SciFi Book Review: Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox by Christa Faust

In 1971 university students Walter Bishop and William Bell use an exotic chemical compound to link their subconscious minds. Unexpectedly, they open a rip in space through which comes a menace unlike any our world has ever seen – The Zodiac Killer. His singular goal is death, and it falls to Bishop, Bell and Nina Sharp to stop him.

The show may have ended, but I’m glad the world of Fringe continues on in this new series of books. This first novel takes us back to the late 60s/early 70s when the Fringe division is just getting off the ground. Walter, Bell and Nina are all young and inexperienced. They still have high ideals and morals that keep them grounded. Though there are hints to their future decisions.

This was a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed. We get a look through the killer’s eyes that adds an element of suspense, as the narrative jumps back and forth between the killer experiences and Walter and Bell’s. With plenty of mystery, fringe science, and humor – this story is a solid installment in the Fringe franchise. I’m looking forward to future novels in this expanded universe with high expectations.

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