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Cassandra Rose Clarke
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Halo: Battle Born

(Battle Born: A Halo Young Adult Novel Series #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Don't miss the first-ever young adult fiction novel based on the megahit Halo video game series!Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor aren't exactly friends at their small high school on the middle-of-nowhere colony world of Meridian. Each has their own problems, from absent parents to supporting their family, getting into a good college to making the next hit holo-film. But th ...more
Published January 1st 2019 by Scholastic
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Ben Brown
A YA-“Halo” novel? Yes, you read that right….and yes, it reads about exactly as you would expect.

To be fair: “Halo: Battle Born” isn’t BAD, at least so far as readability goes – the story moves at a decent clip, the characters are likable, and all in all, there’s an affability to the thing that’s not un-charming. Writer Cassandra Clarke is clearly enjoying herself here, and it shows – one thing that “Battle Born” isn't is dull. The problem is less execution and more conceptual – for all its appe
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Halo video games, especially Halo 3, and I love young adult literature so this book is perfect for me. The author doesn't go into too much detail about the Covenant; those who have played the video games of course will have a better understanding of the aliens but that knowledge is not needed to follow along in the story. I would definitely keep google open so you can see what some of the aliens and weapons look like if you're new to the Halo universe.

I think this is an excellent fir
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ya
I enjoyed all of the Halo games and most of the Halo books that surround the Masterchief story. I was excited to see a YA book that was centered around a Spartan and not the forerunners. Great fun book, but I do wish that it had connected more to the existing universe.
Carl Malmborg
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit sceptical at first when I heard them releasing a YA-fiction within the Halo universe. I’m happy that my sceptisism was in vain. The book is a good start to get into the Halo universe. I’d say that you don’t have to have too much knowledge about Halo before jumping into this and it’s a lighter read compared to the main line books.

Find peace in the domain yall.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cassandra Clarke has written many books for young adults and teenagers and is most noted for her book titled OUR LADY OF THE ICE and her series called The Assassin’s Curse. Her most recent book is HALO: Battle Born; books similar to this one include HALO: The Flood by William Dietz and HALO: Last Light by Troy Denning. All of the books that have “Halo” are each somewhat based off the video game series called Halo.

In this thrilling book, four teenagers unite together in an attempt to save themse
Kelsey Riggs
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, ya, fight
This was terrible. Between the cliches, flat characters, and the writer having issues following their own world rules, I cringed after every chapter. I will admit that I am new to the HALO world, so i was hoping that this book would be a slow introduction for me. That it could integrate me into the game world. Unfortunately, the book didn't explain what the Covenant was until half way through the book and didn't mention ONCE what UNSC even stood for. The description of the invaders was lacking s ...more
Dustin Street
I enjoyed this one pretty well. I have to say, as a huge fan of Halo, I was not disappointed with the way familiar elements were portrayed in book form. The author was clearly knowledgeable about the series, and I didn’t really see anything that came into contradiction with established canon. If anything, the book made the Halo universe feel more intact, more real.

My only real gripes with the book are from a craft standpoint. I love that there’s now a YA series set in this world, but I almost fe
The Halo video game series is one of my all-time favorites and I’ve been reading any novel connected to the Halo universe practically since the original novelization of the first game came out. I think this was a great addition to the multitude of novels that have come out since that first one.

It focuses on a group of teenagers and a Spartan III that got stranded during a Covenant attack on the planet. The author does a great job of keeping the energy and tension high as well as giving each of
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
@kidlitexchange #partner #kidlitexchange Thank you for the opportunity to preview this free review copy that is set to come out January 2019! All opinions are my own. As a big Halo fan, I was so excited to see this coming out. The story is told from multiple POVs by characters that each have a different background, both in social status and in their thoughts and beliefs about the UNSC. While they are all going about their seemingly normal day, their town is attacked by Covenant forces and each o ...more
Andrew Bulthaupt
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, halo
I listened to this book via Audible.

I wasn't sure what to think when I started reading a 'Young Adult,' Halo novel. When I think YA I think of authors like John Green, who I like, but don't quite see as a fit for a Halo-style story. To that end, I didn't feel like Battle Born was a typical YA novel at all and was more in line with what I've come to expect from other Halo stories.

All that said, I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to Meridian, a place we've seen in the Halo universe at several other p
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halo
A well written Halo novel with an unexceptional, but still tense and exciting plot. It is simple, but it does simplicity very well, and sometimes you need that too. They can't all save the galaxy.

Even though it is listed as a young adult novel, the focus isn't too heavy on teen stuff and it just feels like 4 civilians getting caught up in a larger problem. Which was very well done. The characters are like the plot: realistic, not too out of the ordinary and relatable.

Seeing the civilian perspect
Stephanie Bange
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of a new YA novel series based on the Halo gaming franchise, this story follows four teenagers - Evie, Victor, Dorian, and Siskia - who live in a "backwoods" village on the planet Meridian, as they try to seek information on why the aliens of the Covenant have invaded their small village, covering it with an impenetrable barrier. They are rescued from peril and befriend Owen, a Spartan/super-soldier of the UNSC, who helps train them and guide them in this quest to save themselves, thei ...more
Jun 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is fine overall. Too me, it was a lot of fluff and plays on emotions but I think that comes with the genre. There was some good action in it but it wasn't as grandiose as other Halo books.

Speaking of which, this book isn't as involved in the verse as its predecessors. It's more of a side story or even a spinoff. It just gives off lore and details as breadcrumbs but imo, nothing worth noting.

As an intro to Halo, I feel like this book doesn't do a good job. It just tells you tidbits of w
T.J. Telfer
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
As Y/A novels go, it wasn't terrible. I probably liked this book more because of my affection for the Halo universe than its own quality or merit. I was reading to preview for my kids. I think I'll wait a few years before passing it along. Some occasional vulgar language and progressive social themes (which may be a plus for some reviewers/readers) that would make me hesitate to present to my younger kids. Not gory or needlessly violent. ...more
3.5 stars! I love playing Halo so this was a fun YA read into the same universe. I didn’t find myself binge reading like usual until about 65% in, but I still felt like it delivered on world building, adventure and suspense by the end. I will definitely be following Evie, Dorian, Saskia and Victor into the next book!
Max Owsley
This book has been my least favorite book to take place in the halo universe. Not to say its bad or awful, but to say that it was fairly average. First the main characters are a little dull or feel boring. Dorian being the worst of the bunch from abandoning his band to being just mean to Owen for no reason. Just overall the book was bland
I actually liked this, it was a surprise but I really liked it. I mean anyone who is a fan of Halo would know how the Meridian ends up towards the end of the war but it was interesting to see it from the beginning
Anthony Dorsey
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid first entry in a new line of Halo YA novels. The cast was a highlight as each of the 4 protagonists felt unique with different personalities, abilities, and goals. I’m looking forward to seeing how this storyline continues in the next books!
Joseph Guiso
My first ever video game based book. Big fan of the games but the book just wasn't my cup of tea. There could of been a lot more depth and detail. Obviously not marketed at me. Would of probably enjoyed it if I was closer to 13 not 30. Still completed and would recommend for target audience. ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the book you can definitely tell it’s aimed at a slightly younger audience, but story wise I still unashamedly really enjoyed it and found it to be quite gripping. Growing up playing the HALO I couldn’t resist picking this book up when I stumbled across it and I wasn’t disappointed
Hans  Melius
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A refreshing take on the Halo Universe. We still get the thrill of a Spartan and the dread of an Elite’s approach, yet there is something new and fresh with the main characters. Looking forward to part 2.
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was pretty short but had a good story. I really liked the characters, but some areas of their personalities could use some work. Still, the book had a good story and was very engaging at parts.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I don't know if I should rate this 2 or 3 stars. I definitely don't think it quite deserves a 2, but for me, it's probably more of a 2.5/5 stars. ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book
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Shawn Berman
Made me want to play halo 3 again
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty nice to have a look away from the main cast at the rest of the universe. Really enojyed listening to the audio book.
Kakashi Hatake
Almost gave it a 4. It's more of a 3.5.
All right story. Not great. Just all right.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The year is 2548 and the Covenant has been carving a warpath through the colonies of humanity. On the colony of Meridian, four teenagers must learn to survive with the help of Beta Company Spartan-III as their town is invaded by the alien hegemony in search of Forerunner technology buried beneath.

Battle Born follows four Meridian teenagers: Evie Rousseau, the techie of the group and the daughter of a college professor and a Marine; Victor Gallardo, Evie's friend whose parents ran a resort while
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

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