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Star Trek Into Darkness (Star Trek: Movie Novelizations #2)

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The official movie tie-in novelization of the highly anticipated sequel to 2009’s blockbuster feature film Star Trek!

Pioneering director J.J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the f
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Pocket Books/Star Trek (first published January 1st 2013)
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As great as the movie!

This is the novelization of the second film in the new parallel universe of "Star Trek" introduced in the previous movie of 2009, commonly known as "Abramsverse" or "Kelvin Timeline".


When I watched this film, all my still reservations about this new parallel universe were solved and I totally was able to embrace this concept as another bold addition to the franchise.

I wanted to read the novelization to check if I can get some new detai
Roger McCoy
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mixed feelings.

On the one I hand, I appreciate the efforts of both the author and the filmmakers to be as precisely accurate to the finished film as possible. The following articles describe such efforts:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STID Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster, Part 1

EXCLUSIVE: Star Trek Into Darkness Novelist, Alan Dean Foster Part 2

On the other hand, Foster's attempts to overexplain the script get a tad aggravating at times. When I saw Foster interviewed at a con once, he commented on ho
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, star-trek
Well, honesty, I still don't why Uhura and Spock were so unprofessional on the shuttle. It's workmen like but not as a engaging as the novelization of the first movie.

Quick read though.

(Actually, I need to dig out my Log books, but the old cat is sleeping in front of them and I don't want to move her. I'm such a wimp.)
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Fine Novelization of “Star Trek Into Darkness” from Alan Dean Foster

Having been a huge fan of Alan Dean Foster’s earlier “Star Trek” novels based on the animated series as well as his own substantial body of original space opera science fiction, it was only logical that I would read his novelization of “Star Trek Into Darkness”, the second film directed by J. J. Abrams and the twelfth in the cinematic franchise. Working from one of the final drafts of the screenplay co-written by Roberto Orci, A
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"Maybe it was because of all he had been forced to go through. But the James T. Kirk who solemnly greeted Starfleet personnel and civilians alike following the services was not the same man who had steered forth the Starship Enterprise on its most recent voyage. The boldness, the inescapable tendency to impetuosity: All of that was still there, but now it was leavened by a new maturity. It was a strange feeling, but it felt...right."

I know I may have mentioned this previously, but I really am no
Shauna Reitsma
Jul 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE EVER
Recommended to Shauna by: Leigh Teetzel
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Alias Pending
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Landree Rennpage
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the movie, but the book, which was read by Alice Eve, was also very well done. Alan Dean Foster, who also ghostwrote the original Star Wars novel and the first EU book, Splinters of the Mind's Eye, is a master at bringing movies to life in the written word as well. He elucidates some of the key moments, switching perspectives with ease. Considering the amount of characters he has to juggle, this is no mean feat. He does especially well with Kirk and Spock, and many of the key mo ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I as dreading reading this book because I thought it would make me want to watch the movie. Now I wish I would have waited until the DVD came in at the library. This. Book. Was. Boring. With a capital "B". The action scenes were bogged down in too much detail. The dialogue, some, if not most, of which might have been from the movie, but I'm sure not all of it was unless they made the movie at least four hours long. Really? I know Scotty can talk, but is he truly that verbose about those things? ...more
Jesse Booth
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
This book was definitely more polished than the 2009 movie novelization. I have the blu ray pre-ordered, and reading this definitely has helped through the wait. Bring on September!

Alan Dean Foster is a solid writer. He depicted the story seamlessly. What I love about these novelizations is getting the opportunity to get in the characters' heads, rather than being a fly on the wall watching everything happen. It enhances the story a lot, particularly through the eyes of Kirk and Spock. If you en
May 24, 2013 marked it as to-read
I have to. Benedict played Khan so well I just have to.
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I like how this fills in some small holes from the movie, like Dr. Marcus accent!!
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Surprise...It's way better than the movie - just like the last one!
Al Menaster
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty readable, but not much information that wasn't in the movie
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, tv-tie-in, ebook
Well written novelization, though not surprising with Foster.
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always liked the old tv series. I love Star Trek and excellent book. Can't wait to watch the movie.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alan Dean Foster intelligently translates Abrams' film to paper, filling in details that were omitted from the final script. Alive Eve is is superb on narration. As a professional actress and one of the film's cast (she plays Carol Marcus), she invests herself in the narration and delivers a superb performance as each of the characters. I was particularly impressed with her Spock and Montgomery Scott.
Sherman Berry
I enjoyed reading this book but that was largely because I love Star Trek and liked the movie.
It reinforced my opinion that when movies are novelised (rather than existing novels being filmed) the movie is way better than the book.
One for fans only.
Paul Tokarski
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
remind me of the film
Meg McGregor
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Fast paced, well written, and captures the true spark of the original series! I thoroughly enjoyed it! 😊

Based on the 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness movie, this book stays very close to the movie. The novel takes place in the same timeline as the one created in the 2009 Star Trek movie. A young Captain Kirk and his crew return to earth hoping to be sent out on a five year mission, little does Kirk know that a report of an incident by Spock would leave him demoted to commander. Before that can fully take place, star fleet headquarters is attacked and Kirk’s mentor Christopher Pike is killed in
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
The original 'Wrath of Khan' film was an emotional recognition for Kirk that he couldn't always win - he couldn't always save everyone. 'Into Darkness' always missed that point and actually does the opposite. It starts with him flaunting the Prime Directive to rescue Spock. the needs of the many do not in fact here outweigh the needs of the few.
However good books have been written from poor films before, and it has a good author, so I gave this book a chance. I got the distinct impression Alan D
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
Star Trek Into Darkness is based on the 2013 film of the same name and picks up right where 2009’s Star Trek left off. Kirk and his crew return to Earth hoping to be chosen by Starfleet to go on a five year exploration mission through deep space. Kirk doesn’t yet know, however, that Spock has inadvertently submitted a report on their previous mission that has gotten Kirk demoted from his rank of Captain. But before any of this becomes official, Starfleet headquarters is attacked and Kirk’s men ...more
David King
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
“Into Darkness” by Alan Dean Foster is a novelisation of the recently released Star Trek movie of the same name. I suspect most people reading this review will have seen the movie, but for those that don’t know the plot basically follows Kirk and his crew as they attempt to hunt down a man known as John Harrison who has committed an act of terrorism in London. Their hunt takes them from Earth to the Klingon home world and unearths a secret that some in Starfleet would rather be kept hidden.

As wi
Septima Severa
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
I am just a trekker, not a trekkie. I am also obsessive-compulsive person. I may be a pedant. I am biologist. And I'm obsessed with good science fiction.
Yet unfortunately, this one led to my disappointment.
A little bit.

I know Star Trek: Into Darkness too well; I've seen it a couple of times since it aired on DVD. I have thought that I couldnt have enough of the story where there are more enemies than just one. Enemies you wouldn't think of, eventually. Yet it happened that I've been to demandi
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one that I can really think of. It's just not that good.
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Annika Bookworm
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I really, really loved this movie so I expected the book to be very good. But I'm afraid to say, that for me, it was the complete opposite.

Firstly I have to say that I read the book in the german translation so I can't be completly sure if all the problems I have with this book are also present in the english version.

So let's start. In the beggining the whole writing style was really putting me of. It seemed to me as if A.D.Foster was trying very hard to describe everything detailed but at the s
Star Trek has always been a part of my childhood. It has been a beloved series to me for many years. I have loved the twists and turns that have taken place throughout the ever expanding generations. This story is yet another curve in the road known as Star Trek and this road takes its readers on one hell of a journey. All of the past experiences that have been memorized by readers and remembered by the characters have been thrown to the wind. Instead, a new set of experiences await the readers ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I sadly don’t get out to many movies these days, but we did get to see Star Trek Into Darkness this summer, and we both greatly enjoyed it. I was more than a little excited to also get to review the audio CD novelization of the movie by Simon & Shuster. Listening to the audiobook allowed me to fill in some of the gaps that I hadn’t realized when I was watching the movie. The novelization was by Alan Dean Foster. I have enjoyed his books in the past, especially in the Star Wars ...more
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
I am a wannabe Trekkie.
I have seen every ST movie and television show except for Enterprise.
I say this up front because this book/movie is in obvious homage to the original series/cast. This is good and bad.
The resurrection of Khan, tribbles, and Dr. Carol Marcus was a shout out to all of us who know, love and hate these characters. This is good. It is bad for the same reasons, because using the oldies misses the opportunity for this new error of ST to do something original. And it also opens t
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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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