The whole reason I picked up this book was because the video game its is based off of was sorely lacking in its storytelling, a rare missstep for Bioware. The authors were new to me and I had high expectations for plot lines being filled in for the video game. The video game is the only reason I finished the book. “It’s like it was written on the event horizon of a crap hole.” Dave Howard
Let’s be blunt, the writing is horrific, the language is lazy and foul, characters uninspired, and overly long. I cannot abide authors who swear just for the sake of swearing. The book is riddled with the f-word simply because the authors were too lazy or uninspired to know how to express emotion with swearing. Once or twice it may have been alright but the novel swears like a three year old that just learned a “dirty” word. Video game doesn’t use the word, no justifiable reason it should appear in the novels associated with the game.
The characters in the book are true to the characters in the game where they overlap, not that this makes these characters any more enjoyable. They are cold, unlikable, shallow examples or the worst traits of any particular race. Ninety-five percent of the book deals with backstory leading up to the uprising, which by the way lasts mere hours. That ninety-five percent is backstory filler that fails to draw the reader in or make the reader care about any particular character. Reading about construction woes or backroom politics is boring in a sci-fi novel. More than once the book put me to sleep.
One star out of five for a poorly written, boring attempt at a space opera that is about 350 pages longer than it needed to be.