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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 (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,846 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Wakeman on 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 By Sebastian Björkbom on 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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AleksFili 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manga goat on 22 Sep 2009
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If you liked the game, or the 1st book, you'll like this.

Its set between the 1st and 2nd game, and focuses on the human black-ops group: Cereberus, and quite a lot on the Quarians in the 2nd half, aswell as Kahlee Sanders making a return from the 1st book.

Not quite as good as the 1st, but still a solid read, especially if you're a fan of the little universe Bioware created with Mass Effect.
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I ordered this book (And Revelation) shortly after playing through Mass Effect on the Xbox 360 a couple of times. I was familiar with the backstory to the ME paraverse; the basic what-what, etc. Having said that though, while this book is clearly primarily targeted at Mass Effect players, it does a lot to keep things accessible to those unfamiliar with the video game with its various references and sideline comments to clarify certain things. The book is masterfully written and well-paced, tested to by the action which never seems to wander off for very long but interrupted by continual bouts of suspense and various interludes that show the more emotional side of the characters and gives the storyline a little breadth.

I went in with mediocre expectations, thinking that this was going to be a passable attempt at a novel whose primary objective was to wring a few pennies from those who are in love with the growing Mass Effect universe, and I was genuinely surprised. Love this book, and would definitely buy any additional books by this author.
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Mass Effect: Ascension is a great book and is the second in the trilogy written by Drew Karpyshyn. If you've read the first, you should read the second.

While it can't offer the thrill of the first book, as we're introduced to the ME universe and its inhabiting species for the first time, it is still entertaining to read and tells a great character-driven story.

This book paves the way for the third book and is a solid entry in the trilogy, introducing us to new characters, giving us a glimpse into the agenda of Cerberus and their operatives and also into a little about quarian society as we get to the last third of the story.

The only gripe I really have about the book is that the ending seemed a bit rushed and felt like a deus ex machina. Nothing major, but it stood out to me. It's not exactly an eye-roller, but it did feel kinda cheap.

This is a great read and shouldn't be missed by any fans of the Mass Effect series or anyone who's read Mass Effect: Revelation.
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