Mass Effect: Revelation, Drew Karpyshyn

“But you haven’t even finished the games lol” came the text. Ah, yes, sorry, I have a full-time job and numerous other projects I’m working on.

Mass Effect games are well-known among gamers without a doubt. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve played and finished the first one, and can 100% appreciate the story and graphics. However, a game like that requires a lot of attention and focus. I’ve started the second one, but my attentions have been elsewhere.

I’ve always been interested in reading any published material relating to my favourite games. I’ve read the graphic novels and books for the Borderlands series and I’ve read the Gears of War novels. There was no doubt that after playing Mass Effect that I would be interested in the books. It’s always slightly concerning reading official game-related fiction because questions are raised about how well the author actually knows the universe they’re writing about and their passion for the story. In this case, those doubts don’t even need to enter your mind. Revelation is written by Drew Karpyshyn, lead writer on the first two Mass Effect games. If anyone is going to be passionate about the story, it’s him.

Revelation is set before the events of the first Mass Effect game. We’re told how the quarian creation of the geth led to the Citadel putting restrictions in place banning research and development into artificial intelligence. This is a time when David Anderson is not yet assigned to the Normandy and the geth remain withdrawn into their own part of space, annihilating anyone who tries to make contact.

When the Sidon science base is attacked by mercenaries, it’s revealed that the Alliance have gone against the Citadel Code by conducting independent research on AI. The lead scientist however, Dr Shu Qian seems to have a secret interest in a mysterious object that pre-dates the Protheans.

Follow the story as Sidon survivor Kahlee Sanders, Anderson and Saren work to get to the bottom of the attack and discover what is it that truly motivated the conspirators. Here, we see Saren as a no bullshit-taking Spectre, known among the planets for his ruthless approach. Is he compelled to help uncover the truth because of the brutal deaths that occurred? Or has something else sparked his interest?

Saren: I have two rules I follow. The first is: never kill someone without a reason.
And the second?
Saren: You can always find a reason to kill someone.

Space travel and the galaxies have always interested me- could there be life out there, monitoring us? With the way the world is going, I hope not; we’re not making a great first impression. Part of me hopes that one day I’ll know more about what’s out there in the big wide galaxy, but for now, I’ll be content with space-related fiction (and games, on occasion).

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