The lack of any action in this novel made it a very hard novel to like. While it had the making of a very good sci fi yarn, the author missed the mark by such a large margin, it made this book painful at times. If there had actually been any Halo type action, then I would rate it higher.
I have read or listened to all of the Halo series of books. After this novel, I am going to read the novels on the Forerunners.
I thought the performance was very good, top marks to Euan for his performance.
The few times that an actual trigger was pulled or one of the characters did more than sit and complain about past issues, then those are the redeeming qualities of this book.
In my opinion, the whole Halo series is built around the Spartans, the game and all of the novels. Granted the series has evolved with the additional Spartan program and the OSDT characters, but let’s be honest, we all play the game and read the books because we all want to be Spartan 117, the Master Chief. We want all want to go down range with him and see him blow the kaka out of things, that is what makes this series so much fun and so very good.
We, at least I, read these because they are at the core, very good science fiction. To spend the vast majority of this book on the ethical issues involved with the Spartan program, is in my opinion, not a good use of ink. This is after all, Science Fiction, not a social commentary on man’s inhumanity toward man.
I would hope that the next book in this line, will remember its roots and give us all what we are looking for, a good story that is true to the original story line, not a 10 hour trial of the mother of the Spartans.
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