I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
-Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Phillip K. Dick

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Halo: The Flood

Genre: Aliens/Fantasy/Sci-fi/Military/Survival/War

If you haven't yet, check out my review of the first Halo novel, The Fall of Reach.

If you've read Halo: The Fall of Reach you might find yourself wanting to read the rest of the series, this would be book #2 in that series. This book is based off of the first Halo game, but don't let that stop you from giving this book a read even if you're not a Halo fan. This book gives far more details of the war that Master Chief must battle. Yes, it has similarities to the game, but we also get to see perspectives from some of the Covenant, as well as some of the military faction. It does however do a pretty close following with the game for those of you who loved playing it. This book just gives extra added bonus material that the game doesn't have.

Back Cover:
"Having barley escaped the battle for Reach, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn is forced to make a jump into slipspace in hopes of evading the vast alien alliance hell-bent on wiping out humanity. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld . . . a construct from a longlost race. The humans' only hope of survival is to crashland on this surface and take the battle against the Covenant to the ground. But they soon discover that this enigmatic ring-world is much more than it seems. Built one hundred thousand years ago by a civilization known as the Forerunners, this 'Halo' is worshipped by the Covenant--a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence. They will stop at nothing to control it. Engaged in a fierce ground battle, Master Chief and Cortana go deep into the Halo construct and uncover a dark secret; this enigmatic ring-world is also the universe's most dangerous weapon. Its purpose: the destruction of all sentient life. For the Forerunners built the Halo to battle the universe's most vicious enemy--a virtually unstoppable and suddenly reawakened force known as The Flood."

I just finished reading this book about maybe 30 minutes ago after having started it months ago and not having had time to finish reading it. That's not to say it's a book that I didn't find myself wanting to finish, I just lacked the time to do so. It was written well, though I'd have to say I preferred Halo: The Fall of Reach. It could be the fact that this was written by a different author. I'm not saying William C. Dietz isn't an awesome author, he is of course, but he's no Eric Nylund. I liked the fact that it tells us more of the story that the games leave out. Plus it changes a few things up creativity-wise. We get to learn more about Covenant forces, and we even get to see perspectives from some of the military faction. It does a lot of jumping around, but I never once found myself getting lost as I usually would when reading a book that jumps around frequently. Overall this book is worth at least a read, especially but not limited to, fans of the Halo games.
Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

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