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Gears of War: Ascendance

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The official prequel to the action video game Gears 5 , beginning immediately after Gears of War 4 and leading directly into the new game.

Following Reyna Diaz's death at the hands of the Swarm (in Gears of War 4), Kait seals her mother's tomb and swears revenge. As she, JD, Del, Marcus, Cole, Samantha, and Baird lick their wounds and resupply, First Minister Jinn
Paperback, 464 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2019 by Titan Books
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Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have waited years for a new Gears novel! I have to say I was skeptical about the writing as I dearly loved Karen Traviss, but I'll hand it to Jason M. Hough! I loved this prelude to Gears 5 and cannot wait to get my hands on the game to see where the story goes!
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Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good.

It's not so heavy in adding lore, but the character moments were so effective and amazing. Baird and Marcus especially.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this read; however, it makes me wonder what direction the game will be going. Gears of War has always had strong female characters in supporting roles; this is the first time in its history that the main character is a female. Will it be able to live up to its past games? Being a female myself, seeing a character such as Kait become the main focal point of the next game is badass, as her family's history is the driving force behind the other four games - but - having grown wit ...more
Alexandre Rotger Müller
Agreat Gears novel, clearly written by a true Gears fan and with lots of support from the powers that be behind the series.

The events connect nicely with all what we saw in Gears 4, and even build on tiny details such as names of people or places that were casually mentioned in the game at some point: Settlement 2, South Village, or the twins, just to mention a few examples. The novel as a whole also fits perfectly within the Gears universe and with what we know so far about Sera, its territori
David Lara
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great bridge between Gears 4 and 5. A lot of character development with subtle details of the lore added sparingly. A few writing issues that would have made the reading enjoyably comparable to Traviss' writing style, but Hough does a wonderful job at capturing the essence of Gears of War in this new generation. I would gladly welcome another novel written by him especially if tweaks his writing a bit (stop using the full names of characters, please. The franchise has existed for over a decade, ...more
Andrew William
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been looking forward to this book for so long, if it's been such a long time since we've received an amazing Gears of War Story. And while this one didn't really have a lot of Laura unlocked I did like the little pieces here and there at the book revealed about a few questions I've had since playing Gears of War 4. I cannot wait for the game to come out and to continue this amazing story in this incredible world. I will also admit that I was a little skeptical that Jason Hough would be able ...more
Earl Lovings
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For Gears of War fans, this is a great bridge from Gears of War 4 to Gears 5. Jason being brought on to take up the mantle of these iconic characters without practically missing a beat as far as their narrative tones, mindset, and interactions shows he's able to keep the train on the tracks for Gears of War books going forward. If you're a fan of the series, I highly recommend checking out this book, especially for the little nuggets and callbacks here and there that can be found while reading, ...more
Eric Leeson
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read all the Gears of War books before I even touched any of the games. (I have rectified that oversight completely) I have enjoyed everything involved with this great story. The action, the characters, the villains; the plot has so many twists and turns it is a pleasure to have experienced it all. This book, like all the others, provided great background information for each game; bridged the gaps that I always like knowing. This book was no exception, I am now playing Gears 5 and I know thin ...more
To be perfectly honest, I just found this book okay. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It just didn't feel like all the previous Gears books and I feel like there wasn't quite enough detail. I miss Karen and I wish they would've tried harder to get her back to write the next books. Jason is a good enough author but it just was missing a lot. I hope they get Karen back to write the next books they have planned. Please oh please strike a deal.
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Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this story making me dig deeply into the lore. Getting excited for Gears 5 as well. The only thing I was not fond was some of the deus ex machina means by which the groups survive (particularly one scene with Del and JD). Overall, still a great book and makes me excited to play the game.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jason Hough is just great! He knows how to spin a yarn! Even his videogame-bases books, like this one, are great! I haven't played Gears since the second one (Gears of War 5 is the latest.). Great escapism, even if you don't know a Brumack from Swarmack.
Anthony Wilson
This was an ok short read. Good that they are adding to the Gears universe lore. Loved everything about Gears from the start
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing in much of moving the story forward. It shows bonding between sets of characters.
Jonathan Montgomery
Terrible entry in a personally beloved lore. Highly disappointed
Austin Zook
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need more Gears books from Jason M. Hough, ASAP.
Aidan Sligh
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Covers the period between Gears 4 and 5 very well. Updates everything going on, on Serra and sets up quite nicely for 5. Makes me even more excited for 5 to come out soon.
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Jason M. Hough (pronounced 'Huff') is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near-future spy thriller Zero World. In a former life he was a 3D artist, animator, and game designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). He has also worked in the fields of high-performance cluster computing and machine learning.

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