I give this novel based on one of the most beloved sci-fi movies of all time...an 88/100!
One of the most famous, most beloved movies of all time is Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Every sci-fi fan worth their salt either has seen it or knows something about it to some degree. It’s considered an important landmark in science fiction, alongside Star Trek. As for me, I only learned about it through the Nostalgia Critic, and after having finally seen the movie…eh, I didn’t like it. Barely anything happened, the movie drags on for way longer than it needed to, the characters were little more than blank slates to me, I couldn’t understand anything that was going on, and I felt like the movie focused much more on special effects than anything substantial, like its story or developing its characters. I just couldn’t get into it. But then I found out that a book was written in tandem with the film, and I’ve heard people say that it was really good. Curious to see if it was like people said, I rented it from my local library and tried it out.
And thank the stars I did, because this is, without a doubt, SO MUCH BETTER than the movie version, addressing every single issue I had with the film and more!
An ancient, unseen alien race uses a device resembling a big black monolith to investigate worlds across the galaxy and encourage the development of intelligent life. Three million years into the past, Earth was little more than a desert inhabited by animals and ape-like hominids driven by hunger and survival instincts. When a black monolith appears before them, the apes develop tools, using them to fight their enemies and eat met, ending starvation. Years into the far future, a group of scientists and astronauts investigate a strange anomaly that appeared on the moon, and another group of astronauts are on their way to Saturn on a mission. But strange things begin happening to the two groups, and the desire to study the black monolith may prove to be their downfall.
(more to come soon)