Space. The Final Frontier | Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation | Review

Video games.

The thing that takes over the tv in the front room and that takes up so much of our time. You can spend hours sucked into a game, basically a story where you can move around and play right through till the end.

A bit like a book in a way.

(And yes, that is a Star Trek quote in the blog title – it had to be done)

Blurb

An original novel written by Hugo Award-winning author N. K. Jemisin and Mass Effect creative director Mac Walters
Lieutenant Cora Harper joined the Systems Alliance to develop and enhance her powerful biotic talents. She was assigned to the asari commando unit Talein’s Daughters, where she honed her abilities to become a skilled and deadly huntress.
Returning to Earth, Cora finds herself a stranger among other humans, and joins the Andromeda Initiative as Alec Ryder’s second-in-command. The mission will send 100,000 colonists on a one-way, 600-year-long journey into the unknown. When essential—and dangerous—tech is stolen, Cora is assigned to recover it before it can be used against the Initiative, and end the mission before it can begin.

A bit of a back story, Bioware initially created Mass Effect a good few years ago. A video game based in space, with characters from all across the Galaxy. You basically fight the bad guys throughout the 3 games until the very end – it’s humanity and the rest galaxy versus the bad guys.

Andromeda, a new game by Bioware, was released in 2017 and runs between the second and third games. Another space adventure for the Bioware fans. The book is a prequel to the Andromeda game, so kinda sets you up to new characters that will appear in the game, so you’ll meet them again, if or when you play it.

There’s times when the book will have you hooked, when the character is faced with a life or death situation and you can’t quite tear yourself away from the page, even if you know that the character appears in the game.

It’s a relatively short book, which some may like, while others may find it a bit too short. But it’s fairly easy to get into and the characters were likeable (and some were not). The book gives you a bit of the backstory to a few of the characters and stayed true to the Mass Effect games.

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book or any other books based on Video games. And if you haven’t, will you be taking a dive into the world of Video game books?

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