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

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  969 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
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
Audio CD, Unabridged Retail Edition, 7 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Simon & Schuster Audio (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
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 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2016 Shauna Reitsma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE EVER
Recommended to Shauna by: Leigh Teetzel
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Landree Rennpage
Sep 07, 2013 Landree Rennpage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 08, 2013 Jesse Booth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2013 Carey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always liked the old tv series. I love Star Trek and excellent book. Can't wait to watch the movie.
May 24, 2013 Becki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have to. Benedict played Khan so well I just have to.
May 28, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I like how this fills in some small holes from the movie, like Dr. Marcus accent!!
May 25, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Surprise...It's way better than the movie - just like the last one!
Al Menaster
Pretty readable, but not much information that wasn't in the movie
May 20, 2013 Yanaba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, tv-tie-in, ebook
Well written novelization, though not surprising with Foster.
Oct 09, 2016 Tay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, fiction
I'm going to be fair and say that a lot of my feelings about the movie do color my opinions of this novelization. That being said, Foster does attempt to be as faithful to the movie while trying to fill in any plot holes with detail that may be been missing in the movie. To his credit, the Into Darkness novelization feels more "movie accurate" than the 09 novelization ever did.

The Good:
- A faithful adaption. Everything that is in the movie is in this book.
- Filling in the gaps. All the explanat
Dec 31, 2016 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I enjoyed the book more than the movie. The novelization offers a few more insights into the characters thoughts throughout the story. It's a blast!
Oct 25, 2016 Robinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like it at first, but it's a good deal better than the movie!
Nov 23, 2016 Katwiththehat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good. Perfect sense of sci-fi geeky tone and details that added to the movie novelization.

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
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
“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
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 Joanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one that I can really think of. It's just not that good.
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Annika Bookworm
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
Aug 13, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
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
"For a Person not a Hardcore Star Trek Fan, the Book was Entertaining"

I'm not a huge star trek fan but I did like any of the ones that involved one particular character... granted I'm confused about a few things because I know its a prequel & Spock can talk with Spock but what about everyone else? I know someone whose familiar with Trek knows how to explain all this but that was the only part that had me scratching my head?! I would love to have a discussion with someone who has a great gras
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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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