Thursday, 4 December 2014
Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Alex Irvine
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 11th, 2014
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
I was really excited when I first found out there was to be a Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tie-in novel. I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of tie-ins, and I'm glad to see that they're making a bit of a comeback. I re-watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes recently so all the events were fresh in my mind before I started reading this book - I think I enjoyed it more because of that, and it turned out to be a very fast read for me.
As with all tie-in novels, there are a few scenes/lines of dialogues that don't make it from the script to the big screen. That's always my favourite part of reading these books; it gives an extra insight into what works and what doesn't, and offers hidden gems that would otherwise remain lost to the reader. Admittedly Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn't have much in the way of extra content, but what it does have is interesting nonetheless, particularly the epilogue.
Alex Irvine writes a great book, complete with lots on character insight, excellent descriptions and hardly any mistakes which is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to tie-ins. It seems like he really took his time with this story, ensuring that it flows well and is as much about the character's thoughts as it is about the dialogue. I really liked getting to know the apes and their minds a little better, and it was also good to learn more about the new humans and what they've previously been dealing with. The film obviously can't delve that deeply, which is one of the main reasons why I wanted to read this book.
Anyone who's a fan of the film will get a lot from reading Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. As well as reliving the story we all know it's also a fantastic way to further explore the characters and the missing ten years between Rise and Dawn. Alex Irvine has once again done a top job on a movie tie-in, and I hope he writes more in the future. His style and precision is exactly what this genre needs, and he does his job very well. All in all it's a highly recommended read for apes fans!