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Mass Effect by Drew Karpyshyn
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Without a doubt, the target market for this book is those who have played / are playing the amazing game series from Bioware and want more. In that case, you won't be disappointed. Drew Karpyshyn works with Bioware as a writer for the video games, so this book (and the two that follow) stays true to the mythos.

That said, I doubt the books(s) will hold up well on their own. Lots of contrived plotting and head-hopping. Lots of time spent in people's heads, 'telling' the story instead of showing. Lots of assumptions that border on psychic, and all conveniently turn out to be true. This does have the effect of keeping the story moving at a quick pace. And the pacing and structure of the book is very similar to the game itself.

My suggestion - read this series AFTER playing Mass Effect 1 and 2. Those who have played at least the first game can add one star to the rating. They will get more out of the story, simply from the enjoyment of revisiting places and characters that make Mass Effect such a great game.

-Zero
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