BioShock: Rapture is a tie-in Prequel to the video games BioShock and BioShock 2. It was written by John Shirley and released by Tor Books.The novel goes into detail about everything mentioned in the games' Apocalyptic Logs. After World War II Andrew Ryan designs the underwater city of Rapture to escape from the various people he percieves as parasites who want to take from the common man, and invites the best and brightest to live with him. But several problems soon arise: an increase in population leads to a need for more housing; a less educated group of people are brought in to build new housing but are then left to fend for themselves, creating a large underclass. Resources run short when the initial residents do not feel like being totally self-sufficent.All this creates unrest among the populace, which is made worse with the discovery and widespread distribution of ADAM. Eventually Rapture erupts into civil war and the city falls apart.
In a sense, the novel itself could be one for the story of Rapture.
Asshole Victim: The book has a few over the course of its run. A few notable examples include:
The cutthroat owner of a grocery store and a trash collection outfit drives a rival grocer out of business, gloating about it when Ryan refuses to help. It's hard to pity him when said rival takes a gun and shoots him.
Greavy, one of Rapture's city council, speaks quite dismissively of the misfortunes of the working class who are suffering in Rapture. He's practically asking for death from Splicers, which is exactly what happens.
Cavendish, a Dirty Cop of the highest order, gets gunned down by fellow officer Karlosky.
Body Horror: Attention is called to the deformities that Splicers suffer from, along with the destructive effects that Plasmids cause when used on their victims. And that's not counting the experimental subjects that Plasmids were tested out on...
Bittersweet Ending: Bill tries to escape and fails, resulting in his execution, but his wife and daughter make it to the surface to live a happy life.
Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: Implied In the last meeting between Fontaine and Ryan, as Fontaine subtly tells Ryan to stay out of his way, or he'll make him and Ryan knows exactly what's going on.
Call Forward: Pretty much every character except Andrew Ryan makes a comment about some flaw in Rapture that will eventually make it the mess Jack finds it to be in by the time of the game.
When Bill McDonagh first meets Sander Cohen, Cohen invites Ryan to a gallery show specializing in tableau vivant art that he is holding in Greenwich Village.
Driven to Suicide: Mariska and Samuel Lutz after seeing their daughter as a Little Sister via overdose, along with Sullivan who shoots himself over the guilt of killing Anna Culpepper.
Likewise the shopkeeper who has his business being run into the ground by a rival who also owns the trash collection company and thus refuses to pick up the trash from the former's store to drive him out of business. When Ryan refuses to help, The shopkeeper shoots the rival then turns the gun on himself.
Establishing Character Moment: Andrew Ryan is first introduced railing against miners on strike, Frank Fontaine is conning a guy out of his business using an alias, and Sander Cohen is starring in a terrible show.
Even Evil Has Standards: Fontaine is at first genuinely creeped out by the methods Suchong and Tenenbaum come up with for producing more ADAM. He gets over it when he realizes how much money can be made, however.
He also gets angry when Ryan implies that Fontaine putting so much interest in young girl orphans is because of a sexual nature.
Foreshadowing: Alot of it to later events in the story as well as the games
Four Lines, All Waiting: The narrative switches between Andrew Ryan, Bill McDonagh, Frank Fontaine, Sander Cohen, Brigid Tenenbaum, Sofia Lamb, Sander Cohen, Dr. Steinman, Sullivan, and occasionally minor characters.
Gilligan Cut: When hearing about a emergency involving sabotage, Andrew Ryan guesses that Bill is already dealing with it. Cut to Bill (knee-deep in water) wondering how on earth he's going to deal with the emergency.
Honor Before Reason: As Rapture begins to turn into a dictatorship, Bill Mc Donagh admits what's happening, but can't bring himself to abandon Andrew Ryan. It doesn't last forever, though, and he finally decides to try and escape with his family.
Only Sane Man: Bill McDonagh, the closest thing this book has to a protagonist. Especially apparent when all the other characters start going from deluded to insane. Even moreso his wife Elaine, who points out problems with Rapture right at the beginning.
Fontaine: What I'm here for really is to tell you that if you leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. All that recruiting you're guessing about won't come and bite you in the ass. If. You Back. The fuck.Off!