Marta from MsBookishCorner created this Mass Effect Book Tag and as I am well and truly into the Sci-Fi binge read and have got back into playing an almost unhealthy amount of Mass Effect again to celebrate I thought this would be an appropriate book tag to take part in! Briefing note: There are a couple of questions towards the end (8 and 10) that could be considered spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3, obviously it’s a game about choice so they’re not things that will necessarily spoil your personal playthrough but just a heads up anyway.
1. Commander Shepard
Paragon: A main character that puts the needs of everyone else before their own
Iden Versio from Star Wars Battlefront: Inferno Squad is one of my favourite self sacrificing character and not in a conventional way. People die on her watch and she’s killed or led to the deaths of innocent people but she sees this as doing the right thing for the Empire and therefore for the greater good, she puts aside any reservations she has for that better future and even when circumstances change she keeps putting others needs before her own although in some way I do wonder how much of this is guilt.
Renegade: A main character that chooses to do bad things for “the greater good”
AIDAN from The Illuminae Files is my obvious choice for this, a self-aware A.I that makes the hard choices to protect others, even if his sense of the greater good is pretty warped you can see the almost good intent behind it.
2. Eden Prime: the book/book series that got you into reading
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling was a book I read when I started secondary school and was one of the first proper books I read for fun and absolutely threw myself into. I’d always liked and been good at reading but HP just opened up a whole new world to me and I’ve never really stopped since. Honourable mention for ACOTAR for getting me back into more regular reading years and years later as well.
3. Liara T’Soni: a book that taught you something new
I learned a lot about ancient alchemical texts and the way they were documented thanks to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I liked that the book very much reminded me of what that first Twilight book could have been had it been better and perhaps aimed at a more adult audience. (Disclaimer: I enjoyed the original Twilight and there was nothing wrong with it being YA, I mentioned genre purely because DoW is an adult book).
4. Garrus Vakarian: a character that brought joy/life to an otherwise sad/too serious book
Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books was the actual soul of those books and I genuinely don’t think I would have finished the series if it weren’t for her and I find her an important role for many reasons. She’s hilarious and asks the real questions, especially the sassy ones but is also just full of support and love, an absolute joy.
Kaidan Alenko: a book that was boring in the beginning but ended up becoming good
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas as a long painful read for me. I didn’t think very much of Chaol by the time his book came around and he continued to grate on me throughout this story but then Yrene turns up and we get a tribe of people who fly giant birds etc as time goes on and the beginning and even the middle to an extent is a bit of a slog but I did end up very much enjoying the last third of the book even if I still don’t really like Chaol.
Ashley Williams: a book/book series that no matter how many times you’ve tried you just can’t get into it
The Witchlands books by Susan Dennard is usually my go-to answer for this, I read Truthwitch and Windwitch and had to love for any of the characters, their choices bothered me immensely and I could not seem to enjoy them despite trying with both books and a sample of Sightwitch from Netgalley. Coincidently I’m finding myself just this past week, considering trying Bloodwitch, the third in the series.
6. Joker: a book that made you laugh
The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner had me in absolute stitches almost the entire time I was reading it. As a parent, it was so utterly relatable and had me nodding along in between fits of giggles as well as really helping me to adjust to dealing with my sweet little baby becoming a toddler as it turns out toddlers are absolute gits sometimes.
7. Tali’Zorah vas Normandy: a character that grew throughout the book and ended up becoming an amazing character
Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is the first character that comes to mind for this. I found her a little annoying, to begin with, and remember calling her a “whiny Katniss Everdeen” for a good chunk of the first half of the book but by the end of the book I was pretty much in love with her, her character changed so much but in ways that made sense as she was pushed to her limit and she just grows in so many different ways throughout the first book and the others and not always for good but I enjoyed her character arc throughout.
8. Mordin Solus and Thane Krios: a character that had a tragic death that you wish you could bring back to life
See now this is a difficult one, like with Mordin’s death (depending how you play and the choices you make) most of the deaths that have affected me in books have meant something and tend to have at least some kind of purpose to them so even when they’re tragic it’s for a reason.
Spoilers for Once and Future:
I would bring back Kay.
9. Reapers: a villain that you love
If I hadn’t already used him I would have said AIDAN from The Illuminae Files but I’m also not entirely sure I would call him a villain either. Instead, I pick Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments. He was clever, vindictive, charismatic, broken and had his weaknesses. He was truly a character I loved to hate but often found myself feeling sorry for when remembering everything he had been through.
10. The Ending
Destroy: a book/book series you wish you could make disappear
I don’t think I’ve ever hated a book or series so much I wanted it to disappear, just because I didn’t like something it doesn’t mean others won’t get joy out of it and then I remembered just how many hugely problematic, racist, homophobic and sexist books out there and I’d like to destroy all of them please.
Control: an author you wish you could control in order to change something about their book/book series
I would love to change the end to the Sookie Stackhouse books, think about how angry and disappointed all those entitled people are about Game of Thrones right now. That’s how I feel about the ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books (except I’m fully aware that how I feel about it matters little and it doesn’t actually give me a right to demand it be changed, I can however still be disappointed in it and no end has disappointed me more).
Synthesize: two authors you wish would co-write a book
I feel like I would love something by Becky Chambers and Lauren James. Becky’s amazing world building and Laurens suspenseful writing along with their mad science skills would be a dream collaboration for me!
That was a fun book tag and one of the more difficult ones I’ve done but also very nostalgic because it’s been a little while since I played the original trilogy all the way through and right now I just want to hop back onto the Normandy and see all my old friends. I hope you enjoyed this tag, I’ll tag a few people on Twitter as usual but if you want to take part that’s great too just leave me a link to your post in the comments or link back to me here in your own post so I can check it out!