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Halo: Glasslands (Halo #8)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,052 ratings  ·  168 reviews
The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Tor Books
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Josh Salchert
Ok... I'm going to shoot straight with this book.
I have not finished it.
I doubt I will be ABLE to finish it.

I played the first game in my early childhood, and the whole snafu about M-rated games influencing a child beside, I was in awe. This was a world and a setting that totally opened my eyes to the sheer grandeur and wonder that non star wars sci fi could instill in me. I genuinely cared about the details of life that had brought these characters to make the decisions that they made.
So, fi
Meh... Disappointment. This is my first Karen Traviss book. I will not be buying her next Halo book. She obviously hates a specific character and spends too much time on the subject, neglecting the characters previously established personalities, so that she can berate one specific character.

The Good: KIlo 5 story arc was really good.

The Bad: The Elites

The Ugly: Anything that brings up Halsey, and everything that happened in the Dyson Sphere, with the exception of the brief moment with Lucy.

Honestly painful for me to read. The whole book seems completely forced, from the interactions between the characters, to the aside comments from their thoughts, to their ensuing actions. Towards the end, I just skipped the small parts/comments which I knew were going to be generic or repetitive that had to do with what the characters were feeling or thinking, because it was all under the same basic idea. Either:

How can I face what I have done?
What is left to humanity?
What will they think of me
Jul 01, 2014 Grant rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. At all.
This review contains some spoilers, as well as some venting. You've been forewarned.

I have played every single Halo game ever produced.
I have been invested in the Halo community and universe for a full decade.
I have read and owned over a dozen Halo novels.

And out of all that, I have NEVER been more completely infuriated at any piece of lore than I was when I read this book.

To be fair, I had been skeptical, yet cautiously optimistic going into this. I had heard rumors that Traviss had done some t
4 stars for the stuff with Kilo-five, 2 stars for the stuff with Halsey = 3 stars.

Halo: Glasslands is billed, or was when I first came across it, as a bridge between Halo 3 and the upcoming Halo 4. It is also a sequel Eric Nylund’s Ghosts of Onyx (a fact I didn’t know). As a result there are some pretty steep prerequisites for Glasslands name you have played Halo 3 (not unlikely if you are reading a Halo novel) and have read Ghosts of Onyx. A working knowledge of Halo: Reach might also be benefi
I was really hoping for much more from this. I had enjoyed all the previous Halo books, but this was lacking. I though the overall story was ok and the characters were interesting, but nothing really happened. It was introspective and dealt with the aftermath of the war, but I wasn't really interested in psychological evaluation in a book based on a video game. Still I'd have given it a better score, maybe even up to three stars, but the book the ends with a cliff hanger and seems to set up a mo ...more
Better. That's the word I have for this novel. It's better than its predecessors (forerunners? hahaha!) and also better than Traviss' Star Wars novels. Her writing is tighter and her characters have more depth. Her stories were always addictive, don't get me wrong, but this one was closer to "well-done" as opposed to "entertaining". Her pacing was spot on, actually. There wasn't a lot of action in this novel, but I didn't mind that - I really enjoyed the small cast of characters and the backgrou ...more
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The first thing that I should mention is that I will have to re-read Ghosts of Onyx. I had started reading the book, but had taken a rather long break midway through. When I went back to it, I picked up where I left off instead of going back to the beginning. That said, I enjoyed how Glasslands was connected to Ghosts of Onyx.

I thoroughly enjoyed the different viewpoints of characters, those more recognizable than others and even ones introduced in the book (or that I simply don't remember readi
For reasons that are beyond me, I cannot understand why the people at Microsoft and 343i would sign a contract with an author who had gained notoriety after her work on Star Wars. I’ll give credit where credit is due, and that is her work in Halo Evolutions and Republic Commandos Hard Contact have their strong points… but there’s nothing special about them.

Glasslands was effectively the shattering of established Halo lore, created by Nylund, Staten and Buckell. Furthermore, the sound concept was
Ben Smith
Halo: Glasslands is an okay Halo book, but I don't think it matches up to the level of some of the previous Nylund books in the series like Fall of Reach. First of all, there is a lot less action going in this one. Traviss focuses less on fight scenes and combat, and more on dialogue between different characters. On this note, I feel she did a lot better with her own newly created characters (i.e. Kilo-Five, the ONI black-ops team) than with preexisting characters from previous novels. Traviss h ...more
Tristan Norton
This book is a science-fiction novel based in the Halo universe and set after the human-covenant war which lasted twenty-five years and has left both sides weak. The covenant, once a powerful juggernaut made up of multiple alien races has fractured. The Sangheili cast out their religious leaders, The San'Shyuum, for lies which led them to the verge of wiping out the human race. The Sangheili and humans agreed to a cease-fire, but there are still people on both sides who disagree with the leaders ...more
Fred Hughes
In the eigth book in this series we have 3 interwoven stories.

In the first story we find Doctor Halsey, creator of the Spartan (augmented human soldiers) program and some of her Spartans and some Spartan II’s (newer version) hiding from the end of the world. They have found themselves inside a large Dyson Sphere. The sphere has a breathable atmosphere, buildings which are all abandoned, and flora and fauna unlike anything seen on Earth.

While investigating their surroundings they are reminded tha
I first saw Glasslands while I was searching for a sequel to my favorite Halo book: Ghosts of Onyx and I was delighted when the search came up. After I played all the Halo Games including the highly-anticipated Halo 4, I though this would be the perfect book. Halo: Glasslands revolves around three conjoining stories with their own characters; Dr Halsey and her genetically-augmented Spartan II and III team trapped in a dimension built by the technologically advanced ancients known as the Forerunn ...more
This story picks up after Onyx. I was hoping the Master Chief would make an appearance, but he didn't. I thought perhaps he would land on this Dyson sphere, but that would be too easy and it would reveal the storyline for Halo 4 too early.

Between Halsey and Parangosky: I think Parangosky is more monstrous, letting children fight her war. At least Halsey invested time in her Spartans and didn't use them as suicide troops.

Update: 2/14/14

So, the second time through I still find Parangosky is more
This is supposed to continue the story of the Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund, except for one reason or another the story was handed off to Karen Traviss... I have nothing against her as an author as this is the first book of hers that I've read. Unfortunately she didn't deliver. After finishing the book I could care less about the Thursday War. I got connected to the characters that Eric created, and they didn't even get fleshed out in Grasslands. I ended up skipping chapters out of boredom and c ...more
Reem Alshatti
I absolutely love Karen Travis for writing this book for the halo series. I found her writing style to be very clear. only a few hard lines. (I'm a young reader not on a very high level yet)

I was very satisfied with how the story had gone on after the destruction of Installation 00 and the halo event. It fulfilled my needs as a fan! I've been waiting for so long to find out what happened after the array and I did!

I was also glad that the story went out between both Human and Sangheili perspectiv
The novel was nicely written, however is you're expecting detailed action scenes like the previous novels you'll be disappointed. The novel focuses more on the aftermath of the human covenant war and the inner instability among humans as well as the instability among the elite faction now the covenant have been destroyed. While it also tells the ethics of the spartan 2 and 3 projects we are left in the dark in what the Spartans actually feel. i personally felt there was no climatic part to the b ...more
This kicks off the Kilo-Five series of novels which is tangential to the games since there are only minor references to Master Chief and Cortana but they're much better written than the original Halo novels by Eric S. Nylund. I think these are the first Halo books I've read that hold up on their own and don't require the reader to necessarily be a fan of Halo. All the characters are unique and well developed, no more one dimensional Spartans, and there are no tedious battle descriptions like in ...more
The book would have been much better if the author hadn't spent the major part of the book just vilifying Dr Halsey, it's clear that Karen Travis hasn't done much of any homework on the previous books before setting out to write this one, the characters and their behaviour in general is completely different from the other books in the series.

4 Stars for the human-covenant stuff & minus 2 stars for Dr Halsey story line = 2 stars
Yoshin van Hek
This book has received mixed reviews, many of which tended to be quite negative. I, on the other hand, rather enjoyed it.

Being an avid halo fan since it's inception, i've always enjoyed the less action-driven media set in the halo universe because it has always been a lacking element in the games (mainly due to genre limitations).

This is one such a book, do not read this if you expect plasma 'nades and dmr skirmishes into enemy territory.

Do read this if you're interested in much of the day-to-
Michael Nelson
This book was alright. Karen is a new author to the series and I felt that it really showed. I wasn't quiet sure as to why she felt she needed to stray away from alot of the cores parts of Halo with the Spartan programs especially the Master Chief as well as he pure hatred for Catherine Hasley. Needless to say it is an interesting take on where she invisions this franchise to be going. All in all it wasn't a terribly written book as I found it quiet entertaining to see the different plots comes ...more
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Glasslands was a low point in the series of books inspired by the Halo games. Everything the author was trying to do seemed a little too deliberate and it felt like too much time was spent tossing around English puns rather than developing the enthralling plot I expected.
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Adrian Bermejo
Halo:Glasslands was a good book. It had lots of action, suspence, and exciting moments. Some pretty big words, and lots of detail.Some big words here and there. But, overall, a good book although it's really slow.
Eric Vaughn-matthews
First off, this is a book for Halo fans who are interested in the lore. It assumes that the reader has played at least the first three Halo games and paid attention to the plot. Also, the B-plot continued a thread from two other novels, and without reading those you will have no idea what is going on in it. Aside from that, the book is quite good. The story focuses on a group of UNSC military personnel and one scientist who are recruited by ONI (basically the Space CIA) for a black op involving ...more
Jamie McFarlane
A bit dull and not much happened.
Cairo Pamute
I think this book was decent. However to enjoy it, I think you must play the actual Halo games. The book contains events that are caused by events happening outside of this novel. To fully understand the situation and time period the characters are in, one must first play the games. This book is best suited for people who are fans of sci-fi, and people who are fans of the Halo games.I rate this three stars mostly because I had difficulty relating with some of the characters at first,and how some ...more
This was a different kind of Halo book but I enjoyed it a lot. The action scenes were few and far between but the political intrigue, the plotting and backstabbing, and the continuation of the story of many of my favorite characters was enough for me to give this a four star rating (and the RvB references never hurt). A lot of reviews are giving this book low scores due to the author's vilification of Dr. Halsey, but I don't think that Traviss really did that. I've always loved Halsey's characte ...more
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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, G.I. Joe, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the re ...more
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