Transformers: Exodus by Alexander C. Irvine

I love Transformers, however, I don’t know everything there is to know about, and I haven’t seen every movie or every single series out there…yet. One thing I’ve, personally, never really known about is the great war for Cybertron. It’s mentioned plenty of times, but I’ve never gotten around to really looking into. So when I found this book I figured, why not?

Publication: June 22nd 2010

Synopsis: For twenty-five years the colossal battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime has captivated Transformers fans around the world. Yet the full story of the conflict between the two most famous Transformers—everything that happened before Optimus and Megatron arrived on planet Earth—has always been a mystery . . . until now. Here, for the first time told in its entirety, is the thrilling saga of Optimus and Megatron before they were enemies, before they even knew each other.

“Freedom is every Cybertronian’s right!” After Megatron utters these immortal words, the caste-bound planet of Cybertron is rocked to its foundations. Megatron, an undefeated gladiator thug, gives voice to the unspoken longings of the oppressed masses—and opens the mind of an insignificant data clerk to possibilities previously unthinkable.
Long before becoming the honorable Optimus Prime, Orion Pax is a mere office underling, an unlikely candidate to answer an outlaw’s call to revolution. But Orion is determined to meet this defiant enemy of all that Cybertron stands for, no matter what he has to do, or how many laws he has to break.

What happens between Orion Pax and Megatron forever changes the destiny of all Transformers. This gripping, action-packed novel reveals all the loyalties and treacheries, trust and betrayals, deadly violence and shining ideals, as well as the pivotal roles played by other characters, including Starscream, Sentinel Prime, Omega Supreme, and one of the thirteen original Primes, the last link to Cybertron’s glorious Golden Age.

Discover how meek disciple Orion Pax becomes the fearless leader Optimus Prime; follow the tantalizing clues about the lost Matrix of Leadership and the lore surrounding it; find out why the two allies fighting a corrupt regime suddenly turn on each other, and what triggers their epic war. Transformers: Exodus provides everything fans ever wanted to know about one of the fiercest rivalries of all time.

Review/Thoughts: I started this book back in May of 2018. Yeah, it’s been on the ‘currently reading’ list FAR to long. It’s not a thick, intimidating book by any means. For me what made it drag on for the past year and half was how it was written. The style is different than what I’m used to, and for me the first half of the book was painfully slow!

The first half showed you who Optimus Prine and Megatron were before they became enemies. It showed you were they came, and what all happened to turn them into enemies. It showed you their view on things. And that is totally okay, it helps you fully understand them better. The second half did pick up a bit but it was still kinda slow. That’s why this book took me so long to read, cause it was slow and a bit boring at times.

The story itself it good, and it gives you an idea of what happened. The thing I noticed is it, in my opinion, better follows the animated series Transformers Prime. I just think this book lines up better with that series than the live action movies. Which I’m slightly disappointed in.

I was curious about was their transformations. Now, I understand that they’re Transformers, but what I’m getting at it where did they get the specs for human cars before coming to Earth? To me it sounded like Bee could turn into his car, and I was just slightly curious how he was able to do that if he had never been to Earth before to scan a car and then turn into it? I mean how do you have human car specs on Cybertron? Of course, like I said the first half was slow so maybe it was mentioned that they were in fact using some type of a Cybertronain transportation specs and not human vehicles and I just forgot to mark down a note for later.

“Autobots,” he said. “For we seek autonomy, and we see it as our basic right.”

One thing that has always intrigued me was; where did the name Autobots come from? Does it have a meaning behind it, or no? This line bring so much meaning to it, and makes me appreciate Autobots all the more. Truly my favorite line out of the whole book!

I don’t know when I’ll read this book again, because of how slow it was and how it dragged on reading it just once. I don’t know if I’ll unhaul it, or keep it around. It was a good read and I did enjoy it, even though it took so long to get through and it a slow read. That being said, taking all that into factor I’d give this book a 3.5 to 4 star rating for me personally.

~Till the next Chapter~

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