I haven't finished the book yet. But I'm really enjoying it. I didn't know anything about it when it arrived. I thought it was just another cheesy game novelization like the Doom or Mass effect books but no... this is something else entirely. Non-spoiler premise: April was given a basic survival guide by her husband as a "joke". The printed pages of New York Collapse is the survival guide. As real world events begin to unfold it turns out April's pandemic survival guide is uncannily accurate. April begins to use the margins as her diary during her struggles to survive and make sense of her situation. The more she flips back and forth through the book reading and leaving notes the more she notices that this "theoretical" survival guide is more closely linked to the events around her than can be rationally explained. Each page is super detailed with notes and pictures from different days and weeks as she flipped back and forth through the survival guide over and over again.
I decided early on to try and follow April's story chronologically. Or as close as I could, anyways. I wanted to discover the story as she did, one journal entry at a time. April's story is not written in sequence but it can be pieced together close enough by following which pen she was using during which time period. First I read the book as a survival guide, doing my best to ignore all of the scribbles and notes. That way I understand the book as it would appear when April first received it. Next I read through the book reading only April's first impressions - the black ink. This is April using the book as a literal survival guide as she wonders at the strange coincidence of the accuracy of her book to the world around her. Now, I'm reading the blue ink which is where she starts to see conspiracy instead of coincidence. Reading it this way really gives me a sense of her growing desperation, frustration, and paranoia. In short... it's flipping awesome.
The great thing about this book is that there are so many different ways to enjoy it. Absorb it all at once, piece it apart as I have, or just flip through and enjoy each page separately. Best game tie in I've ever interacted with.
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; Ina Pck Fo edition (8 March 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781452148274
- ISBN-13: 978-1452148274
- ASIN: 1452148279
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)