Mass Effect (Mass Effect: Andromeda, #3) by Catherynne M. Valente

Mass Effect (Mass Effect: Andromeda, #3)

An official tie-in to the hit video game Mass Effect: Andromeda. As the Quarian ark Keelah Si'yah sails toward the Andromeda galaxy, it carries 20,000 colonists from several races including the Drell, Elcor, and Batarians. Along the way a routine check reveals that many of the Drell colonists have died in their cryopods, and a pathogen is discovered. It begins to jump species, then the ship's tech begins to fail, making it clear that this is no a...

Details Mass Effect (Mass Effect: Andromeda, #3)

TitleMass Effect (Mass Effect: Andromeda, #3)
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherTitan Books
GenreScience Fiction, Games, Video Games, Fiction, Aliens

Reviews Mass Effect (Mass Effect: Andromeda, #3)

  • Sinisa Mikasinovic
    Urgh! This was just... mediocre at best.And this is coming from a Mass Effect fan.What started as a grand story of a journey to another galaxy turned into a close-quarters murder mystery. Think back to that psychological movie you saw a long time ago, which is filmed in a single room with a cast of 3 people. Except here we have a single spaceship and 6-7 characters.The Cube comes to mind first. A great idea, bad execution. Still, the movie is a m...
  • Nicole
    The first half was a bit slow, mostly because I couldn’t remember what the different races looked like. But I did enjoy the plot and the characters were all unique and fun to read about. Also fuck yeah for gay aliens!
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at the BiblioSanctum we’re here to talk about a book, no discussion about Mass Effect: Andromeda: Annihilation would be possible without at least acknowledging the fan response to the game it was based on, which many found unremarkable, if not disappointing. Speaking as someone who adores the Mass Effect franchise, even I have to admit that Andromeda—while arguably not as terribl...
  • marilyn
    I'm a big fan of the Mass Effect and Dragon Age games so I read all the related books as soon as they come out. My four star rating is based on loving the games, having played them over and over, knowing the lore, and wanting more content in the games, and if not there, in books. I don't see how the books could be really enjoyed without the background of the games they are linked to but in the case of this prequel, for a series of games that I lo...
  • Ryan
    I ask you: what's not to love about a wise-cracking, Shakespeare-quoting Elcor ear nose and throat doctor?
  • Lucía
    Contained emotion: this book was amazing. With cautious excitement: I’m looking forward to hearing news of ME:A2
  • Aleksandra Usik
    Such an unexpectedly great book with well flashed-out and complex characters (Yorrik
  • Carien
    I loved Mass Effect Andromeda and for a long time after finishing the game I held hope there would be DLCs. One of those could have been about the Quarian ark, as at the end of the game it is revealed the Keelah Si'yah is in trouble. Alas: EA decided to pull the plug and I didn't get a Quarian ark DLC. So you bet I preordered this book as soon as I knew it was about the Keelah Si'yah.And this is a really great book. Even better than Nexus Uprisin...
  • Sarah
    I read this because it has drell in it. I could just leave it at that. It's the truth. (I like the elcor too, but I have a half drell/half human goddess tattooed on my arm, so that's where my loyalties lie.) Reading this (honestly very well written) book has reopened some of my Andromeda wounds and I don't think I've ever actually vented any of those anywhere, so I mean, if not now, when? So Mass Effect: Andromeda is a game about the races in the...
  • Elizabeth Kihara
    I pre-ordered the book months before it came out because i read the first two Mass Effect Andromeda novels, and I loved them. More than the game even. The writing in the first one was really good. It's told from the perspective of a few of the characters from the game, mainly Sloane and the writing reflected each different character's personality, which i thought was a nice touch. I loved the second book because the story turned out to be a lot m...
  • Adam Maloney
    Catherynne M. Valente's Mass Effect: Annihilation is so freaking good you guys. It's hilarious, horrifying, riveting, and stuffed full to bursting with Mass Effect deliciousness. The looping space-noir narrative starts off with a bang and doesn't let up until the closing pages. In addition to the aforementioned, Valente masterfully fulfilled the long running promise/gag of Elcor Shakespeare that never materialized in the games.Now, I will admit t...
  • Luke Waldron
    As the Quarian ark Keelah Si'yah sails toward the Andromeda galaxy, it carries 20,000 colonists from several races including the Drell, Elcor, and Batarians. Along the way a routine check reveals that many of the Drell colonists have died in their cryopods and a pathogen is discovered. It begins to jump species, then the ship's tech begins to fail, making it clear that this is no accident. It's murder and the perpetrator is still on board.A murde...
  • Matt
    I read this book because I needed to know what had gone on with the Quarian ark. What I got was not only some answers to that mystery, but also a virtually human-free story filled with some great characters! With most sci-fi and fantasy these days being strictly human-only affairs, it was like a breath of fresh air to read something that got to explore some great alien races that had previously been relegated to the sidelines of the Mass Effect g...
  • Francis Bourdages
    Good structure, but the first part is long. Also, the name become hard to read and remember. Finally, I dont like the multi point of view through the book
  • James
    Game tie in novels aren’t often great. With a game like Mass Effect, they have to jump the hurdle of players own head and game cannon.While I can’t say you can get the most out of ‘Annihilation’ without having played the Mass Effect games, Valente uses all the ME universe has to offer to give us a rich read. Set on a multi-species Ark traveling to the Andromeda Galaxy as things go horribly wrong.This is a great book, a must read for an ME...
  • Andrew Bone
    This is the best of the three Mass Effect Andromeda books and was well worth the wait. The story is Sherlock'esk in its detective sections but still very Mass Effect. There is a healthy amount of humour spread throughout as well as dark themes as the story unfolds.
  • Casey Peterson
    I have to date read all 7 Mass Effect books, it is my favorite sci-fi universe. Of all the books in the series, Catherynne M. Valente's Annihilation is easily the best to date. You can tell that she is a fan of the franchise, and has treated the book with a lot of thought an care.Plus, it is really cool to have a sci-fi book, Mass Effect or not, where there are really no human characters. seeing how other species interact and react to each other,...
  • Searska GreyRaven
    I loved this one. It was everything I could have ever wanted from a Mass Effect story, and so much more.
  • Sutton
    I was disappointed when the Quarian Ark DLC was canceled because of all the loose ends at the end of Andromeda. This book helped to tie up some of those ends. I'm generally not a fan of tie-in books, but was pleasantly surprised with this one. The characters were well thought out with excellent personalities and all are species that generally don't have a large narrative in the games (Elcor, Hanar, etc.). It's also an interesting look at interspe...
  • Unseen Library
    Rating of 4.5.A new galaxy, a ship full of disparate alien species, what could possibly go wrong? Veteran author Catherynne M. Valente brings to life a new adventure in the Mass Effect universe with Mass Effect: Annihilation, the third official tie-in novel to the 2017 video game, Mass Effect: Andromeda.As the Reaper fleet begins to appear in the Milky Way galaxy, a fifth ark is launched by the Andromeda Initiative to bring another 20,000 settler...
  • Jason Beck
    To start: I love Mass Effect and I love Catherynne Valente, and when she announced she was writing a Mass Effect novel, I was very happy. I am very pleased to report that this book is a delight: it is thoroughly grounded in the Mass Effect universe but is nevertheless obviously a Valente novel, and I mean those both in the best senses.It is worth noting up-front that Valente herself is a huge Mass Effect fan. This is obvious if you follow her on ...
  • Kevin
    There's an odd moment where a Quarian is grappling with the various problems with VI, and the book describes his difficulty by stating "[he] could not do it. No human could". I can't quite work out whether the author forgot she was talking about a Quarian, or whether it was simply a very randomly placed comment about humans. Bear in mind, there are no humans anywhere in this book.You see, the book is about the fabled Quarian Ark, the sadly never-...
  • Sonia
    I've read quite a few books by Cat Valente, and her style is hit-and-miss with me. I loved "Six Gun Snow White", but I put down "Palimpsest" not even halfway through. This one though was definitely a hit with me.I picked it up because I adore Mass Effect and, after playing Andromeda, the question of "what happened to the quarian ark?" was definitely one that had me curious. I expected to be a little put off by Valente's usual poetry-adjacent pros...
  • Aaron Schmuhl
    How do you review a book like this? I'm waffling between a 3 and a 4, but mostly because I can't decide. This book was clearly a labor of love, and after having read some of the post-Karpyshyn novels (by people who didn't know the universe from a hole in the ground), it was refreshing. Now, you'd better know the Mass Effect universe to read this, because the book just sort of assumes that you do. As a fan, that's nice. A non-fan would find it ext...
  • Dale Kulas
    This is another prequel to the Mass Effect Andromeda and explains why certain races that were in the original trilogy of Mass Effect games are not present in the new Mass Effect Andromeda game on Xbox One/PS4. Essentially it boils down to these other races being on a separate ship en route to Andromeda, and needless to say not everything goes according to plan. The first half of this novel was a tough read and it took me awhile to wrap my head ar...
  • M
    So, this is a stand alone Mass Effect book. Knowing the universe defiently helps, but it's not strictly necessary as the story itself is fairly self contained. Mostly it would mean that the various races and some of the politics of the Universe would go over your head, but the story itself is limited to the events that happen aboard a single colony ship so it shouldn't be to hard to follow along. When a catastrophe strikes a colony ship hurtling ...
  • Renata Riva
    In “Mass Effect: Annihilation” five members of the quarian ship Keelah Si’yah are woken up because of a suspected problem. They found out that passengers in stasis have died but, while they investigate the unexpected deaths, the ship VI becomes unreliable.The five main characters belong to the five non-council species of Mass Effect and the author does a very good job to give them very different personalities that reflect the characteristic...
  • Ian
    This is the rare tie-in book that actually gets the universe it's set in, and doesn't require jumping through several hoops to make it sit well with canon. And I don't just mean making the dates fit (in fact, being wholly set in the Quarian Ark on the way to Andromeda, Annihilation doesn't have that sort of problem), but getting the feel of the characters and the races right, the type of humor, the subtle touches. The character of Yorrik stands o...
  • Sam
    I bought this fully expecting to hate it, which is cynical and terrible of me, I know. I've always had a (probably unfair) prejudice against tie-in novels of any sort, under the assumption that they were probably cash-grabbing trash. I also wasn't a fan of Valente's novel Space Opera, which I quit on in a record few pages. But as it turns out, if you slap a Mass Effect sticker on anything in my line of sight, I will blow my money on it, so here w...
  • Brian Rogers
    Purchased not because I know anything about the Mass Effect universe (Narrator: He doesn't) but on Valente's writing it, I quite enjoyed this. She does a remarkable job filling the new to the setting reader in on the various races and cultures, which is good because there are no humans, and the plot is entirely driven by the intricacies and inter-relations of these species. The plot is a straight up crime thriller - there's a series of cascading ...