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Mass Effect: Retribution (Mass Effect (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2010

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About the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule of Two, and Star Wars: Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil, as well as several other fantasy and science fiction novels, including Mass Effect: Revelation and Mass Effect: Ascension. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games. After spending most of his life in Canada, he headed south in search of a climate more conducive to year-round golf. He now lives in Texas with his wife, Jennifer, and their cat.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mass Effect (Paperback)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345520726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345520722
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel P. McCormick on July 28, 2010
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I hadn't read Revelation and Ascension until after I had completed ME and ME2 (the latter being, in my opinion, the best game I have ever played) and I loved the opportunity to learn more about the ME universe and its inhabitants.

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.
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Retribution builds on the characters introduced in the previous books and video games (especially Paul Grayson, Kahlee Sanders, David Anderson, and Aria T'Loak)and introduces a few new ones too. If you enjoyed the story of the first two games, the books are worthwhile, and this new edition is up to par with the first two. Retribution is fast-paced and entertaining, but would be difficult for someone who hasn't read the first two in the series. Drew Karpyshyn also wrote the Star Wars: Darth Bane trilogy and read similarly.
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I've read Ascension and Revelation and was very excited for this book, and it delivered on everything I expected. Gives great character insight to the Illusive Man and Aria T'Loak. The changes that Grayson experiences are described quite well and it makes me more excited than ever for Mass Effect 3. It does a really good job of immersing you into the world of mass effect, making it easy for the reader to relate to characters living 150 years in the future. Although every time Anderson talks, I can hear him speaking in his voice. All in all a great book and a must read for all mass effect fans.
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*Caution, some spoilers will be contained below*

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.
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the mass effect universe is among the top 3 ever created by the gaming industry. drew karpyshyn is a very talented writer. this book is a great tie into the mass effect universe and any true fan should absolutely read it. this book along with the other mass effect novels could be great stand alone sci-fi novels even if the game wasn't around. thank god it is though.
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I've been following Mass Effect relatively closely since it was released, playing through the original Mass Effect's campaign several times, and then through all of Mass Effect 2 in its entirety.

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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