Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox


by Ashley Binion

Missing the crazy, universe hopping adventures of the Fringe team? The Zodiac Paradox, the recently released Fringe tie-in novel written by Christa Faust, chronicles the adventures of young scientist pair Walter Bishop and William Bell.

One night at Rieden Lake, Walter and Bell open up a rip in space while on one of their classic “trips.” As a result, Allen, a serial killer from the other universe, was able to travel into our world and continue his murderous spree under the name the Zodiac Killer. It’s now up to the two scientists to stop his homicidal ways. Of course, no case is complete without the appearance of the fabulous Nina Sharp. The novel explores Bell and Nina’s relationship further (always somewhat ambiguous during the series), the development of Cortexiphan, and the real beginnings of Fringe Division.

We were only given glimpses at Walter and Bell’s relationship on the show, but the novel dives further into their dynamic. The dialogue is written so vividly, it’s easy for the reader to imagine John Noble and Leonard Nimoy delivering the lines. However, it was strange to read about Walter and Bell trying to find the Zodiac Killer without the aid of Peter, Olivia, and Astrid; but their absence made the story unique. It is easy to see this novel as a stand-alone episode.

The Zodiac Paradox is a must read for Fringe fans who want a closer look at Walter’s early years. Or for those who are missing the fun adventures of their favorite scientists.

The second novel in the series, Olivia-centric The Burning Man, will be released in July.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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