It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.
Among them was a great dreamer, an immigrant who'd pulled himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and most admired men in the world. That man was Andrew Ryan, and he believed that great men and women deserved better. So he set out to create the impossible: a utopia free from government, from censorship, and from moral restrictions on science, where what you gave was what you got. He created Rapture - the shining city below the sea. But this utopia suffered a great tragedy. This is the story of how it all came to be... and how it all ended.
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Excellent book. Very intrest in to see inside a small governed civilization. Damn shame ethics was always lacking but shows what humans would do with no laws.
I drive a lot of large landscaping equipment at work and have quite the abundance of listening time on my hands. Drowning out diesel engines
Andrew Ryan. His decent from idealistic free market capitalist to evil iron fist dictator is an amazing thing to watch unravel.
This is the prequel to the original Bioshock game. I read it years after playing and immediately had to go back and do another play-through. It wonderfully creates a detailed backstory and encompasses in-game elements into the story. It really enhances your in-game experience when you have read the book.
You don't have to be a fan of the game series to like this book tho.
If you like books like Atlas Shrugged and the philosophy of Ann Rand, you would probably enjoy this story as well.
I love the atmosphere of Rapture. It is just the most creative, horrifying, and delightful read all in one sitting.
This was a great tie in to the games. It gave me a lot of substantive background on Rapture and the characters who created the chaos within it.
Kafer is pretty good. He really had me laughing when he voiced the Splicers. I guess anybody trying to sound like a drug addicted maniac will have a pretty hilarious imitation.
Having played the games, I did not want those to end nor this book to end either. I enjoyed this book so much that I took it upon myself to replay the entire bioshock series again.
I hope that they come out with a prelude to Bioshock: Infinite! The game does a pretty good job at giving hints and blatantly obvious signals of what happened and why Columbia was created but a story that fell in-line just like this book would be a delight. I would recommend this to all adult readers.
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.
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