Dirk Grobbelaar's Reviews > Halo: The Fall of Reach

Halo by Eric S. Nylund
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Read from December 03 to 05, 2010

This is essentially a military Sci-Fi book with echoes of both Starship Troopers and Ender's Game. I haven't played the Halo games as I don't own an XBox, although I did dip into Combat Evolved at some stage (the one Halo that came out on PC). I remain intrigued by the concept of the Halo (a Ringworld-like structure - albeit much smaller). At this stage I would like to insert a comment on some of the negative reviews listed. This book is based on a video game franchise, yes, and is likely aimed at a younger market or niche market. In all fairness, it can not be compared to, for example, Dune for complexity. This is the kind of book that is likely to turn younger readers onto reading, especially if they've played the game, and how can that be a bad thing?

The book itself is extremely readable. It is very well paced and I flew through it. So, no time wasted. It is also a lot of fun, and surprisingly well written, considering its roots. Like I said, I'm not a Halo-player and yet I really enjoyed this novel. Kudos to Eric S. Nylund for taking the available back story info and crafting it into something rather promising. I'm continuing with the series, since it now has my attention.

I would certainly recommend The Fall Of Reach to readers who enjoy military science fiction, but who will appreciate something just for the heck of it too. If you're a fan of the game, this is required reading. Great stuff!

Edit: the edition I read (Del Rey) did have one or two grammatical errors / typos - let's hope the Tor edition coming out will have fixed that.
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message 1: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Is this book too mature for a 10 year old? He's an avid reader and wants to get into halo, but we won't let him play the video game because of the rating. I think I'll have to pre-read this one.


message 2: by Dirk (last edited Jan 16, 2011 03:01AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dirk Grobbelaar Rebecca wrote: "Is this book too mature for a 10 year old? He's an avid reader and wants to get into halo, but we won't let him play the video game because of the rating. I think I'll have to pre-read this one."

I don't have any children of my own (yet), so I'm not necessarily the correct person to be answering this question, BUT it is a Military Science Fiction novel and as such does contain scenes of violence. I'm guessing that the video game rating is a good indication. It could be a bit much for a 10-year old...


message 3: by Lacey (new)

Lacey Sexton I am in the process of reading this book and I feel as long as he knows the difference between fantasy and reality then go for it. The book is about aliens and such so it's more fantasy so I wouldn't fret about it. I say go for it, let him read it.


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