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Mass Effect: Ascension [Paperback]

Drew Karpyshyn
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7 Aug 2008

Location: Our galaxy, at a time set far in our future ...

Every 50,000 years, a race of machines returns to harvest the galaxy's organic life forms. In the first MASS EFFECT game, it is the year 2183, and the machines are about to return once again.

This book will be a bridging novel set between the first and second MASS EFFECT games.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496764
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and Mass Effect: Revelation, as well as 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 blockbuster Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games. He lives in Alberta, Canada, with his wife, Jen, and their cat.

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The second official tie-in novel to MASS EFFECT, the award-winning videogame.

About the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is a writer/designer for games company, Bioware, and is one of the lead writers on the Mass Effect videogame. He lives in Alberta, Canada.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read Revelation first... 9 April 2009
Format:Paperback
I reviewed the original paperback Mass Effect: Revelation back before the game was released - a book I enjoyed a lot.

Ascension, on the other hand, is written for a somewhat different and perhaps more hardcore audience. Unlike the first novel, there is no real introduction into this universe for the uninitiated.

The story centres on a small number of characters, one of which was originally in the first novel. It tells the tale of a sinister black ops organisation, it's mission to influence and control a young girl with psycho-kinetic ability and the struggle of those trying to protect her.

It's an interesting story for fans of the game. It delves into the Cerberus black ops group and it's enigmatic leader "The Illusive Man" - both of which are said to feature heavily in the storyline for Mass Effect 2.

Of course, this is a follow-up novel and as such it sort of assumes you've played the game and taken an interest in it. A fair assumption I'd say. But, whereas I recommended the original novel quite openly to fans of science fiction and the genre of game Mass Effect is based on, I'm hesitant to do so with Ascension. The story is more tightly focused and, in my opinion, of slightly less interest as a result and overall it's not really suitable for those without a certain level of foreknowledge.

Not a bad effort by any means, but not as strong as it's predecessor and lacking in broad appeal.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful continuation of the story. 4 Sep 2008
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I do not agree with the other reviewer, this book does well by striking new ground and further exploring the universe that is Mass Effect. It will take you to new places, show you new things and delve deeper into what you already know of.

It uses a narrative which shifts inbetween different storylines which all intertwine and seperate, sometimes giving a second and even a third perspective on events all of which are interesting and compelling. It didn't take me long to finish this book, it kept me hooked and I'm excited to continue the story in the next game in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second installment 25 Nov 2012
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This book continues to deliver on the excitement from the first, I am immediately moving on to the third. An absolute delight for fans of the series to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read. Good quality with lots of twists 22 Aug 2012
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This book was a pure delight and I enjoyed reading it from start to finish.
The characters were interesting and the action was really jam-packed all the way through.

If you've played the games then you'll know a bit more about the alien races and the way things work, but otherwise it's a fantastic read, whether you've played the games or not.

There is a bit of violence but this is common with modern videogames. The characters use language that matches their personalities and overall the characters have a lot of development.

The ending is interesting and the few plot twists really surprised me when I read them.
Overall, fantastic book, well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 21 April 2013
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Even better than the fantastic first book. Great addition to the Mass Effect universe. Looking forward to the 3rd book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an exciting story 7 Dec 2012
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this book gave me so much information about things that the story of Mass Effect that i was not aware of and the characters had been strongly developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Following on, more or less, from the first Mass Effect novel (Revelation), this book moves forward a few years and finds Kahlee Sanders now working at Grissom Academy, a space station dedicated to the teaching and understanding of biotic powers, particularly in children.

One child possesses especially strong biotic powers, but all is not as it seems as the shadowy pro-human group Cerberus are clearly having a hand in her development. Moving at a brisk pace, the story follows the child in question, Gillian, plus Kahlee and others as they attempt to escape from Cerberus and Paul Grayson, Gillian's adoptive father and a Cerberus agent.

There are plenty of books based on video games nowadays, but the Mass Effect series is a little cut above the rest. Well written by Drew Karpyshyn, a BioWare writer in the first place, they have a really good feel for the universe and tie in pretty well with the games. Whereas Revelation primarily focused on an event alluded to in the first Mass Effect game, Ascension has to strike out more on its own. There's plenty of action, lots of backstory to various components of the ME universe that you encounter in the games, and well-rounded characters.

If you enjoy the games then this is well worth a read, even if you haven't read any other Mass Effect books. Although the book wraps up nicely, I highly recommend you pick up the next in the series, Retribution, which continues the story to a large degree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sequel 8 April 2012
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Good sequel to Mass Effect: Revelation this book will also have you hooked if you like mass effect buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a must for mass effect fans showing all the depth and excitement of the game
Published 10 days ago by Mr. craiders
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING book
a great book for one of the best sci-fi stories ever told.
if you ever played the games, you should definitely start reading the books too!
Published 2 months ago by Dimitris
4.0 out of 5 stars awsome book
thiese books are rather whell writtten, in Words that all can understand and sow it is easy to dive into the book with a bag of cakes
Published 4 months ago by Morten Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for fans of the game series
It's hard to tell where the exposition ends and the main part of the action begins with this book, but overall it makes for a gripping read that will have you on the edge of your... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aaron Hopkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Mass Effect Fan
A great novel that suits a great game. A must have for every mass effect fan out there which gives more info on the world events around Mass Effect.
Published 8 months ago by André Miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Mass effect
This is a good book I really enjoyed it set in the mass effect universe great characters and a compelling story
Published 8 months ago by David Seabrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It's as entertaining as Revalation, once you start reading you can't put it away, not only because it's so interesting but because the story line is just amazing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fábio
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet book
great read if you like the mass effect games builds up abit more of a story up up up up
Published 10 months ago by Matthew Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Cerberus are Dangerous
We are introduced to the Illusive Man and his efforts to crack the code for biotics in children at an Alliance training school that Shepard visits in ME3, Ascension Program. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael Harris
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