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Star Trek (Star Trek: Movie Novelizations #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,140 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews
"Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"

One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness and obscurity.

"You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your own destiny. The only question y
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. (first published 2009)
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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 odd th
Nov 30, 2015 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the films
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 Terence 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
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,
Jul 28, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, star-trek
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 Jessica 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
Feb 01, 2011 Rae 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 Matt 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
Sean Randall
May 13, 2009 Sean Randall 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.
Dec 27, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
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
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 White 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 Martin lyon 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 Jesse Booth 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
Jun 28, 2009 SoAmy 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
May 15, 2009 Meagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkies
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Feb 04, 2017 James 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.
Aug 01, 2012 Becki 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.
Julia Lundman
Jun 23, 2017 Julia Lundman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has the same villain problems as the movie but nevertheless a fun read read the whole way through. Loved it.
Alexander David
Jun 12, 2017 Alexander David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book.
Mar 14, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this although it's possible it was because of Zachary Quinto's narration. He does a fantastic job with all the voices and makes you see each character in your head as if you are watching the movie. It's a nice fill in to go along with the movie.
Jan 29, 2011 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
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I'm going to start off with the bad: I have big issues with the writing of this novel. Basically, every time I came to non-dialogue I was very nearly overcome with the desire to get a red pen out and edit the hell out this baby. Maybe it's more apparent listening to it than reading it, but Alan Dean Foster's writing felt over-explanatory, repetitious or just plain old "using fifty words where one would do". Not to mention the sheer amount of unnecessary exposition that just drags the story down ...more
Massimo Marino
Novelizations, i.e., adaptations in the form of a novel of the story of a movie, is a difficult task. Without much circumlocution, they do not always manage to live of their own life. Essentially, they are part of the promotional machine, an attempt to obtain as much dollars as possible from the fame of a film.

The writer of this novel, Alan Dean Foster, is a veteran of similar operations. He wrote novels drawn from the first three Alien movies, and many other adaptations from motion pictures, th
David King
“Star Trek” by Alan Dean Foster is a novelisation of the enjoyable and action packed 2009 JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. For those of you who aren’t aware the story follows a young James Kirk who, after a chance meeting with a man named Captain Pike, decides to join up with Starfleet. Whilst at the Academy, an emergency at Vulcan forces the various cadets to be called up to work on various starships. And so Kirk is called into an adventure that leads him to face off with an enemy that was involved i ...more
S. J.
Jun 24, 2012 S. J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the AOS the movie created
Recommended to S. by: The movie
*3.5-4 Stars*

*The Gush*
I'm admittedly not a huge fan of Alan Dean Foster, particularly where media tie-ins are concerned. *cough Star Wars cough*. However, this was a wonderful fleshed out look at the movie. Why has it become necessary to read novelizations of movies simply to answer glaring questions raised by bad cuts or missing parts of the movie? It is particularly true of Star Trek movies, apparently, and one vexation I'd quite like to see end. However, I enjoyed the novel, both the familia
I'm still reeling from all the Spirk friendship feels and Enterprise family feels.

But this is a really good expansion of the movie. Foster handles the characterisation really well (especially Spock), and I really liked his writing style. He seemed to be well versed in physics too, and his prose doesn't entirely discount the science, as befitting an SF novel. His prose is fairly poetic too, and I love it, even if I need to consult my Kindle dictionary several times. I think reading this actually
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Since I've seen the movie, I didn't really gain all that much in the reading of this book, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. I've read other movie tie-in books by Foster, namely The Chronicles of Riddick and I think that for the most part my like for the book is heavily influence by my like of the movie. And in this case, even more by my love for the franchise of Star Trek the original series in particular.
This time I listened to the audio recording. It was read by Zachary Quinto who has impressed
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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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