Planet of the Apes Author:Pierre Boulle, Xan Fielding (Translator) Before you see the movie, read the original novel! — First published more than thirty-five years ago, Pierre Boulle’s chilling novel launched one of the greatest science fiction sagas in motion picture history, from the classic 1968 movie starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell, through four sequels and two television series . . ... more ». and now the newest film adaptation directed by Tim Burton.
In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with lush forests, a temperate climate, and breathable air. But while it appears to be a paradise, nothing is what it seems.
They soon discover the terrifying truth: On this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters. In an ironic novel of nonstop action and breathless intrigue, one man struggles to unlock the secret of a terrifying civilization, all the while wondering: Will he become the savior of the human race, or the final witness to its damnation? In a shocking climax that rivals that of the original movie, Boulle delivers the answer in a masterpiece of adventure, satire, and suspense.« less
Wow. It's been awhile since I've read a book that has met my needs and expectations on every level like this one has. It's beautifully written. The language is direct and not flowery, and I like that. I relate to the main character profoundly; I feel everything he feels, and just when I thought perhaps the author wasn't addressing the emotional element of the story, he comes in with the emotions at the end to leave the reader shocked and touched...yes, even after seeing the movie. So, as I said before, this has all the elements of a great book: the plot, the engaging characters, the writing style, and the genuine emotional element.
Fine book, I enjoyed the story within the story and the twist at the end. If you like Planet of the Apes, this is the book that started it all. And really, even tho it is sci-fi, I don't think it's a book limited by that. It covers social commentary and more.