Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm
June 27, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm. Titan Books, 2014.304 pp. $7.99. ISBN:978-1783292257.

On July 11, 2014, the latest movie in the Planet of the Apes reboot series is being released: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The movie begins 10 years after the end of the last one, with Caesar and his army of apes fighting against the remnants of humanity. But what happens in those intervening ten years? What brings the two worlds to collide?

Titan Books has an answer with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm, an official movie prequel written by Greg Keyes.

If you will remember, Rise of the Planet of the Apes left Caesar and his troop of escaped apes living as fugitives in the Muir Woods, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. All they want is a chance to live free of cages, experiments and humans. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to be possible.

As with anything humans don’t understand, they want to study the “smart apes” and understand how they became as they are. They also want to understand what the troop of escaped apes has to do with the “Simian flu” that is just starting to spread at the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Keys, a New York Times Bestselling Author, does a fantastic job staying in the world created by the movies. And while the novel is based off the screenplay of the upcoming movie — written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver — it is not a novelization of that screenplay. In other words, this novel stands alone and could be read with a great deal of enjoyment by someone who has not seen either movie and doesn’t intend to.

For readers interested in getting more deeply immersed into the world of the apes, this book is a must, however. The inner dialogue and motivations of the apes are revealed in a way that never could happen in the movies, making this a rich addition, and to my mind, the best part of the book. The life and times of Koba alone are enough to make it worth it. The reader is also able to gain a better understanding of how the Simian flu got started, and why no one took it seriously until it was much too late.

I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and would recommend it for anyone intending to see the movie this July.

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