Jesse Booth's Reviews > Halo: The Thursday War

Halo by Karen Traviss
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Oct 08, 12

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Read from October 02 to 08, 2012

Well, this book has 10 ratings, now 11 (with mine). Nobody has reviewed here on Goodreads yet, so I'll take a moment to be the first.

First of all... The Thursday War was an incredible 2nd part of the Kilo-Five Trilogy. The book moves at a good pace, and it's action packed. You feel for the characters, even the Huragok and the Sangheili.

The book focuses on 3 plot lines:

1. The captured Sangheili Jun Mdama who is stuck on Onyx for study by the humans.

2. The extraction of the scholar, Phillips from Sanghelios, and his findings amongst the Forerunner structures there. Also, the AI BB's story is heavily involved here. I'd like to see BB and Cortana debate a bit. Could turn out quite interesting...

3. The first look at the UNSC battle cruiser Infinity, the most massive spaceship ever constructed in the Halo series, as well as most Sci-Fi. (I bet it would have given the Death Star in Star Wars a run for it's money).

The characters are phenomenol. Naomi, a Spartan II, has a significant role in the story. We even get to see Dr. Halsey a bit!

My favorite part of the entire book was all the Forerunner stuff. From the beginning of Halo, the Forerunners have seemed so... fantastic? Magical? I don't quite know how to phrase my thoughts about them. The focus, especially surrounding Phillips and Jun's studies of the symbols found within Onyx and the temple on Sanghelios was awesome. And the Forerunner technology additions to the Infinity were a blast to read about.

This book is a primer for Halo 4. If you're not already excited for the next game coming out in a month, by the end of The Thursday War, I guarantee you will be.

An ancient evil awakens...
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Matt Hill Great review man. I'm currently reading it and enjoying it so far!


Jesse Booth Thanks! I though Traviss did a great job with this one. As much as I like Eric Nylund's writing, hers brings a lot to the Halo franchise. Glad you're liking it!


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Natalee My 11 year old daughter wants to read this. Thoughts?


Jesse Booth Since the book correlates with a Mature-rated video game, I would probably keep the book away from her for a couple of years. For one thing, there is some graphic violence, and for another, there is some language (not as bad as some of the other Halo books, but it's still there).


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Jesse wrote: "Thanks! I though Traviss did a great job with this one. As much as I like Eric Nylund's writing, hers brings a lot to the Halo franchise. Glad you're liking it!"

Yeah, I think she did a great job too. I like all the books but this story line particularly because it shows what's going on after the war. I also like Greg Bear's Forerunner Saga because it gives you a peek of the Forerunners civilization more or less at their peak plus the other race the Precursors. Very interesting.


Jesse Booth I agree, Greg Bear has done a great job with the Forerunner Trilogy. I can't wait to read Silentium! Just came out today!


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