I played the game first and really enjoyed this book.
Very well-written and gives good explanation to parts of the game that are not so obvious.
If you're a Bioshock fan, get it!
I played all the bioshock games and have been in love with the universe since the first one.
This book does a formidable job of describing the rise and fall of Rapture. I highly recommend it.
On it's one, somewhere in the middle, but for anyone who loves the Bioshock games/universe, it's a must.
While no single moment stood out, watching Rapture's growth and decline as a city as well as on a personal level, was fantastic.
He was able to distinguish each character while keeping with the accents of the era. Often he was able to closely match the voices in the games as well. It was hard to convince myself that he didn't play at least a few characters in the initial game.
Right before the end was particularly moving and brought back memories, no spoilers though.
The only problem I have is very minor. One or two times, a few things feel shoved into the book to make reference to something in the game (the first naming of big daddies in particular). This only happens once or twice, though, and the other 98% of rapture is built and presented very organically.
First, this is a great background story to Bioshock's Rapture and characters in the first game of which we new little about. The story itself was both compelling and well written. The narrator kept me enthralled throughout the entire novel. I believe it is well worth your time of your a fan of the video games. For those who didn't play the series, it is worth if if you like a steam punk, alternate history of a post WW2 US.
I have always loved bioshock and this is my second time going through the book and both times I have wanted to go back through the games. I love how accurate the book is to the game seeing the people and the audio logs and events that happened in the book in the game again. It gives me a new understanding of the world of rapture. I really hope to see more great bioshock books!