QUANTUM BREAK: ZERO STATE – a dizzying, blisteringly-paced, complex labyrinth of a tie-in novel.

Posted: July 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

The power of stories is undeniable. I’ve always been aware of the fact that it is through stories that our reality is shaped.

These days,  there is a wide selection of storytelling environments at one’s disposal. Books, comics, films, television series, and yes, even videogames, can compel us in ways which we cannot fully fathom.  I have to be honest and say that sometimes, I get compelled by the story of a videogame just as much as that of a film, or even a novel.

Such was the case with the mindblowing story in Quantum Break,  a story in which time, in and of itself, can, and in my view, does take center stage. The game is groundbreaking in the manner in which it allows players to choose possible outcomes for the story, which play out in a live-action series tied into the storyline.

A groundbreaking game deserves a groundbreaking prose adaptation. And such is the case for Quantum Break: Zero State, an awesomely complex novel which takes the characters of the game and places them in a similar and yet wholly different context than that of the storyline that players get to explore. As per the words of Sam Lake, the director of Remedy Entertainment, the publisher of the game said, the game didn’t need a straightforward novelization, and as such, Cam Rogers, the author of the novel, who was gracious enough to provide me with a copy, which doesn’t mean that the views presented herein belong to anyone else, got total control.

And boooy, oh boy, did the novel ever end up in a pair of capable hands! The storyline is as complex and multifaceted as the original novel is, the plot is blistering, and the characterization is spot-on. This book completely changed my view of what a tie-in novel is, and it may well be the best such book that has ever crossed my path. The characters are familiar to those who’ve played the game: Jack Joyce, the time-bending drifter seeking to escape his past, and possibly his future too, Paul Serene, a man for whom time is an illness, Beth Wilder, a woman in search of her true loyalties, and William Joyce, the brilliant, eccentric mind who believes he can change the world through time travel.

The concept of time permeates, drives and sustains this high-octane, high-concept, high-stakes narrative, and its 400+ pages move at a blistering pace, redefining tie-in novels in the process. This is a must for everyone who loves solid, character-driven sci-fi. Thank you, Mr. Rogers. Heck of a job!  Solid ten out of five!

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