STAR TREK (2009 Film Novelization) by Alan Dean Foster
Pocket Books, 2009, 274 pages, 978-1-4391-5886-9, Trade Paperback, $15.00
Genre: Science Fiction
Well, here’s a novel where there’s no need for me to summarize the plot. If you haven’t seen the 2009 Star Trek movie, chances are you won’t and don’t much care to read this book anyway, or else you just haven’t gotten around to it and wouldn’t want to be spoiled. And if you have seen the film, then you really don’t need for me to sit here and pretend like you don’t remember the plot.
Because the book does follow the plot of the film, and pretty closely. Oh, sure, there are those pesky divergances that tend to happen in any movie novelization, but that’s all right. If you’ve ever read novelizations before then, chances are, you’ve come to expect that, and it won’t really make that much of a difference to you.
That said, there’s really not much for me to say in terms of the book itself. I mean, movie novelizations are pretty similar across the board, right? Well, I suppose. And I’ve only read two or three of them in my time, to be perfectly honest, so if there’s a a truly dynamic and expectation defying novelization out there, I probably don’t know about it.
In this case, the book is pretty much what you would expect. It follows the course of the film and does its best to capture the sometimes chaotic events. A lot of times this results in lightning fast point-of-view changes that will leave you feeling dizzy, and it doesn’t leave a lot of room for extra insight into the characters or much of anything else. The story itself moves slowly up until the midway point where, all of a sudden, things start happening at a rapid pace.
On the other hand, there are a few additions that fans might appreciate. Some of the dialogue scenes are extended (not always for the better, but for the most part they make interesting additions), and there are one or two additional scenes that some may wish had been included in the movie. Without giving details, I’ll just say that these scenes are in chapter one and at the end of the epilogue.
This book is something you’re going to pick up only if you’re a fan and interested in seeing what kind of extra information you can glean from it after seeing the movie. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s why I read it, after all.