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Publisher's Summary

In the 26th century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrap heap by a scientist....

This is the official audio novelization to the 2018 science-fiction film, Alita: Battle Angel, based on manga by Yukito Kishiro. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez, written and produced by James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar fame, and stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Mahershala Ali.

©2018 Pat Cadigan (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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This book is certainly enjoyable, as long as a person understands that it is not a typical novel.
It follows more of a movie format than it does a novel format.
One concern, is that this book is full of long tired cliches - Were a person interested in actually counting, they would have a rather long list by the end. It is forgivable overall - There are things that are worth going along for the ride.

There is some wonderful character development that happens while the adventure unfolds - It is rather refreshing to be honest.
It is certainly sci-fi and rather well done for the most part.

The writing is even - a consistent balance between description, action - the dialogue.has too many cliches, but overall... not bad.

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Feels like the author wasn't provided enough notes

Feels like the author did her best to squeeze what she could out of limited notes provided to her by the movie studio, but wasn't provided enough to adequately work with, and also, as a big fan of the Battle Angel (Gunnm) manga, I get the impression the novelization's author either didn't bother to read the manga for research, or was told not to use it for reference. This leads to some contradictions between the movie and the novelization and almost everywhere where the novelization goes off on its own to try to flesh out something in this world or about these characters that were not explained in the movie, the original manga actually already had a much richer more interesting explanation that sadly wasn't tapped into here. I don't exactly know the process of how these movie adaptions work, but that's how I imagine it.

For an instance of a contradiction probably caused by the author not being provided enough information, the character Nova, as seen in the movie and the manga, wears funny-looking goggles, but when he takes off his goggles, he clearly has eyes. But in this novelization, he's described as having had his eyes replaced by the cybernetic goggles. It's like the author was given a picture of Nova with the goggles on and wasn't told much more about him, so she decided to make up a backstory where his eyes got replaced by a cybernetic enhancement, without realizing that in the movie we see him take off his goggles and see that he clearly has regular eyes.

I have other nitpicks, like this book making a backstory for the world saying that there used to be numerous sky cities, but they eventually all fell, leaving only one. What's wrong with that, you ask? Well this feels like it carelessly ignores the science behind the idea of suspended cities, because as explained in the manga, there's the suspended city we know, Zalem, on one side of the planet and it's counterbalanced on the opposite side of the planet by another city, a marine city actually, not a sky city. Both are suspended from orbiting satellites, connected by an orbital ring. Anyway, the point is, you need two of them to balance each other from opposite sides of the planet, so it doesn't make scientific sense to have a ton of sky cities all over the place.

But that said, this book is not all bad. For example, we get a fleshed out backstory of Ido's nurse assistant, who was merely a minor background character in the movie. If you wonder why she has a cybernetic arm, you can learn about it in this novelization.

Anyway, the book does what it could, delving into character's heads, so we hear what they're thinking that we don't get to hear in the movie and that's interesting, in a way, but it's mostly just a retelling of what you saw on screen. And it could have been a lot more interesting, especially if the author was allowed to tap into the rich source material of the manga.

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movie novelization

so much more could have been done with this story. 90% of the book is just what was in the movie. not many thoughts or feelings besides what was needed to have the movie story make more sense. missed opportunity.

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Bad YA sci fi with pedophilia and misogyny

Despite the (fake?) positive reviews, this book is unquestionably bad. The writing is poor. Sentences are painfully awkward, and words are used incorrectly. There's no flow or smoothness to any of it. It reads like a high school kid who watches a ton of anime wrote an entire novel. As described below, the book is pervy, and despite being an action-adventure tale, it's really boring.

Maybe you could defend the frequent physical descriptions and comments about of how sexy the 14-year old-seeming (android) protagonist is if the book were intended for teens, but as an adult, and with many of the characters in the books being adults, it came off as pedophilic to me. There's an older dude playing as a father figure to the 14-year old, and he talks about how beautiful she is all the time and tries to take care of her in a cringey way while he deals with the histrionics (that word was literally used to describe female emotions in the book) of the 'sexy 14 year old android' and other female characters.

The reader isn't terrible, but definitely isn't good. He makes a lot of it sound flat, and his mic setup sounds a little muffled. Another review describing how he "breathed life into the characters, making it sound like you were experiencing the action yourself" is so completely inaccurate that I can't believe it was a sincere review.

The biggest reason i'm writing this review is that I don't feel comfortable with the sexual or gender portrayals, and don't want to support this kind of writing as I don't think it's good for anyone to read, young or old.

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seems like it was written by a 14 yrs old for 12 s

I struggle to like it... way to immature and fake... not believable - unless you are twelve and mildly sub parr

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boring book

I listened to the first hour and a half, but absolutely nothing happens. The characters have no personality. There's no problem in the book either. No stakes. Nothing happens. It has no plot.

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Disappointing

The narrator does an “OK” job, but action scenes lack luster.

Utterly unsatisfying ending. The last two chapters were like the author just got tired of writing.

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meh.. YA science fiction book

meh.. not really for me.. couldn't finish it. I plan to return the book for a refund.

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Might be a good movie...

Unfortunately I think that for once, this is a story that’s not really good as an audiobook. The story was rather plodding and predictable, which would probably not be as big an issue in either a movie, where the descriptions would be visual rather than verbal, or even read visually, as those parts could be skimmed.

The narration wasn’t bad, but it seemed Mr. Nishii was under the impression that the average listener would be about 5 years old. Yes, I now realize this would be a YA-targeted audience, but then again, I’ve listened to and read quite a few YA sci-fi books and never equated the tone as similar to how I might read to my grandchildren before. The inflections were just a bit overdone and emotive, and I believe even the average 13-year-old would find the narration a bit immature.

Overall, not a bad listen, but I wish I’d just seen the movie.

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Can I give it 6 Stars..???

Love...Love...LOVED this book...!! I thought the story, the characters, the action sequences, and the narrator's performance were all top notch.

For a Sci-Fi book, I thought the author did a great job of creating an amazing world full of strife, conflict, action, and the human element.

The narrator's performance breathed life into each character and made you "feel" the journey they were on.

I'm definitely planning on seeing the movie. If it is half as good as the book, it will be one hell of a ride...!!

FIngers crossed for a second book and the creation of an Alita series.

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  • simon mcentee
  • 03-31-19

Too short...

Good story, haven't seen the film yet but hoping it hasn't changed a great deal like ready player one.
Unfortunately the narrator voice s little annoying not being prejudice but had a problem emphasising his ssssssss 's

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  • FinalTom
  • 02-23-19

Loved the movie? read this book

If you loved the movie, definitely read/listen to the book, Overall it goes into alot more detail then the movie does, great movie, great book.

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  • Call me Bob
  • 01-20-21

Almost bad.

Usually movies are worse than the books.
In this case it is the other way around.
I do understand that the book was written after the movie but still there are examples of such things done right (Pacific Rim)

It takes the not so brilliant story from the movie and removes the visual elements that made it a good experience.
It keeps trying to force the bonding experience between Alita and the doc down your through, telling you HOW MUCH HE WANTS TO REPLACE HIS DAUGHTER AND HOW INTENSE.
And the "love interest" is also gag worthy.
There are a few scenes better explained than in the movie but they very few.

Managed to finish it but it felt like a chore.

The prequel is much better.
Maybe if it was not trying to stick so close to the movie, a movie that is quite shallow if you take away the visuals, it could have been better.

Prequel is good.

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  • ProjectOne
  • 08-29-19

amazing story

really. loved this book. so well read too.
haven't seen the film , don't think I need to

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  • Mark Phillips
  • 02-27-22

Film is good book is better

when seeing the film for the first time I was really drawn to the characters but the book gives extra layers of thought, dialogue and depth that are easily missed when watching the film. I still feel the story could be extended and more experiences could be seen of Alita's curiosity when first awakening and her relationships with other main characters like Hugo. overall still a good read and the narration is done very well that I could close my eyes and be immersed in the world described in the book.

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  • Jo Dethioux
  • 01-21-22

Brilliant adaptation of movie and manga

The movie and novelisation (book 0 and book 1) are based on manga. Picture a post-apocalyptic, post-war, corrupt world and then immerse yourself in what characters have to do to make ends meet. The struggle between what is right and survival is tangible. The narrator matches the setting of this world most perfectly and the backstory gives more depth to the movie, which I loved and am planning to watch again now. Enjoy!

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  • James Ruddock
  • 12-07-21

Pretty good

Not a bad story. I've not seen the movie but I enjoyed this story based on it. It might have been better as more of an audio drama than as a straight read through but otherwise Ok

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  • ValleyBoy
  • 11-17-21

Superbly Written and Narrated

You are in for a treat!
Start with the prequel and continue with this book which is glorious and magnificently narrated by Brian Nishii who adds so much and more to this story…

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

like having the film in your head

Was spot on to the movie, From the way it was writen to the way is was performed, will listen agian.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 08-15-21

Absolutely riveting!

I loved this book, the premise was exciting, the story fast paced, action packed, with great plot twists. I engrossed and sucked into the story immediately, and finished far too quickly, I just wanted more! The characters were compelling and memorable, I fell in love with Ido and Alita immediately, I really enjoyed Brian Nishii's narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-19

Freaking awsome!!!

The movie was great and this follows the story exactly but sucks you in even more and even has some further details. Please make more books and movie's!!!!!

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