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[Free] ☻ Tom Clancys The Division ♥

Enjoyable on its own but great tie in with The Division Really expands the characters of the universe and also deepens the mystery that is further explored in Division 2 Also just generally enjoy the style of the book with the notes scribbled in the margins, giving a glimpse into the emotional mental state of one character and her interactions with the author. In 2013, J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst released S., a piece of metafiction that consisted of a reproduction of a character s copy of a book that exists within the project s fiction The multi layered story was told through the text of the book, the book s footnotes, the notes written in the margins of said book by the two people reading it, various scraps of paper stuck between the pages, and even some stuff on the Internet It was a fascinating, original approach to storytelling and a love letter to the printed word.In 2016, Ubisoft or some partner heavily borrowed from this conceit to create a product tie in for their newest video game, The Division Or Tom Clancey s The Division, if you want to be technical Unsurprisingly, this product tie in doesn t stand on its own two feet as well as the book that probably inspired it But New York Collapse still ends up being far enjoyable than it has any right to be, considering that it is unambiguously first and foremost a piece of merchandise.To understand the book, it helps to understand the game it s based on The Division is set a couple of months or so into a catastrophic pandemic that has ravaged New York city A terrorist of some sort has infected a number of dollar bills with an engineered virus, and released them in Manhattan on Black Friday to be quickly and vigorously circulated death by consumer culture Within weeks, the city has descended into complete chaos The government has quarantined the island, and further quarantined certain neighborhoods all public services and infrastructure have started to come undone most people who haven t escaped have died and various criminal and government turned criminal factions have laid claim to pieces of the city Violence ensues, and a mysterious government organization springs to action, deploying its agents that s you to quell the violence, restore order, and try to get the ball rolling on some sort of recovery Mostly, you kill people and collect better and better guns As you play the game, as with many games generally and Ubisoft s especially, you find various collectible objects throughout the world that provide additional fragments of narrative to flesh out the world beyond the game s core plot For example cell phones with voicemail messages that, when pieced together, recount various New Yorkers final days in mid apocalypse Manhattan There are various sets of collectibles, one of which is a series of pages torn from one woman s journal These journal entries are written not in a blank notebook, however, but in the pages of an oddly specific survival guide for life in a catastrophe ridden Manhattan The woman is named April Kelleher, the survival guide is called New York Collapse, and you are holding her copy in your hands The pages that were torn out and strewn around Manhattan for the video game player to find have been restored try not to think about it The primary text of the book, guide for how to survive a society destroying pandemic in Manhattan, is naturally less engaging than the novel within a meta novel that served as S s primary text, but it s still pretty engaging Because the guide is describing the world April Kelleher is living through with bizarre prescience and specificity, it almost functions as the text of a novel, albeit less flavorful The guide describes the situation, and April s margin notes contextualize that information by relating it to her own life and offering specific anecdotes These notes are written, again like in S., in various colors to signify different points in April s journey, and conveniently she keeps a tally of days in one of the first pages, so you can easily reference this to know when exactly she e.g lost the black pen and started writing in pencil.In addition to merely trying to survive in an imploding society, April Kelleher is trying to solve a number of mysteries First, she s trying to find out why and by whom her husband, some sort of biotech researcher, was killed before her eyes in the early days of the outbreak Second, she s trying to figure out what s up with the guide s pseudonymous author, Warren Merchant Given the book s eerie accuracy and narrow focus, it seems plausible that Merchant perhaps knew that plans were underway for an attack of this sort, and April has uncovered a number of hidden messages in the book that add weight to this hypothesis.Part of the fun of the book is unraveling these puzzles Secret coded messages are scattered throughout, although they seem to come in only two flavors already partially solved and easy to finish, and so obtuse that you re not sure it s a puzzle As such, the puzzles fail to draw you into an ever deepening rabbit hole instead, you ll just solve the easy ones as you go and not bother digging deeper for any.As the puzzles suggest, there s a bit of a mystery in the book, a circling around a conspiracy that keeps you engaged Unfortunately, all this hinting and elliptical storytelling never amounts to much There is no big denouement, no payoff for all the hints and puzzles and vague references I guess this book s creators borrowed that from J.J Abrams as well The Division s world is an interesting, rich setting for mid apocalyptic stories April Kelleher is an interesting, relatable character and the book tantalizingly skirts the edges of some sort of Big Secret throughout its brisk 176 pages But after all that, it just sort of fades out unceremoniously Perhaps the big reveal is being saved for the inevitable tie in for the game s sequel Of course, given the nature of the book, I can t say that for sure Maybe there s some big reveal hidden in an undiscovered secret message, or on some website the book was nudging me towards But if there is, I didn t find it I can t say how much you ll enjoy this book if you haven t played the video game I ve been playing the Division on and off for two years, and am fairly immersed in its world April Kelleher s story takes place largely before the events of the game, so the book serves as an interesting prequel, fleshing out the pandemic s heretofore hinted at early days It also provides a deeper focus on the catastrophe s human component, as opposed to the tactical considerations e.g where to stand to safely kill a bunch of Bad Guys that occupy most of your mental space while you play the game.I got this book against my better judgement it s a video game tie in mostly because I m so enad of S and it s meta fictional construction, and books of this sort are few and far between Given my expectations, the gamble has largely paid off A piece of great literature New York Collapse is not, but it s a thoroughly entertaining read, especially for someone already familiar with its world. [Free] ♥ Tom Clancys The Division ♣ New York Collapse Is An In World Fictionalized Companion To One Of The Biggest Video Game Releases Of Tom Clancy S The Division From Ubisoft Within This Discarded Survivalist Field Guide, Written Before The Collapse, Lies A Mystery A Handwritten Account Of A Woman Struggling To Discover Why New York City Fell The Keys To Unlocking The Survivor S Full Story Are Hidden Within Seven Removable Artifacts, Ranging From A Full City Map To A Used Transit Card Retrace Her Steps Through A Destroyed Urban Landscape And Decipher Her Clues To Reveal The Key Secrets At The Heart Of This Highly Anticipated Game You do not need to know anything about Tom Clancy s The Division in order to read it I hadn t until afterwards This book is a guide for how to survive in Manhattan if the world collapses Overlying the pages is the story of April Kelleher, a New Yorker whose husband was murdered shortly before the Dollar Bug gets released This book portrays a horrifying post apocalyptic world The plague wipes out a huge segment of the population so that bodies end up getting piled on the street in winter Manhattan is quarantined the bridges have been severed and guard patrols blow up boats that try to escape However, it becomes clear that the Dollar Bug is not just affecting Manhattan There is no help coming, and New Yorkers are left to fend for themselves.Hopping from place to place with her go bag and this manual April Kelleher records Manhattan s societal collapse in the margins of the book with any pen or pencil she can find Though the story is not written in a strictly linear fashion, of what is happening gets revealed as the reader goes through the consecutive pages not only does she have to get the essential food, shelter, and medicine to survive, she also has to dodge desperate civilians, ruthless Division agents, fanatical cultists who burn people to death, and escaped inmates from Rikers, and she s starting to believe that release of the Dollar Bug was deliberately planned.As apocalypses go, they don t come much bleaker There is no back to nature upside or cathartic fighting the bad guys These are vulnerable humans trapped in the worst kind of lawlessness and paranoia, and society unravelling in a relatively short amount of time There is no good community of trustworthy people to join Like most of the people stuck on the island, April has nothing that will guarantee her survival except her tenuous theory that it involves the work that her husband did before he was killed. If I hadn t played The Division, a video game for the latest generation of gaming systems, I m not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much as I did In The Division, the player takes on the role of a member of a secretive response unit that is called upon to save the day in times of utter societal collapse The book serves as a living artifact for this setting, offering clues and filling in spaces to deepen your understanding as a player of what is really going on around you.The book reads two ways the first is a surprisingly thoughtful guide to surviving in the collapse of society after catastrophe the second is a dialogue between a woman suffering through said collapse in modern Manhattan and the mysterious author of the survival guide This second reading is told through notes in the margins and props found stuffed in the pages of the physical book As a piece of video game fiction, I think the whole package is very well executed perhaps even superlative As a novel for fans of Tom Clancy it was written by a ghost writer for the broader Clancy universe , the presentation might be a bit of a speedbump. If S and The Zombie Survival Guide Complete Protection from the Living Dead had a baby, it would be New York Collapse by Alex Irvine True, there are no zombies or love stories happening in the margins But it is a survival book with handwritten notes and artifacts inserted by a woman who is desperately trying to survive New York after a weaponized version of smallpox is released into the general public While I really enjoyed the handwritten notes, puzzles, and inserted artifacts, I felt the book was slowed down by the prose of the manual I learned some interesting tidbits, such how far water will travel up in a building by the pure force of gravity versus with the aid of electric pumps But while I said oh cool out loud a few times, these mental floss esque knowledge bubbles weren t enough to sustain a high pace If you are a fan of experimental literature and survival stories, I highly recommend giving this a read Also, for those curious, I haven t played the game at all, and I still found it to be an enjoyable read, even without that transmedia connection. So I finished the first read through of this book It s obviously going to take some time to figure out the puzzles that I skimmed over in favor of digesting all the words Perhaps it s because I have invested so much time into the game, but I feel very closely connected to this story, and the characters Warren Merchant and April Kelleher I will definitely be going back through to try and discover all the hidden secrets and puzzles In addition to being an entertaining work of fiction, the survival bits were very enlightening and have inspired me to try out a few of the solutions mentioned Hopefully I would never need any of these survival skills, but I definitely want to remember as much as I can just in case This was a really fun read and I m glad I had the opportunity to experience it The story held my interest enough to forgive the author s for their blatant plagiarism of Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams I m a sucker for annotating books, so even when the annotations are printed and part of the work I can t help but get all gooey inside.The story of April was a fun read I ve played a few hours of Division just to see if I wanted the book and now having read the book, I m wanting to finish out the game Marketing objective met.Nice quick start to my 2019 reading challenge. I ve been playing The Division over the holidays, as it s my favourite Christmas themed game although I m not sure there are many other Christmas themed games out there Post apocalypse Christmas decorations Yes please Anyway, I finished all the main missions but suffered a bit of Division withdrawal when I came off it I don t have a Playstation Plus account, so endless plundering in the Dark Zone is a no go for me So I did a quick search and found a tie in book called New York Collapse A Survival Guide to Urban Catastrophe by the pseudonymous Warren Merchant.Now, I m always a bit sceptical about tie in media films of books we all know they rarely work , films of games which work even less , games of films, companion guides, books of games, etc There s always a bit of a sense of me tooing and cashing in on fans If a book carries the name of a game, it can get sales based on that and not necessarily on the quality of the book.So with a bit of trepidation, but reassured by the abundance of good reviews, I bought New York Collapse And I m so glad I did It s actually supposed to be the survival guide that crops up in the game A character appears in echoes playbacks from surveillance equipment called April Kelleher, and you can see in the game some of the moments that she writes about in this book The survival guide itself is a guide to surviving a TEOTWAWKI event The End Of The World As We Know It In the margins are the scrawlings of April Kelleher as she survives through the apocalypse in Manhatten, in parallel with the events of the game itself Rather suspiciously, the advice centres almost entirely around an outbreak of weaponised smallpox in Manhatten Handy, considering that s exactly what has happened in The Division game But that s all part of the mystery that April is trying to work out while trying to survive in an extremely hostile environment, with the constant threat of infection, federal aid collapsing and gangs whittling down what remains of the civilian population The survival guide is also full of puzzles that April and you needs to work out in order to locate the author, Warren Merchant, who is clearly trying to get her to meet him for whatever mysterious reason He clearly knows about what s going on.The book is really well produced to look like it s been through the apocalypse and back The cover is all torn up and there s blood and muck all over the pages Rather than just using a handwriting font, they ve actually got someone to hand write the margin scrawlings so it looks authentic On top of that, there are bits and pieces waiting to fall out, which are highly realistic apocalypse souvenirs and clues that April picks up It honestly feels like this is April s actual copy.Although I have played the game, I think you could get a great amount of entertainment out of The New York Collapse even if you haven t played or even heard of The Division At it s core, it s a highly realistic, engaging and original post apocalypse story If you ve played the game, this adds a little context, and you ll probably have a deeper understanding of some of the references, but I really don t think it s necessary The only frustrating aspect is that you don t really get an ending If you haven t played the game, this will probably feel like the first in a trilogy It s got that embellished beginning storyline, with the ending feeling like that s the point at which it s all going to kick off But alas, this is a standalone Not being party to the Dark Zone in the game, which is where the end of the book points you, I have no idea what the outcome is of April s story either This vexes me because it feels a little bit like it s pushing you to spend even money than you already have, and when you don t have much of a gaming budget, like me, it can leave you feeling frustrated and unfulfilled I may never know what happens without resorting to Youtube, and where s the fun in that Anyway, that s why this has got four stars, not five A book without a resolution and with a bid to drag money you don t have out of you can t get five stars in my book of principles In terms of production and intelligence and authenticity and the exercise for your own brain, this is a five star book Whether you ve played The Division or not, if you like apocalypses, conspiracies and you want to learn a bit about surviving in an urban environment, put this on your reading list.Now I m off to prep my go bag. I ve been getting back into The Division over the last couple months mainly because of how disappointing Destiny 2 was , and I figured this was the perfect time to dive into the backstory with the announcement of The Division 2 This was a cool concept for a book, a survival guide that had a bunch of notes from a person surviving through the catastrophe that is the backdrop for the game It was definitely enjoyable, and I wish I had read it when the game first came out and I was into it The only thing I didn t like the tiniest of complaints really was that it was slightly annoying to have to constantly turn the book on its side or upside down to read the notes in the margins Though I liked it, and it definitely helped me appreciate the story in The Division much as well as hyping up TD2.