Thursday, February 20, 2014

Transformers: Retribution Review

This week I decided to review Transformers: Retribution by David J. Williams and Mark Williams, no relation based on the about the author section.  The book is set during the Autobot journey to Earth in search of the Allspark with Megatron and the Decepticon warship Nemesis in pursuit. Early in the book Megatron’s forces engage in a space battle with a group of pirates descended from a Cybertronian colony lost when the ancient empire established by Cybertron collapsed. Meanwhile Optimus Prime is beginning to lose faith in his leadership abilities but leads the Autobot-controlled Ark to Aquatron, a mostly aquatic world whose inhabitants have an ample supply of badly-needed Energon. The pursuing Decepticon forces soon catch up but a ceasefire is swiftly imposed by Aquatron’s defense grid. However the seemingly peaceful world hides a dark secret. And back on the Decepticon-controlled Cybertron, Shockwave struggles to crush the remains of the Autobot resistance while seeking a legendary Supercomputer. In the end all these events lead to a desperate battle where the Autobots and Decepticon must unite to save what’s left of their home from its oldest enemies.
I give this book and 8.5 out of 10. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of battles in the book and they are well thought out. There were also a number of fascinating revelations about Cybertron’s history and the events of the earlier books in the series. However there were also some points which I feel should have been clarified better, and one quirk of the Aquatron’s justice system which left a question I feel really needed to be answered. It doesn’t take much away from the story but I still feel it should have been explained.

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