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Alien predators attack Europe. A deadly virus spawns an epidemic. And a clandestine organization conspires to profit from chaos and forge a new world order.

In this heart-pounding finale of the award-winning H.A.L.F. series, Tex, Erika, and the rest are in a race against time. They fought for their lives. Now they battle to save our species.

Tex and Erika are fugitives and running for their lives. But when Tex falls gravely ill, a Navajo healer is his only hope for survival. Tex emerges from the ordeal changed in body and mind and with vital information: how to stop the predatory M’Uktah from overtaking the human population and destroying those he has come to love.

Erika Holt seeks a respite from the constant threats to her life, but she’s not about to give up. As she and Tex launch a mission to shut down the intra-galactic highway used by invaders who prey on humans, she grows closer to her troubled half-human companion. But what about her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Jack?

Jack Wilson, with his friend Anna Sturgis, is on a mission of his own. He’s determined to destroy The Makers, an illuminati-like organization behind the H.A.L.F. program. It’s time to put an end to their schemes for world domination. Complicating matters, an anti-viral that could save millions from an alien virus has been stolen.

As both alien and human forces line up against them, the destiny of all mankind is in the hands of these young warriors. And time is running out.

©2017 Natalie Wright (P)2017 Natalie Wright

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❤️

These just keep getting better. Love the writing style, the characters and the story. A wonderfully conceived YA series.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Wow what a book. I thought the first 2 were great.

This is a great book and I still think there could be more. The writer envelops you into the world of the HALFs and it is a story unlike others I have read. Great Premise and if you like SciFi with a little "magic" this book will scratch that itch. Start with Book 1 and 2 and then read this one you won't be disappointed

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Very satisfying conclusion to the series.

I want to thank Natalie Wright for providing me with a free review copy of this book. I really enjoyed this series as a whole. While the narrator in book one was better, this book's narrator was good. I enjoyed the story from books 1-3, and I would recommend these to anyone who likes a good YA scifi story. There was good character growth through the story and it is very engaging throughout.

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  • MelHay
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The informative conclusion to the H.A.L.F. series.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

We pick up where the second book, The Makers, ended with our characters. They are all still separate in a work of turmoil as a few major cities on Earth are attacked by a deadly alien. Erika, Jack, Ian, Tex, and Alecto learn what they must do to save the world.

Dylan voices the story with different feelings in his voice for the characters, even different tones for our characters. One thing that I struggled with though, the audio sounded as though there was an object that moved in front and away from the microphone, blocking it and sounding muffled from time to time. I always wonder if it's my iPod or if it's the actual audio when I hear these things. There is one small section that's repeated, missed in editing. But these are small if you are looking to listen to the ending of the series.

Everyone's in tough spots. They've all done things they aren't proud of, and still doing those things to survive. There are attacks in Europe - London and Paris - putting the area in darkness. The attack on Earth has started. The world feels to be falling apart and Tex, Erika, Jack, and others feel to be the glue to bring it all together and save the world.

We get a few POVs that tell us what is happening as information is gathered from different directions. We stay with our friends, all in different areas as they fight to survive. Erika, Jack, and Tex. We also get to see through William Croft's eyes. He's one of The Makers and has insight to what was created to save them when the attacks started. Ian wasn't as much a main character in this book as he was in the past. And we got a point of view for the captain of the M'Uktah who have invaded the Earth.

Our friends learn much about themselves as they age in feelings and mind through this book. They live through terrible tragedies and have to do things to survive they don't want to do, like kill. But through this they see things are changing, and so are they. They even find loves in their lives they never thought they'd find, and worry about what their dear friends would think.

The M'Uktah we see here learns much about his world and what was to happen to him based on those who were around him. I thought at the end that there's possibly more to the story with M'Uktah and on their world. But things care cleared up here on Earth for everyone.

We see Tex and our friends figure out what to do with the M'Uktah along with what happens to the The Makers organization that had plans in place for when the M'Uktah arrived. This was the reason all of this started, with Tex and Alecto, bring the story full circle for the reason Tex and Alecto and the underground city were created.

Tex grows as a person as well. He makes some huge discoveries but also learns what it's like to be a teenage boy in love. He has some huge decisions to make. Alecto struggles a little with not being commanded by Lillian Sturgis. Alecto feels she was created to take and follow commands, so this is something she needs to learn to work through, and become an individual.

The title of the book is true to the story. Origins. We learn where the human race along with others came from. This is a journey that Tex needs to make to figure out how to save the people he's come to care deeply about. In doing so, he learns of the origin of his people along with humans and other races in the universe. This is where the story stretched further than just aliens in science fiction fantasy.

There are lines in the story that feel as though they were lines the author wanted to use like others have. These lines are ones that feel to be said in about every other book. I would have loved these to be written differently. All I do and will do are for you, where one ended and the other began - in a love scene, emotions run high, they are a matched pair, she fits perfectly to him. Ugh. Put these in different words. It would have felt to have fit the writing style better for me if the author reworded these sayings.

These small sayings aside, the book came to a conclusion for the series. It all comes together as things tie up.

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You lost me

This is the third in a series, and you need to listen to each in order to understand the complex world the author has established. The book is dense - in the sense that there's a lot of characters (human and alien), complex relationships between them, and different genre facets. The author pulls from young adult (YA), dystopia, science fiction (think "Star Trek: TNG"), fantasy, medical thriller (think "Outbreak"), and political thrillers.

Where the author lost me is this: In the first book, Erica, Ian and Jack are fairly normal teens. They encounter Half 9/Tex during an encounter in the desert. Half 9/Tex has been raised in a medical lab his whole life because he is an alien/human hybrid. Erica, Ian, and Jack are the first humans he's interacted with who treat him like a real person and individual. That compassion and human connection is what helped me connect to the characters.

I had a hard time listening to this story. Yes, the characters have gone through some extreme trauma and loss. But it has made them callous and heartless. The humans who played such a dynamic role in bringing Half 9/Tex into real relationships have become cold and hard. They steal and murder without thought or regret. They've become like the evil genetic engineering doctors, medical staff, and secret agents I hated so much at the beginning of the series.

...I kind of want the virus to win.

I lost connection with the characters and lost interest in the story.

The same issue as before with the narration - he modulates between a normal voice and whispering. It's hard to hear him without adjusting the volume.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The H.A.L.F saga comes to an end.

I really wish I could give half stars, as I'd give story and overall a 3.5 rather than just a 3. Origins bring an end to the H.A.L.F. series. After the wild ride that was book 2, I knew that I shouldn't even try to guess where Ms. Wright would take the tale. And it's a good thing I didn't because once again the story zig zagged in ways I didn't expect. While I enjoyed the story overall, there were bits and pieces that just felt ...well 'too convenient' is perhaps the best way to say it without coming right out and posting spoilers. Overall I found the entire H.A.L.F series to be satisfying adventure, and I don't regret the time I spent listening. I just felt this one wasn't quite as strong as the previous volumes in the series. And the issue I had with the second book again shows up. Once again we get a couple of chapters dealing with that other alien race. And again those chapters are loaded with too much detail for the role they play in the actual story. I just get the sense that Ms. Wright felt that she'd spent so much time world building this race that she simply had to include the information or she'd have viewed that time world building as wasted time. There is no question she has a passion for this race she's created, and perhaps she should have saved all that information and written a book about these creatures. IMO, for the role they play in the H.A.L.F saga the level of detail, especially on a personal level for the main character of this species, was not needed.

Dylan White, who narrated book 2, returns and again gives a solid performance.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Wait... what?

Wow! I didn't think this series could keep throwing out so many twists, but they just keep coming and making things even more interesting.

The planning this must have taken is amazing!

When I reached then end of this book I felt torn, I kind of want a fourth book, and yet, this book makes the series feel complete.

If you enjoyed the first two books you definitely want to listen to this one as well!

The narration continued to be great, the character voices are consistent across all three books and the delivery has been a great match for the books.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Wow.

A great third book. It keeps getting more and more interesting as the books progress. Great writing and a wonderful narration this series is a must. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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A perfect finish for a perfect series! Team Tex!

H.A.L.F. Origins
H.A.L.F., Book 3
By: Natalie Wright
Narrated by: Dylan White
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I had the first two books and when I saw this available I jumped for it. The first two books are amazing and this is no different. I am sad to see it end....
These books must be read in order to understand and appreciate the series fully. This had the team still divided up, part of them still fighting the makers and the the other with Tex who is gravely ill. The aliens has unleashed a terrible virus on the Earth and the government lied and is telling the population it is a terrorist attack. Wait? What? Government lied you say? Our government? This must be the fantasy part, right? lol.
This book is the final wrap up of the series and it is done perfectly. This series is for young adults but this old lady loved it too! I love aliens and I adore Tex. Team Tex!!!
The narrator gets a big 5 stars from me for the wonderful job not just in this book but all the series. Consistent with the voices, feelings, and keeping the flow of emotions going at the right time. Awesome is the word I would use for this series! Truly Awesome!!!

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Would love for this series to continue!

I really liked this book as much as the second book. Origins has twist and turns and is full of suspense. There is some romance but it doesn't take over the book, but I did not like what happened to Tex at the end. I noticed a lot of reviewer's liked the ending and some parts of the ending is OK. You expect things in reality to happen this way, but for Tex I was not happy. I do not want to say anymore because I will spoil it. Of course this is all dependent on personal opinions.

Everything is answered and it all ends in book three. However, somethings are left open for maybe future books. I wouldn't mind more in this series and I would highly recommend this series.

There is no sexual content, except kissing, but there is some profanity and violence.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.