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Mass Effect: Revelation


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Mass Effect: Revelation by Drew Karpyshyn
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"The little-known prequel to the games"
4 stars"
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It's unfortunate that this novel isn't more widely known about, as it is the prequel – the OFFICIAL prequel – to the Mass Effect game series. And it's good.

It's written by one of the actual game story writers, Drew Karpyshyn, so there's no continuity issues and it all gels together with the game universe nicely. Some of the characters featured exist in the games, and their stories have been interwoven rather cleverly with some new pro/an-tagonists.

And yes, he stands up perfectly well on his own as a “proper” author, the writing style being easy to digest, and suitable to both quick pick-up/put-down and extended marathon bookworm sessions.

Perhaps my only hesitation overall, he does seem to relish, slightly too much, opportunities to describe gunfire-mangled limbs and the process of torture sessions – sometimes these extend to many paragraphs, and you start to get the impression that he enjoys this imagery just a tad more than would be considered healthy. This isn't stuff you encounter in the games for obvious reasons, so maybe this is an insight into what the series may have been like without censorship boards to appease…

But there you go. Like the games? Give this a whirl.

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
"The highly acclaimed video game Mass Effect also comes with a ri"
5 stars"
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Mass Effect Revelation is a novel for those seeking more from the beautiful Mass Effect Universe, which is quite normal! Each chapter is presented with mesmeric story telling evoking a sense of continuity to read til the very end. Despite the storyline of Revelation being fairly straight forward with little to no plot twists, the way the story is told also the heart pumping action would undoubtedly keep you entertained.

Since it is the official prequel to the critically acclaimed video game; Mass Effect. The targeted audience is for those who just can't get enough of Mass Effect. I'd imagine it'll be fairly difficult for those who haven't played Mass Effect to enjoy the novel because of the complexity of the Mass Effect society. Unless you have an extremely vivid imagination then maybe. If you really enjoyed Mass Effect, it's definitely worth spending a few nights reading this enthralling prequel.

Revelation reveals Captain Anderson's history prior to Mass Effect and how he failed his assignment in becoming the first human spectre, more background of the arrival of humanity into the future society as well as the cause of Saren's despise towards humanity. Revelation provides a broader understanding of Bioware's cri­tically acclaimed Mass Effect game!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Great book..."
4 stars"

It's a great book, with fast paced action, and for those of you who have played all the games, will be an information ‘beacon’ that will keep you captivated, but I was only interested in all the info because I played the games before.


Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished fifty thousand 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.

About the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, and several other fantasy and science fiction novels. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game. He lives in Canada’s hinterlands with his loving wife, Jen, and their cat.
Release date NZ
June 21st, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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