Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox Book Review

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox Book ReviewThe series may be over but Fringe fans get new adventures in the form of books, including Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox

I received a review copy of Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox by Christa Faust from Titan Books, which is fortunate, because I was an avid fan of the Fringe television series. But how does the book compare? Read on for my full review.

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox serves as a prequel to the hit Fox television series. In this new book, Walter Bishop, Nina Sharp and William “Belly” Bell are in their early 20’s and they have not yet become a part of Global Dynamics. They’re still kids, but they’re the most brilliant minds of their generation. When Walter and William start experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs, they unwittingly open a gateway to an alternate universe. Through that gate comes a killer, one of the most remembered of the time: The Zodiac Killer.  It’s up to Walter, William and Nina to make sure the killer gets sent back to where he came from.

It’s interesting to see the characters in their younger incarnations in the book. Walter, however, hasn’t changed much from the bumbling genius that he is to grow into and that we know from the television series. I still don’t feel like I know William Bell, very well, though – he’s always been enigmatic and remains so in this book. Nina, however, is different and much more vibrant as a young woman and this book shows a side of her I wish we could have seen on-screen. The characters are written true to form and seeing them in their younger incarnations is fascinating.

There are many things in this book that actually lead up to things that happened on the television. We see the early form of cortexiphan and the results that Walter and William had with it. We also see some foreshadowing of Walter’s own future concerning his son and the beginnings of what will eventually become the government’s Fringe division.

Unfortunately, another thing seen when reading this book is a great deal of typos. These things don’t usually spoil my reading experience, but when they’re as noticeable as they are here, it does provide some distraction from the story.  I will also admit that I was a little let down that we didn’t see more hints about Olivia Dunham, but the book does take place in 1971, before she was born. However, Walter does have a vision about Peter, so I suppose there’s that.

With that being said, fans of Fringe will enjoy this book, which expands the story a little further and gives us a good background of just how things began.  You can buy it now on Amazon.

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