Jbergamini's Reviews > Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe

Halo by Tobias S. Buckell
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Nov 29, 2009

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009

This month I read the 500+ page book of science fiction short stories set in the Halo universe. It includes 4 poems and 11 short stories. To begin with, I'm going to talk about Dirt. The theme of this story is that if you have to choose between doing the right thing and being set for life, choose the right thing. The author's writing style is very straight forward; I could almost hear the ODST talking about his life as he lay dying. This and Human Weakness were my two of my favorite stories.
Speaking of Human Weakness, it is a story set in the Flood-infested, Covenant city-world of High Charity. The super smart, human AI Cortana is trapped with the Gravemind. Its theme is that hope will pull you through the hardest times. As a whole, Halo Evolutions is a confusing book if you don't already know the backstory to the Halo videogames. But even if you don't, I bet that it will still seem like a collection of good stories. A definate good book.
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Jared Bardowell-cornwall Evolutions has many great stories about the Halo universe. Even though Halo is a video game series, none of the stories in the collection read like playing the video games. The stories have action, even carnage, but they are stories. Evolutions does a great job of setting up complex characters whether it's lesser known ones like Soren-066 in "Pariah", Dr.Halsey describes him as "... no traitor. He's just a lost soul, looking for direction" (B.K. Evenson 55), or main characters like Cortana in "Human Weakness".

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