Rapture (Bioshock), Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


After barely surviving a plane crash, a man discovers an undersea city called Rapture; a failed utopia created by Jack Ryan, a man who looked to embrace a world surrounding the objectivist ideals of Ayn Rand.

Power and greed have run amok, the city has succumbed to civil war and the only question is who really deserves to survive this maniacal debacle of science gone mad.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781848567047



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Bioshock: Rapture by John Shirley is a book with some really interesting ideas set in a great epic-scale environment. Given its origins, it's commendable that it didn't read like a computer game, but unfortunately it did not rise above the quality of a very average tie-in novel. The characterisation is barely adequate -- almost all the characters have very little complexity or depth. I couldn't imagine many of them as real people, and I didn't care much for any of them. The first third of the book I struggled through; the middle third -- once the underwater city had been built -- was interesting and gripping, but I found the final quarter quite tedious: the book suffers badly in that the author clearly has to set up a lot of characters and stories, but is unable to bring almost any of them to any kind of closure. Presumably the closure to these stories are found in the Bioshock games. So, this is not a prequel (as advertised on the cover); this is strictly back-story.I'm forced to conclude that it's for fans of the game only.

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