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Rapture

Book - 2011
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It's the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal has redefined American politics. Taxes are at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has brought a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business has many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom is diminishing . . . and many are desperate to take that freedom back.

Among them is a great dreamer, an immigrant who pulled himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and admired men in the world. That man is Andrew Ryan, and he believed that great men and women deserve better. And so he set out to create the impossible, a utopia free from government, censorship, and moral restrictions on science--where what you give is what you get. He created Rapture---the shining city below the sea.

But as we all know, this utopia suffered a great tragedy. This is the story of how it all came to be . . .and how it all ended.

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765324849
Branch Call Number: Y SHI
Characteristics: 430 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Rapture

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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 cont... Read More »


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snowfoxx
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.

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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_? http://store.steampowered.com/app/7670/ 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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Mar 03, 2013

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