EVE: The Burning Life

Other than Empyrean Age, The Burning Life and Templar One are there are any other published books about the Eve universe? I know about the scientific articles and short stories CCP puts out but any other authored works I'm unaware of I would appreciate some info on.
I too read the book and would not recommend anyone buying it. If you can't find a free copy from your local library or other source, your not missing anything from your life or from EVE.
Color me completely surprised: I thought The Burning Life was going to be completely ripped in two. While I so far agree that the EVE books are not great pieces or literature, they were akin to eating junk food compared to the cuisines that are great novels.To me, the way the book yanked me around was jarring, the middle of the book was ~boring~, characters were inconsistent, and the ending was stupid. I mean, where did Ralea's character end up? Why was she even in the final chapters? The reveal to Drem from the SoE team was cliche'd, and at worst, cheapened his story.But the biggest crime was how everything was glossed over for the sake of moving the story along. I was really enjoying her time wandering around the Gallentean metropolis, how it showed off Gallentean vanity. I loved her mindset regarding facial modifications, but after that chapter? NOPE. All gone. Oh, and the Amarrian chapter? Awesome. I really liked how she tapped into her inner self, but NOPE! That was thrown out, too! It just becomes a story about how Ralea and her slut friend stumble across the cluster in a hurried manner.Drem's side was better, at least later on, because he had that element of being torn between two things that drove him up to that point. I'm happy that it didn't include all four pirate factions, because if it did, it would've spread itself even thinner than it already had. It still suffers from the hurried "checklist" pace of the book, robbing it of potential (Kuvakei! Angel Cartel!).The original point I wanted to make, though, is that Empyrean Age was a better book. Falek's interactions with Gear were endearing, Midular's desperate scramblings to hold together the Republic were interesting to read, and Otro (while he being as interesting as stale graham crackers) at least had that neat thing going on with Insorum.I totally thought TBL was going to be torn a new asshole.TLDR: Expected The Burning Life to be flamed, left dissapointed.
The best thing about The Burning Life is that it isn't The Empyrean Age.
Writers like this one encourage me to write. With the premise that if they can do it, how hard can it really be?
I agreed with all of the points made. I found the book ok as a whirlwind introduction to as much of EVE Online as possible, with the characters used as vehicles rather than people to be developed. I was happy to have read it, to be absolutely fair - though I would like to read a review of the next book - I found it to be far more enjoyable than TBL.
Thankfully I got both Empyrean Age and The Burning Life from the local library while pleasant stories in their way - the novel format didn't suit either author. Perhaps with practice they would get better but Eve Lore can be so much more vibrant and darker at the same instance.
The Burning Life felt like a tour guide trip through New Eden with the flimsiest pretense of a story tacked on.
My girlfriend now plays eve after she read this book. As a result I think this book is great. I have never read it and never will, still got my girl to play eve. Good book indeed.
The real tragedy of Drem's story is that his family was living in a Large Collidable Structure in a mission deadspace.That's the EVE equivalent of living in a small subsistance farming community in Africa: It's only a matter of time until the one of the local warlords shows up and trashes the place.
Your kidding me right? How can you like this pile of shit but hate the first book. I was unaware tmc posted troll articles
Well as an eve-player I wantet to give the books a chance. While Hoots enjoyed The Burning Life and did not enjoy The Empyrean Age, for me it was the exactly the other way round. The first one was in my eyes a good mirror of the cruel eve universe and it's background story, but the second book has not really much to do with the eve, that I experience every day. It was even a quite boring read for me.
Capsuleer = Warlord
Have they done an audio book of them?


"We will eat the body and sanctify its blood, to let it be born again."
— The opening line of EVE: The Burning Life.

Round Two

In late January I wrote a review of EVE: The Empyrean Age by Tony Gonzales. My review was less than favorable, and my initial plan to read the three books published about EVE in rapid fire-succession were dashed by my inability to muster up the will to pick up the second book. To recap the first review, skip The Empyrean Age unless you like exercises in frustration.

Having purchased all three books, however, I eventually managed to coax myself into reading the first few chapters of the next book. Since The Burning Life was written by Hjalti Danielsson—better known as CCP Abraxas—I reckoned I could give a different author a chance at telling a story set in the EVE universe. Keeping that in mind, I endeavored to keep my mind as open as possible, although I imagine I was in some way influenced by still having The Empyrean Age fresh on my mind.

My prior experience with the earlier EVE book partly explains why, when I finished reading The Burning Life, I was left with an overall positive impression. I could continue to make excuses and qualifications for my feelings, but ultimately I enjoyed The Burning Life when I did not enjoy The Empyrean Age.

A Couple Points of View

The narrative of The Burning Life centers on two different characters, Drem and Ralea. The chapters focus on one character perspective or the other, and the author uses the two characters to explore different parts of the galaxy. The story itself is ultimately about the two characters, the people they meet, the places they travel to, the trials they endure, and the choices they make. This is not a tale about political movers and shakers, or revolutionary and historic events. It is just a story about two people.

Truthfully, the book is really two different stories. Ralea is a wealthy mission agent burnt out from years of drug use, while Drem is a young man on a quest for revenge against a capsuleer who murdered his family. The two stories mix only at the very end of the novel, and I was completely unsurprised and underwhelmed by the way the Drem and Ralea were connected.

Ralea’s chapters are the weaker parts of the novel. Ralea herself is not a very sympathetic or relatable character, nor is she a particularly active participant in the events of the novel. She doesn't really need to be as nothing really happens in her part of the book except an unfortunate series of circumstances that require she leave one part of space and go to the next part of space. Reading Ralea’s chapters felt more akin to reading someone narrate a travel diary than a novel proper, and her personal journey didn’t really result in any apparent character development.

Drem’s chapters are much better. Drem has a clear purpose, complicated motivations, and a good character arc that develops over the course of the novel. The people he meets and the places he travels to among the pirate factions are more interesting than Ralea’s encounters in high-sec, and I felt that he grew and matured as the story progressed.

A Month of Reading

To The Burning Life’s credit, the novel avoids any serious pitfalls. I wasn’t blatantly or terribly offended at any point, and mercifully there wasn’t any out-of-place or infuriating deus ex machina that allowed for easy and convenient plot progression. The characters really did stand on their own devices.

This is probably why the book took me a month to read even though I’m by no means a slow reader. The last book I took a month to read was Anathem by Neil Stephenson, and the entire point of that book is that the tone is deliberate, methodical, dense, and even a little plodding. The Burning Life is no Anathem. I took a month to read it because I wasn’t really compelled to continue reading after I stopped at any given point. There was nothing that terribly grabbed me or motivated me to keep reading throughout the first half of the novel, particularly during the Ralea chapters.

I did eventually finish the book, and there was never a point I thought to myself I wouldn’t finish it because of any sort of active dislike. When competing for my time, The Burning Life was sometimes less interesting than many other options I had available.

My Verdict

The Burning Life is an okay book. It's no great piece of literature, but Danielsson wrote a good tale about a man named Drem that I personally enjoyed. People interested in EVE lore will find much of interest concerning the various pirate factions, and I enjoyed the fact that Drem himself is a Blood Raider and also the most sympathetic character in the entire book by a wide margin.

I would only tell readers to be aware that my harshest criticism is that The Burning Life is occasionally completely uninteresting and a little boring. If that isn’t any sort of deal-breaker, and you really enjoy the EVE universe, go read The Burning Life. At the very least, you could do much, much worse.

Drewson Houten, known by friends and corpmates alike as "Hoots," is a member of TEST alliance through a little corporation called Alea Iacta Est Universal (AIEU).