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Transformers: Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  525 ratings  ·  60 reviews
For twenty-five years the colossal battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime has captivated Transformers fans around the world. Now, for the first time, here is the thrilling saga of Optimus and Megatron before they were enemies, before they arrived on Earth, before they even knew each other.

On the caste-bound planet of Cybertron, Megatron, an undefeated gladiator, g
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey (first published June 22nd 2010)
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Andrew Alvarez
This novel is an attempt to be an "official history" of the War for Cybertron. This is an ambitious project since the Transformers franchise has been rebooted numerous time in its 25+ year history. Nevertheless, this book represents an attempt by Hasbro to create a final relaunch of the brand. All future stories for the forseeable future (with the exception of the live action movies) are expected to have roots in the same universe.

This novel fleshes out the characters of Optimus Prime and Megat
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Jonathan
It was fun but I couldn't help but think it wasn't very complete. It was like a skeleton outline. The material that irvine has could have been told over several books with a little more character development.
Sarah
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Robert Risher
The first few chapters of this book were really well written and enjoyable for me, as it builds the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron before they become the figures made famous by the various cartoons and movies through the years. However, poor editing and a descent into B-movie-styled, gratuitous action sequences strained my goodwill as I read. It felt as if the later half of the book was rushed, both in writing quality and editorially, especially after the first half went to such ...more
Panichaya
I'm still reading it. But I gave it five stars anyway. It's Transformers, for Prime's sake!!! It's gotta be awesome!!! (For me, at least)
Leetaliel
Glorified autobots' propaganda.. nuf said. about ten earlier chapters are promising actually but after that all is go down sliding into trash. I like the way Alex Irvine write it but sadly this book is too fast paced and many part is become only tell not show. And some part of it errrr is become unrelated or not consistent with TFP. Orion and megatron though the book tell that they have a very deep bond but sadly there's lack of events in that book that show if they did have a deep bond and how ...more
Claire
Super awesome book! Although I wish it was longer (which in itself is a kind of praise), it does a good job of showing the devastation of the war for Cybertron, and the development of many principal characters. It starts in great detail, with the personal interactions of Megatron and Orion Pax, and growing unrest, followed by an absolutely thrilling scene where Megatron and Orion lay out their philosophies. Yes, a scene where two guys have their say before a governing council is thrilling! It sp ...more
Kira Wojnar
The story of the Transformers have captured my imagination ever since I was thirteen years old that is when my dad showed me a small clips of Transformers Animated. And my love for Transformers grew from that I watched G1, then the Michael Bay movies, and beyond currently I'm watching Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on the Hub Network. And as I watched these shows and movies I have always wondered what the true story between the Autobot and Decepticon conflict was because each show had a differ ...more
Adam Durham
Rather entertaining, though a few of the name drop instances were slightly painful. I'm looking at you, "Project Generation One." And though officially a prequel to Transformers Prime, it feels much more akin to G1 instead, probably due to the numerous references and characters who were in G1 and not Prime...though that doesn't stop references to the live-action films and Transformers Animated, too. Much more entertaining when read in the familiar voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Chris Latt ...more
Fransisca
I didn't know why i bother to read this. Fifteen earlier chapter are pretty good the rest are rubbish. Lack character development, personality, plothole, very Michael Bay-ish (seems writer love to show how cool "Good side team" ripping and crushing the villain brutally), One sided, it feels like you watch G1 tv series, children show about Good guy defeating Bad guy, the end, nothing more than that.

This book is been forgotten for 6 months, because i don't find its interesting anymore to read but
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Khellamendra Dueir
I loved this book. The history that was created and the way the characters interacted with each other as well as their surroundings. It really painted a very well thoughtout history of how things came to be in the transformer world. The philosophy that each character subscribed to and how it shaped them into who they ended up being was beautiful. I couldn't put it down and it had enough action going to never keep you from being bored while giving you a good insight into already well developed ch ...more
Craig Little
This is a novel that purports to retell the story of the "War for Cybertron" video game and give the backstory of Optimus Prime & Megatron from the "Transformers Prime" cartoon.

As with so much Transformers media this results in something of a convoluted tangled continuity that doesn't quite fit together as it should.

The story starts promisingly enough, establishing personal and unexpected connections between characters and mutual goals. Of course, being Transformers it eventually dissolves i
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Richard Davis
The main problem with this book is that it tries to cram in far too much story into one book. Trying to cover the Cybertron Civil War in one story is far too optimistic.

The Orion Pax/Megatron friendship is forged and lost in the first quarter of the book - far too quickly.

Optimus's elevation to Prime seems somewhat implausible - the game War for Cybertron and the comic series Autocracy felt far superior in this respect.

The current obsession in Transformers lore with Dark Energon is getting a l
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Erik Oliver
I've been a fan of Transformers since the beginning, and having just read the novelization for PACIFIC RIM I was still in the mood for giant robots, so EXODUS seemed the perfect fit. Taking elements from the cartoon, the movies, and the two most recent video games (both of which are excellent fun), EXODUS explains how both Optimus Prime and Megatron came to be, how they both originally were friends wanting change in the stagnant and suffocating caste system of Cybertron, but how their different ...more
David
Nice light book. If you are a fan of the Transformers series, you'll probably like this book. It gives an interesting look into who Optimus and Megatron were and became as the war started on Cybertron. It can fit within most of the timelines for the various series.
Steven Jones
I read this just to get an idea of the story or canon behind the transformers decision to leave cybertron in the original series, but this book was written weirdly. It never really delves into one of the bot's reasonings beyond whats on the surface and the friendship between Megatron and Orion Pax who becomes Optimus Prime is never really developed so when they fall apart it doesn't have that impact. I get it that it is a simple book to cover what could be a lot of ground but the things it does ...more
Jimmy
Learning the history of Cybertron is interesting unfortunately the book fails in many points. Primarily the author fails to paint a picture of each individual Autobot or Decepticon in the readers mind. There are no colors, there are no shapes, there are only names. Therefore a reader who is unfamiliar with these characters will find them hard to identify or relate to in the book.

The other major failing is in the rise of Orion Pax to Optimus Prime. The transformation has been done far better in
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Carlos
I liked this book. I grew up watching the animated series from the 80's and Im a fan of the movies. Here I learned how Optimus Prime turned into this great leader and warrior. The only thing I didn't like was that there was too much explanation. I know that there's much info to tell, but sometimes it made it very tiredsome to read. Anyway that's maybe me because right now I don't have much time to read so I want things to move faster, but the descriptions of Cybertron and all the history gave th ...more
Mikel
Where do I even begin? This book is a catastrophe. A nightmare of pacing and voice, this book earned a second star only because there were Transformers in it.

I was hoping for literary descriptions of iconic characters and locales. I was hoping for depth and personal growth and an origin story that I'd been guessing at for nearly 30 years. I was hoping to see how all my favorite 'Bots and 'Cons met. I was hoping for speed and danger and action and technology.

I was hoping a book could do what a ca
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Lisa MH
This appears to be based in the Transformers movie universe. I haven't read any of the comics (although I plan to rectify that once I find where to start), and only barely remember the old TV shows, but I don't remember any of the events mentioned. The book specifically mentions events and characters from the movies (the Allspark being launched into space, Bumblebee's damaged voice, and the Transformers cast, mainly the Autobots). There were other Transformers mentioned, but the ones that appear ...more
Quinn Rollins
It was a cartoon to sell toys. But Transformers became much more than that in the hearts and imaginations of millions of little boys (and girls), and they grew up and wanted more. So now there are big screen movies, hundreds more toys and characters, and yet another generation of Transformers cartoons currently in production. But time after time it comes down to this: Optimus Prime is the leader of the heroic Autobots, Megatron the leader of the vile Decepticons. And they will never see eye to e ...more
Grey Liliy
I've been a fan of The Trasnformers since Beast Wars aired on daytime television. While my fandom of it fades in and out, I'm pretty much a fan of every incarnation of the series.

The latest Universe, is the 'Aligned' Continuity, which contains both the War For Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron games, as well as the Transformers: Prime television series. As I'm a big fan of both of these things, reading the prequel novels was/is on my to-do list.

Transformers: Exodus, as the subtitle states, is a H
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Sammy
I love Transformers, 'Cons and 'Bots alike. This book was one of my faveorites, not only because I like Transformers but because it was skillfully written.
Poor librarian eh? The only question I have for Orion/Optimus is how the hell do you come up with a speech like the one you did on the spot? Standing in front of the high council, you come up with this totally awesome, clearly spoken, two page speech! I envy you...
Megatronus Megatron slowly descends into madness and evil and all that stuff. He
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Tommy
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Doreen
before he became the Prime, he was known as Orion Pax, a librarian who turned to become the mightiest leader that we all know as Optimus Prime. that he once shared the same ideals as Megatron, i.e. to free Cybertronians from castes. how their encounter changed the fate of Cybertron forever…
Autobots (autonomous robots) versus Decepticons.
"We will wage our battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons wherever it may take us. And one day, we will go home."
Emily Hill
If you're a really serious Transformers fan then this is a must read for you. I have been a Transformers fan since 2009 and picked up this book after playing the War for Cybertron game. This book is basically a more detailed version of the story in this game. There are some interesting facts that some of you may not have known until you read this book like cybertronians have different castes and Orion Pax (that was his name before he was named Optimus Prime) was a librarian in the Hall of Record ...more
Sierra
This book that follows the rise of Optimus Prime and Megatron begins very well. The interplay between familiar characters is well written. I do wish there had been more description. Cybertron lends itself to vivid descriptions. After the first third to half, the writing drops off, as if Irvine had plot points and just used filler to reach them. Plot devices come out of nowhere, and "myths" and "legends" are suddenly true with little or no fanfaire. What bothered me was that Megatron seemed to (f ...more
Karl Snape sr
this was a excellent book! i loved it! i am a transformers fan! i have been one almost all of my life. i have been following transformers ever since it started in the 80's. i have all of the movies and the original cartoon series on dvd, book, comics and toys. my boys have been fans of the series ever since they were little and they still are. i am looking for more ebooks and books on the tranformer universe.
Steven
Ok, so it's not surprising to anyone that I liked this. Getting me to enjoy a story about the origins of Optimus Prime and Megatron is like shooting fish in a fishbowl.

That being said... this was a heap of fun. There have been so many different variants of Cybertronian history between the different shows and comics and whatnot, but this made it pretty clear that it was written with the original Generation One cartoon timeline in mind.

It's interesting to see the origin stories though- not just of
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. Many of his works have appeared under the simple moniker "Alex Irvine." He first gained attention with his novel A Scattering of Jades and the stories that would form the collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail quest novel One King, One Soldier, and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narro ...more
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