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A prequel to the video-game franchise explains how the technologically advanced undersea city called Rapture came to be and how it eventually devolved into a chaotic dystopia.
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2011.
ISBN: 9780765324849
Characteristics: 430 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Rapture


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Aug 30, 2018

I also thought this was a surprisingly strong read for a novel providing the backstory for a video game. What really struck me (that I didn't really pick up on during the videogame) was how much the storyline is actually written as a satire on Ann Rand's Atlas Shrugged novel. I would encourage any readers of this to also read that to see the other side. Basically while she has famously argued for the removal of government taxes and constraints and how it stifles competition and creativity in this novel we see how these thoughts can go too far the other way. I did find it a little hard to believe that the 1000s of innocent people caught in the "gang type warfare" within Rapture didn't try to flee or rise up in revolt as the monstrous creations got worse and worse but hey it is a video game. The author does an amazing job of intertwining the stories into characters that you actually feel a little sorry for and how you can kind of see how some of the choices lead to more and more radical choices.

Jun 07, 2018

a fantastic back story to Rapture. How it came to be; why? and ultimately how it failed! a must read for fans and those seeking adventure alike . City on the bottom of the ocean nuff said!

Nov 09, 2016

A very interesting and immersive backstory to one of my favorite games of all time: Bioshock. This is a must read if you have played Bioshock 1 or 2.

StevenRPL Oct 10, 2014

Based on the video game series BioShock, this novel stands very well alone as a story in its own right. Set in the underwater utopian city of Rapture, BioShock: Rapture tells the story of the founding and Ayn-Rand-type vision of a city where all people are equal, paid each according to their contributions to the city, with no government interference. Of course as often goes in these perfect plans, everything goes wrong and inequality inevitably divides the city (but you already knew this part from playing the game).

You don't need to play the game to appreciate the story: none of the games features appear in the book beyond providing background texture.

Kristen MERKE
Mar 03, 2013

It starts of devastatingly slow. However, half way through part 2 it starts to pick up. I enjoyed it and was a nice touch since the games were so popular. However I could've done away with all of part 1. I didn't really care about the building of Rapture...

Yes, it's a book based in the city of Rapture, the underwater metropolis in which the two Bioshock games are set. It's a video game novelization spinoff.

It is not, however, half bad. Bioshock: Rapture is set before the outbreak of the Rapture Civil War (for those of you who haven't played the games, _why are you reading this_? Enjoy!) and even covers some of the construction of the city. It grants insights into the characters you encounter in the games, fleshes out backstories and gives a sense of "where did these people come from" that the games - being what they are - don't really have time to get into. The ravages of ADAM and EVE on the city's inhabitants is also further fleshed-out in a fashion that brings back some of the more visceral horror of the first game.

On the detrimental side, the author seems to have fallen prey to "Hey, I know that/him/her!" syndrome, so common to some EU Star Wars authors. Virtually no characters are introduced whose voices we didn't hear in the game. For a city of tens of thousands, you'd think there'd be a few new faces that we hadn't seen before, but even parts of the audio diaries are transcribed into the novel. I understand wanting to make the novel seem to flow naturally to the games, but there's no reason we couldn't come to know a few more people, and have them say some new things that we hadn't heard before.

Overall, I think Bioshock: Rapture is an excellent addition to the world established by 2K games... but it's definitely not the literary marvel of the age.

webbie2 Jan 27, 2012

This book is great. I didn't really play the game but I love the whole premise of the book.The only think I really didn't like was the ending.

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Aug 30, 2018

danomcd thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

red_wolf_201 Aug 11, 2013

red_wolf_201 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Kristen MERKE
Mar 03, 2013

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