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Review: Transformers – Ghosts of Yesterday

I just finished Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday (Transformers (Ballantine Books)). This is a prequel to Transformers which was the novelization of the movie. You should check out my review of that one. First the details:

  • transformers_ghostofyesterdayMass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345497988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345497987

This novel was written by Alan Dean Foster, who also did the novelization of the movie. The movie and novelization were more of a pure, non-stop action oriented story. I felt like this one, the prequel, did a bit more thinking about the back story.

Except for our favorite good and evil sentient robots, this was a whole new cast of characters. The action took place in 3 very different environments. We primarily alternate between a military complex in the arctic where a frozen Megatron is being stored and prepped for removal to a military site in the American southwest, the cabin of a Cybertronian spaceship built by humans and launched into space, and the ongoing space battle of the Autobots and Decepticons.

At the arctic base, a sector seven base, we meet several military men doing their best to contain Megatron. The base houses scientists who have been studying Megatron and learning from his technology. We learn that Megatron at one point very nearly revived and the humans decided he must remain frozen at all costs. At the same time that Apollo 11 lifted off, another spaceship lifted off. The second ship hoped that since the world’s media was pointed at the Apollo flight, they would get off unnoticed. On the upside, they very nearly do. On the downside, they don’t entirely understand the technology they are using and send themselves, somewhere, through a wormhole. Oops.

The Decepticons see and investigate the wormhole. The Autobots are not far behind. From there, hilarity ensues. Or all out war. We get to see Starscream’s softer side, Bumblebee almost gets eaten by giant alien worms and Optimus is not nearly as invulnerable as I had come to believe he was.

The gist of this book is to cover some of the time between finding Megatron and the movie. It ties up some questions about sector seven that the movie didn’t have time to answer. It also explains, very poignantly, why the Decepticons absolutely hate humans and why Optimus and the Autobots will give their all to protect those carbon based, squishy humans.

This is a fun book but not nearly as non-put-downable or relentlessly action packed as the movie and the movie’s novelization. If you are a fan of the series or just would like a little more face time with the Autobots (or the Decepticons), get this book. I’m sure it will be hitting the used bookstores soon enough.

I personally enjoyed it and would like to see more in the series. The movie did well enough at the box office that I am sure more movies will be forthcoming. I hope Alan Dean Foster does the novelizations and maybe even a few more stand-alone novels.



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