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Mass Effect: Retribution (Mass Effect (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2010
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Retribution is, in that respect, more like Revelation than Ascension. There is a bit more development of characters who played a major role in both games, such as David Anderson and the Illusive Man. Karpyshyn didn't waste time re-explaining any of the concepts from the games or other books after providing the exposition to this story. After the first few chapters, the action (and the stakes) ramps up exponentially until an ultimately exciting conclusion, with the action sure to affect the storyline of ME3 in the future.
I probably don't need to say it, but if you're a Mass Effect fan, you'll probably appreciate this exciting addition to the series.
First off let me say if you haven't read Mass Effect: Revelation and Mass Effect: Ascension, you probably should do so now. The books are both a great addition to the Mass Effect Universe and help to flesh out things for players of the game, making the experience all the better. And Retribution is no exception to this.
Retribution is essentially a non-Shepard based sequel to Mass Effect 2 wherein we learn some of the things that occured in the aftermath of the assault on the Collector base, and it helps establish some canon for the series as well provided BioWare sticks to what's stated in the book, which hopefully they will as it would make choosing a canon Shepard in Mass Effect 3 feel much better than choosing one for Mass Effect 2 (if you've done so you know what I mean and I won't delve much into why). In it, we find out that while Shepard did destroy the Collector base and not turn it over to Cerberus, The Illusive Man was able to recover some of the technology within anyways. Paul Grayson, the semi-protagonist (especially towards the end) of Ascension is captured and has the technology tested on him, becoming what is akin to a stronger version of a husk (think Saren at the end of ME1).
Kahlee Sanders; who readers of the other books will recognize as the Co-Protagonist of book one along with Anderson, and the Protagonist of book two, returns in this installment as well. She requires the aid of Anderson who has left his post as an ambassador (not much of a surprise to anyone who played ME2) to help her figure out just what is wrong with Paul and to protect her from Cerberus. At a few points Aria T'loak is involved, though I won't specify too much into how.Read more ›
So of course, when I found out that there were books to go along with the games, I was all over it.
Revelation and Ascension were outstanding books, also by the one and only Drew Karphyshyn, the lead writer on the Mass Effect franchise. Revelation was a pre-story, leading up to the events of Mass Effect, filling in more of the origins of some of the main characters of the franchise. Ascension fell shortly after Mass Effect, opening up some more subplots within the story and adding more characters, including the biotic child prodigy, Gillian, and her father, Paul Grayson. To be honest, their introduction left me wanting more, and I was pleasantly surprised (and thankful) that that particular subplot made a return in Retribution in a rather big way.
What's more, we get to revisit Omega, a quest hub that players become intimately familiar with after playing Mass Effect 2, and learn more about the Pirate Queen, Aria T'Loak, a few other minor characters, and of course the Illusive Man, himself.
All in all, Retribution brings everything up to speed, answers a lot of the questions that I had after finishing the ME2 campaign, and leaves me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment in an already epic tale.
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If your a Masseffect fan you need to read this book its super great!!Published 10 months ago by Jose valle
This is a must have for any Mass Effect fan! I loved playing the games and I love reading video game novels so I had to buy this book, and I was NOT disappointed! Read morePublished 10 months ago by MarisaMc11
It really flushes out the Illusive man and his motivations in the games.
It's also a really good look at the reapers. Read more
I've read these books in sequence, and mostly because I'm addicted to mass effect. Good side story. Mostly predictable but Drew Karpynski has his ways of drawing out suspense. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chris Emmett
Drew Karpyshyn's Mass Effect novels are great. I'm not sure if this is better/worse than his other two but I enjoyed all of them about the same.Published 14 months ago by Cool Kent
Mass Effect is the greatest story based game ever! the books are icing on the cake, if you've played the trilogy then get these books...except Deception...ewwPublished 15 months ago by Alex