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Half Way Home

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  9,591 Ratings  ·  751 Reviews
Less than sixty kids awaken on a distant planet. The colony ship they arrived on is aflame. The rest of their contingent is dead. They've only received half their training, and they are being asked to conquer an entire planet. Before they can, however, they must first survive each other.In this gritty tale of youths struggling to survive, Hugh Howey fuses the best of young ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Broad Reach Publishing
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Mar 02, 2012 Nataliya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Well, I adored Hugh Howey's Wool series and The Plagiarist short story, but this one missed the mark quite a bit. Which is too bad, since Howey can do much better than that.

It's a sci-fi story, which I generally adore. A shipload of zygotes lands on a distant planet destined to become a home for a colony of settlers who would be released from their pods in 30 years as fully grown human beings taught to do certain jobs and taught to think in a certain way. Normally if a planet is determined to be
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I should start by saying that I wasn't aware this was a young adult novel when I started reading it. Had I known, I probably wouldn't have read it. I love Hugh Howey but I have been disappointed by so many YA novels lately that I tend to stay away from them.

Half Way Home wasn't such a bad read. The premise of the book is interesting and I enjoyed the first few pages a lot. But it went downhill from there... What made it really difficult for me to enjoy this book was the narrative style. Too dry,
Jan 03, 2012 Sandhouse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I cry easily … I’ll revise that. I have the urge to cry easily and often shed a tear or two. I’m not a sobber but I’m a very sensitive person. That said, I can’t remember the last time a book made me cry. It might have happened some time in my teenage years but I can’t think of an instance. For some reason, as much as I get into my reading, it doesn’t trigger the same response in me as a movie or hearing terrible things in the news.

Half Way Home made me cry. In a good way.

Porter is a boy who was
„I was a blastocyst, once. A mere jumble of cells clinging to one another. A fertilized egg. Of course, we were all in just such a state at some point in our lives, but I excelled at it in a way you didn't. I spent more time in that condition than I have as a person. Hundreds of years more, in fact.“

Thus begins Hugh Howey's short and sadly overlooked stand-alone young adult novel Half Way Home. If you are looking for something different among the dystopia rubble: Here you are. What is Half Way
Garet Wirth
Sep 13, 2012 Garet Wirth rated it it was ok
Well, this was a pure delight! For the first 20 pages. And then it turned into... not a delight. Allow me to explain.

Half Way Home starts out with a great premise. Humanity is colonizing other planets by sending out "seed ships" that, once they land, activate the development of their stored embryos. As these human beings grow in vats aboard the spaceship, the computer AI trains them in their pre-selected profession. Then at age 30, they are "hatched" as fully-formed, fully-educated adults who bu
Jul 31, 2014 Kaora rated it liked it
This book felt a little bit like a futuristic Lord of the Flies to start.

Fifty-nine kids awaken on a planet 15 years sooner than they should have with more than half of their numbers gone. Each has a special skill that has been programmed into them including Engineer, Psychologist, Electrician, Farmer, etc. The survivors start to rebuild with help from The Colony, an artificial intelligence program. But when the leadership is changed and becomes more like a work camp, some of the kids break off
The Behrg
Aug 28, 2015 The Behrg rated it liked it
This one took me a lot longer to get through than it should have. It just never hooked me like I was hoping, nor was there ever any sense that things wouldn't work out. I loved the concept, a very Orson Scott Card-esque novel, complete with children characters that think much more adult-like than they should for their age. There's really not a lot bad here, just little that was great. It felt "undercooked" for me. Great ideas and concepts that were never given the time to fully evolve.

That bein
Susan May
Jan 06, 2015 Susan May rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I really enjoyed this book. It feels like an old-fashioned scifi story. I loved Wool series, but didn't love Sand and this one certainly proves to me what a great writer Hugh is. I wish it was double the size, which is the sign of a good book. It's a Lord of The Flies on an alien planet.

In the first episode of Stargate, Samantha Carter entered the room and attention was drawn to her being a woman. She was doubted and she was defensive. Her gender dominated the room.
Ten years later after the series ended the producers reworked and rereleased that episode. They cut those bits and let us focus on the sci-fi.

This novella is a bit like that. The storyline is really interesting but it is dominated, in my mind, by the homosexual nature of the main character. It is handled badly. He
Roberta Jayne
4.5 stars. I loved everything about this book; I love everything Hugh Howey writes, to be honest, and it's no surprise that he has managed to totally captivate and entertain me once again through his fantastic world-building skills and incredible writing talent.

I read this book on my Kindle and, I can definitely say that, this is the first book I've read in e-book form that I've properly enjoyed and actually really want to read again. Usually reading digital books affects my enjoyment of the st
Sep 05, 2012 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-hate

So, they can't all be winners, right? This Hugh Howey book does not earn my recommendation.

I still enjoyed the story--mostly from the point of view that I'm impressed with the author's ability to tell a tale so unique. I've never heard of another story like this one, not even the premise or ideas.

Unique story or not, this one didn't for for me for two reasons:

1) The language was foul. Total foul. I stuck with it because I had hoped it would get better and I had such a good experience wi
Sep 07, 2015 Brian rated it did not like it
Self published and obviously so. An editor, even a mediocre editor might have improved this throw away, best by recommending it be shelved and revisited from a learned perspective of years and maturity whereupon the author may have decided not to dilute his excellent works such as The Dust Omnibus or Sand with this derivative mess. Not all walks in the woods result in a worthwhile story and if this one was by any stretch worthwhile it deserved more than a one month writing. It is insultingly a s ...more
Dec 01, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel introduces a method of space-colonization that actually seems feasible, but then proceeds to tear it apart with an unsubtle pro-life diatribe that carries less nuance than a grade school ethics class.

Perhaps the lack of nuance is due to the target audience, this book presumably being high-school YA, but leaving the topic so undeveloped is doing readers a disservice. When he's at his best, Howey can write some gripping stuff-- this isn't it.
Wade Lake
Sep 28, 2015 Wade Lake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Sure, a lot of reviewers have given this book a hard time, but ... hey, it was a quick, fun read. And that's all I was in the mood for so ... worked for me. Fun.
Kyle Carroll (i_fucking_love_books)

Very forgettable.
Jun 27, 2012 Grace rated it liked it
Didn't like this as much as "Wool". The quality of prose is great, but I'm just not convinced about Porter's central conflict - it has a few elements that made me look askance.

The template for a Colony program is a ship with 500 embryos, which waits until it reaches a predetermined location, assesses the planet, and then either chooses to start colonizing or basically nuke itself. If the planet's good to go, the ship starts preparing a settlement while kicking off the gestation of those 500 emb
Apr 09, 2012 heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
I'm not sure if this is a long short story, or a novelette, but it is an interesting story about what happens to a stranded group of teenagers on an alien world. They have the AI of the colony that raised them and then killed most of them. As you can imagine, a group of traumatized 15 year olds has different group dynamics than the full colony would have.

I was actually confused when the narrator, Porter, introduced himself as male. I had interpreted the cover as female, and nothing in the intro
E.L. Hine
Nov 20, 2012 E.L. Hine rated it really liked it
Unlike some of the other reviews posted here, I thought that the novel was original and intriguing. Howey gets extra points for bizarre aliens - I have always enjoyed stories with bizarre aliens in them: never forget the Puppeteers from Larry Niven's Known Space universe, for example. Here, I think Howey took a few chances: first of all, the subtle but definite portrayal of Porter, who comes to realize, in fits and starts, that unlike the other surviving boys in the colony, he is not attracted t ...more
Anthony Vicino
Jan 16, 2016 Anthony Vicino rated it liked it
15 year old narrator who sounds like he's 40? Check.
Oversimplification of sexuality through the use of "gay gene"? Check.
All knowing AI launching into the quintessential bad-guy monologue? Check.
Oh yeah, how about the all knowing AI who sounds like a bitter middle-aged shoe salesman? Check.
Female character present only so that the threat of raping her can be used against the main character? Check.
Galaxy spanning civilization inexplicably concerned with the mining of gold...or any other metal? Ch
Dec 27, 2012 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the most striking thing about this novel is how honestly different the narrative sounds from his other books. I read The Shell Collector earlier this year and it's really refreshing to pick this book up and be truly charmed by Howey's voice again. There are a lot of rough edges in this book that probably could have been refined a little better/more but there are some real shining moments in this book. I love his aliens and the world building and hope we see more of it in the future. I do ...more
I'm really torn on Half Way Home. There are sections that flow very well and then there are others, which make me want to speed read this work. Work, because I'm sort of thinking it is a novella, yet it could have been condensed to a short story.

Nevertheless, it is Howey all right, and you may have seen my high ratings for Wool and company. One thing that kept bugging me throughout, though, was how humanity had insisted on maintaining such horribly boring gender roles even in this time of space
Dec 28, 2011 Noneya rated it really liked it
So I read this whilst waiting or Wool 5 to come out, lol. It took me about two chapters to really become invested, but once that happened I could not put this down. I seriously found myself reading this on a family dinner date^^ I fell in love with Porter and I honestly didn't want Half Way Home to ever come to an end.

My only hold up: I wish we could have been exposed to more of this alien planet; with it's giant trees and Dune-like creatures I couldn't wait to get a glimpse of what was lurking
Feb 22, 2015 Jacqueline rated it liked it
So frustrating. There are sections of this book that I would give five stars, which I rarely do, but there are sections of this book that I wouldn't give 1 star. I will say that the author has earned my interest and I will probably read more of his work,but is it asking too much that we, as readers, get unbelievable storyline, unforgettable characters, and exceptional writing all at the same time? This book has all three, just rarely coinciding.
John Lowe
Jul 06, 2016 John Lowe rated it really liked it
Quick read, enjoyable and relatively straightforward. A neat concept, explores ideas about will, nature vs. nurture, sexuality, and survival of the fittest. Stayed pretty consistent throughout, in terms of not falling apart or drifting at the end.
Matthew Frack
I enjoyed this, but not as much as Beacon 23. It is a really cool premise, a half grown colony on an alien planet, but it felt a little underdeveloped. I think the ending also didn't give enough closure for the main character as it should have.
Rebecca Carter
Hugh Howey is a master storyteller, well imo. Everything he seems to write turns to gold and Halfway Home is no exception. The only thing I was surprised about was that it was a YA book. I've been disappointed with the majority of YA I've read recently, so had I known this book was YA, and although I love Hugh Howey's writing, I may not have bothered reading it. So I'm glad I didn't realise this until after I picked this one up. The only slight negative I have is the last fifth of the book, it f ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Ixris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I am kind of disappointed in this book, but not disappointed enough to mark it with a low review.

Half Way Home is a story of an aborted colony that's given another chance at life (uh, sort of?) and the children that are tasked with making it work.

This story is at once To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Lord of the Flies, and Darwinia with hints of "The Crystal Spheres" and Rendevouz with Rama and also its own animal.

We follow around Porter, who is the (presumably?) only homosexual seeded to a
Dec 10, 2012 Grammar*Kitten rated it really liked it
Half Way Home is my first foray into the writings of the highly acclaimed Hugh Howey.
Before I review it, I have three basic points to make:
1. Howey’s writing really is something special.
2. Point one said, I still found some very disappointing errors in this book; from all I have heard, I wasn’t expecting that. I’d assumed with all his success, Howey would have been using a decent editor.
3. I think maybe I should have read Wool first.

The premise of Half Way Home is excellent; quite simply I mar
Lisa Hapney
Jun 20, 2013 Lisa Hapney rated it really liked it
I read the Wool series a while back, loved it and thought I'd try Half Way Home. I enjoy Hugh Howey's storytelling and I enjoyed this story. As the description says tons of people die and the story begins. You could start a colony with worse conditions, but it might be a much shorter story. I found it to be a pretty good tale with some classic science fiction elements guaranteed to make things go awry thrown in. Good enough for a 3.5 to 4 stars, but since they don't make 3.5 star buttons when yo ...more
Caitlin Cromer
Dec 15, 2016 Caitlin Cromer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction meets thriller meets dystopian fantasy

This book was hard to put down. Well written, original, intelligent, and highly entertaining. Usually I don't like fantasy or science fiction, but I think any reader could enjoy the truly fresh and unique plot
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