The Legend Of Korra Revolution Review

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Airspeed Prime here with another Avatar Review. This time I will be reviewing the recently released Korra junior novel titled “Revolution”. As far as I know this will be the first review of the book online, no one seems to have gotten it or at the very least reviewed it.

Without going on to long here is my review of the first piece of official Korra merchandise available at retail.

The Legend Of Korra – Revolution

Revolution

Adapted By: Erica David

Based On The Screenplays by: Mike Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko

Published By: Random House 

 

I think the first thing to say about this book is that it is most definitely a junior novel. A pretty basic novel adaptation of the first 6 episodes of The Legend Of Korra Book 1 Air. It is extremely straight to the point and an unbelievably quick read, I read the whole book (250 pages) in well under an hour. That said it was a very fun book and I enjoyed it throughout, it was an interesting experience to see how the episodes work in a written format. I enjoyed waiting to see how the book would handle certain scenes from the show.

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One of the screenshot pages from the middle of the book.

Before I get more in depth on the content itself I will stop to talk about the book itself. It is pretty much standard novel size, in terms of the page dimensions, but has a pretty large pagecount for a junior novel. An unexpected surprise was the 3 pages of screenshots in the middle of the book, that give a hyper abridged version of the story with 15 screenshots. The images are in black an white, with an almost newspaper report feel to them. Another way of the book to show it is adapted from a tv show. The cover is nice and suits the story within, Korra is the main focus naturally with Mako and Tenzin in the background. These two are also fitting, her love interest and mentor.

Back to the content. As I mentioned previously it is a pretty faithful copy of the show, but it leaves out certain moments and has some new dialogue and even a brand new scene or two. These moments made the book worth it for me, it is not just stuff I knew before, there were some interesting new moments. The biggest change from the show to this book was that the book is basically from Korra’s perspective, so we get some of her thoughts on scenes, thoughts she never said aloud. Mainly the new stuff consists of her thinking Mako is attractive nearly every time she see’s him or other observations like that.

In terms of left out scenes, mainly the story follows Korra, there are only 2 scenes in the whole book where Korra is not in them. These two focus on Amon and The Lieutenant as seen in the show. It means stuff like Mako meeting Asami is very quickly brushed over when Korra meets Asami at the gala. The book is fast paced without feeling light on content.

What I think most people are looking at this book for is for new content. Hence why when I was reading it I took notes on every new thing I saw. So up next I will go through some of these new moments.

On Page 18 when Korra first arrives in the city, just before she fights the Triple Threat Triads the following scene happens

“Naga jumped aside as a fire engine streaked past them, headed towards a plume of smoke in the distance.

Up ahead, Korra noticed several officers from the police force clustered around a burnt out building. She moved in for a closer look, approaching the detective on the scene, who stood in the  middle of the smouldering ruins jotting down notes.

“Whoa, what happened here?” ¬†she asked.
“Turf Wars, nothing new” “

On page 36 when Korra is brought before Lin, when Lin is described there is a line about her face scars, it does not confirm anything, but is interesting nonetheless.

“Korra could not help thinking that the scars were reminders of a long-ago battle that had been hard-won”

Where did Lin get those scars.

The book has only two errors from my reading, both continuity errors. Meelo is stated to be 4 years old and Jinora 11, when it has been stated on the Welcome To Republic City Nick Game that Meelo is 5 and Jinora is 10. Which is correct, I am going with the game as it is more Nick involved and probably closer to the shows creators.

Ba Gua is mentioned throughout the book when Korra is doing Airbending training.

When Korra meets Mako and Bolin after their last match with Hasook, after Mako says that he is an idiot there is a new line from Bolin,

“I’m sorry I didn’t realise it earlier! It’s a total honour to meet you! I’m a big, huge Avatar Aang fan!”

There is a nice scene that if it was in the show would occur after The Revelation, Mako and Bolin talk about the events that have just happened, Bolin tells Mako he just wanted to do something for the two of them like Mako always does. Then there is an extended scene between Korra and Tenzin about Amon’s speech about the spirits siding with Amon. Korra wonders if that is why she cannot contact the spirits and Tenzin assures her that would never happen.

The pastry that Bolin gives Korra as a gift for saving him is called a Mochi Pastry.

The spelling of the place that Mako and Asami have their first date is Kwong’s Quisine, someone inform the wiki !!!!

The funniest part of the book for me was this bit with Tahno

“Across the restaurant sat a guy in his ¬†early twenties with hair so ¬†meticulously coiffed, he was giving Asami a run for her yuans.”

The final extra scene I noticed was a follow up scene that would be at the end of K105, Korra has used Pema’s advice and Pema, Ikki and Jinora are eager to hear what happened when Korra returns.

There are a lot of other new pieces of dialogue also.

Overall this book is well done for what it is. Younger fans will enjoy it a lot, especially those moving on to more challenging books. As for hardcore fans, it all depends really on if these little new moments are enough to warrant the purchase. I think the fact that this is the first mass release piece of Korra merch is also a decent reason to buy it. It is cheap enough online that it will not break anyone’s bank account. I do not regret the purchase at all and am happy to own it, it was a quick and enjoyable read and an interesting new way to experience the first half of Book 1 Air.

 

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  1. Steven Said: Comment by Steven on January 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
     

    Yes, I have had the book (ordered from Amazon) for several days now. I, too, was going to make my own review when I heard from your podcast (on 01/13/13), but I couldn’t find a site other than Tumblr to write a serious review.

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    Joey Said: Comment by Joey on January 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink
     

    nice review. it changed my view of the book. i thought it was just a word for word book, but i never thought how nice it would be to hear what korra was thinking at different points in the show.

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    10oop Said: Comment by 10oop on January 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
     

    This totally changed my thoughts on the book. Totally getting it now. thanks man!

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    Korra Watermaster Said: Comment by Korra Watermaster on January 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
     

    you can get the book from shop.nick.com

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Interesting, they updated the shop with the books and the dvd. I was not aware of that.

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    Troy Said: Comment by Troy on January 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink
     

    Just ordered mine. I’ll be live blogging as I read it.

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    Jadely Said: Comment by Jadely on January 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink
     

    Really good review :)

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    Sapphire Moon Said: Comment by Sapphire Moon on January 15, 2013 at 9:30 am | Permalink
     

    It’s pretty interesting to see LoK in book format. It’s very nice. I certainly like the feel of it.

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    OG Sokka Said: Comment by OG Sokka on January 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink
     

    Thought I might get this, but after the review I think I will skip it.

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    BOLIN Said: Comment by BOLIN on February 1, 2013 at 7:16 am | Permalink
     

    the sokka tribe likes this

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