Mass Effect: Revelation

Mass Effect: Revelation

by Drew Karpyshyn

Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished fifty thousand years ago.

After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars; the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.

On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station; smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions.

And where is Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who mysteriously vanished from the base hours before her colleagues were slaughtered?Sanders is now the prime suspect, but finding her creates more problems for Anderson than it solves.

  • Series: Mass Effect
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Rating: 3.69
  • Pages: 323
  • Publish Date: May 1st 2007 by Del Rey
  • Isbn10: 034549816X
  • Isbn13: 9780345498168

What People Think about "Mass Effect: Revelation"

And in 2157 First Contact War between humans and one of those other species (the turians) occurs. The First Contact War is long past and humanity is the newest member of the greater galactic community, that contains a wealth of different species. As humanity seeks to climb to a position of power within the community we ignore some of the rules set forth by the Citadel Council and conduct some experiments on dangerous (and banned) technology at a science facility on Sidon. The Citadel Counsil meanwhile sends his own man to have a look at what the humans were doing on Sidon, the turian Spectre Saren Arterius. "You can always find a reason to kill someone." A game of cat-and-mouse ensues as Saren and Anderson are not the only ones in search of the scientist. The two main human characters fall a little flat, though. But soon romantic attraction sets in and becomes the main motivation for Anderson, which makes him appear a little unprofessional. Im also not sure Im supposed to like Saren and despise the role of humanity in this book, considering Im about to become part of the Alliance in the Mass Effect game. The first time around this book worked a little better for me, as the game was still fresh in my mind and I picked up on more of the references. As a prequel to the game series written by the same author, btw it mainly sets out to fill in the gaps and set up the characters of David Anderson and Saren Arterius for later events.

I probably don't need to say that this book is only for Mass Effect fans, but I'll say it anyways.

If you already know the world of Mass Effect you're probably a little better off, but still have to wade through a lot of explanation as to what things are and why they are like that. And seriously, the reasons why Saren might hate humans, and why Anderson failed at being a Sceptre are pretty stock standard.

It's a pity that the story of the first Mass Effect game has not been novelized as a sequel to Revelation. There is a sequel (Mass Effect: Ascension), but it takes place after the events of the game. It is a prequel to the events that are set in motion in the first Mass Effect game, and it is quite an accessible Science Fiction novel.

And suddenly, I disliked everybody in the book. Kahlee turned out to be just another woman who screamed in very inappropriate moments, who whined and moaned despite the fact that she had gone through a rigorous training as we were told at the very end.

When I finally decided to read Mass Effect: Revelation I did so with my previous experiences in mind and with hope the book would be a little bit better than the others which share a similar sub-genre. Like any prequel, Mass Effect: Revelation spends most of its time providing insights into characters the reading audience, who have most definitely played the games, already know about. The Mass Effect universe, as I mentioned previously, is incredibly robust, which I love spending time in. There is no reason to read Mass Effect: Revelation unless you've played the game series and loved it. I'm prone to read the other Mass Effect books which have been published in hopes they'll also not be terrible as I bide my time before the next Mass Effect game releases.

Mass Effect: Revelations is a truly phenomenal science fiction text. In this book, through utilizing comparisons between the human and alien races, author Drew Karpyshyn tries to convey the ideas that by nature, humans are competitive and driven.

If you're interested in the story from the first Mass Effect game about how Anderson *almost* became a Spectre, Revelation has all the details.

Karpyshyn still works for BioWare where he is the lead writer for the Mass Effect series.