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BioShock: Rapture

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,963 ratings  ·  366 reviews
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 freedo ...more
Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Tor Books (first published July 2011)
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Holden Attradies
Sep 23, 2011 Holden Attradies rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked bioshock
Shelves: fiction
This is the single best video game inspired piece of literature I've ever read. It stays incredibly true to both games (striding to connect them in ways the games were unable to do) and flushing out much of the world and answering many things I wondered about from the game. I always wondered why the splicers faces looked so messed up and this book gave a great answer to that, Perhaps that answer was in the game, but if it was, I missed it. It also really flushed out the character of Andrew Ryan. ...more
Thea
This book is a prequel to one of my favourite survival horror video games called BioShock, so I just had to read the prequel. The plot of the video games are based loosely off of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. The game starts out with the protagonist crash landing in the middle of the Atlantic ocean where he then discovers and under water utopia called Rapture. You then slowly make your way through the city encountering its inhabitants who seem to be out of their minds and are a ...more
Sarah
Honestly, when I picked this book up, I was expecting (and hoping for) a rather dumb book based on a video game that I could read for a few hours' entertainment.

I was surprised by how GOOD I actually found this book to be.

You don't have to be familiar with the Bioshock games for this to be a good book - though it would probably help. The book's concept is interesting right off the bat: a paradise built on the bottom of the sea, eventually falling to inevitable human corruption and power grabs. T
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Jamie
A great book. Each character was so well done, with their own personality. The author did a great job taking a video game and using the story from it to make a novel. we are given characters from the game that we love (or hate as the case may be) and now have an even more extensive backround.
Taking mainly from the perspective of an simple workman, Bill, we see the creation, life and eventual downfall of the underwater city Rapture. Rapture was founded by Andrew Ryan, whose ideals of a better so
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Joel Pearson
This was, simply put, one of the worst books I've ever read. Ever. It was awful. Shirley managed to take an idea that was already made up for him, with a rich history and details laid out for him, and screw it up so thoroughly and fantastically. Fans of the Bioshock franchise surely appreciate the amazing atmosphere, ideas, history, etc of the world. I can't imagine many people would play the original game and not go "Man, I would love to dig into this farther". But wait, they made a book about ...more
Krissy
**2015 Reading Challenge W/Josh: #41 A Book By An Author You've Never Read Before**

I did not expect to enjoy this book. This book was one of my brother's choices for our reading challenge we are doing together. A novel based on a video game? I couldn't be less enthused. So imagine my surprise when I was actually starting to really get into the story. I thought it was unique and interesting and I ate it up! My only complaint was that it felt a bit choppy at times but the author has to cover a spa
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Elliott
I did not care for this book, not because of the writing style, or any grudge against the author, but because of the book itself. I am a fan of the Bioshock game series, and the most intriguing and captivating part of the game to me was how the storyline enveloped me to the point where I was a character, as such I did not know everything about Rapture, or the situation as it stands and I was forced to piece it together as I went along. This book really takes all that hard work and sets itself ri ...more
Ray Slaven 3
One of the best books I've read in a long time

This book was FUCKING awesome. there is literally no other way to describe it. this book told everything about how the Rapture we travelled thru came to be. He wrote this book so well I could see it as a movie in my mind. This book was and still is epicly awesome. I've read it 5 times and would gladly read it again.If this author ever writes another book about another adventure in Rapture. I will most definitely buy it.
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Richard
BioShock: Rapture lacks a main character. There are too many perspectives to keep track of and you never remain with one personality for long before it shifts to another. This makes it impossible to relate to or care for anybody because none of the characters get proper development. They all have their own attitudes and opinions towards things, but when bullets start flying and crap hits the fan I remain apathetic towards their fate and outcomes.

The book does touch on a lot of elements from the
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Alex
Competently produced prequel book offers nothing new to the Bioshock mythos except an inexplicable cockney voice. A character featured in a few audio journals (which the book attempts to explain the prevalence of, but never quite pulls off) is thrust to the fore as our man on the ground and Shirley vaguely shows what it was like to live in Rapture from its inception to the time that it went irrevocably to hell.

While the plotting is competent, it's all really an entrée to the events of the games;
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Bob
As a Bioshock fan and veteran I personally really enjoyed reading Bioshock: Rapture. Many of the brilliant subtle implications Shirley implants within the text (you'll get what I mean) provide the dark, disturbing atmosphere of this strange new world that doesn't cease to stretch the boundaries of imagination.

As a Bioshock player this was great because it added a whole new layer to the story and revisited the world of Rapture which I was already familiar with, but at a different angle, and that
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Josh
*2015 Reading Challenge w/ my sister Krissy:

OK, first off, I would like to warn anyone looking for a rational, unbiased review of this book to look elsewhere. I am a rabid gamer, and the BioShock franchise has been my RELIGION since 2009. That being said, I went into this book giving it 5 stars based on the subject matter alone.
But, in the end, I'm giving it 4 stars. Why, you ask? If BioShock is my religion, than surely THIS would be my bible, right?
Well, my sincerest hope with this book was
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Mark
In a post war America that has the dark cloud of atomic war looming on its horizon, one man declares he's had enough and decides to built his own utopia under the sea, safe from corruption of government and socialists. Bioshock:Rapture tells the story of Andrew Ryan's city on the ocean floor, a great dream that quickly turns into a nightmare.

This book is the prequel to the two games, which 99% of the people reading it will know already. I have never been into reading books based on games since g
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Jonathan Beckett
I was interested in this book because of my fond interest in Rapture's Lore. I actually only played the first Bioshock game and Bioshock Infinite instead, not Bioshock 2. So in this sense there were a few characters and settings I found difficulty familiarizing with. Other than that the book is definitely worth a read. However I highly recommend playing the Bioshock games and appreciating the Lore those games have to offer before jumping into this book.

This book really was made for the fans of t
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Colleen
So I read lots of crappy books. Sometimes I want to read a massive serious book, and other times I just want candy. It's unfortunate so much of this candy is bad and makes me sick afterwards, and I just keep eating it because I already opened it up, so might as well finish.

There's a flavor of this book candy that's based on video games, and pretty much without exception, it's all tooth-rotting-remainder-bin awful. If any of my reviews on these kind of books are like 3 stars or I say "Meh, though
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Alan
I chose this book because I played the video game Bioshock, and it had one of the most amazing video game story lines I had encountered. The book is about a rich and successful man named Andrew Ryan who built his own utopia city underwater called Rapture. He was tired of governments from various nations, and did not want the governments to know what he was doing. My favorite quote is "The parasite hates three things: free market, free will, and free men" said by Andrew Ryan. I like this quote be ...more
Erin Pallott
An outstanding novel based on the videogame BioShock. It is the end of World War II. The whole world is in fear of annihilation after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The whole world is changing for whole countries and each single family or person. Andrew Ryan (Andrei Rianofski) is an incredibly wealthy man who pulled himself up from the depths of poverty. He dreamed of a place free of the government, religion and censorship. This lead to him creating Rapture; a city under the sea. This n ...more
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Christopher
As a huge fan of the Bioshock series, and having played the first game through several times, I was looking forward to Shirley's Rapture. An easy read for sure, and not particularly challenging (then again, literature based on media rarely is), Rapture nevertheless puts the reader into the perspective of some very interesting characters.

Shirley brings characters from the games to life, and in choosing to show Rapture's glory and eventual downfall primarily through the eyes of a 'simple' mechani
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Mark
This book kind of represents everything that's wrong to me about books based on video games. It feels like it was put together too quickly, it is at times inconsistent with facts in the games it's based on (for no apparent reason), has pretty terrible dialogue, and is just kind of a chore to get through. I wanted to read this because it provides the backstory of the rapid rise and fall of Rapture, which I was always curious about since playing the first Bioshock. Obviously I'm willing to suspend ...more
Isaiah Pani
I thought this was a really good book. This book is about a man that creates a city under the ocean because he thinks all the governments in the world have become corrupt. He also keeps the city a secret. This city that has no restrictions on anything. Scientists can do what ever they want. The market is also a free market. They can sell things at any price and there is no minimum wage. This city seems perfect to a lot of people but once they enter the city there is no coming out. The creator of ...more
Andrea
If by chance you haven't played the game yet, this book is a great way to start. There's no spoilers at all so no worries about knowing everything for the game. It's a great introduction to the story and the world of Rapture. You learn about all of the characters and even discover some surprising history about Andrew Ryan.

I adored this book and could not put it down, which I admit, surprised me a lot. I never have high hopes for books based on video games. They are usually alright but nothing th
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Robby Milligan
I like it! It tied everything in with the game really well. Nothing was left skipped over. IT was dark a lot of the time which was to be expected. Like the game, a lot of things the psycho's did just left me sickened. When I finished a was laying inside a room a 1:30 am and there was window on the ceiling away from me. There was a blue filter pulled down over the window which gave me the sense of being underwater as the light streamed through. Especially since I wasn't sleeping under it and coul ...more
Naomi Kelly
I've never actually personally played Bioshock, but I have spent a lot of hours watching my husband play and so i was familiar with the basic storyline and was quite intrigued. As a reader I was quite excited when I came across this book, it answered so many questions I had about the game.

I absolutely loved this book, I loved that it switched narrators, but I especially love the narration from Bill McDonagh, I was drawn to his story, he was such an honest character who tried so hard to stay tru
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Steve O'Keefe
Originally written September 11, 2011.

BioShock: Rapture will please fans of the BioShock games, but tries to incorporate too much story, too much history, and too many characters to make a real strong novel. Anyone who has played the BioShock games, especially the first, knows that the strongest character is the city of Rapture itself. Rapture is dripping (literally) with Art Deco style, propaganda posters, sweeping plazas decorated to excess, and cramped, impoverished rooms filled with blood-sm
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Amy Snyder
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The Bookbarian
Video games are deliberately dramatic. In order to convey the sense of motivation, the drive—in other words, the appearance of character without the entirety of it—everything and everyone has to be over-the-top. This is not a universal description, there are a few games that can utilize plot and character subtly to stimulate and simulate growth, but such games are becoming fewer and more far in between.
Bioshock, the game, hit the Xbox before it strolled over to Playstation, and so I had the plo
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Matt
Alright... this was not a bad yarn all in all, and a pretty nice lead-up to the very popular and stylish video games about the beleaguered underwater city of Rapture (note: I have not actually played the game, I just know if its reputation and had a friend walk me through some of it once). I had to take an entire star off my rating, however, for what I considered to be a pretty dreadful reading of this audiobook. Some of the characters were fine, but anything with an even vaguely British accent ...more
Miss Banana
Okay I just finished it and hot damn son. I was honestly expecting something so-so, like the 10th Kingdom or Pacific Rim novels that are just floating side-by-side to their companions. But Bioshock: Rapture completely expanded upon the world that you learn about and love in the game.

Even though you know what happens to the characters -- you know that Fontaine is Atlas, who dies and who lives, that Steinman and Cohen were messed up SOBs -- you still get completely invested in what happens along t
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Samantha
There are books out there that are made from movies and we are disappointed in how they do not live up to the books. Well what happens when someone gets the crazy idea to write a book based off a video game? especially something as sensational as BioShock. This is truly a game series that lives with me constantly, years after I have beaten the first one.

BioShock Rapture works to connect Games one and two in a way the game just couldn't. TO me there were things missing...why did the Splicers loo
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