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Kickstart your anticipation,
This review is from: Mass Effect: Revelation (Mass Market Paperback)I usually avoid book/video game tie-ins like this. In the case of Mass Effect: Revelation I'm glad I took the chance!
The book is basically a prequel to the game "Mass Effect". The book stands alone and develops characters independently however, because it came out FIRST! This means for the reader, that you aren't expected to know what certain things or events are. The author makes no assumptions and vividly describes everything such as what certain alien races look like, rather than rely on their portrayal in the video game.
The story is filled with intrigue, deception, and action. You really get drawn into the universe of Mass Effect. The author makes a commendable effort at introducing the reader, as they are literally an outsider. Important historical events are referenced and explained. Even the nature of the weaponry is explained. The introduction to the universe is seamlessly injected into the story so it doesn't seem like you're reading an encyclopedia at the same time as the overall plot.
It's also worth noting that, if I'm not mistaken, the author is one of the writers for the video game. So really this is as true as it gets to the spirit of storytelling. I'd recommend this book to general sci-fi fans, even if you aren't interested in playing the video game. The only drawback I can see is that the ending definitely leaves questions unanswered that will surely come in the game.