 27, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Serenity is based on the movie screenplay by Joss Whedon, which is based on the tv series, Firefly. Captain Mal Reynolds is finding everyone is bailing on him and his crew. Shepard Book settled on Haven while Inara has started teaching future Companions. After River Tam beats up several men in a dive, he finds out that Alliance has sent their best man known only as the operative to find her before uncovers their biggest secret.

The book is fast paced just like the movie but with some insights int
I'm a little embarrassed to admit how long I had been wanting to read this for. I'm a Browncoat, ain't ashamed to admit it, but I am a little shy to admit how much I love to collect the stuff.

Movie novelisations are hard to write, I can tell. Where do you draw the line between following the movie and making your own novel? DeCandido stuck with following the movie here, but he also had clearly spent some time watching the series- he refers to the battle of Serenity Vallet, he mentions episodes l
Dec 12, 2011 Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
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May 13, 2009 Tim rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Generally, I'm not one for reading books after seeing the movie upon which it was based. I'm even less inclined to read the "novelization" of a film, figuring its sole purpose is to put additional cash in the pockets of the studio or those that own the movie. Because of my adoration of the all-too-soon-canceled TV series Firefly , though, I did pick up Serenity , Keith DeCandido's novelization of the movie of the same name. While undoubtedly a good marketing tie-in with the film, the book also ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
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Diane ~Firefly~
Jun 09, 2011 Diane ~Firefly~ rated it it was amazing
I'll start this by saying I'm incredibly biased as I loved both the TV show and the movie (as you could probably guess from my name), so there was no way this book wasn't going to get 5 stars. The dialogue is pretty much word for word from the movie, just some internal thoughts and more details about the Battle of Serenity added.

If you haven't seen the TV show Firefly, I highly recommend watching it before watching or reading Serenity, as you'll come to love the cast of characters. There are 8 l
Jul 27, 2008 Mike rated it it was ok
For a movie novelization, this book was pretty good; Its story was interesting, an engrossing read, and did an excellent job of putting itself in the context of the series as a whole. However, just like everything else in the Serenity/Firefly universe, it's solid, but unremarkable. The physical writing (as far as syntax, diction, etc.) is excellent, but the book doesn't deviate from the script it was adapted from even a little, and it doesn't provide ANY more details about the world in which the ...more
***Dave Hill
Nov 10, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it it was ok
Shelves: text
(Original review from Sep 2005)

A decent, but almost blandly faithful, rendition of the screenplay in novel form. For three-quarters of the book, the only differences between the two are the insertion here of scenes (from the TV show) of the Battle of Serenity Valley, and Simon trying to convince his parents that something is wrong with River, and even that is played with very straightforwardly.

The problem is, with an adaptation of a movie like this, what the fans (or even the interested) want is
Natalie Bowers
Firefly and Serenity are my all-time favourite Sci-Fi tv show & movie, so I was hoping the novelisation of the film might at least be an enjoyable read. Disappointed isn't the word for it. I gave up on page 82. I know it's probably tough to weave backstory from a tv show into the novelisation of a movie, but it was so stilted and drawn-out that it arrested the flow of the story. Although the dialogue was brilliant - well it would be as it was from the film - the attempt to mimic it in the na ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Yes, I know this wasn't anything more than Brown Coat porn, but that was a selling feature for me. :)

I RARELY read books about movies after I've seen the movie. I'd almost say never. And I pretty much never read books that are just novelizations of movies. Any more. I used to read them all the time when I was a kid. My family only rarely went to movies & in the days of pre-Netflix (even pre-VCR), so if I wanted to know what all the other kids were talking about with the latest movie, I had t
Sarah Bradford
Apr 27, 2016 Sarah Bradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A supplement to a Great Damn Movie

Obviously this is the book version of the movie Serenity or as fans call it 'The Big Damn Movie'. I imagine that this is what Whedon wanted in the movie but it was just so ruddy long. It gives great introspection to the various characters and moments that almost seem like missing scenes from the movie. To me, it made the comics all the more valuable. Definitely worth it.
Oct 05, 2007 Louis rated it liked it
Shelves: sciencefiction
The novelization of the movie that follows the TV series Firefly.

The crew of a trading spaceship Serenity, whose captain is a war veteran from a civil war, on the losing side. His crew is a collection of fellow veterans and a mix collected from the dregs of space. It is a world divided between the rich core, and a rougher frontier.

Themes include morality and loyalty, as Mel (the captain) is on the surface selfish and greedy but he repeatedly acts in ways that are loyal to people he proclaims he
This novel follows a group of characters introduced in the TV series "Firefly," which was canceled after a whole ten episodes had aired - in the wrong order - because Fox is dumb. The movie version of Serenity was made in response to the massive fan base, because the series is awesome, and the book followed. Anyway, these characters are smugglers/merchants/pirates. They do often-illegal shipping jobs for cash. In a spaceship. Think Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon. There's a super-smart chick w ...more
Oct 20, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
As a fan of the movie and the series, I liked this book. It's taken from the screenplay, which means that a lot of the book is word for word what is in the movie. There is a small amount of background information that is not found in the series or movie, but not much. I do like how the author integrated information from the series into explanations about what happens in the movie (book). And there were a few scenes in the book that are not in the movie (although you can find most of them in the ...more
Carena Wood beimler
Oct 25, 2015 Carena Wood beimler rated it really liked it
If you've not watched Firefly you're apt to be confused (and, srsly?!? Go watch it!)
If you've seen Serenity the movie you know 99% of what happens in the book. The other 1% are character thoughts that aren't expressed in the movie.
May 05, 2008 Wayne rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a novelization of the movie by the same name. If you enjoyed the movie this book will let you relive it and not much more. It is almost word for word a transcript of the movie, with no adaptation. One complaint that I did have. The author adapted his writing style to match the dialogue in the movie. A peculiar mix of western twang and impressive vocabulary. Using words in not quite the correct way but the meaning still gets across. While this it would be extremely strange to change this ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Stefanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tv-tie-in
I thought that this book would add a bit more detail to what wasn't seen in the movie. I'd say that the percentage of new information was only about 5%. The remainder of the book was basically word for word the same as the movie. Hard to really give a good review on this one, as I saw the movie multiple times before reading the book. So while reading I had the movie replaying itself in my head. The only other comment I can make is that it did do a good job in relating the movie. The writing flow ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
I liked this more than I thought I would! The wording drove me nuts (double negatives, shortened words, grammar) but once I got past that and liked the story. I didn't love the characters, I wish there was more feeling behind the story.
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