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Star Trek (Star Trek: Movie Novelizations #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,745 ratings  ·  207 reviews
"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 y
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Feb 24, 2012 Terence rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkies
When I was getting my teaching certificate, they told us to lead off with the good points about students’ projects, and only after boosting their egos, point out what needed improvement.

It is in that spirit that I begin this review of Star Trek, the adaptation of JJ Abrams’ reboot of the franchise:

Good Points
Zachary Quinto (“Spock” in Abrams’ movie) does a rather good job of reading the novel. He – of course – nails Spock but he’s got a wide enough vocal range to handle all of the other characte
This is the novelization of the film Star Trek of 2009, introducing a new parallel universe in the franchise.

When I watched the film, I wasn't aware that the intention was to creat a new parallel universe. I thought that it was a prequel movie telling the events of how James T. Kirk and Spock have met. So, when I watched so many things changed and some "big" changes in the stellar cartography in that story, I thought odd that it remained just like that. Since usually, there was some "big change"
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
I've never seen any Star Trek - not even a few minutes of a TV episode, and all of my knowledge of the fandom comes from the parodies in episodes of Futurama and so forth - and it took me a while to see the movie a few weeks ago... in the end I only went because my friends couldn't stop talking about it. I was surprised by how captivating I found it.

I think seeing the movie first and then reading the book after made it even more enjoyable. I knew what was going to happen next but it was nice to

I really wanted to like this book.

In my experience, movie novelizations fall into two categories: bland recaps of the screenplay, or fleshed-out stories which serve to compliment and expand the movie. Luckily, this book falls into the latter category. Some things were nicely explained, such as a more in depth look into the Spock/Uhura moments. There were also nice bits of back-story with Nero and how the rest of his Romulan crew reacted to the attempted destruction of Earth.

Some of the details,
Before I got this audiobook, I didn't usually read too many movie/tv tie-in books, and so when I read this, the floodgates opened. The writing is a bit sappy at first, especially when the U.S.S. Kelvin is being attacked by the Narada, but this lessens up into a fun, well-written adaption of the 2009 Star Trek movie. What's really nice about this tie-in is that it gives you a lot more of what the characters were thinking, even when there weren't spoken lines at that moment in the film, and there ...more
May 13, 2009 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loved the film
As a novelization of the screenplay, this book is fairly exceptional. It manages to capture the emotional intensity of the story in ways that many other books based on movies fail to accomplish. Unfortunately, the author does not risk adding much depth by analyzing the characters' motives to any real degree. It does however add a lot of humor to an already hilarious script. I laughed out loud several times and was brought to tears more than once. But I have to say that I credit Zachary Quinto's ...more
Carissa Norris
I enjoyed this book. I liked the movie so much that I wanted to read the book to see if there was a more fleshed out plot. I was happy to see that there was added character development by reading the book, especially in the relationship between Spock and Uhura. I also liked the added background on Kirk from his childhood. There was one scene I thought was completely out of character for Spock; I could definitely see why it was left out of the movie.

I would love to give this novel four stars, but
A somewhat positive novelization of an outstanding film. For the record, I rate "movie tie-ins," or books that have been written subsequent to a motion picture, based upon two conditions additional to the composition's quality: faithfulness to the film, and adding or detracting background information. If I rated movies as carefully as books, Star Trek (2009) would still earn a rare 5 star rating. This made me want to rate the book a half-star higher initially.

Alan Dean Foster affects moderate ch
Sean Randall
I saw the movie before I read the book. I will really have to listen to Quinto's narration sometime, because everyone who's heard it has been swept away by it. But for my first run-through I wanted the story, not the drama, and so resolved to read it myself.

As many have indicated, Foster hasn't fleshed much out beyond what the movie provides. This is good in some ways - the novels were never considered canon so the fact that he hasn't deviated from the script any keeps things mostly in-universe.
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"As always, Spock, whoever you choose to be, whatever course you decide to take through life, your journey will always be accompanied by a proud mother."

I'll be the first one to admit that I am a huge bitch when it comes to movie novelizations. Never liked them. Always thought they were terrible. Vowed to never pick them up. But Star Trek is making me break all of my rules. *laughs* Because here I am, about to joyful talk about how much I love this book. :) I guess it's true what they say and th
Martin lyon
This book is a thrilling book about Kirk and his adventure on the star ship enterprise. He is the main character and has to save Earth for being destroyed. I decided to read this book because I find the Star Trek movies interesting and exciting. This book fits into a Science Fiction or Fantasy book on the bingo board. The category is interesting because it shows you a different type of genre from some books that you would normally read. I found the old Spock interesting because he knew all of th ...more
Jesse Booth
Ok, so this is the first Star Trek book I've ever read, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. I'm a huge fan of the movie. I thought I'd try the novelization to get finer details and explanations. I'm glad I did. The book explains some things that the movie viewer has to guess at.

That being said, some things are drastically different. The part in the movie when Kirk and Spock beam aboard the Romulan vessel and take out a bunch of Romulans? Well, in the book, Spock doesn't mind meld w
Here's the thing, this is the novelization of the Reboot movie and because of that, it was sort of given that I would love/adore the basic story. That's pretty much the only thing that saved this book. The writing was flawed and confusing, there were errors (the author would mention something then contradict himself a few pages later), and despite the direct movie dialogue, I actually couldn't hear the character voices in the my head. Hard to believe considering I've seen the movie an embarrassi ...more
Jun 03, 2009 Meagan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkies
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Since I thoroughly enjoyed the new Star Trek movie I purchased the Tie-In novel in hope that it would fill certain gaps and cover new ground that the movie couldn’t. Overall, I have to say that I was disappointed as the novel is basically a retelling of the movie. Yes, it does add a few tidbits but nothing worth buying the book if you have seen the movie. For example, that boy a young Kirk drives buy in his Corvette joy ride was actually his older brother, George Kirk and Nero’s name is actually ...more
Nicole Tupper-brown
It took me over a year to read this book (after I bought it, of course). I've never been a huge fan of Star Trek novels but I loved the movie so much I decided to just go for it.

What I found was a rare treat. I felt as if I were reading a better, more fleshed out version of the original script, or perhaps, I was reading the original script without the little changes that Directors have to inevitably make. As a result the story was engaging, interesting and just all around better.

This book increa
I wanted to like this book. I liked the film. I liked the storyline. I love the characters. But damn, this book read like really bad fanfiction. Which means I read really, really awesome fanfiction. ST publishers, take note: your next bestseller should come from AO3 ST.
Though I saw the movie I couldn't put this down, my copy is practically falling apart from the way I religiously read it. It brought so much clarity to the movie.
I'm going to start off with the bad: I have big issues with the writing of this novel. Basically, every time I came to non-dialogue I was very nearly overcome with the desire to get a red pen out and edit the hell out this baby. Maybe it's more apparent listening to it than reading it, but Alan Dean Foster's writing felt over-explanatory, repetitious or just plain old "using fifty words where one would do". Not to mention the sheer amount of unnecessary exposition that just drags the story down ...more
I read this book fully prepared that it was going to be pretty much pace for pace with the film, but was pleasantly surprised with much of it. While a lot of it was the same -some dialogue was pretty much word for word- there were also some notable differences and also some additions, particularly involving Kirk and Spock's childhoods.

It was also (because I'm a bit dense) good at clarifying certain technical points that shot over my head during my numerous viewings of the film. Also reading som
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s well written and in my experience, that’s not usual for movie novelizations. I read it one day after watching the movie. The story is pretty much the same, with some small differences (there are some scenes that aren't in the movie, the dialogue is sometimes changed etc.).

There are more details, so you get to know characters better. I liked finding out a bit more about the relationship between Uhura and Spock. There are moments where other people notice that
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OK - this is not my usual genre, but I was reminiscing about youth the other night when I saw the audiobook on iTunes. When I was a teenager my punishment for being unruly was to stay up late watching sci-fi with my Dad. I have seen Star Trek, Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Lost in Space and I think I can still quote most of the movie Dune word for word. It was torture then but now it reminds me of my Dad which is a happy thought. I remember enough of the original Star Trek serie ...more
Peter Kauffmann
Technically, I didn't read this one. I listened to it in my car. Zachary Quinto is a pretty good narrator, I must say. Anyway, as this was one of my favorite movies of 2009 - and still the only film I've ever seen more than once in theaters - naturally I enjoyed the book as well.

The novelization gives more detail to the background, in that things that the film glosses over are actually explained in detail. You get a much better understanding of character motivations and feelings as well, althoug
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Space, the final frontier. Or is it? When an insane revenge-bound Romulan flies a war ship into not only Federation space, but into the past he breaks what might be the final final frontier…time. Nero’s heinous actions change the Federation’s past and everything, or just about everything, is new again in this reboot of the Star Trek franchise.

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S. J.
Jul 24, 2012 S. J. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the AOS the movie created
Recommended to S. by: The movie
*3.5-4 Stars*

*The Gush*
I'm admittedly not a huge fan of Alan Dean Foster, particularly where media tie-ins are concerned. *cough Star Wars cough*. However, this was a wonderful fleshed out look at the movie. Why has it become necessary to read novelizations of movies simply to answer glaring questions raised by bad cuts or missing parts of the movie? It is particularly true of Star Trek movies, apparently, and one vexation I'd quite like to see end. However, I enjoyed the novel, both the familia
David King
“Star Trek” by Alan Dean Foster is a novelisation of the enjoyable and action packed 2009 JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. For those of you who aren’t aware the story follows a young James Kirk who, after a chance meeting with a man named Captain Pike, decides to join up with Starfleet. Whilst at the Academy, an emergency at Vulcan forces the various cadets to be called up to work on various starships. And so Kirk is called into an adventure that leads him to face off with an enemy that was involved i ...more
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Since I've seen the movie, I didn't really gain all that much in the reading of this book, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. I've read other movie tie-in books by Foster, namely The Chronicles of Riddick and I think that for the most part my like for the book is heavily influence by my like of the movie. And in this case, even more by my love for the franchise of Star Trek the original series in particular.
This time I listened to the audio recording. It was read by Zachary Quinto who has impressed
I am a proud Trekkie. I have probably 100+ books, as well as all 7 seasons of Voyager, and a couple of episodes of TOS, and some other collectables. As a Trekkie, I have seen the 2009 movie over 30 times. When I was given a Chapters gift card, I immediately knew what I was buying: A Star Trek 2009 novelization. I already owned the Star Trek Into Darkness novelization (I won it at a convention) and I was looking forward to reading the novelization of the first movie.
Overall, it was good. I'm not
I'll start out by saying this: Zachary Quinto does a really nice job narrating the audiobook. His Scottish and Russian accents are a bit rough at times, but overall he makes the narration smooth to listen to and of course completely nails all of the scenes that are from Spock's POV.

My problem with the book is that, as a novelization, there is only so far even a great writer like Alan Dean Foster can go with the material. Unlike an original tie-in novel, as a novelization he has to stick to the s
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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