Title: Fight for the Lost Author: LuxDragon Rating: M (mature) Genre: Sci-fi/Romance Pairing: Shepard/Miranda Status: WIP Summary: Entire human colonies are vanishing. The galaxy's best and toughest individuals come together to form an unlikely team, all led by one very specific man. Novelization of Mass Effect 2. Default Male/Earthborn/War Hero/Paragade/Multi-Class. Shepard/Miranda LINK (was also mentioned briefly in this thread) While not as good as DLP's very own Darje's ME2 story, Emergence, Fight for the Lost easily takes the number 2 spot on my favorite ME fanfiction list. Emergence takes the number 1 spot, of course. The writing is kept light and without overly dramatic sentences. It's easy to get into and the grammar and spelling is decent. Those errors that do happen don't detract from the story, at any rate. I was impressed with the characterization throughout the story; real weight has been put behind the various crew interactions, not to mention the loyalty missions. Also the romance between Shepard and Miranda is pretty well done and not rushed, nor becoming the main plot for the story. In fact, I found their romance more of a natural thing that was just supposed to happen eventually. Two negative things (one minor, one larger): A wee bit O' fluff - a few scenes (notably the humorous ones) felt a little cheap and fluffy. I find it difficult to explain what I disliked about it and while it wasn't a hugh problem, I did find it detracting. Perhaps there was just too much telling instead of showing in those scenes... More linear than time itself - the author, LuxDragon, often, and I do mean freakin' often, uses the exact same dialogue from the game. Those scenes can be skipped of course, but it's still pretty annoying to read what any true Mass Effect fan already know by heart. It's pretty pointless. The characters' thoughts and actions are of course mentioned, but their presence does in no way make up for the author's tedious use of the game's dialogue. I'm not sure I get what people see in a novelization, but whatever... It's an issue that's very apparent in the beginning chapters, but later changes as the author's own ideas are inserted into the plot. To great effect I might add. TL;DR This story gets a 4 outta 5 from me.