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Halo: Glasslands

(Halo #11)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  5,107 ratings  ·  233 reviews
The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Tor Books
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Meh... Disappointment. This is my first Karen Traviss book. I will not be buying her next Halo book. She obviously hates a specific character and spends too much time on the subject, neglecting the characters previously established personalities, so that she can berate one specific character.

The Good: KIlo 5 story arc was really good.

The Bad: The Elites

The Ugly: Anything that brings up Halsey, and everything that happened in the Dyson Sphere, with the exception of the brief moment with Lucy.

Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. At all.
This review contains some spoilers, as well as some venting. You've been forewarned.

I have played every single Halo game ever produced.
I have been invested in the Halo community and universe for a full decade.
I have read and owned over a dozen Halo novels.

And out of all that, I have NEVER been more completely infuriated at any piece of lore than I was when I read this book.

To be fair, I had been skeptical, yet cautiously optimistic going into this. I had heard rumors that Traviss had done some t
Oct 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly painful for me to read. The whole book seems completely forced, from the interactions between the characters, to the aside comments from their thoughts, to their ensuing actions. Towards the end, I just skipped the small parts/comments which I knew were going to be generic or repetitive that had to do with what the characters were feeling or thinking, because it was all under the same basic idea. Either:

How can I face what I have done?
What is left to humanity?
What will they think of me
Ben Brown
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
Now THIS is how you start a trilogy.

Heck, more than that – THIS is how you write a “Halo” novel.

I won’t spend that much more time bagging on Greg Bear’s “Forerunner Saga,” since a.) I’ve already spent 3 reviews doing my fair share of that, and b.) life’s too short. That being said…man, what a refreshing change of pace “Glasslands” is from the stilted, emotionally disengaged nature of Bear’s novels. I can’t begin to emphasize how nice it is to read a book that has a clear plot, characters that a
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
For reasons that are beyond me, I cannot understand why the people at Microsoft and 343i would sign a contract with an author who had gained notoriety after her work on Star Wars. I’ll give credit where credit is due, and that is her work in Halo Evolutions and Republic Commandos Hard Contact have their strong points… but there’s nothing special about them.

Glasslands was effectively the shattering of established Halo lore, created by Nylund, Staten and Buckell. Furthermore, the sound concept was
Better. That's the word I have for this novel. It's better than its predecessors (forerunners? hahaha!) and also better than Traviss' Star Wars novels. Her writing is tighter and her characters have more depth. Her stories were always addictive, don't get me wrong, but this one was closer to "well-done" as opposed to "entertaining". Her pacing was spot on, actually. There wasn't a lot of action in this novel, but I didn't mind that - I really enjoyed the small cast of characters and the backgrou ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for the stuff with Kilo-five, 2 stars for the stuff with Halsey = 3 stars.

Halo: Glasslands is billed, or was when I first came across it, as a bridge between Halo 3 and the upcoming Halo 4. It is also a sequel Eric Nylund’s Ghosts of Onyx (a fact I didn’t know). As a result there are some pretty steep prerequisites for Glasslands name you have played Halo 3 (not unlikely if you are reading a Halo novel) and have read Ghosts of Onyx. A working knowledge of Halo: Reach might also be benefi
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Mar 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was really hoping for much more from this. I had enjoyed all the previous Halo books, but this was lacking. I though the overall story was ok and the characters were interesting, but nothing really happened. It was introspective and dealt with the aftermath of the war, but I wasn't really interested in psychological evaluation in a book based on a video game. Still I'd have given it a better score, maybe even up to three stars, but the book the ends with a cliff hanger and seems to set up a mo ...more
I.F. Adams
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yet another guilty pleasure (do I have any book series that *aren't...?). Set after the "Halo Wars" of video game fame. A surprisingly fun cloak-and-dagger romp as the covenant and UNSC snipe at each, with dissent and insurrection simmering within each side. I think what I find fascinating about the whole mess, is that from a video game with a modest plot, they've put together a remarkably coherent and complex geo-political universe and *thats* what takes it from another meh tie in to something ...more
Roy Graham
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
oops I tripped and read this
Marcus V
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The first thing that I should mention is that I will have to re-read Ghosts of Onyx. I had started reading the book, but had taken a rather long break midway through. When I went back to it, I picked up where I left off instead of going back to the beginning. That said, I enjoyed how Glasslands was connected to Ghosts of Onyx.

I thoroughly enjoyed the different viewpoints of characters, those more recognizable than others and even ones introduced in the book (or that I simply don't remember readi
Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is supposed to continue the story of the Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund, except for one reason or another the story was handed off to Karen Traviss... I have nothing against her as an author as this is the first book of hers that I've read. Unfortunately she didn't deliver. After finishing the book I could care less about the Thursday War. I got connected to the characters that Eric created, and they didn't even get fleshed out in Grasslands. I ended up skipping chapters out of boredom and c ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've read a number of books by Karen Traviss; I've read a number of books based in the Halo Universe. On both counts, Glasslands ranks near the bottom. Page upon page upon page of dull exposition, short descriptors, and glacial plot development all leading up to a decent 50 pages and...that's the end. Buy the sequel, folks! I'm a sucker for completionism so I'll probably be purchasing The Thursday War someday to see what happens to Kilo squad. But, after slogging through this one, I'm not planni ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book would have been much better if the author hadn't spent the major part of the book just vilifying Dr Halsey, it's clear that Karen Travis hasn't done much of any homework on the previous books before setting out to write this one, the characters and their behaviour in general is completely different from the other books in the series.

4 Stars for the human-covenant stuff & minus 2 stars for Dr Halsey story line = 2 stars
Christina Javene
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I blasted through this 17-hour audiobook like nobody's business. The Halo universe immediately engrossed me from the time I started playing Combat Evolved when I was, like, ten, and I just absolutely ate up Eric Nylund's "Fall of Reach" shortly afterward. Karen Traviss has reignited my awe of the worldbuilding in the Halo series, deftly balancing political intrigue and endearing character development and deeply interesting worldbuilding and badass action scenes. The Kilo-Five trilogy is set betw ...more
Niklas Braun
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
So this book felt like a filler book. Not much actually happened. However, a lot of plot lines were advanced, and I really enjoyed the writing. So I'm not sad about it. But I hope the next one has some real sh*t go down. ...more
Fred Hughes
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In the eigth book in this series we have 3 interwoven stories.

In the first story we find Doctor Halsey, creator of the Spartan (augmented human soldiers) program and some of her Spartans and some Spartan II’s (newer version) hiding from the end of the world. They have found themselves inside a large Dyson Sphere. The sphere has a breathable atmosphere, buildings which are all abandoned, and flora and fauna unlike anything seen on Earth.

While investigating their surroundings they are reminded tha
Tristan Norton
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a science-fiction novel based in the Halo universe and set after the human-covenant war which lasted twenty-five years and has left both sides weak. The covenant, once a powerful juggernaut made up of multiple alien races has fractured. The Sangheili cast out their religious leaders, The San'Shyuum, for lies which led them to the verge of wiping out the human race. The Sangheili and humans agreed to a cease-fire, but there are still people on both sides who disagree with the leaders ...more
Ben Smith
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, halo
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 h ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook
This story picks up after Onyx. I was hoping the Master Chief would make an appearance, but he didn't. I thought perhaps he would land on this Dyson sphere, but that would be too easy and it would reveal the storyline for Halo 4 too early.

Between Halsey and Parangosky: I think Parangosky is more monstrous, letting children fight her war. At least Halsey invested time in her Spartans and didn't use them as suicide troops.

Update: 2/14/14

So, the second time through I still find Parangosky is more
Reem Alshatti
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Karen Travis for writing this book for the halo series. I found her writing style to be very clear. only a few hard lines. (I'm a young reader not on a very high level yet)

I was very satisfied with how the story had gone on after the destruction of Installation 00 and the halo event. It fulfilled my needs as a fan! I've been waiting for so long to find out what happened after the array and I did!

I was also glad that the story went out between both Human and Sangheili perspectiv
C.T. Phipps
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space-opera, halo
Halo remains one of my favorite sci-fi franchises. The setting is a book, comic, and video game series featuring military characters doing battle with an alien theocracy known as the Covenant. The Kilo-5 novels, which starts with Glasslands, chronicles the events following Halo 3 when the Master Chief has disappeared, the Covenant has been defeated, and an uneasy peace exists between humanity with the various former Covenant races.

The premise is the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has decide
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Glasslands was a low point in the series of books inspired by the Halo games. Everything the author was trying to do seemed a little too deliberate and it felt like too much time was spent tossing around English puns rather than developing the enthralling plot I expected.
Robert Thompson
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Adrian Bermejo
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Halo:Glasslands was a good book. It had lots of action, suspence, and exciting moments. Some pretty big words, and lots of detail.Some big words here and there. But, overall, a good book although it's really slow. ...more
George Friend
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book a little tough to get into at first. By the end it was hard to put down. Really enjoyed the characters and their stories.
Jamie McFarlane
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
A bit dull and not much happened.
Callum Shephard
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
If you want to see the worst way in which to behave in relation to writing for an expanded universe you need only look at the works of Karen Traviss. Infamous for her borderline preaching, infighting with other authors, bloated tumorous additions to series’ plotlines for the sake of pure self-satisfaction, mass fan insults and a sheer lack of research or respect for the canon; how she retains not only a career but also a fandom is a complete mystery.

Having written for both the Star Wars expanded
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