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Star Trek

(Star Trek: Movie Novelizations #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,590 ratings  ·  284 reviews
Das offizielle Buch zum Filmereignis des Jahres 2009 von Star-Autor Alan Dean Foster (Humanx-Zyklus, Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien)! Basierend auf dem Drehbuch von Robert Orci und Alex Kurtzman und dem Film von Kultregisseur J.J. Abrams. Die Geschichte zweier ungleicher junger Männer, Kirk und Spock, die sich zusammenraufen und über sich hinaus wachsen müssen, um gegen eine ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Cross Cult (first published 2009)
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It also has a bit of extra backstory added in.…more
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A new parallel universe is born!

This is the novelization of the film "Star Trek" (2009), introducing a new parallel universe in the franchise.


When I watched the film, I wasn't aware that the intention was to creat a new parallel universe.

I thought that it was a prequel movie telling the events of how James T. Kirk and Spock have met.

So, when I watched so many things changed and some "big" changes in the stellar cartography in that story, I thought od
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the films
Shelves: favorites
Could have sworn I wrote a review for this before but oh well :)
*Just noticed this is my 500th review, wicked!*

I usually don't read movie adaptation books, wary how they could possibly compare to the movie (Lone Ranger was an exception but it still felt awkward and the X-Men ones for the first two were good... ).

So the main reason for me picking up this one?

Couldn't resist seeing how Zachary Quinto would be as a narrator... some actors are better at this kind of things than others so I was caut
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkies
When I was getting my teaching certificate, they told us to lead off with the good points about students’ projects, and only after boosting their egos, point out what needed improvement.

It is in that spirit that I begin this review of Star Trek, the adaptation of JJ Abrams’ reboot of the franchise:

Good Points
Zachary Quinto (“Spock” in Abrams’ movie) does a rather good job of reading the novel. He – of course – nails Spock but he’s got a wide enough vocal range to handle all of the other characte
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid book from the Abramsverse Star Trek universe, Alan Dean Foster is always good with movie tie-ins.
I got this on audiobook solely so I could listen to Zachary Quinto tell me about Star Trek, but he only got out eight words before I had to pause him to snicker. He is Putting On A Voice for the narration. You can practically hear his smoking jacket. He's in a leather armchair by the fireplace. There's a hunting dog at his feet. He gently tamps down the tobacco in his pipe. He's wearing an ascot. It sounds like he's trying way too hard to record the message on his voice mail, and it's really dis ...more
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
I've never seen any Star Trek - not even a few minutes of a TV episode, and all of my knowledge of the fandom comes from the parodies in episodes of Futurama and so forth - and it took me a while to see the movie a few weeks ago... in the end I only went because my friends couldn't stop talking about it. I was surprised by how captivating I found it.

I think seeing the movie first and then reading the book after made it even more enjoyable. I knew what was going to happen next but it was nice to

I really wanted to like this book.

In my experience, movie novelizations fall into two categories: bland recaps of the screenplay, or fleshed-out stories which serve to compliment and expand the movie. Luckily, this book falls into the latter category. Some things were nicely explained, such as a more in depth look into the Spock/Uhura moments. There were also nice bits of back-story with Nero and how the rest of his Romulan crew reacted to the attempted destruction of Earth.

Some of the details,
So I have been a long time warming up to the reboot, I will be honest. I didn't watch this movie until the second one came out, and I haven't read the novelization until after I saw the third one (in the theatre and in 3-d). Quite frankly, the third movie is the best of the three, but I find this reboot to far superior to say Star Wars Force Awakens.

But about this novelization. It's a good novelization. Foster has little touches that work nicely, and in particular gives Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loved the film
As a novelization of the screenplay, this book is fairly exceptional. It manages to capture the emotional intensity of the story in ways that many other books based on movies fail to accomplish. Unfortunately, the author does not risk adding much depth by analyzing the characters' motives to any real degree. It does however add a lot of humor to an already hilarious script. I laughed out loud several times and was brought to tears more than once. But I have to say that I credit Zachary Quinto's ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-books
if they never make a fourth aos!star trek film...
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tie-in, time-travel
Before I got this audiobook, I didn't usually read too many movie/tv tie-in books, and so when I read this, the floodgates opened. The writing is a bit sappy at first, especially when the U.S.S. Kelvin is being attacked by the Narada, but this lessens up into a fun, well-written adaption of the 2009 Star Trek movie. What's really nice about this tie-in is that it gives you a lot more of what the characters were thinking, even when there weren't spoken lines at that moment in the film, and there ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Since I thoroughly enjoyed the new Star Trek movie I purchased the Tie-In novel in hope that it would fill certain gaps and cover new ground that the movie couldn’t. Overall, I have to say that I was disappointed as the novel is basically a retelling of the movie. Yes, it does add a few tidbits but nothing worth buying the book if you have seen the movie. For example, that boy a young Kirk drives buy in his Corvette joy ride was actually his older brother, George Kirk and Nero’s name is actually ...more
Liz (straightofftheshelf)
As my first audiobook, it was hard to not feel awkward about being read to for the first time in about 18 years. But hey, if it's gonna be Zachary Quinto who reads it, then who am I to complain?
While there is an actual story that I should probably be reviewing, I gotta give credit to Quinto (seeing as it was in fact the audiobook version) and that's half the job, because no matter how amazing the story, if you're gonna read it with a dead-pan voice, it's gonna boring as shit. So give me a moment
Charlotte ✰
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this!

I'm a big fan of watching sci-fi movies, including really bad ones, to pass the time. For some reason though I'd never watched Star Trek or Star Wars which are like THE sci-fi films. Anyway, I recently watched the new Star Trek trilogy with Chris Pine and I really loved it! My grandparents have always been massive fans of Star Trek so I started watching the original series to my Grandma's absolute delight. In short - I'm loving it! The production is hilariously terrible.

Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy review: Did you like the movie? Then you'll like the book. Zachary Quinto does an admirable job with the voices and accents and the action isn't brought up short at any time thanks to his wonderful narration.

There's some stuff that isn't in the movie (inside-voice stuff) and it helps understand a little more about what is going on but there's not much else different. It does help having seen the movie, and I can tell you that it doesn't matter if you saw it oh say a decade ago when released
Chelsea Moreen
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from 2016

3.5 stars. It definitely was a novelisation of the film, it followed the same Rhythm as the film and had the same funny characters that made me love the film. I mainly read it to see if the author would include more things that the film didn't and it had some amazing moments that would have been great in the film also but it was only a couple of things in all honesty. I would only read this if you loved the film :)
Sean Randall
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie before I read the book. I will really have to listen to Quinto's narration sometime, because everyone who's heard it has been swept away by it. But for my first run-through I wanted the story, not the drama, and so resolved to read it myself.

As many have indicated, Foster hasn't fleshed much out beyond what the movie provides. This is good in some ways - the novels were never considered canon so the fact that he hasn't deviated from the script any keeps things mostly in-universe.
Michael Prelee
A herculean effort by Alan Dean Foster to improve the movie's story. In this case, the book really was better than the movie. ...more
Carissa Norris
I enjoyed this book. I liked the movie so much that I wanted to read the book to see if there was a more fleshed out plot. I was happy to see that there was added character development by reading the book, especially in the relationship between Spock and Uhura. I also liked the added background on Kirk from his childhood. There was one scene I thought was completely out of character for Spock; I could definitely see why it was left out of the movie.

I would love to give this novel four stars, but
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
"As always, Spock, whoever you choose to be, whatever course you decide to take through life, your journey will always be accompanied by a proud mother."

I'll be the first one to admit that I am a huge bitch when it comes to movie novelizations. Never liked them. Always thought they were terrible. Vowed to never pick them up. But Star Trek is making me break all of my rules. *laughs* Because here I am, about to joyful talk about how much I love this book. :) I guess it's true what they say and th
Martin lyon
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a thrilling book about Kirk and his adventure on the star ship enterprise. He is the main character and has to save Earth for being destroyed. I decided to read this book because I find the Star Trek movies interesting and exciting. This book fits into a Science Fiction or Fantasy book on the bingo board. The category is interesting because it shows you a different type of genre from some books that you would normally read. I found the old Spock interesting because he knew all of th ...more
Jesse Booth
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Ok, so this is the first Star Trek book I've ever read, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. I'm a huge fan of the movie. I thought I'd try the novelization to get finer details and explanations. I'm glad I did. The book explains some things that the movie viewer has to guess at.

That being said, some things are drastically different. The part in the movie when Kirk and Spock beam aboard the Romulan vessel and take out a bunch of Romulans? Well, in the book, Spock doesn't mind meld w
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkies
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Jun 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
Here's the thing, this is the novelization of the Reboot movie and because of that, it was sort of given that I would love/adore the basic story. That's pretty much the only thing that saved this book. The writing was flawed and confusing, there were errors (the author would mention something then contradict himself a few pages later), and despite the direct movie dialogue, I actually couldn't hear the character voices in the my head. Hard to believe considering I've seen the movie an embarrassi ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to on CD.

Was a big fan of the reboot and this doesn't let you down! Alan Dean Foster who is a great writer did a great job novelizing the movie. His added dialogue and extended scenes made for a fuller experience and story. Highly recommend. Incidentally, Zachary Quinto who plays Spock narrated and did an awesome job!!
I wanted to like this book. I liked the film. I liked the storyline. I love the characters. But damn, this book read like really bad fanfiction. Which means I read really, really awesome fanfiction. ST publishers, take note: your next bestseller should come from AO3 ST.
Chris Clancy
So far, I'm enjoying the book. I have to admit getting a little lost watching the film again on DVD --too much shifting between past, present & future times. The book is thus far in chronological order & easy to follow...except when trying to view the film at the same time. ...more
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Abby by: the movie and my love of Trek
Shelves: scififantasy
Loved! I'm such a trekkie this was a book I saved for my trip. Well worth it. Really fleshed out the reboot movie. Really only great fun for obsessed ones. ;) ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I saw the movie I couldn't put this down, my copy is practically falling apart from the way I religiously read it. It brought so much clarity to the movie. ...more
Kirsten Simkiss
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I hoped for more from this book than I got, unfortunately. I picked it up on a whim and I'm not going to be keeping the book.

I found that what I enjoyed from the movie was mostly there. The characters were true to form, the plot elements stayed in line, the world and it's complexities remained the same. Some of the script was even fleshed out in ways that were really interesting to me - you get more dialogue and more backstory in a lot of different instances, particularly in the cases of Kirk a
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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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