Tuesday, 12 October 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Mass Effect: Retribution - Drew Karpyshyn

Release Date: 19/08/10


Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species. But beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on 'harvesting' the galaxy's organic species for their own dark purpose. The Illusive Man, leader of the pro-human black ops group Cerberus, is one of the few who know the truth about the Reapers. To ensure humanity's survival, he launches a desperate plan to uncover the enemy's strengths - and weaknesses - by studying someone implanted with modified Reaper technology. He knows the perfect subject for his horrific experiments: former Cerberus operative Paul Grayson, who wrested his daughter from the cabal's control with the help of Ascension project director Kahlee Sanders. But when Kahlee learns that Grayson is missing, she turns to the only person she can trust: Alliance war hero Captain David Anderson. Together they set out to find the secret Cerberus facility where Grayson is being held. But they aren't the only ones after him. And time is running out.


Having read the original Mass Effect novel I looked forward to reading the next one. So whilst I haven’t currently played the games, I’m a least clued up on what’s what in order to make the most of this title.

Drew is perhaps best known for his forays into various established series, I do have a weakness for well written science fiction that is more character driven rather than science. Don’t get me wrong, I admit that the hard science does have a place but when you start dealing in complex jargon I don’t have a clue what they’re going on about and I’m the type that’s more than willing to accept that the technology does work in order to enjoy the story.

All in a fun excursion to an alternate universe with great characters and of course some serious action. Great stuff.

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