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Halo by Karen Traviss
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Apr 21, 12

bookshelves: halo, science-fiction
Read from April 13 to 21, 2012

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 has apparently decided that Halsey is as evil as Nazi Germany, and makes sure that the reader hears that opinion over and over. Ultimately, not that much happens, and what does happen is mostly just build up for Halo 4 and the sequels in this trilogy. It's nice however, to finally have a piece of the Halo world move past the ending of Halo 3, so this isn't that bad a start to the "post-war era." Overall, if you are a fan of the Haloverse and you have been keeping up with the novels (at least through Ghosts of Onyx), then you would probably enjoy this novel, but don't go in expecting the same quality of the Nylund books. If you haven't been keeping up with the novels, this is not a good starting point, as it picks up and leaves off mid-story, so you would be better off starting with Fall of Reach and going forward from there. For non-Halo fans, I can't recommend this as a standalone sci-fi novel.
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