great bear needs to do the other books! Fantastic performance, rich voices, and great story! 10\10
This story is invigorating and extremely deep. The reader does an AMAZING job conveying the emotion in extreme detail and depth. Except for one time right near the end where he uses an (impressive) out of place Irish accent hahaha but I definitely recommend a read before Halo 5.
Let me start by saying that I love Halo and I really enjoyed some of the other Halo books especially Fall of Reach. But when telling the story of things that happened many millennia ago, you need someone who can blend those feelings of strange ancient wonder and epic galactic struggle from the point of view and perspective of a distant time, all while creating the lore that led to the present Halo universe. I can't think of anyone who could have done a more masterful job than Greg Bear. The universe he paints is beautiful and alien and yet very human. I highly recommend reading his other work especially the Eon series.
Even if you haven't read any of the Halo books or even ever played any of the games, Cryptum and the rest of this trilogy stands on its own and has the feel of any brilliant classic science fiction.
I can understand some of the complaints saying that this doesn't have the same feel of the other books. That military hard sci-fi feel. But this book is about galactic history so that's a good thing!
This is the story of the hubris of a civilization that can create solar systems, and the personal journey of a young Forerunner who finds himself caught up in a battle that will wipe out all life in the galaxy.
My only complaint is the seemingly arbitrary choice of a faulty Scottish accent to portray a key character. Otherwise, the performance is fantastic and deeply emotion-driven.
This at first seems an odd departure from the halo "feel", as you are transported to a universe long before familiar halo words like "covenant" and "unsc" existed. Soon though, as you warm to the characters, the style and the pace (all of which prove excellent) you quickly come to recognize the world as it takes place in the distant past - and as a long time halo fan, I was enthralled by the majesty of the timeline, and the subtle links to everything a younger me came to know through playing the games. This book will at first feel alien, but I think it should, as it delves deep into the structures of a society we never knew much about. I will be reading the next two books, for sure.