Somehow I went the whole of 2014 without reading a Fringe book! Looking back at my past reviews, it was back in June of 2013 that I was first introduced to the franchise.
The first book set in the seventies, TheZodiac Paradox, introduced us to the scientists that later go on to pioneer the Fringe project on which the hit TV series is based. It was only a couple of months later that I delved straight into the second book, The Burning Man, which introduces the character of Olivia and her turbulent background.
I can’t believe it’s been so long but I’m happy to give a glowing review to the third instalment in which we meet the scientist Walter Bishop’s son Peter whose criminal lifestyle lands him in hot water.
A scam that goes wrong in Bangkok sees him in possession of a deadly that virus that can alter the DNA of its human host, turning the individual into something else entirely, and also rendering them dangerously contagious if the serum is given its time to work.
Cue a number of action packed chases where the virus falls continually into the wrong hands, and Peter (whose morals aren’t always geared towards the good side of the spectrum) becomes involved with the scientist who created the virus, in order to get it back and to keep innocent bystanders from infection.
As well as being wildly exciting, the scientific content in the book is astoundingly brilliant, and this attribute is present in all the Fringe books I've read so far.The research involved must have been huge to pull off some of the in-depth scientific concepts that are explored which adds an intelligent, believable layer to the story.
Peter is a loveable rogue in this tale and I warmed to him, despite his moral failings. The story delves in and out of his history with his father which is the link to the series, although for me, there are still a lot of mysteries left unsolved which, if they are not featured in the show, then I really hope there are more books to come in this franchise.
For those of you that like your sci-fi to be heavy on the science, as well as being genuinely exciting, then these Fringe prequels are the books for you. I read them in order, but I think each stands alone against the other as great stories if you prefer to pick and choose.
Clever, explosive and well-travelled, this is an excellent series for fans of this genre. If anyone has watched the TV show and has any extra opinions on these books, please get in touch as I would love to hear from you!