Mass Effect: Revelation Paperback – 21 Jun 2007
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The first of two official tie-in novels 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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This book initially focuses on establishing the backbone of the universe, explaining and detailing to the reader the situation in the galaxy, mankind's massive technological evolution and it's introduction onto the galactic stage that it shares with many other species. Once the groundwork is laid, it opens up into it's own narrative that concentrates on a few central characters and tells a story which is a small piece of a much larger puzzle.
It's a light and easy read, although it manages to be descriptive and interesting. It's not particularly emotional, although I thought there were some cool moments in it that will very much appease fans of the type of game it's based on.
I would recommend it to anybody who has enjoyed books based on video games before, or to those wishing to get a little bit of insight into BioWare's next massive fictional world. It doesn't take long to read, so it's not a major time investment and it's enjoyable and entertaining while it lasts.
It also gives more of what we already like in the game: the description of the Citadel, the combat sequences, they have the same pace. Specially the first part reminds me of the mission where I had to rescue Liara.
About the writing style, maybe it is not the best or most elegant I've seen in a book, but it works for entertainment.
I cannot do another thing that recommend this book, not only to fans, but to people that like science fiction books. Be aware that the chances that you get hooked up with the story and buy a copy of the Mass Effect game for PC or XBox are too high after reading this book...
Revelation follows the story of a young Lieutenant Anderson, who if you are familiar with the games plays a significant role. The book and story is surprisingly good, the characters are well rounded and authentic and it actually reads like a normal science fiction story, you could just pick this up without any prior knowledge and enjoy it.
The other characters are written very well and the story allows you to easily 'see' them in your mind as you are reading, which after playing the games is great. I would highly recommend this especially to all Mass Effect fans but also to readers of the genre as a whole, it's surprisingly very good, I'm now on book two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This product was in with the graphic novels but it is in fact a bookPublished 3 months ago by stephen robertson
Love the games liked the book too! It expands the characters and races known to the fan of the saga which is great.Published 4 months ago by Sandro
Fans of the computer game franchise will no doubt love this, and while it is well written it is woefully short. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
The only reason i finished this book is because i am a huge Mass Effect fan, but now that i have i wished i hadnt. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. Forrest
+ Many well-written and exciting action scenes. These manage to forward the plot at a breathless pace whilst taking place in a variety of scenarios and locations. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christopher Peters
I thought this story was a good read, nothing mind blowing like the story of the actual games (in my opinion), but still good. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brad
Great book and a really good prequel story. A must for mass effect fans i highly recommend.Published 18 months ago by xxcelestialangelxx