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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496764
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,648 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.

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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Björkbom on 4 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CJ TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Filipowski on 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Wakeman on 9 April 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C.duddy on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren T on 21 July 2011
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Ascension, the second book in the Mass Effect series of books continues like the first. It fills out the history of the Universe and focuses a little on humanities strive to become a major player in the galactic stage. The book takes place after the events of the first game and introduces Cerberus as more than just a pro-human terrorist group. Kahlee Sanders features more prominently this time around, but with a more varied but still wonderfully realised supporting characters. The Quarian culture is delved into which as a fan of the games gives a wonderful link to the second game.
Another great link to the universe of Mass Effect. Well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By insert name here on 15 Jan. 2011
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Being a big fan of the mass effect games I decided to purchase the 3 three books; Revelation,
Ascension and this one Retribution. I was not dissapointed with any of them and would recomend them to any mass effect fan, I won't say anything about the story for fear of spoilers but would suggest the reader has some knowledge of the game's story and the mass effect universe to fully understand the books.
In this book and the following Retribution I feel there is a better human element, the characters are much easyier to get involved with because there seems to be a better character devolpment.
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