The Burning Man is the second novel about the Fringe television series by Christa Faust. As a huge fan of the show, it’s great to find books that will continue your cravings to stay on a journey with your favorite characters. This book focuses on the younger life of Olivia Dunham, pre-Fringe Division, and shares her personal struggles with her family life and the side effects of the Cortexiphan experiments.
Christa took a slice of Olivia’s life, used it as a launching pad, and ran with it to create a very compelling story of Olivia’s childhood. I applause her for developing the relationship with her sister, Rachel, which was dropped on the show, but is essential in showing her loyalty and ability to care for others. Believe-it-or-not, readers will find themselves rooting for her first boyfriend (you will even get past the fact that he's not Peter). Most of the book is Olivia as a teenager and it has a dark Veronica Mars vibe, which makes the reader not able to put the book down until Olivia can catch the bad guy.
Overall, Christa Faust did a great job of writing a book that is character driven and less science heavy for fans who want to extrapolate on the childhood of Olivia that made her into Agent Olivia Dunham.
The critically acclaimed Fringe television series explores the dramatic and grotesque as impossible crimes are investigated by the government's shadowy Fringe Division, established when Special Agent Olivia Dunham enlisted institutionalized "fringe" scientist Walter Bishop and his globe-trotting son, Peter, to help in investigations that defy all human logic - and the laws of nature.
Author Christa Faust (Choke Hold, Supernatural) is working hand-in-hand with the television writers to create new adventures uncovering the secrets of the series. The first novel revealed how Walter Bishop and William Bell discovered the drug Cortexiphan--and the alternate universe! Book two will explore how Olivia Dunham first was subjected to Cortexiphan experiments, with catastrophic results.
Faust has been given unprecedented access to stories that have not been told on-screen, but weave directly into the series canon, much as Joss Whedon's Buffy graphic novels continue that series' official storyline.
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