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Underworld (Underworld #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,287 ratings  ·  57 reviews

Based on the screenplay by Danny McBride.
DEADLY RIVALS FOR CENTURIES, DESTINY WILL BRING THEM TOGETHER.

Vampires and werewolves. Sworn enemies for over nine hundred years, they have fought a secret war in the darkest shadows of the mortal world, pitting undead strength and cunning against feral rage and savagery. Now, in the hip Gothic streets of modern-day Budapest, the

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Pocket Star Books (first published 2003)
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Kelly
Don’t give me that look! I know what you’re all thinking. Yes, I know it’s an adaptation. Yes, I know on a list of top ten things guaranteed to cause pain, a book based on the movie is situated right above colonoscopy. Yes, I’m as shocked as you that I even read this book. Want to hear something even more life altering? I completely enjoyed it!

The plot captivates you from the first page. Taking two of horrors most legendary creatures and pitting them against each other, Underworld grabs an old
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Sheralyn
I've never read such a high vocabulary in a contemporary novel that actually didn't come across as pretentious. Loved it for that reason alone.
Mily Lou
Jan 02, 2014 Mily Lou rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: TO EVERYONE
Recommended to Mily by: MOVIE AWAKENING
Okay, I promise to give a review for Underworld so here it goes.

This book is just like the movie. Everything from what they said to what they did. I was interested in this book because I saw the movie Underworld Awakening, thought it be fantastic to read all the books. I love the Book. I couldn't believe how much chemistry there was between Selene and Michael. The characters felt so real and they didn't feel forced upon each other. The author did a great job on each character given pieces of hi
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Syahira Sharif
I had read this years ago but I remember it quite well. This book made me want to watch the movie later (it was banned in the cinema of my country, figures)

The first movie is fascinating with its casts and the body bending and twists but the book is a stand-alone book that could stand on its own.

In the movie, Selene was a silent huntress who preys lycan for centuries. She was in an elite group of vampires called Death Dealers who stalks Lycans to near extinction. She was a woman with fewer word
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Shar
2015 BOOK CHALLENGE: non-human characters

this one felt a bit like cheating since its a novelization of a film, but #YOLO. as a result i wasn't expecting much from the writing and i got what i paid for with that one - still, it was better than i was expecting, and it was fun to get some detailed filled in where the movie left it open. i wasn't a huge fan of the way michael and selene felt a draw to each other for literally no reason but the action and, as i said, the added detail made up for it.
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Twila
I thought that a book based off a movie was the most ridiculous thing ever, but the book was actually very enjoyable.
It stayed very true to the movie. Only one thing really bothered me.
I did not in any way imagine Michael to be how he was. In the movies, he was quiet and guarded and thoughtful. In this book, he was always referencing movies and thinking like a teenager. He annoyed me, sad because he is my favourite character in the movie. Only for this reason, I gave the book 4 stars instead o
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Vida Drozdov
This book is a movie to book adaptation. Usually its the other way around and I don't read books adapted from a movie.
But Underworld just gripped me. The movie was really good and Selene is such a great character that you completely get engrossed. For me the movies weren't enough which is why I started reading the books.
The books don't have a specific person's pov it rather narrates from all the characters' perspective. This book contains some serious heavy vocabulary. But it isn't misplaced.
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James Preston
This is another of the three books I've been unable to stop reading till the end. It was absolutely thrilling and engrossing. Non-stop action.
Abdulsamiu
Really good book, gives so much more than the movie (as is usually the case)
Brandy
Me ha gustado un montón, pero no se lleva las 5 estrellitas por el mero hecho de que en el libro hay bastantes fallos de texto y contexto (ortografía, cambio de nombre de personajes, etc...)
Por lo demás una experiencia fantástica. Me siento una "friki" de Underworld tras leerlo puesto que en esta novelización hay más detalles y escenas que en la película no aparecen (quizás en una versión extendida...).
Volví a ver la peli y la verdad es que noté la falta de todas esas escenas, dejándome la sensa
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Cara
This book was just as amazing as the movie! I LOVED IT!
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. I figured it would be exactly like the movie, and it was, but so much more too. The characters really flourished in the book, revealing personalities and nuances that I missed while watching the movie. I was surprised at how much of a expanded role Ericka played, but it was important none the less. Also reading from Lucian, Raze, Michael, Kraven, Kahn, Singe, Soren and of course Selene's point
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Andrew Wilson

DEADLY RIVALS FOR CENTURIES,DESTINY WILL BRING THEM TOGETHER.Vampires and werewolves. Sworn enemies for over nine hundred years, they have fought a secret war in the darkest shadows of the mortal world, pitting undead strength and cunning against feral rage and savagery. Now, in the hip Gothic streets of modern-day Budapest, the ancient conflict takes an unexpected new twist. Selene is a Death Dealer, a vampire warrior dedicated to the destruction of the hated lycans. Michael is a werewolf, an i

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Jess
This may be an adaption of the Underworld series first film, but it was an enjoyable adaption. You can read it as an accompaniment to the film or as a stand alone novel, either way it still works. There's a couple of minor additions that Cox has added for reasons unknown to me (i.e lycan women and children which were absent from the film), and there is the occasional swear word.

I thoroughly enjoyed as I have been a fan of the Underworld films since I was taken to see it with my father in 2003. A
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Celest
I discovered this after seeing the movie and instantly ran up to my mom so she could get for me. And I enjoyed the book, yes it mostly followed the plot of the movie but had some scenes that made some of the unclear parts of the movie just a little more so. Actually I wish I could find another copy of this and read it again.
Patty
In a word, "uninspiring". I was 3/4 through the book before I realized that it wasn't going to get any better, so I'd better just finish reading it and to be done with it. Maybe it's because the book is a novelization of a movie that the characters were not developed. To me the book was wordy in order to fill pages, but not to make the story better. It didn't offer anything that would make the reader care about the characters. Lucian was a secondary character, but was more interesting then the p ...more
Felicia Skyfall
I'm really excited to read this.
I have seen all the movies and I love them. The first was amazing, the secound was epic,the third was nah...(No Selene and Michael) and the fourth was more epic.
Really love this movie series and I can't wait for Underworld 5...!
Cynthia
I'm a really big fan of the Underworld series in general, so perhaps my review is a tad bit biased. I normally do not enjoy novelizations of films. For the most part, they feel really bland and offer nothing to the characters or the stories from the films. But this book was a pleasant surprise.

The writer offered much more insight to the characters and their thoughts, as novelizations should. I really enjoy the chemistry between Michael and Selene, so the fact that the attraction and the developm
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Dylan
The first book of the trilogy tells the middle part of the story: a story about a centuries-old war between vampire warriors called Death Dealers and a race of werewolves called Lycans. It focuses on Selene, a Death Dealer and her growing attraction for Michael, an American who is newly infected with the Lycan curse

The novel is an extremely good read, a novelization of the movie by the same name. The book is better than the movie, in that it gives the reader a much more in-depth feel of the char
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Robert Baker
Much better than the movie...even though i loved the movie as well!
Jessica.nelson
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Amarzyciel

I read it since I watch "underworld:awakening" and wondered about the other 3.

I must say, this is a must read if you like the movie, there is a lot more explaination about what is going on and what each character is thinking and feel while in the movie they are just doing things wordlessly. it makes it so much better.


I haven't read much vampire or female lead novel lately, since i couldn't find one that draw me in. I wish there is more badass vampire lead novel around, character like selene. I
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JJBMocha
I am pleasantly surprised by the writing of the Underworld. I read all three books after I watched I am number four, I guess curious to find more about the story and it was pain to read. Writing was bad, so many things changed through the books that it was ridiculous. But this is great. I have no complaints so far. It feels like that I can follow the movie while reading and it feels natural, like the book was written before the movie and you are not sure what is better. Great job!!!
Runningrabbit
I found it a bit hard going getting in to this nove. It just didn't take off for me with the right pace or maintain a fixating influence on me. I was thinking maybe a 2 or 3 star novel.

By about halfway through, I was definitely getting there and ended up with 4 stars.

I liked the descriptive language and use of adjectives, I liked the settings, and the heroine didn't annoy me... Well fancy that!
Gardavson
This is the first time (that I'm aware of) that I've read a book that was based on the screen play of a movie. Usually they make the movie from a book. Anyway, I enjoyed the book. I liked the characters. Good action, good plot. Now I'm gonna check out the movie. My only gripe was the love thing with Selene and Michael. It happened in two days over like, 1 conversation. But, I got over it.
Jennifer Reena
A fantastic NOVELIZATION. It fills in so many holes left open in the movie. So so good!
Raven
I remember reading this book, several years ago back when I was still in middle school. I remember loving the book even more than I enjoyed the movies. I loved how there was so much more explaination on what happened in the back ground, the important details that lead up to the action packed scenes of the movie. Things that didn't even make it in as deleted scenes in the movie.
Elke
Usually, books written after the movie are boring and lifeless, because they only just retell what happened on the big screen, without adapting it for a reading audience. Fortunately, Underworld is a worthy exception to this rule. It has many additional details bringing more depth to both characters and plot. The story just reads like a real novel, not like a movie description.
Lauren Cleveland
pretty good. a little slow though. sounds weird since its about vampires and werewolves and shoot-outs etc. but sometimes it just is, its slow and you feel ready to be finished with it. but not too bad a B or C rating. makes me want to watch the film though (which i havnt yet, and btw fyi the film came first) and prob will read the sequel since my bro already bought it
Phe☽♃
3.5 Stars - Underworld is an urban fantasy by Greg Cox and the official novelization of the movie by the same name featuring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy. Directed by Len Wiseman. Based on the screenplay by Danny McBride. Story by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman and Danny McBride. ...more
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