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Transformers: Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron (Transformers (Del Rey))

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  789 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
For twenty-five years the colossal battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime has captivated Transformers fans around the world. Yet the full story of the conflict between the two most famous Transformers—everything that happened before Optimus and Megatron arrived on planet Earth—has always been a mystery . . . until now. Here, for the first time told in its entirety, is
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Del Rey
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I'm still reading it. But I gave it five stars anyway. It's Transformers, for Prime's sake!!! It's gotta be awesome!!! (For me, at least)
Andrew Alvarez
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This novel is an attempt to be an "official history" of the War for Cybertron. This is an ambitious project since the Transformers franchise has been rebooted numerous time in its 25+ year history. Nevertheless, this book represents an attempt by Hasbro to create a final relaunch of the brand. All future stories for the forseeable future (with the exception of the live action movies) are expected to have roots in the same universe.

This novel fleshes out the characters of Optimus Prime and Megat
It was fun but I couldn't help but think it wasn't very complete. It was like a skeleton outline. The material that irvine has could have been told over several books with a little more character development.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a surprisingly good book. I didn't know what to expect, but I did not expect this excellent "history". It starts long before there were any such groups as Autobots or Decepticons. It follows two different characters- one is Orion Pax and the other Megatronus.

In the era of Old Cybertron, ruled by a High Council, dominated by a rigid hierarchical caste system assigned at creation. In this society we are introduced to two different characters of wildly divergent castes and backgrounds. Ori
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super awesome book! Although I wish it was longer (which in itself is a kind of praise), it does a good job of showing the devastation of the war for Cybertron, and the development of many principal characters. It starts in great detail, with the personal interactions of Megatron and Orion Pax, and growing unrest, followed by an absolutely thrilling scene where Megatron and Orion lay out their philosophies. Yes, a scene where two guys have their say before a governing council is thrilling! It sp ...more
Craig Little
This is a novel that purports to retell the story of the "War for Cybertron" video game and give the backstory of Optimus Prime & Megatron from the "Transformers Prime" cartoon.

As with so much Transformers media this results in something of a convoluted tangled continuity that doesn't quite fit together as it should.

The story starts promisingly enough, establishing personal and unexpected connections between characters and mutual goals. Of course, being Transformers it eventually dissolves i
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Glorified autobots' propaganda.. nuf said. about ten earlier chapters are promising actually but after that all is go down sliding into trash. I like the way Alex Irvine write it but sadly this book is too fast paced and many part is become only tell not show. And some part of it errrr is become unrelated or not consistent with TFP. Orion and megatron though the book tell that they have a very deep bond but sadly there's lack of events in that book that show if they did have a deep bond and how ...more
Robert Risher
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The first few chapters of this book were really well written and enjoyable for me, as it builds the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron before they become the figures made famous by the various cartoons and movies through the years. However, poor editing and a descent into B-movie-styled, gratuitous action sequences strained my goodwill as I read. It felt as if the later half of the book was rushed, both in writing quality and editorially, especially after the first half went to such ...more
Kira Wojnar
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story of the Transformers have captured my imagination ever since I was thirteen years old that is when my dad showed me a small clips of Transformers Animated. And my love for Transformers grew from that I watched G1, then the Michael Bay movies, and beyond currently I'm watching Transformers Prime Beast Hunters on the Hub Network. And as I watched these shows and movies I have always wondered what the true story between the Autobot and Decepticon conflict was because each show had a differ ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I didn't know why i bother to read this. Fifteen earlier chapter are pretty good the rest are rubbish. Lack character development, personality, plothole, very Michael Bay-ish (seems writer love to show how cool "Good side team" ripping and crushing the villain brutally), One sided, it feels like you watch G1 tv series, children show about Good guy defeating Bad guy, the end, nothing more than that.

This book is been forgotten for 6 months, because i don't find its interesting anymore to read but
Adam Durham
Rather entertaining, though a few of the name drop instances were slightly painful. I'm looking at you, "Project Generation One." And though officially a prequel to Transformers Prime, it feels much more akin to G1 instead, probably due to the numerous references and characters who were in G1 and not Prime...though that doesn't stop references to the live-action films and Transformers Animated, too. Much more entertaining when read in the familiar voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Chris Latt ...more
Khellamendra Dueir
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The history that was created and the way the characters interacted with each other as well as their surroundings. It really painted a very well thoughtout history of how things came to be in the transformer world. The philosophy that each character subscribed to and how it shaped them into who they ended up being was beautiful. I couldn't put it down and it had enough action going to never keep you from being bored while giving you a good insight into already well developed ch ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Nice light book. If you are a fan of the Transformers series, you'll probably like this book. It gives an interesting look into who Optimus and Megatron were and became as the war started on Cybertron. It can fit within most of the timelines for the various series.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I am not a hardcore fan of Transformers, but I still dearly love the franchise and the characters. I may not admire all of the fans, or some of the decisions made in the name of fandom, but I can see potential when I see it.

I read this book back in January. Not a long read, and it does give some background to the Aligned Continuity, as well as provide background to the 'Prime' TV series. I actually read this book because of that show. Anyways, the writing is simple and gets the job done, but at
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Epic xD
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only real issues I had with this book was well...lack of detail of what the characters look like. And well...The jump from Orion Pax to Optimus Prime is kind of odd. In the way that in the cartoon and many other takes on G1 say that Pax was a thin, tall bot who was nearly killed and had his chasis rebuilt into a stronger, more powerful body. This book doesn't. So I have the take that Pax is this huge barrel-chested deep voiced five-story tall bot throughout the entire book. Doesn't make too ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the name suggests, Transformers: Exodus provides the history of how the civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons arises in Cybertron. It also talks about the history of Orion Pax aka Optimus Prime and Megatron.

As a Transformers fan, I really like this book a lot as it shows the close relationship between Optimus and Megatron and how their differing views leads to the bitter war and rivalry between them. Thus, I highlight recommend this book to any Transformers fan.
Quinn Rollins
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It was a cartoon to sell toys. But Transformers became much more than that in the hearts and imaginations of millions of little boys (and girls), and they grew up and wanted more. So now there are big screen movies, hundreds more toys and characters, and yet another generation of Transformers cartoons currently in production. But time after time it comes down to this: Optimus Prime is the leader of the heroic Autobots, Megatron the leader of the vile Decepticons. And they will never see eye to e ...more
Lisa MH
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This appears to be based in the Transformers movie universe. I haven't read any of the comics (although I plan to rectify that once I find where to start), and only barely remember the old TV shows, but I don't remember any of the events mentioned. The book specifically mentions events and characters from the movies (the Allspark being launched into space, Bumblebee's damaged voice, and the Transformers cast, mainly the Autobots). There were other Transformers mentioned, but the ones that appear ...more
Grey Liliy
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved, sci-fi, war, action
I've been a fan of The Trasnformers since Beast Wars aired on daytime television. While my fandom of it fades in and out, I'm pretty much a fan of every incarnation of the series.

The latest Universe, is the 'Aligned' Continuity, which contains both the War For Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron games, as well as the Transformers: Prime television series. As I'm a big fan of both of these things, reading the prequel novels was/is on my to-do list.

Transformers: Exodus, as the subtitle states, is a H
Michael Reyes
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a stand-alone, I think the novel was great. Irvine showed us what life in Cybertron was like before "The Great War" and the detailed events that eventually led to it. It was also nice to see in detail the relationship between Orion Pax/Optimus Prime and Megatronus/Megatron.

It's hard to fully dislike Megatron when Irvine depicts him as a Cybertronian "Spartacus"... Rebelling against the status quo, wanting to destroy the caste system, wishing for a free Cybertron. It's the same thing Optimus P
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Where do I even begin? This book is a catastrophe. A nightmare of pacing and voice, this book earned a second star only because there were Transformers in it.

I was hoping for literary descriptions of iconic characters and locales. I was hoping for depth and personal growth and an origin story that I'd been guessing at for nearly 30 years. I was hoping to see how all my favorite 'Bots and 'Cons met. I was hoping for speed and danger and action and technology.

I was hoping a book could do what a ca
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Alexander Draganov
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly, it should be a three stars read. A new reader will be completely lost in the whirlpool of names, as it happened with me half an year ago, when I started the book after watching the Transformers Prime series /I have watched also the movies/. Names, battles, battles and names and very little description. I gave up the book and rated it with the disappointing two stars.
But after that I become even bigger TF fan and watched the original G1 series, as well as the Animated cartoon and the tw
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Transformers, 'Cons and 'Bots alike. This book was one of my faveorites, not only because I like Transformers but because it was skillfully written.
Poor librarian eh? The only question I have for Orion/Optimus is how the hell do you come up with a speech like the one you did on the spot? Standing in front of the high council, you come up with this totally awesome, clearly spoken, two page speech! I envy you...
Megatronus Megatron slowly descends into madness and evil and all that stuff. He
Cole C. 1 Carson
The book, Transformers Exodus, by Alex Irvine, is a wonderful book. It describes the time before the great civil war. A council based class by alternate mode. If you had a beast mode you were considered a peasant, on the other hand, if you were a truck you were considered royalty. Together, Orion Pax and Megatron work together to get rid of the system. I loved the book because of the loyalty between Orion Pax and Megatron. I also loved that the book talked about before the war, most stories tell ...more
Richard Davis
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
The main problem with this book is that it tries to cram in far too much story into one book. Trying to cover the Cybertron Civil War in one story is far too optimistic.

The Orion Pax/Megatron friendship is forged and lost in the first quarter of the book - far too quickly.

Optimus's elevation to Prime seems somewhat implausible - the game War for Cybertron and the comic series Autocracy felt far superior in this respect.

The current obsession in Transformers lore with Dark Energon is getting a l
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're a really serious Transformers fan then this is a must read for you. I have been a Transformers fan since 2009 and picked up this book after playing the War for Cybertron game. This book is basically a more detailed version of the story in this game. There are some interesting facts that some of you may not have known until you read this book like cybertronians have different castes and Orion Pax (that was his name before he was named Optimus Prime) was a librarian in the Hall of Record ...more
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. Many of his works have appeared under the simple moniker "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 Narro ...more
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