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With a new game, Mass Effect Andromeda, set for release in 2017, the launch of a new series of Mass Effect novels is timely. The new game will take the story in a dramatic new direction and is set in a new region of space, with a new and deadly enemy.

Titan is publishing four unmissable Mass Effect novels. The novels will act as prequel and sequels to the events in the games and will become part of the overarching Mass Effect saga. These new stories, developed in close collaboration with the Bioware game team, weave directly into the action of the new game - and will reveal events kept secret over the course of game play - and will add to the canonical Mass Effect saga.

©2017 Catherynne M. Valente (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I liked everything but the ending

As a fan of the quarians, I was looking forward to this. Sadly, while I was enjoying the story, the characters and loved the writing, the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. I won't spoil, but I felt crushed by it. I wish I could've loved, I can only say I enjoyed now. I'm sure others will too. I recommend it to Mass Effect fans all the same.

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this book is an actual masterpiece.<br />

I was hesitant because I've always been kind of wary of video game novelisations, but I love Mass effect and I love Catherynne Valente, so I went for it and I have no regrets. my face is covered in tears and my heart is full.

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Haunting and gripping.

Story: A locked-room horror mystery with a heavy dose of culture clash. If you're into the world building of Mass Effect, you'll have a lot to like as the lesser-focused species get their time on stage. The ending unsettled me, but it seems like it's supposed to. Not at all a light read, but turned my rides to work into no time at all.

Narration: I very much enjoyed Tom Taylorson as bro Ryder, and he knocked it out of the park here as an entire crew of varied voices talking to each other. There are a lot of sections of characters almost monologing, but he made it very easy to get drawn into those character moments. He hits the heavy spots with gravity without making them overwrought, and gives a nice wryness to the rare moments of levity.

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Most valuable tie-in and a must read for the fans

First of I've got to say that, though I liked Fryda Wolff as my pathfinder more than Tom Taylorson, he gave an astonishing performance here.
And thankfully the plot itself spared me the painfully obvious twists and gave surprisingly good ones.
Thanks to the author. Definitely adding this book to my collection in physical form.
It gave me a shimmer of hope that Bioware can produce a great story once again.
I'll see you in Andromeda.

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  • JOp
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  • 11-17-18

I only wish we could have played it.

I don't know if the story reader is a mass effect fan, but he really made the story come to life.

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This is the Andromeda we needed.

Forget the video game this novel was based off of and just get this book! If you love the Mass Effect series do -not- pass up this experience. The author is clearly in love with the Mass Effect universe and her knowledge of it shows. The narrator does an exemplary job from start to finish and the audio is edited with professionalism. Mass Effect fan approved.

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Good story, but ending resolved deus ex

The overall story was pretty great, the performance was amazing! The speaker actually acted out the dialects and accents of the various races, even as far as Darth Vader breathing as the volas. Unfortunately, the ending is kind of deus ex, where the solution was kind of just happened upon, but that was surrounded by a great mystery and character building.

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Probably the best Mass Effect book


The writing was amazing in this one, and the narrator really brought a new dimension to the races we hear less of in the rest of the mass effect universe! Strongly recommend!

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A magnificent tragedy

great book; thou im pissed off ill never meet any of this characters in game. thou after how they fucked over the game...well then they patched it. regardless its a good story read in an enticing way

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  • David Scott
  • spokane valley, wa United States
  • 12-11-18

The worst of the new Mass Effect books

Never actually made it to the end, my wife and I tried to listen to it on a trip across state and a little over half way we both decided that any pod cast on my phone would be more fun. Slow plot and largely unlikable characters make it more of a chore than an adventure.

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  • A. Palmer
  • 11-23-18

Unexpectedly brilliant

having read Nexus, and finding the narration fair and the story a little drawn out, I came into Annihilation with lower expectations, particularly towards the narration. This was a mistake; Tom Taylorson not only manages an amazing range of voices for each character, he does so with amazing attention to detail; cadence, both personal and racial, is particularly well done, and each character truly has their own identity, while being immediately identifiable as to their species, exactly like voice actors in the games.

The story is interesting; I enjoyed it, but some may find the exposition moments a little long winded; I actually enjoyed this, but others have stated that it was what they enjoyed least. While the perspectives of the non-council races are well developed and true to the games, one thing that bothered me was the amount of the exposition that was framed for humans, when none appear in the story. An example is an elcor explaining something medical to a quarians, a stellar, a volus and a batarian. The elcor keeps bringing up human examples of what he's talking about first, even though it's not a common reference point for any of the characters in the scene. Several characters do this, in a variety of situations, which I feel could have been better handled; this is obviously for the reader's benefit, and out of character.

Overall, I definitely don't regret listening to this; it FELT like mass effect, with memorable characters with distinct points of view. If you're a fan, I'd recommend it, if only for the very authentic cross species bickering and banter, as performed by the amazingly talented Taylorson.

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  • Ruben Rydell-Sandgren
  • 11-19-18

Much like the game itself...

... the strong points are too far and too few between to make it enjoyable.

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  • Ethan
  • 11-20-18

Good Read if a bit slow

This was my least favourite of the Andromeda series so far, in comparison to the other two. But that could be a bias opinion as I don't like the quarrions. Good read though for any fan of the series. I found it a little bit slow and very drawn out most of the time.

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  • Dale
  • 11-19-18

Makes me want a dlc for andromeda all the more

A great addition to the ME.A story. The narrator does a great job with all the voices and emotions. The story itself is intriguing and compelling. It is very interesting seeing and experiencing the story from other species point of view and lives that never really get time to shine. As a die hard ME fan and someone who enjoyed Andromeda, even if it was a bit lacking in the story and main antagonist, this eventuality would have been awesome to add to ME.A as a dlc starting from the end of this book. I really enjoyed it and hope that another is made to continue. Although quite difficult with personal character and choices made i guess. Either way a great story and hope for more.