Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were a reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
So the results are in from Reviewers Unknown, or more accurately the lack of. While I can’t check my stats over there (or I just don’t know how to like I can here) there has been zero feedback, so I won’t be continuing the series there. There’s still plenty of stuff for me to tap and I have an interesting one planned for this week. For now, though, it’s time to end this series.
This one will have a few more spoilers so if you haven’t finished the book, you may not want to continue. Last time, our heroes were getting ready to leave a dying Cybertron in order to
be in step with the movies, the IDW stories, and the current cartoon let it heal. With four chapters left, even ones as short as these, it’s not going to be that easy.
The section starts with the Autobots building a flotilla Battlestar Galactica style and heading for what they hope is the last working space bridge. However, Megatron has Trypticon Station blocking their path, forcing Prime’s group to attack the station. Irvine does a good job describing what the Autobots see when they arrive and their tactics to take down the station.
There’s more geographical name dropping as Trypticon Station crashes, but at least it shows the resulting crater and shock wave of the crash so I can let it slip. He does seem to be using the name Seeker for any flying Transformer rather than a special class of flyer. That kind of bothered me and, like the continued misuse of “Minicon”, makes me question how well Irvine did his homework. He seems to bring in Ultra Magnus and the Wreckers just to have them there. I found this rather disappointing, but at least Cybertron isn’t going to be void of Transformer life, like the movies, IDW stories, and the current Transformers: Prime cartoon.
I haven’t had a chance to finish the game this book is allegedly (I would go with “loosely” at best) based on, so I don’t know if it ends with the Autobots chasing the All-Spark, which I never saw brought up in the game. I think Irvine is trying to combine the movie with Megatron: Origin, since he uses the latter as the backstory for Megatron, but uses the All-Spark hunt from the first movie. It just further solidifies in my mind that this book is separate from War For Cybertron continuity.
There are some good moments, from the description of the battles, to Alpha Trion staying behind (an element of the original show, but outside of con and fan works, Alpha Trion only appears in the original series), to the final “goodbye” between Optimus and Megatron. I have to say that the finale was well done. Also in keeping with the original show and Dreamwave’s comic run, Shockwave stays behind and I give Irvine credit on putting a twist to Shockwave’s comment in the first episode “Cybertron will remain as you leave it”. Where it not the poor use of other Transformer references (not only the ones I stated above), I would credit his research, but it seems kind of haphazard so he just got lucky on that one.
However, what do I think of the book as a whole? I’ll answer that question this weekend as I do a full report on the book for The Clutter Reports. Meanwhile, the next Chapter by Chapter will be the start of our next book.
- Chapter by Chapter> Transformers: Exodus Ch’s 30-32 (bwmedia.wordpress.com)
- Chapter by Chapter> Transformers: Exodus Chs 33-34 (bwmedia.wordpress.com)