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The second novel of the Forerunner Saga trilogy by science-fiction legend Greg Bear - set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

One hundred thousand years ago. In the wake of the apparent self-destruction of the alien Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Forerunner known as the Master Builder and then misplaced during a furious battle in space, Chakas and Riser now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky and humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. They have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of Responsibility to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo ringworld in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and the reason for the Forerunner Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. Their travels will take them into the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence - known as “the Captive” by Forerunners and “the Primordial” by ancient human warriors, this being may not only control the fate of Chakas, Riser, and the rest of humanity, but of all sentient life across the galaxy....

©2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio. All rights reserved.

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Can't stand the characters.

The characters were bearable as side characters in Cryptum, but an entire book about them got old, and uninteresting very quickly. I made it about halfway, and can't bring myself to finish.

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mind blown again!!!!

once again my questions are answered but now I have more questions which I'm sure will be answered in the next book!!!

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get back to master chief please!

lots of confusing, boring moments with no real sense put into them. few but some moments of greatness. overall wish I could have skipped this book, or at least read an overview of key points needing to understand for next books.

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Best original story 2 of 3

If you love Halo you gotta Hear this story. It answers so many questions And lays the foundation for a new story

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353 guilty spark

This was such an amazing book!!! Mind blowing to find out the story of 343 Guilty Spark

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Slower pace, but very in depth storytelling

Primordium reads much more like an adventure novel throughout the majority of the book. Following Chakas journey on the Halo, it is much slower pace than Cryptum, yet delivers equally sufficient knowledge to the story. Likely delivering the most in depth depictions of what the Halos are actually like than any other book in the series. The last quarter of the book well makes up for its slow beginnings. Lastly, the voice acting for this book is incredible!

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Make more

The lore of halo is fantastic. Easily my favorite setting, I hope they enjoy a long active span of production.

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second book syndrome

Like I said, nothing really happens. it's all exposition with very little in terms of real story. it's similar to reading an encyclopedia except Halo. If you're into that then go for it. If you care about just Master Chief then this ain't it fam.

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Very Engaging Book!

Full of excitement, mystery, and answered questions! The second book in the Forerunner Saga!

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riser is an awful ear rape of a character.

if you can get past risers voice acting, it's an alright story. I fast forwarded through that characters chapter.

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  • 07-06-20

Much slower than Cryptum

Primordium feels like an exposition dump for the Halo universe wrapped in a mediocre story.

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  • Andy
  • 05-06-22

Do not waste your time

Literally the worst audio book I’ve ever had the displeasure of listening to. Terrible story.

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  • Robert Gower
  • 04-28-21

Wait until the end for a wonderfully nerdy surprise!!

What a wonderfully well narrated story! It’s so nice when these audiobooks are narrated by one of the voice artists from the game series!

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 09-01-20

edge of seat story

a brilliant edge of seat storyline that keeps you engaged the whole time, whilst wetting your appetite for the third installment of the trilogy

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  • Nathan O'Connor
  • 08-21-20

Just confusion.

This book tells the history of the forerunners in the most incorrect and most boring irrelevant way possible. Unremarkably boring characters, boring exposition, just insufferable over information and I was completely lost for most of the book.

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  • 03-01-20

Awesomesauce

Excellent exploration onto Halo Lore and depictions of the forerunners, ancient humans and nature of the flood. I especially loved that Tim Dadabo (the Halo series's voice actor for 342 Quilty Spark) was chosen to read this. As a die hard Halo fan, this touch was so immersive and very welcomed. 1000% would reccomend.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-24-19

Drags, but worth it by the end.

loved it by the end, but for most of the way it really felt like it was dragging and was quite different from book 1, looking forward to the final chapter.

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  • 10-19-20

Slow and boring

The entire first part of this book pretty much repeats the what had happened in halo cryptum no real new information is given. Thereafter we follow three humans walk across a halo for the better part of 3 hrs and nothing happens until the final chapters of the book.

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  • 09-05-20

Narrator

They shouldn't have changed the narrator from the first book it is jarring to listen too when you listen to the trilogy in order and the first narrator was better in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-20

GREAT BOOK

one of the best books out, it was very engaging and the ending took my by surprise.

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  • Gene W
  • 12-26-19

Pedantic

hours is sections of landscaping which has no bearing on the story. Drudgery.
Characters are a little silly, Riser, the 10,000 year old 12 year old boy. I think I'm going to get a refund on this one.