BioShock Infinite: Mind in Revolt is an e-book released on February 13th, 2013, for the Amazon Kindle, and serves as a prequel story to the game, BioShock Infinite. Written by Irrational Games writer Joe Fielder, in collaboration with input from Ken Levine, this novel offers an insight story and background of Columbia, as well as motivations for key characters, such as Daisy Fitzroy.
A physical replica of the book titled The Psychology of Dissent: Interviews with the Anarchist Daisy Fitzroy was also released by the Irrational Games Store. It contains 42 pages with additional illustrations and graphics as if published by Comstock House and compiled from handwritten journal notes and typewritten Voxophone transcripts.
Mind in Revolt is written from the point of view of Dr. Francis Pinchot, a psychiatrist trying to discover the secret of rebellious minds, seen through his personal notes and Voxophone recordings. They relate his interviews with the Vox Populi leader, Daisy Fitzroy, detained for a brief period at Comstock House. The notes start from the day of her arrest on May 7th, 1909, until her escape on May 13th, a mere week later.
Pinchot is allowed to observe Fitzroy as long as his superiors see fit, though they would finally opt for a radical option: brain surgery to render her docile. At first not understanding her reasons for rebellion, he haughtily reads passages of her manifesto, The People's Voice, making snide remarks. However, he learns of the Founders' corruption through repeated conversations with her, still disbelieving her words. After seeing Fitzroy's extraordinarily high marks on his self-designed intelligence tests, Pinchot finally realizes the truth of her thinking and falls in love with what he sees as a "beautiful mind".
Shocked by his personal heresy, he foreshadows the transition of Comstock Center from being a research facility into a reeducation center designed to realign dissenters' thoughts via "treatment" bordering on torture.
In the end, after reading her manifesto in its entirety, he postpones the surgery indefinitely by participating in her escape led by members of the Vox Populi. Despite his changed alliances, Fitzroy compares his fascination to a "progressive" zookeeper who always brings an extra banana. She shoots and kills him before leaving, judging him no different than the Founders she condemns.
The foreword and afterword of this diary were written by Dr. P. Pettifog, Head Researcher of what is now the Comstock House Re-Education Center, thanks to the work and research of his deceased colleague, Francis Pinchot.
- E-book for the Kindle on Amazon.com
- Real life replica of "Mind in Revolt" Book in the Irrational Games Online Store