Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.
Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried - yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful elite. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle - as shepherds and guardians of all life.
Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder, just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans. He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors - long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent - forces his father’s hand. Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies. But powerful forces are at play.
On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny… and the fate of the entire galaxy.
This is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change - and of human origins. For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.
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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.
i recommend this book because i a halo fan and this book brought that to life its almost good as watching or playing the game. Narration was grate and story line awsome and i love the way the writer create a image its like i am there this is a good one and hey taking on the entire series.
I love how the narrator use his voice to portray images in the action scenes awesome and brillians that how the proper use of tone is done perfect, Greg your the best.
Well i am going to purchase the entire series wait done that already.
HALO THE ORIGIN: UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
yeah you guys writers, publishers should remake the halo movies from book one that money there and keep the games coming
Its coherence within itself and to the future stories. It was creative and put up a good attempt at a comprehensive view of the forerunners. I enjoyed it all around.
Narrator was fine.
Yes, this book kept me hooked.
If you liked this book because of the wide reaching scope and depth of the events... don't bother with the second book, there is none of that in it.
Yes, just to hear anything I may have missed, just to get a better sense of what it was like for the Forerunners.
***Spoilers*** The very end when the last Precursor states that they created the Forerunners and they were no different than Humans by rising up and destroying the Precursor civilization.
Thought it was a little funny that at one point Bornstellar (when he was thinking) refers to a ships captain as a Human.
The obvious point of this book is to give more back story to the Halo universe. It does this fairly well. The story is even compelling which is not easy when a author is given a universe he did not create and told to write its history. It does a good job explaining the struggles that lead to the Halo's creation and use. There are still quite a few questions however that i am hoping the next two books will answer.
The characters were well differentiated until the end of the book then the main character suddenly became Scottish.
The narrator went to the William Shatner school of awkward mid-sentance pauses and suddenly becomes scottish in the last chapter of the book. Other than that the story was enjoyable for Halo fans.
This is my first of the HALO saga. There are several differant authers. I'm not sure if this is the first or somewhere in the middel of the different books. But this one starts well and is very good. Greg Bear never dissapoints.
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