Mass Effect: Revelation

Mass Effect: Revelation spins an engrossing tale that leads perfectly into the events of first Mass Effect game. The book highlights Alliance Lt. David Anderson as he discovers a top secret research lab that’s been attacked by Blue Sun mercenaries. The lone survivor of the massacre draws him into an even deeper plot as the Alliance tries to gain an edge in galactic politics. But along the way, they run into the Spectre Saren (pictured on the cover), a turian with a hatred toward humanity and a firm belief in the ends justify the means.

As a long time fan of the Mass Effect games, this book captures the same magic and elements of fun. There are mentions of the history of the various alien species and the mysteries of the Protheans. The story travels to familiar places like Elysium and the Citadel. Best of all, it stars Anderson and sheds whole new light on his character, as well as Grissom the old war hero of the Alliance, and Saren the notorious Spectre.

The core of the novel, however, are the great characterizations. Each of them comes to life with new layers and complexities added as the story unfolds. In addition to the primary characters like Anderson, Grissom, Saren and Kahlee, there’s a krogan bounty hunter named Skarr, a wealthy Batarian named Edan, and a nice look at the human ambassador Goyle. They all have their own motivations and storylines. Together, they create a colorful spectrum through which the events of the book are told.

Being set as a prequel to the first game, Revelation really helps set the stage. For those who have already played the games, you’ll find that this story fills in a lot of the blanks. Who was Saren? Why did he become obsessed with the Sovereign? What did Anderson do in his early career? How did humanity wind up in a galaxy ruled by a council of aliens? All the nostalgic moments make this an adventure that’s easy to visualize. It’s also enough to reignite the desire to play the games again.

If you’re a fan of the games and are looking for a good book to read, look no further. This one is well worth checking out. Drew Karpyshyn brings the Mass Effect games to life without spoiling the games themselves and without treading over well covered ground. He sheds light on new areas of the universe in a great tale that stands on its own. I give Revelation a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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