I have to give huge respect to the team at Respawn: this was a fantastic read! Entertaining, chilling, laugh-out-loud funny, and just spot on for characters. We get so much history for each of the Legends, often fleshing out the cinematics and the people in them in the...
I have to give huge respect to the team at Respawn: this was a fantastic read! Entertaining, chilling, laugh-out-loud funny, and just spot on for characters. We get so much history for each of the Legends, often fleshing out the cinematics and the people in them in the process. The book is up to date to Horizon''s release, though the newer characters don''t get as much time as the older and original Legends. Great tidbits such as two rival Legends being brothers, two Legends grew up together despite being vastly different in personality, and we even get the reveal of Pathfinder''s creator. The only downside in the entire book is that a lot of the images felt recycled from the cinematics/character reveals (though there is also a lot of fantastic original art too).
The narrative is Pathfinder trying to find clues to discover who created him. As he interviews each of the characters, he gets more and more clues as to the big picture of why he was made. At the same time, we get a wonderful view of the entire universe Respawn created for both Apex Legends and Titanfall. Those who played Titanfall will enjoy this book just for the many Easter eggs interspersed throughout. But those who have not played Titanfall need not worry - this book gives a complete history of the universe and world in which our Legends interact.
Each of the interviews has a profile of the Legend, often a story that the Legends tell about themselves (Pathfinder calls them ''story times''), a summary of all Pathfinder learned from that Legend about the world or hints as to his creation, and then a great ''selfie'' image (many of which were very, very funny). From Lifeline jumping on his back, Gibraltar hugging him too tight, Crypto trying to hide from the camera, and Revenant trying to squeeze the life out of him, it was all great storytelling that was informative as well.
So much of what''s in this book we kind of knew but was explained better including Bangalore talking about how she lost her brother, Crypto and Caustic arguing about each hiding real identities as murderers, Mirage talking about his mother and how she became unhinged after the death of his brothers, Lifeline growing up in a wealthy family, Octane on why he is so crazy, Horizon on being betrayed by her assistant Reid and left to die, and much more. What makes each of the interviews so amazing is that you can completely hear their personalities in the words - each interview goes very differently and each character reacts to Pathfinder''s naïve optimism in different ways. From Mirage treating him like a best friend to Revenant twisting facts to destroy Pathfinder and lead him to ruin. You really feel the characters - Bangalore''s grit, Mirage''s narcissism, Revenant''s sociopathic aggression, Octane''s recklessness, Lifeline''s remorse, Gibraltar''s love, Crypto''s anti-socialness, Caustic''s aggression, Bloodhound''s straightforwardness, Wattson''s playfulness, Wraith''s ambivalence, etc. It''s just great writing here.
For me, I enjoyed how this book''s stories filled in the cinematics. More about Bloodhound''s past, his parents being scientists, his Uncle''s disdain of technology, and what looks like their first and only love - things hinted at in the cinematic. The same with the other characters - each interview explained so much and by the end, you''ll fully understand why Pathfinder was selected to do the interviews - he is connected to every character in some way that is truly remarkable and the heart and soul of the story. It all comes together at the end when he finally gets his answers/figures out his history from the clues.
If only for the selfies and interviews for each character, this would be worth it. But that we get nearly every character telling a story of their past (and each given in a different way - dossiers, a movie script, etc.) it makes it that much more fantastic. The authors were incredibly creative in how they built the worldbuilding into the interviews (e.g., Octane and Loba, because they both travel a lot due to their ''work'', each gave opinions of each syndicate world (and map locations for the game) that both contrasted, showed their personalities, and gave us great information). I liked that several interviews occurred in pairs (the Crypto and Caustic interview was laugh out loud funny).
I highly recommend this for those who play or enjoy watching the pros play on Twitch. The lore here is fantastic, well presented, a great read, and will enhance your experience with the game. And really, you''ll want to hang the ''selfies'', they are so well done. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.