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Mass Effect: Revelation by Drew Karpyshyn
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Mass Effect: Revelation (edition 2007)

by Drew Karpyshyn

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Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished 50,000 years ago. After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars-the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station-smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post, and for what purpose? And where is Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who mysteriously vanished from the base hours before her colleagues were slaughtered?Sanders is now the prime suspect, but finding her creates more problems for Anderson than it solves. Partnered with a rogue alien agent he can't trust, and pursued by an assassin he can't escape, Anderson battles impossible odds on uncharted worlds to uncover a sinister conspiracy...one he won't live to tell about. Or so the enemy thinks.… (more)
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Title:Mass Effect: Revelation
Authors:Drew Karpyshyn
Info:Del Rey (2007), Edition: Mti, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, mass effect, future, space travel, space

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Probably the best thing I got out of the worst relationship of my life was Mass Effect. Honestly. It is the game that brought me back into the gaming world and I have spent way too many hours in front of a TV screen... and way too many hours blogging about the stupid game series. So, obviously, the Mass Effect books seemed like the natural next step to go. I have actually been searching for the first book in the series for about a year now but the few shops offering Mass Effect books have somehow only had the second and third book; and I'm not a fan of buying sequels before buying the first book. But then I found it. And begged my mother to buy it for me. As the sweet woman she is, she did.

It's only been two decades since humans found the mass relay on Charon, Pluto's moon, that allowed them to instantly travel across thousands of light-years to another mass relay in a different area of the galaxy – and it's only been eight years since humanity became a part of the joined union between several different alien species. As the newest addition to the bunch, humans are desperately trying to find their place... and rise in rank within the galatic community. Their fleets are strong and their colonies are growing faster, larger and more successful than any other species' colonies.

During a patrol through an isolated region on the edge of colonised space; Lieutenant Anderson answers an S.O.S from what appears to be a secret research station. They find the whole upper level totally abandoned but few mercs are still lingering the lower level – underneath the main facility. After a heartfelt battle, they find the whole crew is found slaughtered. As they have all been dragged into one room, Anderson and his crew suspects they have been betrayed by one of their own; a suspicion that is confirmed as a bomb goes off – and nearly takes Anderon and his soldiers with it.

Anderson is full of questions about the facility and its research; questions his superiors refuse to answer. But they send him out to find a woman called Kahlee Sanders – a scientist who seemingly escaped the research base only hours before the massacre. But when he does find Sanders, he realises they are both caught up in something much, much bigger and complicated. And he's determined to figure it out.

My summary is probably a bit rubbish but... this is definitely a book for those who have played the games. It serves as a prequel and includes characters from the games – and explores the beginning of one or two things from the games. Therefore, there's quite a lot of intertwining stories and it's hard to link them together in a summary. My dad asked me what the book was about and despite the fact that I was nearing the end, I had a hard time explaining it to him. The book is partly an action-filled story about a couple of people who stumbles on to a conspiracy but it is partly also includes a more background story for a character that is playing a vital part in the first game. They are both important in the book but despite the fact that they are linked together, they are two different branches on one tree.

Perhaps because of that, I loved it. There is nothing like a good ol' action packed sci fi book. It was also great finding out more about the background stories of some minor characters in the games – as 50% of the characters can be found in the games. So, what can I say? If you're a Mass Effect fan who can't get enough of this amazing world, this is definitely an adventure you don't want to miss. There's a lot of sci fi, action and lots of geeky insight about characters you won't get in the books. What's there not to love? ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
Not the best written book in the world, but the story is good and sets up the game quite well. You don't need to read it to enjoy Mass Effect, but it's fun to recognize characters and know more of their back story than the game has time to get into. ( )
  andrlik | Apr 24, 2018 |
Originally reviewed at garethlewry.wordpress.com

This is the first novel in the mass effect universe, set before the first game in the series. the story takes place just after the rapid exploration of the galaxy, and briefly covers how humans managed this feet in such a short period of time. Human exploration and integration in to the galactic community is in its infancy.

Drew wrote the original games so as you would expect there is no issue with consistency in the universe. It also introduces some of the characters from the first game, a nice touch I thought. I’m always one for wanting to know more about a universe, especially after I had sunk 100 hours into the games.

there were a few disappointing elements. I felt there was an unnecessary romantic story line, if you can call it that, between a couple of the main characters, I didn’t think this had any relevance to the overall story and didn’t add anything to it. most of the characters other than the Spectre came across as a bit wooden and other than the knowledge that Anderson got divorced they were all a bit bland.

This story is definitely geared towards fans of the game, as a stand alone Sci-Fi piece it is OK but as a Mass Effect fan I can categorically say it means so much more!! ( )
  grlewry | Sep 22, 2016 |
A competent prequel to the video game trilogy. ( )
  dewbertb | Jan 21, 2016 |
Great book. Explained a lot about what lead up to the game play, and it was nice to get to know some of the characters a little better. ( )
  allyofthedawn | Sep 12, 2015 |
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