Mass Effect by Drew Karpyshyn

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When they vanished fifty thousand years ago, the Protheans left their advanced technology scattered throughout the galaxy. The chance discovery of a Prothean cache on Mars allows humanity to join those already reaping the rewards of the ancients’ high-tech wizardry. But for one rogue militia, the goal is not participation but domination.

Scientist Kahlee Sanders has left the Systems Alliance for the Ascension Project, a program that helps gifted “biotic” children harness their extraordinary powers. The program’s most promising student is twelve-year-old Gillian Grayson, who is borderline autistic. What Kahlee doesn’t know is that Gillian is an unwitting pawn of the outlawed black ops group Cerberus, which is sabotaging the program by conducting illegal experiments on the students.

When the Cerberus plot is exposed, Gillian’s father takes her away from the Ascension Project and flees into the lawless Terminus Systems. Determined to protect Gillian, Kahlee goes with them… unaware that the elder Grayson is, in fact, a Cerberus operative. To rescue the young girl Kahlee must travel to the farthest ends of the galaxy, battling fierce enemies and impossible odds. But how will she be able to save a daughter from her own father?

This novel is based on a Mature-rated video game.

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About Drew Karpyshyn

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Drew Karpyshyn is the bestselling author of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan and the Star Wars: Darth Bane trilogy: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, and Dynasty of Evil. He also wrote the acclaimed Mass Effect series of novels and worked as a writer/designer on numerous award-winning videogames. After spending most of his life in Canada, he finally grew tired of the long, cold winters and headed south in search of a climate more conducive to year-round golf. Drew Karpyshyn now lives in Texas with his wife, Jennifer, and their cat.
Published July 29, 2008 by Del Rey. 354 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Open Salon

Those who read Mass Effect: Revelation and Mass Effect: Ascension (or at least my reviews of them) know what to expect: a story only tangentally related to that of Commander Shepard that purports to put the pieces in place for the next entry in the video game series.

Nov 09 2010 | Read Full Review of Mass Effect: Ascension

Ars Technica

While not dealing directly with Commander Sheppard becoming the first human Spectre agent, Revelation—the game's prequel—readily presents a sturdy foundation for the universe as it exists in Mass Effect and sets the stage for the game's course while leaving just enough questions unanswered.

Jun 22 2007 | Read Full Review of Mass Effect: Ascension

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