Books: Mass Effect Retribution announced, and it’s a prequel

By Stephany Nunneley
13 January 2010 23:37 GMT


BioWare has announced Mass Effect Retribution, a prequel novel based on  Mass Effect 2 and penned by Drew Karpyshyn, who wrote the two previous ME books.


Retribution is set in the universe fans know well from the video game and novel series—one in which humanity has explored the very farthest reaches of the universe, only to discover the ruthless Reapers, a race bent on extinguishing all organic life. One man is bent on discovering the Reapers’ secrets, the mysterious Illusive Man, the leader of a pro-human, black ops group, Cerberus. And he’s devised the perfect plan: implant a human subject with Reaper technology in order to study the enemy.

He also has the perfect test subject—Paul Grayson, an ex-Cerberus operative. Grayson betrayed Cerberus in order to save his daughter. So when Grayson is kidnapped and made the subject of Cerberus’ evil experiments, the Illusive Man will finally have his revenge…

The 336-pager will hit retail on July 27, according to Amazon, and will run you around $7.99

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