Book: Planet of the Apes

Pierre Boulle. Planet of the Apes. Signet, 1964 (originally published 1963). 128 pages.

Very suspenseful, engaging and thought-provoking. In the end, when you finally get to the explanations of things, they’re a bit of a disappointment. Although they’re different from in the movie, they make just as little sense, which is especially frustrating as the book starts out with a promise of well-thought-out science, describing the workings of things in almost Verne-ian detail. Also, the ending is hopelessly cynical; rather than a cautionary tale, it’s just a dig at humanity. Still, it’s a great book, and infinitely more interesting than you might expect from the campy movie franchise. It’s been a long time since a book made me think this much about it after I put it down.

9/10 (One of my favorites).

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