| Tom Clancy’s the Division: Broken Dawn |
Immerse yourself into the fractured vision of the post-pandemic world from Tom Clancy’s The Division(R) 2 through this new story.
Months after the outbreak of a devastating global pandemic that started in New York City on Black Friday, traces of rebirth are spreading across the United States. Spring has come to the nation, and with it a glimmer of hope as civilians band together in settlements, trying to carve out a better life.
Amidst a ruined government, a shattered infrastructure, and an eroding civilization, The Division – an autonomous unit of sleeper agents activated when all else fails – is all that protects the people from predators who would harm them, scavengers who would take from them, and oppressors who would exploit them.
Aurelio Diaz is one of those agents. A man of great honor, he is on the hunt for one of his colleagues who inexplicably abandoned his duty and caused the death of multiple civilians. This trail leads him to April Kelleher, a resourceful civilian who traveled out of New York into a troubled American Midwest. There, she hopes to understand why her husband was murdered and if an antiviral to the deadly disease exists.
Together, Agent Diaz and April soon uncover an imminent threat to the future of the country. They must act to preserve civilization’s last hope to stop a new virus and save itself from a final collapse.
| What book? Feature with Alex Irvine |
Alex Irvine’s last foray into the world of The Division was the best-selling transmedia “meta-novel” New York Collapse. He is the author of both award-winning original fiction (Buyout, The Narrows) and licensed books in the worlds of Marvel, Transformers, Pacific Rim, Supernatural, Halo, and various other beloved franchises. He has also written a number of games, including Marvel: Avengers Alliance and The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, and done story development work for Blizzard and Amazon Game Studios, among others.
Tom Clancy’s The Division Broken Dawn by Alex Irvine
- What book inspired your love of reading as a child?
Oh, I don’t think I could choose just one. Some favorites: Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Marvel comics (especially Spider-Man and Dr. Strange), then The Hobbit and A Wizard of Earthsea…
- What book took your breath away?
Another long list! The books I admire most include Don Quixote, Midnight’s Children, A Wizard of Earthsea, Gravity’s Rainbow, Valis, Gould’s Book of Fish, Huck Finn, Sarah Canary, Song of Solomon, Borges’ short stories…I could go on. There’s almost nothing I love more than reading a book that opens up new horizons for me as a reader.
- What book made you laugh out loud?
Elmore Leonard is sneaky funny. Carl Hiaasen is not sneaky but also funny. I love a crime novel with a sense of humor.
- What book made you shout at it’s pages?
Well, there are different kinds of shouts, right? For the how-did-they-do-that? kind of shout, I would go back to some of the books I’ve already listed. For the shout of dismay, the death of Boromir had a big effect on me when I first read The Lord of the Rings as a kid.
- What book made you cry real tears?
I’ve cried over a fair few books, but the one that gets me every time is Charlotte’s Web.
- What book has stayed with you always?
Apart from some of the books I’ve already mentioned, I read a book called Up Periscope when I was maybe ten or eleven. It’s a story of a Navy diver in World War II, and the portrayal of the main character—frightened and confused but determined to do the right thing and carry out his mission—has always stuck with me.
- What book taught you the most?
As a human being, I think a lot of the line from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” That pretty much sums up my entire moral sense. As a writer, I try to learn a little something from every book I read. If I had to single out one book that blew open my notions of what a novel could do, it would be Don Quixote.
- What book would you give to a stranger?
There’s a book called The Dollmaker, by Harriette Arnow, that I buy every time I see it in a used bookstore just so I can give it to people. Everyone reading this Q&A should run right out and find a copy.
Wow, what a varied selection from Alex Irvine. Nice to see some new picks come up on the feature. Thank you so much Alex Irvine for letting us in on the books that connected with you on some level.
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