He’s Just Not That Into Books: Video Games

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You know the type. He's only at the library to pick up his sister, sleep through study hall, or use the computer.

But wait. What's this? BioShock... the book? Halo... you can read?!

If you play your cards right, maybe that brooding young man will walk away with a good read tucked into the back pocket of his overlarge jeans.

This week we'll be recommending books that might just catch the attention of the ever elusive teen male reluctant reader. Today, we're focusing on video game tie-ins.

BIOSHOCK: RAPTURE is the story of the rise and fall of the city Rapture, already abandoned and in ruins at the beginning of BioShock.

This story begins at the end of World War II, when America's sense of freedom is diminished and many are desperate to take their freedom back. Among them is a great dreamer who sets out to create the impossible, a society free from government, censorship, and moral restrictions on science Rapture. This dream is realized only to fall to tragedy.

HALO: CRYPTUM also takes place well before the earliest chronological game (Halo: Reach).

100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners. And then they vanished.

Both BIOSHOCK: RAPTURE and HALO: CRYPTUM are now available from Tor Books.

Not excited about video game violence? It may interest you to know that the protagonist of this book never touches a weapon.

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