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Bioshock:Rapture by John Shirley


Andrew RyanAndrew is one of the four protagonists of the story. Ryan was a former immigrant who grew up to be one of the richest men alive. Since WW2 had just ended, he came up with an idea. He would build an underwater Utopia free from Governent and restrictions. This city was Rapture.

Frank FontaineFrank was a criminal constantly on the run. After he takes the identity of an old colleague who would ship fish to Rapture, He made his way into the secret city. He becomes the founder of Fontaine Futuristics. This company develops plasmids. Fontaine uses these plasmids to help him become the top in Rapture. He is the reason Rapture is failing.

Bill McDonaghBill was an Engineer that Andrew Ryan hired to help build Rapture. Bill eventually settles into the city he has built and finds a wife. Bill keeps watch on Rapture. He is called in whenever there is an engineering problem (usually caused by sabatoge). Bill helps Andrew Ryan make big decisions because Bill is part of Rapture's council and Ryan's good friend.

SullivanSullivan is the police chief of Rapture. Sullivan arrests people who are disturbing or defying Rapture's few rules. Sullivan deals with many plasmid addicts throughout the story. Sullivan investigates things involving the future of Rapture. Including Fontaine's plasmid buisness. Sullivan sits along side Andrew Ryan and Bill in Rapture's Council.

Rapture 1945-1959The setting of the story is Rapture, a city deep under the sea. Just after World War 2, Andrew Ryan decided to build this secret city. Ryan wanted to build a place free from Government, free from censorship, and free from moral restrictions on science. Ryan felt that the people on the surface were foolish. You can only get into Rapture if you are invited and meet a certain set of criteria. If a nuclear war broke out, Rapture would be safe.

Fontaine produces self-enhancing drugs called plasmids. Plasmids change a person's genetic code so they can be given super powers such as electricity, fire, or teleporting powers. The downside to this drug is that it has massive side effects. The users skin get red spots and their skin gets wrinkly. It also drives people insane. They can't get enough. Since Plasmids can't necessarily leave Rapture, everyone starts using them. Everyone goes crazy which starts the downfall of Rapture. These drugs are the antagonist of the story.


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ReviewBioshock:Rapture is a fantastic book. It breaks the tradition of prequel books to media are all bad. One thing I enjoyed is how the story is told through different points of views. This shows the rise and fall of the under water utopia from every angle. Another thing I enjoyed is how suspenseful the story was. It got a little slow about half way through but when it picked up I didn't want to put it down.I give it 4/5 stars

ConflictThe conflict of this story is that the protaganists (excluding Fontaine) are trying to keep Rapture sane. The conflict is Rapture's founders vs the plasmid addicts of rapture. When Rapture discovers plasmids, the whole city goes insane. Since everyone is insane, people begin to murder each other. Eventually there is hardly anyone who is not addicted to plasmids anywhere. No one can be controlled. There is no escape from the city.

A Man Chooses, a Slave ObeysThe phrase "A man chooses, a slave obeys" is used multiple times in the story. This phrase is the theme of the book. What this means is that a real man chooses what to do with life and the world. The man fights for what he believes in. A slave on the other hand just takes orders from others. Instead of doing something with their lives they continue to accept the world as it is. A slave obeys what the world tells him is right and wrong. In simpler terms it means that people should try to make things extrordinary instead of accepting the world as it is. Try to find what you can do to make a better place.

Andrew Ryan Quotes"A man chooses, a slave obeys""What is the difference between a man and a parasite? A man builds. A parasite asks 'Where is my share?' A man creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?' A man invents. A parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... ""I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? 'No!' says the man in Washington, 'It belongs to the poor.' 'No!' says the man in the Vatican, 'It belongs to God.' 'No!' says the man in Moscow, 'It belongs to everyone.' I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... Rapture, a city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, Where the great would not be constrained by the small! And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well.""We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us."

John ShirleyJohn Shirley is a Bram-Stoker award and International Horror Guild award winning author. He has written over 30 books. He is the guy to go to if you want to do a book adaption to a popular franchise. He has also written other video game adaptions such as "Borderlands: The Fallen" and the book adaption of "Doom". He is also known for his cyberpunk science-fiction stories. More information can be found here.

InformationThis science-fiction novel "Bioshock:Rapture" by John Shirley is aimed for fans of the video game series. Although it serves as a prequel, it has major spoilers for the franchise so it is not good for newcomers of the series. This book is targeted more to people who know the franchise well but would like to read Rapture's history is book form.



  • bumbot 8 years ago

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    Will- This is an amazing glog. I enjoyed the way you set your background. This looked like a very exciting book, with a very good plotline. I also appreciated how you were honest in your review of the book, because otherwise I was going to read it, and I would've probably have had a confusing experience. I liked your images of the characters. The only thing I would point out is that the text on some of the page is a little small. But other than that, it was really great!

  • carrotk37 7 years ago

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    its not a book bumbot its a game

  • blishk37 7 years ago

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    carrotk37 its bumbutt

  • eckera37 7 years ago

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    blishk37 your a weirdo.

    from: eckera37