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Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  448 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
The first human-alien contact. The last word in galactic warfare. The story you must read–before Transformers rockets to the big screen!

A mammoth robotic being, clearly of alien origin, has been found beneath the Arctic ice. Its advanced engineering dwarfs known human technology, and unlocking its secrets will catapult American science eons into the future. In search of th
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Del Rey
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Greg Heath
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
You can really tell that Foster wasn't exactly enthusiastic with this project, and that's a little sad, because this could have been a wonderful opportunity to give the movie lineup the depth and stage time denied them in the film. It's not a total loss here, though - Foster hilariously over-focuses on setting details for the exotic little pocket of space and its unnamed moon, replete with ravenous insectoid monsters. What does this have to do with the Transformers franchise, you ask? Well, not ...more
Jul 28, 2011 added it
I was rather disappointed. I remember finishing and thinking 'so little happened, how'd the book get to be so large?' The pacing was slow and the POV from the bot's side of things was lacking. I wanted more computers and engineering talk (not that I'm an engineer) because I feel like that is what the mechs would talk about, but it was hardly mentioned. And I wanted character information, backgrounds and interactions with each other. While it was given for human characters (who DIED and thus had ...more
Nov 25, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, transformers, 2007
I returned to the innocence, respectively I saw the Transformers movie blockbuster and I remembered my childhood with the cartoon and I begun to reread the old comixes and such. When I noticed the new novel, it was clear that I had to read that book. I hoped for some adult Transformers novel. I was very disappointed. The plot is almost like that of porn movie, it is missing or just pretending to be there. At least porn does not pretend to be intellectual or plotful.The idea of Sector 7 space shi ...more
D. E.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
And the beat goes on. An outstanding novel and another in the Transformer series.
Samuel Tyler
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered what happened to the Transformers before they landed on Earth in the Michael Bay films? Me neither, but via various means I have found out anyway. Having played the Cybertron games I was aware of the mythos behind the robots in disguise, so what did ‘Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday’ have to offer? Firstly, a new book by Alan Dean Foster, a great author in his own right, but also one of the best tie in novel specialists ever. Secondly, this is not a tale that tries to exp ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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William Sauerbier
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tranformers: Ghosts of Yesterday is the official prequel to the Michael Bay trilogy written by Alan Dean Foster. The book is set in 1969 at the same time that the Apollo 11 mission was launched. While the world was focused on Florida, the Apollo mission, and the moon there was a secret mission located at the North Pole. The secret mission led by a organization called sector 7 had two parts. The first part was to send a shuttle to the far parts of the solar system to look for signs of alien life. ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
Incredibly awful. It read like fan-fic. BAD fan-fic. I've read much better TF fanfic, to be quite honest. This was not worth the pages it was printed on.

Huge print and huge margins. Maybe 150 pages total, but fluffed out to 285. I gave up after 80 pages and 20 minutes. The human characters were the same flat, quasi-military people in the TF movie. The TF characters were written the same way: flat and quasi-military. Verb tense didn't even match in the same paragraph. It was shockingly bad.

May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Transformers, Ghosts of yesterday, is set before the first transformers film, at the time of the apollo missions to the moon. the story line is that megatron, who is located in the artic, is being transported to hoover dam. at the same time, they are launching a space ship, based on megatron. the shi is set to go to jupiter, but all goes horribly wrong. this is a very well written book which ties in very well with the first movie, even thoough there are a few mistakes it still makes for a very g ...more
Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books, adult
I read this book with my six year old who eats and sleeps transformers. He loved it, although I am sure he didn't understand all of the vocabulary. For an adult, it is not a bad book either. The characters are complex enough, it is similar to a Star Trek venture. And, the authors use of the language was interesting and used lots of vocabulary. A few words I didn't even recognize. I took us about three week to read out loud and two renewals at the library. Having seen the movie, it was interestin ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Already an Alan Dean Foster fan, "Ghosts of Yesterday" gives you an inside look at the Autobots (and Decepticons) that you see in the live-action film (2007). You get to see how Bumblebee (my favorite Autobot) interacts with his friends, enemies, and alien species (humans). Plus you are privy to every scuffle among the Decepticons, who REALLY don't like taking orders from Starscream. Through it all, humankind is teetering on the edge of discovery... will earth ...more
Ricky Ganci
Jan 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
It set up a pretty cool premise for the movie (the Allspark just sounds sweet; I hope we get to see it), and that was all I was really looking for. I thought it offered the reader a manageable amount of Autobots and Decepticons for a 286-page novel, and the action was good. Very little transforming, but I’ll bet that having read this novel will make certain aspects of the plot a little more understandable, which in turn will allow me to enjoy the action and CGI effects even more.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Starscream is the main villain in this book. one thing which does not make sense is that Megatron is referred to as the ice man by humans. clearly he is not a man but a robot. very misleading in this case because it was not revealed until the end that the ice man was actually Megatron.
a good prequel to the 2007 transformers movie.
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was an absolute insider for a new Transformers fan.
It was both awesome and a bit sad. I loved how the characters came in, and how it all played out. Very mind grasping, I just couldn't put it down! Great story! I also own this one now.

Currently 3rd favorite book. Read it: 8 times now. ----No, I never get tired of rereading my fav books. :)
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If anyone grew up with the old transformers and enjoyed the new dreamworks movie likeI did, then I would SERIOUSLY recommend reading this book. Ghosts of yesterday, is the prequel to the movie. Amazing action with the other transformers in outer space.(Duh...thats awsome). The finish is amazing. The action sequences are mind-blowing. and the plot holds up like a brick building.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Here again we have a series that had great promise..let's face it this story is based on a childs you know the younger people are going to read why chunk it full of profanity?? Not very good planning by the writer..still a good read .. parents be warned..docked 2 stars for profanity.
May 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Foster is one who does TONS of movie/t.v adaptions. While it's difficult to do a book with giant robots (hard to describe them unless you've seen them!), he handled this franchise pretty well. After all...I enjoyed this, especially, since Starscream was one of the main figures in it!
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: five-stars-books
Well, it's a really nice story to read.. A little too-much-easy one.. But, it's so fantastic.. With a really nice description.. Full of imagination.. Really nice, because I love machine and robotic things..
Eileen Phillips
Jan 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Transformers fans
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I read this book so I'd have a clue what the Transformers were all about when I saw the movie a few months later. All in all, it wasn't a bad book. It was pretty good actually. I knew the background of the movie and gained familiarity with the Transformers that I'd later see in the movie.
Dec 09, 2009 added it
I loved this book so much because I am a HUGE Transformers fan. Anyone who loves Transformers should read this awesome prequel.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
It was interesting.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
So, I really like the first three transformers movies and had high hopes for this prequel. Some questions were answered, but the book failed to meet my expectations.
Amelia Nichole Defield
It was far too slow paced and frankly very dry. I seem to dislike Alan Dean Foster's style of writing. It reminded me of the time I read the Odyssey.
Apr 17, 2008 added it
Almost better then the movie. Its a Prequel actually to the movie.
Victor Orozco
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay. Very slow and kind of hard to imagine the Autobots and Decepticons in their ordinary forms. C+
Ruru Ghoshal
Sep 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Did they just retcon the whole of 20th c. history?
Chris Hawks
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Enjoyable for what it was. Alan Dean Foster did maybe too good a job of making the Transformers alien, to the point where I enjoyed the Earthbound "Project Ice Man" plot the most by far.
Lindsay Ellis
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Yes. I read this.

I gave it that many stars because I had no idea one could use adjectives like that. This is truly a study in upping a word count with words you don't need.
Casey K.
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Love me some prequel. This is great because it gives you the whole history of Sector 7, and the Cybertronian's search across the galaxy for the Spark
Aug 03, 2011 added it
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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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