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Mexican food existensialism, bear gods, and the death of a galaxy: the Far Cry 5 novel is weird

James Davenport
 

Far Cry 5 has a novel tie-in, because of course it does. It's not a necessary story, it's one that flails around in information we already know or could have gleaned from a conversation or two with those involved in the final game. This isn't to say it's an awful book. Absolution is decent afternoon of action, a story about people with guns, some of whom are sad and some of whom are crazed religious cultists forcing the locals to take hallucinogenic drugs—a tale as old as time itself.

But the novel has a penchant for trying very hard to sound like Cormac McCarthy, describing simple actions with near biblical profundity. Modern day Montana is not the old west, so treating violence and nature with the same crude tools as an infinitely burning bush or a dope ass Clint Eastwood monologue is going to feel forced. Absolution is at its best during its frequent action scenes where the writing is clear and vivid, not when reaching attempting to transcend its videogame nove

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