Greg Keyes’ The War For The Planet Of The Apes: Revelations (2017) is a prequel to the Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) movie. The novel starts when Caesar and the rest of the apes are driven away from their home. They are still recovering from Koba’s takeover attempt. Caesar doesn’t want to start a war with the humans, but there are some apes loyal to the ideals Koba had who don’t agree with his pacifist stand. He needs to figure out a way to keeps the peace from within and without.
I have to say the truth: I wasn’t expecting much from this book. I decided to read it because I thought it would allow me to explore a world I haven’t visited before. I’m not particularly fond of the franchise, but I decided to give it a chance. I liked the ideas the book discussed. The story explores the issues of humanity; it asks it readers to think about what makes us humans. Is it our intelligence or our feelings? How far away are we from the other species on the planet? Do we need intelligence to be able to communicate our feelings? The book doesn’t take a side in the argument, but rather hints at what two opposing sides of a war might be going through as they fight. I didn’t expect such depth from a book about monkeys and humans fighting.
I enjoyed this book. There were a couple of times in the story when the pace slowed and I couldn’t figure out where the story was going to go, but the issues the book brought to the surface more than makes up for the speed of story development.
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