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Quantum Break: Zero State

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Jack Joyce spent six years trying to escape—escape his life, escape time, escape the madness of his brother, Will. But when he finally returns home, it turns out his brother isn’t quite so mad. Will has created a time machine, one with the potential to save humanity. War? Preventable. Natural disasters? Stoppable.

Except for one tiny problem… his machine will also cause the
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Tor Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Quantum Break: Zero State is the tie-in novel to the action video game developed by Remedy Entertainment, the same folks who also brought us cinematic masterpieces such as Max Payne and Alan Wake. While it’s clearly marketed to fans of the game—and yes, I too did my stint in Quantum Break and consider myself one—I urge you not to write off this book just because you haven’t played it, or because you don’t think a “video ga
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quantum Break
I liked the idea of bringing a video game to life but I wasnt a fan of the writing style. The characters were stiff and I didnt really know any of them. We were given information about the characters but not alot and not clear.
I always thought that video game Commercials looked like they would be great movies or books but this was not.
Kevin Powe
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cam Rogers has an a beautifully deft handle on language, and uses short, brutally economic phrases to convey so richly a confusing, broken world from the perspective of Jack Joyce. Because of the negative connotation it typically carries, it feels like selling Zero State short to call it a video game tie-in, but the author's keen understanding of both mediums allows the novel to convey information that is central to worldbuilding & lore that are fundamentally video game concepts, without feeling ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Quantum Break: Zero State is naturally in the same universe as the popular (well, not that popular I guess, I don't think it even sold a million copies) Xbox One video game. The game is unfortunately still in my backlog (sealed copy and all) but when I saw this book at a reasonable price I decided to go ahead and give it a read. If it spoiled something along the way, well then so be it.

Zero State has main character Jack Joyce trying to save the world from the end of time, caused unwittingly by
Will M.
Mar 26, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-i-own, sci-fi
It says the release date is April 5th but I just bought this novel a few hours ago at my local bookstore. What's up with that? ...more
Ben Fosbender
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With the complexity and length of the game, this novel version of the Quantum Break universe was a great read with the story broken down further yet brought back to not over complicate. A few reviews had me worried, but I feel everyone expected it to be word for word as the game, but what would of been the point. I loved it, as much as I loved the game.
Chris The Lizard from Planet X
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quantum Break: Zero State is the tie-in novelization based on the sci-fi action video game developed by Remedy Entertainment, the same folks who also brought us cinematic masterpieces such as Max Payne and Alan Wake. While it’s clearly marketed to fans of the game—and yes, I too did my stint in Quantum Break and consider myself one—I urge you not to write off this book just because you haven’t played it, or because you don’t think a “video game book” would be for you. Often these kinds of books ...more
David Miles
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Tried to get into the story. Made it to Chapter 5 before pulling pin.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Quantum Break: Zero State is a good-but-not-great tie-in to the videogame of the same name. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to any but the most die-hard fans of the game (if there are any), but it was far from the worst media tie-in out there.

I enjoyed that the novel embraces the difficulty of adapting an action-packed videogame for the printed page. A foreward by Sam Lake (creative director at Remedy, who developed the game) alerts the reader that it will contain material left on the cutting
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-con-2016
This was kind of a throwaway book for me. It's a hefty book and it was taking up space on my bookshelf and I didn't have any ARCs that were coming out right away, so I figured it was a good time to knock this one out.

Turns out it's actually a pretty great book! It presented its theory of time travel in a way that was easy to understand, and provided some really awesome action. I was definitely one of those people that thought the quality of the writing would be negligible at best because it was
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the book is really good because it’s about a video game and it is really interesting because the main character (jack)has a hard life and his brother Will has a hard life as well. Then one day jack left his brother and jack began a new life without any trouble. Years past and jack found his brother, Will made a time machine that could make people travel form past to future and all that got backfired. The machine exploded in a test and everything got destroyed. Except for Jack, Jack had time free ...more
Matt Christian
An Alternate Timeline

Really liked that the book wasn’t just a rehash of the game and thought it had a lot of interesting details the game failed to explain (about some characters and time travel situations). The book switches some of the bigger action scenes out for a more personal focus on Jack and especially Beth. However, I found some of the writing hard to follow and some detail a little hard to imagine without more added to it. Worth a read for some cool time travel stuff if you liked the g
Aether Ghoul
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: alright
This was okay. As a disclaimer, I'm a big fan of the game, and I quite enjoyed the Alan Wake novelization, so it's not the fact this is a VG novelization that has me 'meh.' Some minor spoilers below, read review at your discretion.

I don't really like this version of Beth, or her connection to Jack. Paul did not read like Paul to me, making me realize how much of that performance was all Aiden Gillen being the shining star he is.

Didn't hate it, didn't love it. Overall, meh, but it was nice to rev
Laura P.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I kinda appreciated the book trying to tell a slightly different tale but sadly it failed to captivate me. The game's story is way better. The characters here are stiff, unyielding and leagues away from giving me an inch of the feelings I've got from the game's which can count on the amazing actors performances and voice-over. If you can, get an Xbox and play the game...Skip the book. ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Tsun Kid Wong
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quantum Break by Cam Rogers is a story happening the same universe as the popular game from Microsoft (a.k.a Quantum Break!). The reason I bought this book is not because is came out as a game, is because I read the descriptions, and the structure of the story attracted me to buy this book.

Was I disappointed? Yes, and no (but mainly no). I feel there’s a pretty common problem with game novels is that, the words the book use, and the sentence structures is not as great as other authors who mainly
Ross Orlando
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
As a fan of the game, I was curious to see what the book would offer. It turns out that it is a great Beth story but not the best book overall.

In the game, the main focus of Monarch outside of Paul and Hatch was Liam Burke; a conflicted guy who worked for Monarch. He was multidimensional and interesting. The change in the book to Gibson felt like a waste of time. He was so plainly a bad guy with no depth that I rolled my eyes any time he was brought up.

Maybe Remedy told the author that he coul
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me, reviews
I picked this up because the cover made me think it would be fun. I see from the cover it is based on a "blockbuster" videogame. I have never heard of the game.

This is my live review while I read. Probably gonna be lots of spoilers involved.

Chapter 1
Two men stand on an overlook above the river, while a murderer and his henchmen are behind them. The men's lives hang on the results of the a pretty girl sweet talking in the murderer's ear.

The girl is an extreme risk taker, and one of the men does
Jonathan H.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, fiction
Quantum Break is a video game released this past April that involves manipulating time: a time-machine experiment gives Jack Joyce the power to slow down time (thus moving very quickly, from the perspective of his enemies) and create “stutter shields” in which time freezes. Meanwhile, time itself is breaking down—sometimes time will stop altogether, or even rewind and replay in short segments, forcing Jack to work his way through explosions and a fractured world with unpredictable pacing. It loo ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Quantum Break videogame impressed me with the quality of its storytelling, so I was right up for some more from the same universe. That said I wasn't sure what to expect - I've read and enjoyed a few videogame spin-off novels, but this is the first novelisation of a videogame I've read since Gordon Rennie's Dredd vs Death tie-in many moons ago. As it happens, it's not the straight novelisation that it might at first appear, nor is it the spin-off expanded universe-style novel that I maybe ex ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who've played Quantum Break
I'd actually give this a 3.5 or 3.8. I don't typically read video game accompaniment novels but I was wooed by the premise that this one's story would be an alternate take on the game's storyline. In the end that was 70% true. I really appreciated having more of beth's backstory, and the way it was tied into jack and paul's past. Beth was a really strong, developed character and just as much of a hero as Jack--something that was downplayed for most of the game. I was disappointed that we didn't ...more
travis williams
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a break in time

I gave quantum break zero state a novel four stars because first off if you haven't played the game stop reading my review and go play it right now I love the quantum break video game it was breathtaking beautiful the cross between live action cut scenes and the storyline alone was well done in my opinion but sadly my only fault with it is the whole time line of events just seemed awfully hard to follow I just found myself lost at key points in the novel it was like once I underst
Sean P.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read and good expansion on the game story

If you enjoyed the game story or like science and time travel you should find this a light but fun and enjoyable read.
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