If you're like me and you're a total book junkie, and also a gamer, you've probably read some books based off of your favorite video games. Here's my top 3 favorite novels about said genre.
Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals by Dan Abnett & Nik Vincent
This novel details Lara's life immediately after Yamatai (the island in which Lara and friends get shipwrecked) and her quest for the Golden Fleece. Without giving too much away, her best friend Sam ends up in the hospital from allegedly attempting suicide and leaves a note for Lara:
My very best friend!
It's all too much!
I know that you understand. You were there. I don't think that I can bear it any longer. You saved me once, but I don't believe that I can be saved again. I don't think I can be saved from Her. It isn't your fault. Know that I don't blame you. I just can't live with what happened at Yamatai.
Your true friend through all eternity,
Lara spends some time at the hospital by Sam's side but Sam keeps referring to herself only as "Himiko," who is the Sun Queen of Yamatai in the 2013 game.
Lara then returns home in search of "The Book"; a historical log book which had passed hands many times before coming into her possession. This is when Lara discovers the legend of the Golden Fleece, and then she sets out on her journey to find the artifact.
After the novels comes a series of comics leading up to the next installment, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
As a huge fan of the Tomb Raider series I genuinely enjoyed this novel. The 2013 Tomb Raider game ends with Lara saying "I'm not going home" and it kept me in suspense until this novel was released. From cover to cover I was on the edge of my seat reading every word. It kept me wanting more. It's a very interesting read for fans of the series and it helps you get all the in-between story from the 2013 game to Rise of the Tomb raider.
BioShock: Rapture by John Shirley
BioShock: Rapture is the prequel to the 2007 release of BioShock. It takes place at the end of World War II when the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have brought fear of total annihilation; the taxes are high and the rise of secret government agencies have people watching their backs. Among all this chaos is a man by the name of Andrew Ryan, who seeks to create a utopia free of all the chaos, and government restrictions on science. He created Rapture, the underwater city from the BioShock game. This is the story of how it all came together and how it all ended, how Splicers became Splicers and where Big Daddy actually started.
I'm a sucker for a good science fiction, horror book, so naturally BioShock caught my interest. I loved everything about the BioShock games, but I was always left wondering how Rapture all came about. This novel detailed that perfectly and it was really interesting to get inside the head of the one who started it all, Andrew Ryan. It's an absolute must read for any science fiction, horror or BioShock fans.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Now this isn't a novel based upon any specific game. It's a science fiction dystopian novel that was released in 2012. To give a brief, spoiler free summary, it's about a virtual world called the Oasis. The creator of the Oasis has passed away but he left a hidden easter egg inside of the virtual world. The winner of this hunt would come into all of his earnings and become the most powerful person in the world. It's a fun novel that touches on topics of teamwork and power. It has tons of pop culture references and is all around a great read for anyone interested in this genre. The film is currently in the works, directed by Steven Spielberg, who has multiple mentions in the novel.
From the moment I heard about this novel I was instantly intrigued. It had all my favorite things from video games, to pop culture, to virtual reality. I immediately got lost in the story the moment I opened the first page. At one point it had me feeling like I was in the Oasis with Art3mis, Aech and Parzival. It made me feel like we were this unstoppable dream team. It's a really fun novel that I recommend for any pop culture or science fiction fan.
Video games and reading were always favorite ways to escape reality. They helped get me out of my head and put myself in a new world. Being able to escape with both at the same time, is something I always hope for.