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Half Way Home by Hugh Howey
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Jun 11, 2012

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bookshelves: kindle, science-fiction
Read from June 11 to 14, 2012

Actual rating 3.5. The premis for this book hold great promise: a colony of 15-year old human beings, "hatched" too soon left to fend for themselves in a strange world. Only 50 out of 500 survived a half-assed abortion attempt. The colony is run by artificial intelligence and the idea was that everything would be made ready: farmlands, mines etc. Soon the AI leads a boot-camp, trying to accomplish some diffuse goals. Porter - the psychologist and main character - runs away with a few friends. Eventually they stumble across the reason why the colony was half-way aborted. Colonies are usually either viable or unviable. The unviable ones are usually aborted while the human beings mean to colonize a new world are at a blastocyst level (fertilized eggs are much easier to transport across eons of empty space than actual human beings).

The beginning and the ending is good. The middle, while the group is on the run, is a bit long-winded. The excellent dialogue doesn't quite make up for it. One thing I found refreshing is that the main character, Porter, is homosexual. So thankfully this does not descend into a romance novel. So yes, excellent premise, but fell a little short of my expectations. Won't put me off this author though.

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19.0% "I love all the Howey books I've read so far. :) Just the kind of escape I need and they make me feel ALIVE rather than braindead."
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