- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (19 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841499846
- ISBN-13: 978-1841499840
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.4 x 18.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mass Effect: Retribution Paperback – 19 Aug 2010
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The third 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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Top Customer Reviews
Mass Effect Retribution seemlessly continues the stories of Kahlee Sanders and Paul Grayson from Mass Effect Ascension, and the ongoing story of the Illusive Man and the Reapers from Mass Effect 2, bringing the storyline of the games and the book together for the first real time.
The book is set two years after the events of Ascension and shortly after the events of Mass Effect 2. As with the second book, the storyline cleverly references the story of the game without giving a definitive outcome of the choices made, meaning that players of the game can incorporate their own story, whatever that may be, into the universe where this story is set and it still make perfect sense.
Retribution offers tantalising insight into the predominant stories throughout the Mass Effect universe; from the vulnerability of the seemingly untouchable Cerberus and their leader "The Illusive Man", to the true effects of Reaper Indoctrination and the effects of the synthetic "repurposing", as well as setting up the storyline which will lead into the third and final game.
I couldn't put this book down. Karpyshyn has the talent and ability to give you just enough story to keep you reading on and on, desperate to find out what happens next. The characters are emotionally involving and deep and the locations are well imagined.
You must read this book!
Karpyshyn is the lead writer for the original Mass Effect trilogy and his knowledge and skill is plain to see in these books. His sense of place is excellent, deftly balancing the locations seen in the game with new inventions (that went on to feature in the third game). It is perhaps the characters that are a little poorer. The most interesting protagonist from the earlier books is Grayson, but in ‘Retribution’ he is altered in a way that changes him completely and makes him less appealing. Karpyshyn’s choice of side characters is also annoying; the inclusion of my least favourite in a Cerberus assassin, Kai Leng, is a good example. Knowing the fate of certain people in the book already meant that I felt no fear for their safety (or in the case of some, hope for their end).
‘Retribution’ is a fun action science fiction romp that flies off the page, but it seems to lack the depth or intelligence of the games or earlier novels in the series. It is almost too quick and willing to partake in action sequences. This may reflect the way the later games played, but I like a little more depth with my literature (even in a tie in novel). A dip in form for Karpyshyn, which I hope is not permanent.
This is the third and final "Mass Effect" book written by Drew Karpyshyn and he goes out on top. While Retribution never quite reaches the heights of Mass Effect: Revelation , the first book, its a great adventure and provides great insight into the "Mass Effect" universe and plot. This is the first time we meet Kai Leng, later seen in "Mass Effect 3" and he is the highlight of the book. He is cunning, dangerous and very threatening with a mysterious aura and it truly is a shame to see what happened to the character in ME3. In this book he is portrayed as a worthy adversary for the coming duel with Shepard and even though things just didn't come together in the game, its a pleasure to read the character written by Karpyshyn and wonder what might have been.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was pretty gripping and interesting to see what happened in-between games. I think my favourite book was Acension but this is a decent addition to the series.Published 23 months ago by Brad
Pretty Darn Swell book. A little boring at some parts but over all great.Published on 2 Feb. 2015 by UnironicMisery