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Terminator Salvation: From the Ashes The Official Prequel Novelization

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    A pretty good prequel book

    Terminator Salvation is a war movie, after all, and this is a war book. The previous T3 and T2 series books have always focused largely on the present day, so this is a pretty stark contrast.

    TImonthy Zahn's writing style is spot on, and always has been ( Heir to the Empire, anyone?), and he weaves a pretty good story, helping to establish how Connor and his group became formal members of the Resistance. It also tells the story of Kyle Reese and what he's been up to before Salvation; it's Reese's story I prefer. There's no real attachment to Connor except through his wife. Where she is compassionate, the book presents John Connor as slighly introverted, keeping personal thoughts to himself and in my opinion seeming uncaring about an operation that went south just before the book opened, although when Zahn enters the minds of other characters, especially Blair and Barnes, it is apparent John is anything but.

    But I digress. I like Reese's story because he's just a kid. He's not the crazy hardened soldier you see in the eighties. He's living peacefully in a camp, protected by an old Marine who was training in Mexico on Judgement Day. He's really the heart of this story. I found mysef skipping over most of Connor's chapters just o see what Kyle Reese was up to. It also had more suspense: John Connor safe in a bunker? Big woot- Kyle Reese is hiding in a burned out car surrounded by T-600s!

    Overall a satisfying read that provides much needed backstory for the movie, which I cannot wait to see!

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