- Broken Base: While the novel itself is near-universally despised, fan opinion is divided over the revision (which still hasn't materialized). Some fans are optimistic about the revision and hold BioWare to its word, others point out that the novel's problems run far, far deeper than the continuity errors and that just fixing the lore errors isn't good enough to redeem Deception (specifically saying you'd need a total start from a blank canvas with a new writer), and then there are those who feel that the promise of the revised edition was just damage control and it will never actually happen.
- Canon Defilement: There is a list of its many, many continuity errors as linked below. Let's just say it'd be easier to make a list of what it got right. Good thing later editions will fix these problems... hopefully.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Even after BioWare apologized and promised a revised edition, many fans still treat Deception as this. Not helping matters is that William C. Dietz, the author of the novel, claims that two BioWare officials did look it over before it was published.
- Fountain of Memes:
- Kai Leng eating Anderson's cereal. The inevitable "cereal killer" jokes don't help. Neither did the text stating that he did it because he was "an adrenaline junkie and enjoyed being where he was". Leng eating Anderson's cereal was actually highlighted on the forums as a moment to be kept in the revised edition because it's so utterly hilarious. And frankly, Leng is so petty even in the actual games (see: him sending Shepard insulting e-mails in 3) that it's honestly still perfectly in character for him.
- Kai Leng "was about to pee in a vase that he had selected for that purpose". Yes, that happens. In those exact words.
- Gillian's death. It should be tragic, but there's something inherently funny about the fact that Kai Leng killed her with a toothbrush.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- We actually do get to visit the apartment on the Citadel in the Citadel DLC for 3, presumably where Kai Leng ate that cereal.
- Citadel would also feature a toothbrush making a significant event happen, though instead of a murder, it allows Shepard and company to break into the Normandy.
- Never Live It Down: This book gave Kai Leng the infamous "cereal killer" nickname.
- What an Idiot!: Late in the novel, Hendel threatens biotic harm on Aria in the middle of her private room in Afterlife. He's damned lucky all she did was tase him.
YMMV / Mass Effect: Deception