Both purchased and read before viewing the movie and I was glad I did. It contains no spoilers other than Steve hiller(Will Smith) is dead,I don't consider that a spoiler however. What it contains though is a rich back story to all the new and loved character's that show in the movie. Instead of being blasted with who are these people,were did they come from,how did this all this happen in the theater,I could follow the movie more clearly while quietly explaining it to my sister so it filled in the gaps.overall great book but the producers should either have added some of this history to the IDR movie itself or not relied so heavily on a prequel book to set the stage.
The book is very good and as a fan of Independence Day it does it justice. Also the universe in the after math of the alien attack is very interesting and reading this book will get you very interested and excited for the upcoming film
I'm glad that I read this book, and the "Independence Day:Resurgence" novel before seeing the "Independence Day:Resurgence" movie. If I hadn't, a lot of things in the movie wouldn't have made sense. It was an advantage to have information that I learned in the back story of both novels, to make the movie more enjoyable. So if you plan on seeing the movie, do yourself a favor and read this prequel AND the movie novel, preferably before seeing the movie. If you wait to read both books after seeing the movie, you might find yourself saying several times, "Oh, wow, so THAT'S why he did that", or, "Ohhh, OK, so that's what happened and why they...." The books go into so much more detail than the movie, and when I did watch the movie, it seemed so rushed.
A great novel to fill in the gap of the last 20 years of this alternate universe, and to be totally honest, since I finished the book I'm now a reincarnation of my former 10-year-old self in stupidly high anticipation the sequel to hit the theaters this week (which my order of the actual movie novelization is coming on Tuesday and I'm really going to have to restrain myself not to read it before Thursday!). Started off a little slow with introducing a new main character - there are three newbies plus their supporting characters and are great additions by the way. As always when reading books from a new author, getting used to the style took a few chapters - but the direction they took the story was worth the wait. Already have my front row center IMAX tickets in hand for the movie.
If you are an ID4 fan you'd love this book. This book bridges the gaps between the first movie and the second movie. For those who didn't like or didn't understand the second movie, read this book and then watch it again. It helps you understand the new characters, what happened to the old characters and why the characters have the relationships they do. Well worth it and a rather easy read.
This book tells of the events between ID4 and Resurgence using separate dates. It introduces new characters like Jake Morrison, Dikembe Umbutu, and Catherine Marceaux. The kids from ID4 grow up and the adults adjust to a post-alien world, planning on their return. It does a good job setting up for the sequel, but reading this isn't necessary for the movie, it's just supplemental. If there's on real complaint, it's the character of Charlie. In April 2004, he's said to be 10. In February 2005, he's 12, and he's still 12 in April 2007. Bit sloppy writing.
This book bridges the time between the end of ID4 and the new movie, and I'm glad I read it before watching the new one because it better set up some of the history and relationships that are sprung on the audience in the movie. As a novel, it's passable. It covers a twenty-year timespan, so it's got some timehops, but it works OK in that respect. It's also not too long. I do think that it caught some of the character voices pretty well. If you're a fan of the Independence Day universe, it's worth a read.
I was a little aprehnsive about spending 9 bucks on a prequel no elation but have no regrets after reading it in one afternoon. This was a really great and entertaining book about the aftermath of the movie. If you want a great dose of non-pandering nostalgia before the movie comes out, check this book out.