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Mass Effect: Annihilation

(Mass Effect: Andromeda #3)

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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 spec ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Titan Books
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Todd Ellis All three books are standalone stories, though they relate to the game Mass Effect: Andromeda if you haven't played it.

The other two novels are set…more
All three books are standalone stories, though they relate to the game Mass Effect: Andromeda if you haven't played it.

The other two novels are set before the game, and I *think* this is supposed to be a sequel answering some of the game's lingering mysteries. (About to dig in, but I may be wrong!!)

If you have any lingering interest, I'd still very much recommend Initiation -- great book on its own!(less)

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Nicole
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
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 http://bibliosanctum.com/2018/12/15/...

Although 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 terrible as everyone says it is—was still probably the weakes
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marilyn
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: purchased
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 love to play, I was very happy to be able to indulge ...more
Ryan
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I ask you: what's not to love about a wise-cracking, Shakespeare-quoting Elcor ear nose and throat doctor?
Carien
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
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 Uprising.

The Quarian ark is travelling through space, all
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Sarah
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
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 Milky Way sending colony ships to the Andromeda g
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Lucía
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contained emotion: this book was amazing. With cautious excitement: I’m looking forward to hearing news of ME:A2
Elizabeth Kihara
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 more captivating than I was expecting and it also p ...more
Adam Maloney
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, mass effect fans, noir fans
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 that I am someone who loves the labyrinthine, lyric
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Luke Waldron
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 murder mystery in space with a joke thrown in at the sa
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Matt
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 games. There weren't really even any battles, which ...more
James
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fan.
Andrew Bone
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, was what I enjoyed the most.

I will check out more
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Searska GreyRaven
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. It was everything I could have ever wanted from a Mass Effect story, and so much more.
Sutton
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 interspecies interaction that isn't the general human/Asar ...more
Unseen Library
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 settlers to the Andromeda galaxy. Built by the planetless
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Jason Beck
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-challenge
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 Twitter or elsewhere, but would be obvious even if
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Aaron Schmuhl
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Renata Riva
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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 characteristics of the volus, drell, hanar, elcor and quarians species
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Ian
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 out in particular: what's not to love about an elco
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Sam
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 we are. And I'm glad! This was actually really fuck ...more
Brian Rogers
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 computer failures and a virus infecting the crew o ...more
Jared
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is kind of a bittersweet book to read, knowing it was originally written as a lead in to new content for the latest game and had to be reworked due to discontinued support. You wouldn't know it by reading it, though. This feels like the most complete, best-written, and oddly most accessible to those who haven't played the games.

The highlight is the characters, despite having almost no human characters whatsoever, each of them unique, fully fleshed out, and human; giving many new nuances to
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Janelle
I just finished Mass Effect: Annihilation, and I firmly believe it is the best of the tie-in novels to date (with the arguable exception of the hardcover Hard in Hightown, which is really its own beast).

Many of the “background” races seen on the Citadel in the OT get a fair amount of spotlight in this book, and they are all written well, with distinctive interests and povs. There is a lot of humor that had me laughing and reading bits to my husband. There is also a touch of nostalgia and some su
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Brian Dassero
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm a sucker for all things Mass Effect and I'll defend Andromeda against anyone. I loved the game and was saddened to hear that the DLC was cancelled. Then I saw this, what is hopefully not the last visit to the Andromeda universe.

I devoured this book. My only complaint about Andromeda the game was the lack of Drell, Quarian, Batarian, Volus, etc. I loved that this book gave us the story of what happened to their Ark. I fell right into the characters, with the Elcor Yorrick and Drell Anax bein
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Kyle
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Brenna
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mike
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting tie-in novel... A medical thriller and mystery tale was not what what I expected when I picked this book up, and it was executed rather well with a resolution I didn't see coming.

There are downsides, though. Fanservice is deeply baked into the writing. Although that is generally good for a tie-in, it approaches fan fiction territory. There were also some... less than believable aspects, but I don't want to get into spoilers.
Sarah
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve never played (or even watched someone else play, as I’ve done with many other games) any of the Mass Effect games, but I love all of Cat Valente’s books. The good news is that having zero knowledge of the games didn’t inhibit my enjoyment of the story or the characters at all - it 100% stands on its own as a compelling mystery with characters I truly cared about.
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Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and cam ...more

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (3 books)
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