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Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,994 ratings  ·  287 reviews
The official novelization of the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim from visionary director Guillermo del Toro!

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots,
Paperback, 339 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Titan Books (first published July 12th 2013)
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Carolina Raleigh Becket* is played by Charlie Hunnam, he's in FX's Sons of Anarchy.

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Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
UPDATE 3/23/15: An updated version of this review can be found on my blog

I enjoyed everything about this book except for the ending.

Having read the book before seeing the movie in theaters, I was pleased with the details included in the novelization. This book offers a clear view of the world in Pacific Rim and the characters that live therein. While it doesn't deviate from the main script of the movie, this book does give you a little bit of the history and a look into each character's minds.

Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
No judgments please.

I'm a closet fan of giant robots versus reptilian monsters so when Pacific Rim came out in theaters some months ago, I drug my two extremely-too-young-for-monster-movie daughters and we watched ourselves some alien monsters and anthropomorphic mechs duke it out.

It was magical. 10-year-old Matthew cried silent tears of joy. My kids cried actual tears. Lots of noise. And monsters. Shit-tons of monsters.

The book is exactly what it looks like it will be: self-awarely terrible b
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't seen the movie yet, but absolutely loved this book. The story concept and story world was just so intriguing and so well done.

I read this book by accident--I was browsing movie soundtracks and liked the composer for the movie, and saw there was a novelization of the movie, so got a sample of the ebook. I had to wait for something for a couple hours and started the sample to wile away the time, and I was hooked!

Characterization was deeper than expected in an adventure story--it's not as
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Yes, I went out and bought the novelization of this movie. That's how badly my adoration for this movie has bitten me. Yes, I was embarrassed. The last time I bought movie novelizations I was like 12, and they were used copies from a library booksale. I mean really, who buys novelizations? I guess the answer is "Crazed fans like you, Sid." Admittedly, they may have been more of a novelty in the past, because you could see material that was cut from the script or left on the cutting room floor in ...more
I am sooooooooooo tempted to give this 2 stars, but out of respect for the movie, I'm willing to be lenient.

The writing was okay, but I didn't expect too much from this book. This is the first time I've ever read a novelization of an original movie that is not an adaptation of another literary work. So, I guess in that sense, Irvine got lucky. His writing style is kind of stilted and weak, but his loyalty to most of the scenes of the movie kept everything very cinematic as I read. Just a tip: I
My obsession with Pacific Rim knows no end. I loved the movie and I hope the book is a fine piece too.

I read the book because I wanted to relive the moments of loud boom and bang in Pacific Rim. To do that, I had to imagine it. So, to choose between book or movie? I guess in this case, it's the movie then.

Oh, I liked the extra information provided in the book. Thumbs up!

And... I thought they didn't KISS. But... whatever. As long as the original doesn't.

Wait till I get the movie, I'll watc
the writing was so bad rip but i love raleigh and mako too much
Ebster Davis
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars?

But it's a book adapted from a screenplay, how can it merit FIVE stars?

Two reasons:
1) It was a really, really good movie
2) It was a really, really, REALLY, good book

(That's five "reallys", so five stars ;)

The story has it's own mythos that was presented fairly quickly in the film. The book explores that mythos a lot further and (I think) presents it in a more interesting way.

"Difting" is a great storytelling tool, and the author used it to its best advantage here. For instance, After
Celeste Hoffart
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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Ren Puspita
Pacific Rim : The Official Movie Novelization is the first movie tie-in I'd read. I never read this kind of book before, for I see that book will always be different from movie. For movie will never capture the essence of the book perfectly (and it's happen too for Lords of The Ring). In this case of novelization, it's interesting how to see the movie turn into book. And Alex Irvine doesn't dissapoint (well, he kinda did it, a little bit)

The story is very much alike the movie, with a note, you h
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the movie, sci-fi readers, & monster lovers
I liked it. But before reviewing the book version, a reflection on the film may help. I saw the movie “Pacific Rim” after it was released for home video. For the life of me, two or three years later, I can’t remember a single scene. It’s not that I remember it being bad. It’s that I don’t remember it at all.

I have a theory on why the movie left no lasting impact on me. Unlike “King Kong” and “Godzilla,” there wasn’t a single kaiju (monster) in “Pacific Rim” to focus on. There were a half a dozen
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST. REALLY. On it's own it's only a 2.5 at best.

It does what it says on the tin. Was written, I assume, off an older version of the script; some scenes were slightly different and a few times a line of dialogue went to a different character or was missing. The *feel* and pacing were very different in that the novelization's rate of revelation isn't great--too much stuff is anvils with spotlights on them-- and there's a thick fug of machismo hanging over everything. A lot of w
Co-opting Puja's description:
It's pretty hard to rate this independently given my love for the movie, but this affected at points the movie didn't, and that alone made it worth it.

Just when I thought I couldn't love the characters from this movie more, Raleigh and Mako and Chuck tear my heart out.

I don't think I've ever bothered reading a movie novelisation before, but I eagerly devoured this one due to all the extra worldbuilding info that went into this book -- I'm fascinated with the Pacific
Aug 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I decided to read this because people I knew who are fans of the movie were talking about it.

It's awful. The writing is stilted, it somehow has less story and flatter, less sympathetic characterization than the movie despite being longer, it's clearly based on an earlier and inferior version of the script, and was written by someone who didn't understand the characters, and not only is it not consistent with the movie, it doesn't even manage to create an internally consistent universe of its ow
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This novel can stand by itself, very well. If you liked the movie, you can learn more about the alien Kaijus, their physiology and peculiarities, about which the film gives scanty and somewhat confusing information.
Ian Casey
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veteran genre writer Alexander C. Irvine did a solid job of the Pacific Rim novelisation. It was of dubious necessity given the film relies so heavily on visual spectacle, but in genre there's always room for another angle on even such fluffy cinematic fare.

And as it happens, this book goes the extra mile compared to most adaptations. Between each of the numerous chapters is a wealth of epistolary flavour documents, including mocked-up dossiers from the PPDC, newspaper reports, letters etc. It's
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was an exceptional read and kept me hanging on to every word. While reading this book I found it to be eye catching and it flowed through very well. This book's theme was a bit cliche and it was still well done despite that. I found the fight scenes to be extremely detailed and they were quite intriguing. The author did an extremely well job of painting the picture from the movie in my mind.

Rights and Wrongs
I gave this book a 4 star for numerous reasons, outstanding and inferior. This
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Despite this being a near direct adaptation of the movie, I felt as though there was a enough 'extras' to really make the read worth it. The book, as with most book/movie crosses, is allowed to delve much deeper into the universe. I read this book, hot off the heels of reading "All you Need Is Kill" the original book to the movie "Edge of Tomorrow". That book/movie adaptation breaks the mold. The book is very short, and pretty limited on characters, and universe setting fluff. The book basically ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tv-movie-gaming
Actual rating: 3.75 stars

Just finished the Pacific Rim novelization…and omg I cried so much. I thought that maybe having seen the film and knowing what to expect might make it a little easier, but…NOPE.


I think, overall it was a very good novelization of the movie, and I really enjoyed the extra bits of info/characterization we got. I did, however, have a few minor quibbles—and one major one. Minor quibbles being things like changes in dialogue, or a character in the book doing some
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, is an amazing movie, with stunning CG, battle scenes, and an amazing original sound track. It takes place along the western American/Canadian coastline, in the Pacific Ocean, and Hong Kong. The main characters Mako Mori and Raleigh Becket are two unlikely partners who have to pilot their Jaeger (A giant robot designed to combat the Kaichu, an invading alien species) Gypsy Danger into the Rift, which the Kaichu are invading through, and set off a nuke, ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. That's why I'm giving this 4 stars. Not because it's an amazingly written book, but because the story is an excellent one.

Novelizations of movies can be tricky. Sometimes they are garbage and you're left thinking why did I read that. But sometimes you come across one that allows you to relive the same enjoyment you got from the movie but, this time, inside your head. I love when this happens. The best novelizations take it a step further. They can enhance the experi
Thomas Senechal
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am going to try to be as unbiased as possible. I'm just saying this now, i thoroughly enjoyed the movie, i loved the affects and story. I hoped the official movie novelization could hold up to my standards based off the movie.So does it hold up? YES, yes it does. For starters it isn't restrained to a one hundred and thirty six minute run time. so they get to add certain details that the movie would either not have,switch certain things around(I.E deaths of certain characters), and maybe some p ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a good adaptation, probably taken from an early version of the screenplay. The extra info (articles and character dossiers) between chapters is helpful for people like me who are gleaning every bit of information they can.

The narration has a good sense of humor throughout, and while I didn't particularly care for the fact that added romantic thoughts/pseudo-sexual tension between Raleigh and Mako (because one of the things I enjoyed most about the movie was that there wasn't a romance bet
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Action/adventure lovers
Recommended to Sarah by: no one
Reading this movie novelization was quite the role reversal for me, seeing as its usually the other way around, with my reading of the book coming before seeing the movie. That having been said, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of this book for one minute. On the contrary, with all the inserts between chapters and more in depth descriptions of all the scenes from the movie, it only increased my understanding and enjoyment of the movie itself as well as being entertaining in its own right. R ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I might be a bit biased since I saw the movie before reading this and loved it. And I also had the added bonus of picturing the actors while reading. I thought it was interesting to see the differences between this and the actual movie since I read somewhere this is based off of an early version of the script. I also quite enjoyed the extras that are between the chapters. There's some PPDC memos and reports and news and newspaper articles discussing the events of the movie and of the world the m ...more
Christy B
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I would only recommend this book to people who have already seen the movie. The book obviously does not capture the epicness of the movie.

I am obsessed with Pacific Rim. Obsessed. It is not my kind of movie at all: action adventure with a predominantly male cast. Alas, I love it.

The actual writing of this book was basic. I imagine it's hard to take a script and try to write a book around it, especially a story of this caliber. These kind of characters are better in the flesh than on the page.

Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
As far as movie novelizations go, this one was pretty decent. The writing wasn't mind-blowing, but it wasn't horrible like so many novelizations are. And the book contained a lot of clarification and extra information that wasn't in the movie, which in my opinion would make it worth reading even if it sucked out loud.

My only real complaint with the novelization is that it went with the Raleigh and Mako kissing ending, which they decided to leave out of the movie because it didn't feel right. Whi
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the movie so I enjoyed learning more about the characters, the Jaegers and Kaiju. But I couldn't get past the errors in some of the facts and figures, mainly the dates, I love having extra info, but would it have been so difficult to double check the numbers? Where were the proofreaders?

Some are upset about the ending, to me what was added was just a sweet moment, yes I enjoy what the movie did, but what was written didn't ruin the movie or the book for me, the dates being wrong did.
Laura AP
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
more like 3.5. This is a pretty cool book, and I recommend it to fans of the movie - it's as great as. Of course, it takes much longer to read (and you don't get to see either Chuck's or Raleigh's face, so). But at the same time it presents a bigger background of Mako and Pentecost, and has some interesting facts related to the pacific rim-world and how people reacted to the kaiju. ALSO: RALEIGH X MAKO KISS. YES, GOOD.
David Monroe
It was a solid novelization and a quick read. It didn't really flesh out the characters from the film but, the author did add interesting world building detail in the form of epistolary materials (letters, news reports, documents and company employee profiles) at the beginning of several chapters. It's a pretty straightforward popcorn acton yarn that, in small ways, adds to the film version.
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. He also writes under the pseudonym 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 Narrows.

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