The Burning Man (Fringe #2) By: Christa Faust
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.
There were some really horrific moments in this book. Lots of unnecessary death, though, I guess it wasn’t technically unnecessary because it did a great job of making the bad guy seem unhinged.
The last part of the book was lots of gore and disgusting Sci-Fi stuff. Not what I normally like to read to be honest, though it’s normal for the Fringe universe.
I didn’t find this book as interesting as the first one. It was well written and seemed in character, but it was somehow more graphic. I felt helpless a lot of the time while reading, there was so much bad going on and none of it was being resolved.
The epilogue brought closure and picked up shortly before the TV show started. I’m curious to see what happens in Peter’s book, but I’m not in a hurry to read it.