When I bought this book, I did so fully believing it wasn't going to be particularly good. I've not read anything else by this author before, so it was no judgement on their writing capabilities, I've just read several novels based on computer games and none have been up to much really. I was pleasantly surprised then that the opening chapter seemed to have just as much fun and excitement as the games had and that I could actually picture how the scene would play out as a game. The book is well-paced and loyal to the feel and nature of the games while obviously making the adjustments that are needed for the jump in medium. The much-loved male characters from the games (Drake and Sully, obviously!) are present and on top form with their banter and it's only a small criticism that Elena wasn't there - but as this is something of a prequel to the games, I can forgive it easily enough. The new characters are nicely written too, with Jada be suitably sympathetic and likeable without really trying too hard to force the reader to understand and warm to her. Fortunately, there isn't a heavy theme of obligatory romance either, which was something that concerned me at the inclusion of a new female character. It's not that I'd have particularly minded it, but the cliche would have irked me a little and if Drake starts getting a new girl in every iteration of the franchise, we might as well start calling him Captain Kirk. So yeah, happy that it was kind of hinted at but in the end didn't come to anything.
Overall, a fun read for fans of the game and a nice addition to the franchise.