Planet of The Apes by Pierre Boulle – Dystopian Books Review

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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Planet of The Apes

The author originally named Planet of The Apes as Monkey Planet. It is a science fiction novel published by a French author in 1963. The book transformed into a film in 1968 and led to the Planet of the Apes media franchise that received significant popularity over many generations.

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Author: Pierre Boulle

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 263

Good reads rating: 3.93 of 5

My Ratings: 8 of 10

Published: 2001

Publisher: Del Rey

Language: English

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Review and Summary of the Science Fiction Novel Planet of The Apes

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A rich couple named Jinn and Phyllis sails alone in space and rescues and translates a manuscript from a drifting bottle. Ulysse an unknown journalist received an opportunity to interview Professor Antelle. They become friends and Antelle invited him, to join the Betelgeuse mission. He accompanied Antelle with his colleague Arthur Levain on a journey to the planet. They sail and translate Ulysse Mérou’s manuscript and visit space over an extended time after the occurrence of time dilation.

They reach a planet named Soror, which contains many lush forests. Here they can breathe easily, drink water and even eat fruit. A woman who they name Nova interests all three of them. Nova gets frightened by their pet chimpanzee, Hector, and strangles it. The tribe of Nova lives animal-like and do not approve of these newcomers.

Gorillas attack the tribe with firearms and kill many people, including Arthur. They capture Ulysse. These gorillas bring all the survivors to a city where apes live. The apes dress like the people of the 20th Century on Earth and they photograph themselves and they divide the apes into three levels namely:

  • The aggressive gorilla who forms part of the police and military forces.
  • Conservative orangutan who supports religion and enjoys politics.
  • Liberal chimpanzees who are scientists.

They take Ulysse to an urban biological research facility where apes try to study captured humans. They mate Ulysse with Nova. Zira, a chimpanzee researcher, becomes fond of Ulysse after she noticed his drawing skills. Zira’s fiancé helps Ulysse to make a speech in front of thousands of apes and they let him free and provide him with clothes.

Nova becomes pregnant with Ulysse’s son who they name Sirius. Sirius an exceptionally intelligent being talks and walk in the first three months of his life. Ulysse plans their freedom and gets back to Earth. They reveal that Jinn and Phyllis who reads Ulysse’s story became civilized chimpanzees, and they thought of the story as just fantasy.

Final Say on Science Fiction Novel Planet of the Apes

The Planet of the Apes is a media franchise. This novel led to some remarkable pieces of entertainment. Pierre Boulle did justice to the story. The novel receives my rating of 8 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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