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

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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.

You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recordin...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Tor Books (first published December 28th 2011)
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Danny Runkel
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
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
Re
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,...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
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
Crusader
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
Got 50 pages into it and put it aside. Did not grab me at all.
Andrew
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...more
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...more
Trey
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...more
Ox
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
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...more
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
Cruz N
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...more
Dillon Fontaine
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
Jeff Sitko
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
Shawn Sines
Bear's second Halo story continues fairly close to where if 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 humanit 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 it...more
Fred Hughes
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...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...more
Mike
**edit** On reflection, it was fucking shit. Just read the synopsis on a Halo wiki then go out and get some fresh air.

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It's not great.

To be frank, this is one of those books-in-a-series where a couple of chapters of exposition is spun out into a whole book of meandering, dull narrative. Bear shifts focus from the broad, revelatory space opera of Cryptum to a trio of humans mooching about on a perilous quest that gets in the wa...more
Jason Hamilton
Halo: Primordium is a big improvement on the previous book. It reveals a lot more of the backstory of humans, Forerunners, and Flood which will be very interesting to a fan of the Halo franchise. The ending will also make much more of an impression. However, more so with Primordium than with Cryptum, a lot will be lost on those who are not already somewhat familiar with the Halo universe, especially the original game.

The book moves to the point of view of the human Chakas. This fixes the problem...more
Megan
As someone who found "Halo: Cryptum"'s Forerunner point of view a bit impenetrable, the human Chakas is a relief, if an occasionally long-winded and bigoted one. The story of the Librarian and the Didact as told through all sorts of Halo material comes alive with its suitable bombast in "Primordium," and a connection to earlier Halo games helps the reader begin to see through the point of view character's own confusion. Greg Bear's writing is worlds away from Eric Nylund's and most Halo fare, in...more
Redlee
Better than the first book in the series, the tale of the journey of the main characters isn't very exciting. It feels like most of the time, the characters are just shuffling from one place to another, and then one dies of natural causes in a seemingly uneventful way. The most exciting part is near the end, where the narrator describes the in joyful details something that is rather horrific and chilling when the reader takes a step back and realizes exactly what is happening. Where this book ex...more
Oscar
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Jesse Booth
I had read several reviews before reading this book, and I must say, I'm glad I read it! Greg Bear has done a fantastic job thus far in the Forerunner Trilogy. I can't wait to read the concluding book!

At first I was disappointed that the story picks up with Chakas instead of Bornstellar, but I really grew to enjoy Chakas!

Just like all of the other reviews I've read about this book, I'll agree that the first 3/4 of the book is slow paced, but the information given in that writing is absolutely ke...more
Lavonte Harvey
Dear,Mrs.Strecker I read Halo primordium which is about how halo got started also the conflict that happend but my favorite part is when they had problems voting on destroyer rings that can destroy a planet I think you will like this book I also recomend this to people who like action storys. it all starts when the flood start takeing over the forrunners home the try hard to defeat the infestation but the aliens just keep comeing.also the main charictor has problemstrying to save his race from e...more
Michael Melchior
A great Halo book to read. If you are interested in the early Lore on the timeline this book series is just for you. I think the first book was better than this one but they are both great. can't wait for the third installment.
Alex Salt
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
PsypherPunk
And so the universe continues its slow, meandering move towards oblivion. Very slow. And very meandering. There's a lot of walking herein; much to-ing and fro-ing around one of the titular Halos, admiring the scenery and following some remarkably uninteresting characters. Although Chakas and his retinue, being (for the most part) human, should be a little easier to relate to, their generally monolithic blandness does them few favours. Only the infrequent breaks as the narrative switches to the c...more
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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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