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5 game-based books to read while stuck under quarantine

If you are like me and stuck at home under quarantine, then you’re probably trying to occupy yourself with something – video games and books are, of course, the best option. If you’re one of those gamers who don’t normally resort to reading books, I would like to change you. So today I’ve decided to introduce you to some great books inspired by your favorite video games.

The Witcher series

Reading about worlds filled with magic, monsters and miracles is amazing, especially if you are stuck at home because of a coronavirus quarantine. And lucky for you, The Witcher saga offers just that. There are 2 short stories, 5 parts of the series and a standalone novel. You will have plenty to read.

If you are unfamiliar with the story of The Witcher games, I’ll quickly recap it for you. The main character is Geralt of Rivia, a person who exhibited supernatural abilities from a young age and thus, became a witcher. This means that he has to fight beasts and monsters. But his destiny ties him to a young girl, Ciri, who he must protect.

These books cover an insane amount of topics, so I’m sure you will find what’s right for you. Or, if you have already played the games and read the books, then maybe it’s time to check out the Netflix series.

The Witcher books

Stalker

I’m not going to cherry pick a specific Stalker book, because there are tons of them. The setting is the same in each though, so let me give you an idea of what these books are about.

There is at least one place in the world that is known as The Zone. Regular people aren’t allowed there, only high ranking military personnel. This is because the area is filled with dangers, such as gravity anomalies, strange animals and plenty of other things that can easily kill a person. This is the result of alien influence on The Zone, which took place in the past.  Stalkers are the people who go in there unapproved, and bring out artifacts to sell.

I obviously recommend starting with the original book, Roadside Picnic. After that you can jump into the other ones, which are basically fanfics on the original.

Stalker books

The Metro trilogy

This is a lesser known adaptation, as many people don’t know that the Metro games were originally based on books. Which is kind of sad, but understandable, since only the universe and the setting are the same.

In Metro 2033, we can follow Artyom as he tries to navigate the underground part of Moscow after a nuclear holocaust. There are a few camps set up in the tunnels, but most of it are simply dark and filled with terror. If you light goes out you are done. The Dark Ones will come get you.

If you are into post apocalyptic stories, these books will be perfect for you while under quarantine. Although, be prepared to process a good amount of politics as well, because the author just couldn’t avoid that topic.

Metro books for the quarantine

BioShock: Rapture

Bioshock is one of those games that either drew you in from the moment you saw it, or it didn’t. Either way, nowadays it’s considered a classic. If you liked the game, the novel is a must read.

The story of Bioshock: Rapture precedes the events of the first game. Much of the plot revolves around Andrew Ryan, an immigrant who has managed to raise himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest men in America. Disillusioned with the fallacies of the post-WWII world, he decides that he would create his own utopia; a perfect world he calls Rapture.

We all know how this went down, as that is what the first two games are all about. But what you might not know, is how the place came to be. That’s something that the novel explains perfectly.

Bioshock book for the quarantine

Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed is another game series that I don’t need to introduce. It’s many people’s favorite franchise, but did you know that there are 10 books set in its universe?

The series have very strong ties to each other, so you don’t really need any blurbs. All I have to say is, that you can read all about Ezio’s journey, which adds a little more depth to the character, if you didn’t get enough from the games. If you liked the games, you will like the books, especially if you were more invested in the story than the gameplay.

Assassin's Creed books

Beyond these 5 franchises, there are plenty of books based on games for you to discover while under quarantine. After all, you’ll need something to distract you from the world around you, and the best method might just be by reading new books.

If you are getting desperate and scared though, you might want to go back to The Binding of Isaac and the book it was based on – the Bible. Get to praying.

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Heidi Caedere

I'm a writer, and I love to create articles around games. What I love even more is playing the games themselves. League of Legends and Stardew Valley are my jam.
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