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Halo: Primordium: Book Two of the Forerunner Saga (Halo #9)

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The second in a new series of three HALO novels, Greg Bear's Halo: Primordium dives back into the Forerunner saga.

A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.

Since then, I've traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies--a greater reach than any human before me.

ebook, 384 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Tor Books (first published December 28th 2011)
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Luis Fernandez
I just finished this book and I'm more than a little disappointed. The book tells the tale of Chakas, one for the two humans from the first Forerunner saga book. He lands on a Halo and spends the rest of the book walking around following a lady, who is nuts, and an old man. I'd say a majority of the book is them walking and looking for food and describing how hard that is. That and explaining that they don't really know what they're doing or where they are going. At the end, it gets interesting ...more
Danny Runkel
Oct 04, 2012 Danny Runkel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was terrible. There was no theme, no motivation for the characters, no amiable or sympathetic characters, and no point. The conflict was foggy and incomprehensible at best, the characters were dry, unrealistic, unlikable, and ill-defined. The setting was terrible, horribly explained, and changed every two pages or so. The description was sub-par to be polite, and it did not build up the world of the story at all. It kept describing creatures as humans when no humans have naturally grow ...more
Lord Nouda
This isn't a book that you can casually just pick up and get into, and expect to know everything about it, even if you're a hardcore science fiction fan. You'd have to have an extensive understanding of the whole Halo universe to even get any of the references which I eventually got by reading up the Halo Wikia, which is something that I do regularly for all of my science fiction or fantasy reads especially after getting into a bit of trouble remembering all the lore and background, which is hap ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Re rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, read-2012
Never having been a 'gamer', I'd only heard of "HALO". Looking for something sf-positive to read, found this book and the "Cryptum", both written by Greg Bear. Enjoyable and fast-to-read books for me. So much enjoyed that I've ordered the first of Eric Nylund's Halo books as well as the new one by Karen Traviss, "The Thursday War".

I see "Silentium" isn't to be published and available till March of next year. sigh** I WILL WISH TO READ IT. Whether I'll like the novels of the earlier HALO series,
Timothy Pecoraro
To say that his book was the disappointing sequel to a badly ended previous work would be giving it a great deal of credit. 80% of the book is complete filler. Just getting the main character to plot points so that they have something to talk about for a twenty pages or so. I was deeply unimpressed by this work and the fact that the last 20-60 pages were actually descent does nothing to redeem the work as a whole. This book should have been worked into the ending of the first book in a MUCH SMA ...more
Halo: Primordium continues to delve into the history of the Halo universe offering quite a few surprises along the way. Die-hard Halo fans will definitely love discovering more about The Flood, the Precursor and what Chakas ultimately becomes. The cliffhanger ending also gives an enticing glimpse of how the story might tie in with the forthcoming Halo 4 game. More casual readers might find the slow pace a bit daunting, but it’s well worth persevering till the end. If you are looking for an actio ...more
Diego Figueroa pablos
Like the previews one it was good but a bit slower with less things going on which made it a bit dull. It was still a good read since it covered much of the plot holes of the first book but I feel there could of been a lot more to it. Nevertheless I'm still excited for the third and final one coming out this march! I would recommend it only if you've already read the first one Halo: Cryptum.
E.W. Pierce
Jan 25, 2013 E.W. Pierce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: video_game
Got 50 pages into it and put it aside. Did not grab me at all.
Travis Knight
One of the things that irked me most about Halo: Cryptum was that it lacked a necessary human element. It was so mired in Forerunner jargon and rarified worldbuilding that it lacked the sort of lived-in soul that is present in almost every other piece of Halo fiction, game, comic, or otherwise. Cryptum’s sterile yet dusty tale of treasure hunting and tragedy was interesting, but not gripping; it was high adventure, but not dangerous. Greg Bear’s follow up, titled Primordium, is a much better nov ...more
Callum Shephard
Before you even begin to start on Primordium there’s a question you need to ask yourself. That question is “Have I read Halo: Cryptum?” If your answer is no, then go read it. Don’t even bother trying to start with Primordium, you’ll just end up very lost.

Whereas other series might give a few pages, perhaps even a chapter, calling back to the events of the previous series to ease any new readers in, this book only gives a couple of lines. You’ll get more information from the description on the bo
Jan 03, 2017 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book continues fleshing out the backstory to Halo 4 (and maybe 5, I haven't played yet) I had college and this high concept sci-fi wasn't so compelling that I was compelled to devote free time to finishing it.
Fred Hughes
Mar 20, 2012 Fred Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having met, in the first book of this series called “Cryptum”, the Didact: who is a Forerunner warrier frozen in the Cryptum, Bornstelllar: the inquisitive young Forerunner who releases him, and Chakas and Riser: two human variations on the planet Erde-Tyrene this book carries on with the discovery of an Autonomous Mechanical Intelligence (Forerunner Monitor) device by a science team.

The monitor contains Chakas’ memories and proceeds to describe Chakas memories of his life and what happened to h
D'Angelo Phorper
I have to give this book five stars because it goes on a different character's perspective. Since the last book left a lot of people in suspense on where the other characters Chakas and Riser went. And now it has told them where they are. They are set on a Halo with a different race of people that the Forerunners hate.

The main character that starts out the story is Chakas. He is one of the last humans that are alive from the war. Its doesn't say much about him. The book had some good descripti
Dillon Fontaine
Apr 04, 2012 Dillon Fontaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halo: Primordium is the second book in the Forerunner Saga by Greg Bear and is 379 pages long. This book is told from the perspective of Chakas, and ancient human swept up in the Forerunner Civil War approximately 100,000 years BCE. This novel is structured as if Chakas is telling his story, therefore, most of the plot takes place in the past, while it occasionally reverts to the scientific team studying Chakas in the year 2553 CE. Almost all of the book takes place on the elusive Halo Installa ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Taken from his home planet as a boy, Chakas is radically modifies over hundreds of years so that he no longer has a human body and his spirit is filled with memories of mankind. Dumped on a Halo band he strives for his survival and to locate his friends.
Keith Vai
Book two of Greg Bears Halo trilogy starts right off where the previous book ended.

The first book focused on the adventure of a forerunner called Bornstellar and his two "human" companions, Chakas and Riser. This book is about Chakas and his time on a Halo after the first book ends and the Forerunner civil war starts. While about the same characters and overall plot, the book are very different.

The first book was more a mystery adventure introducing characters and traveling around.
This book ke
Moayad Taibah
Halo Primordium continues the story of Chakas, a human caught in the forerunner war, as he lands on a Halo installation where a small human colony is trying to survive the great threat of the Flood and an ancient evil/good (depends on how you look at it). The story is intriguing because it tell you so much about the Halo lore but sometimes it is just monotonous and confusing.

The author did a great job with character development, you can understand each character's motive and what make them tick
Ivor Grisel
After book 1, I was a bit hesitant about this one. Would it be the same slow story? Well, apparently Greg was capable of making it even slower.

Starting the book, I was surprised about the choice of main characters. On the other hand, I was intrigued by what direction he would be going. In the end, I was disappointed. The story never really excited me as a reader. It was slowly moving along, without any real goal by the main characters. Only at the end did the book become interesting (last 100 p
So this is not my final review of this book i just wanted to put this review out there so if people were thinking about reading this book they can see what the beginning of it is about. SO i have not read all of the book i have read about 136 pages of it which does seem like alot but the book is only 377 pages so i'm about a third of the way through it. This is my first book i have read in the halo series so the story line is a bit confusing to me but i have played all the halo games and that ma ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Ox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primordium is not an easy read. The first third of the book is very slow, it introduces some of the characters and takes an interesting look into devolved pre history humans society but is seeming useless until the end of the book when the sparse amount of information gained explains the actions of the main character. The last two thirds of the book starts making reference to facts gained in Cryptum and throughout the rest of the Halo universe. You start to see how the events in the year 2552 C. ...more
Cruz N
Oct 22, 2013 Cruz N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halo primordium was written by Greg Bare winner of both Hugo and nebula awards
This book was nothing short of excellence with the amazing character build up this book creates characters that if you've read the last two books creates bonds with the characters and in every one creates situations in which the characters are propelled epic combat epic or saddens with the occasional loss of characters but back to character build up take these characters The Lord of admirals aka forthencho and bornste
Jeff Sitko
Feb 17, 2013 Jeff Sitko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, when I learned that this book would be from the perspective of the human character Chakas, I didn't greet the tale with as much enthusiasm as the previous book and its Forerunner protagonist. Now, that being said, every fear and apprehension was allayed upon reading this story. The narrative builds upon the complex and tumultuous relationship between Humans and Forerunners brilliantly. And more importantly, it fleshes out the nature of the titular character - the Primordial. Doubtles ...more
Dec 17, 2015 AbsolutelyRainbow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore Halo fans
Shelves: halo-canon
As good as it seems right from the beginning, Primordium shares the "2nd book syndrome", as I like to call it, meaning it's hardly ever interesting, plots are left out or dragged for too long. Everything but the second statement applies to Primordium.

This book changes perspectives, as you are no longer Bornstellar, but Chakas. It follows him, a teenage girl, and an old man as they follow their destiny across a Halo ring.

Seems interesting, isn't it? The bad part is Greg Bear hardly managed to ca
I enjoyed this far more than the first one in this story-arc. I found the last one entirely boring, from what I remember, but for some reason I picked up the second book over a year later. And I really enjoyed it, mainly because instead of just following the characters as they follow another character (aka, the last book), the people in this story make their own path. (Which is interesting thematically, if you think about it, as they are the ones with inborn (or implanted) directional prodding f ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
Primordium is the second book in the Forerunner trilogy. It picks up more or less where Cryptum left off, but in a very different manner. It's a framed narrative - a UNSC research team has come across a Forerunner AI that appears to hold the memories of Chakas, one of the humans from the first book. He relates the tale of what happened after he and Bornstellar are separated at the San 'Shyuum quarantine world.

It's a very different sort of story in that it focuses more on the humans than the Fore
Dec 03, 2014 LadyCroft86 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
In this Halo prequel, we follow Chakas and Riser and find out what happened to them after Cryptum. Again, the main character for this book suffers from being flat and boring. We follow Chakas while he journeys after crashing down onto a Halo, Installation 07. For the first 2/3 of the book, nothing interesting happens that is remotely related to Halo and what is happening to the Forerunners and the Flood. Chakas just spends his time wandering around the Halo. BORING!! Then towards the end of the ...more
May 02, 2015 Rebeca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As other people have mentioned, this book's pacing is all over the place. The first half of so is just people walking around--and while the world is very beautiful and there's constant dread, (view spoiler) it's still a bit difficult to really get into the story when it's just slightly underdeveloped characters walking around.

When things pick up, however, it gets incredibly interesting. Halo's lore is always stellar,
Keegan Blackler
The Halo books are the first thing that comes to mind when I think of something I read that I'd classify as a guilty pleasure. Sure, they're (mostly) well-written military and political sci-fi set in a universe I'm fond of, but they're still based on a video game.

However, they're all pretty much great books, and with Karen Traviss and Greg Bear writing the current two trilogies, you can see that the guys in charge give a crap about making sure their franchise is being taken care of.

All of that b
Aug 07, 2013 Trey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book is one of the most recent in the Halo series, it was my introduction to the series. I appreciated how much of the Halo universe's backstory this book fills in, particularly in relation to the Halo 4 video game, but I didn't enjoy the overall reading experience.

The frame tale is set in the Master Chief's day, but the main narrative takes place much earlier. The frame tale form worked well in this case, though I'm not usually a fan. Greg Bear is a good writer, and it shows m
Shawn Sines
Oct 18, 2016 Shawn Sines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bear's second Halo story continues fairly close to where ii was left. I was a bit disappointed however that this tale focuses not on Bornsteller or the Diadact but on Chakas the early human. The concept that humanity had once been a stellar empire and had faced the Flood and captured its origin before the Forerunners devolved them is interesting.

The story actually takes place on installation 7, the smallest of the Halo rings, and it explains why the ring is now small and covered in fog, unlike i
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.
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