They slept for hundreds of years, dreaming of a new home in the Andromeda galaxy. When finally they awake, their dreams of peace are shattered. These colonists - turian, salarian, asari, human, and more - face an uncharted galaxy and threats beyond understanding.
The Nexus is the core from which the colonists will explore their new home. Yet even before the arks arrive, the massive space station sustains critical damage. The entire mission is placed in jeopardy, and security director Sloane Kelly must reassert order while racing to identify the nature of the threat that faces them.
If she fails, the Andromeda Initiative could crumble.
©2017 Jason M. Hough (P)2017 Electronic Arts, Inc.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, but I would say that it assumes you know a little about the Mass Effect universe before you start which could be an issue for anyone unfamiliar with the games. It gives you a really good insight into the hardships suffered before the beginning of the games and an understanding of some of the cynicism shown by a lot of the characters within the game.
The story moves fairly rapidly, and as such descriptions of locales and people/aliens seem a little rushed, again this is not a problem if you are familiar with the games but could be an issue for anyone attempting to read this as a standalone.
I picked this up out of boredom, I was surprised by how entertaining it was. As the last words were spoken I bought the new mass effect game (I had planned to wait for the price to drop but couldn't wait)
This was quite a disappointing start to the new mass effect universe. All of the supposed professional specialists appear to have no abilities and are constantly outplayed by the amateurs. I find it difficult to believe that an expedition of thus type would have so many incompetent people in command. It was well read though.
But turned into people arguing and fighting, you lean nothing about anything the one mystery is not explored.. The plot is people on ship, something goes wrong ship gets a bit busted up people fight amongst themselves... The end...
"Five Star Review But Be Warned"
The writing and the performance is top notch. The fact that we meet these characters while playing Mass Effect Andromeda adds to it.
It compares well. I think she did the most recent Brett Battles book but am not sure.
Yes, ideally BEFORE playing Mass Effect Andromeda
This book gets five stars from me because it's the highest caliber writing and performance. Here the thing it's a prequel for Mass Effect Andromeda the video game. It's the missing backstory to the game that we hear about as we meet the characters in this book but don't get to see play out because it happens in the past.
The warning in my title refers to the fact that at the end of the novel it has the feel of setting up a future series of books. The problem with that is that those books will never be published as the story will continue and conclude in the video game Mass Effect Andromeda and perhaps forthcoming DLC. Worse the all of the main characters here are seen from the point of view of Ryder and have very limited screen time in the video game. As long as you are okay with all that, and I was, you're in for a very good time with this one.
Fryda Wolfe has excellent pace and inflection in her voice. This book really fills in some gaps in the game's narrative and makes me care about the characters. I'm genuinely looking forward to diving deeper into this new galaxy.
"Good background info for the game"
This book makes several unsympathetic characters in the video game much more understandable, and gives you context as to why they act the way they do. Does not deal with any of the main characters of the game, but there are plenty of recognizable characters. The voice acting is good, minus some of the krogan voices but overall the feeling of growing tension is transmitted well to the reader. I definitely look forward to the next 2 entries in this series as they will hopefully focus more on background info for andromeda rather than the nexus.
"if you like mass effect check this out"
it's a great story, the characters are very well done. its sets up the game as well.
"love it, if you like the game, you'll like this"
This book changed the way I look a characters in the game. especially Kelly. I'll be having a better relationship with that character after this book.
I have enjoyed most of the previous Mass Effect books (and the games, of course), but this one was pretty disappointing. The plot drags, and the delivery is uninspired, which is surprising given the narrator's talents in the ME: Andromeda game.
They should have focused on more action, mystery and character interaction. People bickering in a city-planning meeting gets old fast, and half the book is just taken up with how tired everyone is.
The characterization is hit or miss. Tann, Addison and Sloan are interesting characters, but they seem to miss the opportunity to really flesh them out. Especially Sloan, who is just a perpetual ball of anger. Surely she has other emotions.
this is a great book to accompany the new Mass effect game. if you are new to Mass effect and it's lore somethings are going to be confusing. So I recommend doing some reading on the lore or better yet play the games. the narrator was great and the story was great. it shines a new light to some of the characters in the new game and makes them more understandable and relatable as people. Playing through the game some of the characters like Sloan Kelly ( forgive my spelling of her name) I thought where bad just to be bad but this book brings out the motives of the person and makes me consider my dialogue in the game more thoughtfully. TL;DR great book to accompany the new game not so much if you are new to the Mass effect universe.
"Good but slow."
You may be tempted to give up in the first half of the book. But if you hang in you will be rewarded. Good prequel to the game.
"This is a must for Mass Effect fans."
The voice acting was superb. The story was good, not great, but served to fill in a lot of the back story leading into Mass Effect Andromeda. I wish I had known about this before my first play through of the game. It really paints a different picture of some of the characters / events of the game.
"Andromeda; "Nexus uprising""
I may if they write something that interests me maybe, but their grasp on Science Fiction is sparse at best. I have very little interest in doing that.
Probably not. Coming off of things like Elizabeth Moon and Starship Troopers this was honestly a disappointment.
I haven't listened to any of her work before, but she does her best with what she's given.
Sloane. She is utterly incompetent and a horrible security chief, but that is through no fault of her own, but the writers are utterly incapable of producing a realistic and somewhat plausible security chief. It's the kind of thing where I get what they were going for, but they clearly, have no idea what to do so they decided she was the Mass Effect equivalent of Clint Eastwood in space as the station falls apart, or a renegade commander Shepard without any of her team or competence. This is not a good role model for what you want as security chief responsible for Nexus security and there is a lot of telling the reader that she is the only one in the Nexus leadership that's capable when the reader can clearly see that she's not even remotely fit the role she was hired to perform.
This novel ticks off the lore bullet-points and makes a sympathetic uprising, I really enjoyed some of those parts, but they were few and far between as the writers tick off the boxes required to fill in the plot they were paid to manufacture without any of the heart and soul of a genuine sci-fi novel.
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