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Mass Effect: Ascension

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Second in a delightful series

Mass Effect is one of the best story-driven games ever made so it is a delight to delve deeper into the background of it's universe with the novels. Unlike a lot of spin-off novels, it is authored by the same person who wrote the story for the game, so the intimate fami...
Mass Effect is one of the best story-driven games ever made so it is a delight to delve deeper into the background of it's universe with the novels. Unlike a lot of spin-off novels, it is authored by the same person who wrote the story for the game, so the intimate familiarity with the background makes for a smoother read. The writing is solid, engaging, and light - perfect for reading during your commute, before going to bed, or just relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. Like it's predecessor, Revelation, the originality and tie-in with the events of the game are there, but it eschews all but the highest level details and focuses on bringing the reader deeper into the overall universe. I highly recommend this book for sci-fi fans and Mass Effect players alike.

posted by Thracecius on February 21, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Better than the first, though thats not saying much.

The novel's focus is a autistic biotic child, a shadowy organization with a shady reputation, and the vagabond Quarians of the Migrant Fleet in the aftermath of the first Mass Effect game. Gamers looking to learn more informarion about the Mass Effect universe will be d...
The novel's focus is a autistic biotic child, a shadowy organization with a shady reputation, and the vagabond Quarians of the Migrant Fleet in the aftermath of the first Mass Effect game. Gamers looking to learn more informarion about the Mass Effect universe will be disappointed. Yes, there are tidbits of back story and future plot points of the games which enhance your video game experience, but nothing too revealing. The novel is written by the same person who wrote the story line of the video games, so it was a relief to know the author knew what he was talking about. The main plot point, however, failed to get me emotionally invested that I doubt I`ll read the sequel. Fast and mildly enjoyable... Mass Effect fans who are waiting for the third installment of the video game, can busy themselves with reading the novels.

posted by Berlitz_Legit on July 2, 2011

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Second in a delightful series

    Mass Effect is one of the best story-driven games ever made so it is a delight to delve deeper into the background of it's universe with the novels. Unlike a lot of spin-off novels, it is authored by the same person who wrote the story for the game, so the intimate familiarity with the background makes for a smoother read. The writing is solid, engaging, and light - perfect for reading during your commute, before going to bed, or just relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. Like it's predecessor, Revelation, the originality and tie-in with the events of the game are there, but it eschews all but the highest level details and focuses on bringing the reader deeper into the overall universe. I highly recommend this book for sci-fi fans and Mass Effect players alike.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great

    This book is spectacular and fully immerses you in the mass effect universe a definate must buy for all fans

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Tight plotline, excellent pacing, and a surprising dash of realism

    The plot is good and the characterization is excellent. Plenty of action interspersed with intrigue and character building. The portrayal of autism is very accurate as well. The only complaint I have is that it feels short, like there could be more and honestly, that's a compliment. Money and time well spent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    A book that starts kinda slow, then gains momentum. This is one

    A book that starts kinda slow, then gains momentum.

    This is one book that will put you on the edge of your seat as you dig deeper into the ME Series. Several character are introduced, as others are brought back. This book is an awesome following to Revelation. I would encourage this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Enterance of a Fascinating Universe

    A must read book of the science fiction and fantasy readers. Mass Effect players guide to the galaxy. Great adventure with dozens of aliens besides humanity. Thrilling tense of a great story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Better than the first, though thats not saying much.

    The novel's focus is a autistic biotic child, a shadowy organization with a shady reputation, and the vagabond Quarians of the Migrant Fleet in the aftermath of the first Mass Effect game. Gamers looking to learn more informarion about the Mass Effect universe will be disappointed. Yes, there are tidbits of back story and future plot points of the games which enhance your video game experience, but nothing too revealing. The novel is written by the same person who wrote the story line of the video games, so it was a relief to know the author knew what he was talking about. The main plot point, however, failed to get me emotionally invested that I doubt I`ll read the sequel. Fast and mildly enjoyable... Mass Effect fans who are waiting for the third installment of the video game, can busy themselves with reading the novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    enjoyable

    gives entertaining background to the first mass effect game

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

    A Great addition to Mass Effect Lore

    The followup to Revalation and the first Mass Effect, Ascension serves as a darker and more mature take on the Mass Effect universe. From the dramatic plot twists of betrayal, to the fierceness of the battles waged, this is a book that you will likely finish the day you buy it. And for all you fans out there, it also gives insight into the role a curtain organization will play in the next chapter in the mass effect saga. A quick although thoroughly entertaining read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    A Definate Must for MASS EFFECT Fans

    MASS EFFECT: Ascension does a great job picking up where the game left off and fans will quickly notice how well Drew describes some events that occur near the end of the game without ever contradicting the anything the player may have chosen to do. Another strength of the novel is the surprising amount of depth to the characters, which has somewhat become a signature trait of the author's writing style. For me the only drawback of the novel was that it is not interactive, and it will be a while before the release of the second game.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    Wow

    Book was really good. Very interesting and plot in the mass effect series. Recommend read for all fans.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    mass effect rocks

    a great read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    Very good

    This, like Revelation, was a very enjoyable read. Though it may be a short book, it is packed with plenty of adventure and action and tense situations, and for the price, why not go ahead and try it out?

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  • Posted December 13, 2008

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    Another Great Mass Effect Novel

    Ascension is another great Mass Effect novel from Drew Karpyshyn. True to the Universe established by the game, the book follows one of the side tales set up by the game, mainly the exploits of the clandestine organization Cerberus. This book is a lot darker and more mature than the earlier Mass Effect book Revelation, but it is still an essential read for any Mass Effect fan, and one should be aware that the book does contain drug use, and other mature matters. Ascension is not as relevant to the game as Revelation was, instead it continues the story of some of the main characters from Revelation. This could mean that there will be more Mass Effect books on the way following some of the side tales set up in the game. Anyone who enjoyed the game or the earlier book should not hesitate to pick this up!!!!

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