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Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions

(The Bern Saga #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,074 ratings  ·  98 reviews
It's been ten years since Molly last set foot on her birth planet, and this isn't how she'd imagined her homecoming. The sky is full of an invading fleet, one powerful enough to threaten the entire galaxy. The new family she has come to rely on -- her crew of alien misfits and runaways -- are scattered in three directions. As they struggle to reunite, events beyond their c ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Broad Reach Publishing
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Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
The space odyssey continues, only this time Molly and Cole are split up, with Cole in Hyperspace.

This book was weird for me. I didn't like the split very much. There is a plot line in the background with Walter that's unnerving and not resolved during this book. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I didn't like the Molly part very much. In this book she was always constantly at the edge of dying or something. No reprieve. The pacing was torturous for me in that way. I had to put it down a
Jul 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shockingly bad compared to the first books. Just one overly long, boring, pointless, obvious-ending fight after another.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

This one killed me. The suspense was awful. I read it all the way through just to see how it would end and I was still left hanging. Naturally, I will be buying the next one very shortly after reviewing this. Molly Fyde has become one of my favorite series.

I struggled through this book more than the other two just because it upset me how many obstacles Molly and Cole had to go through. It is the middle book, so I guess I understand the need for the connection to the end and maybe there is a re
noooo the teens are separated!! so many random things are happening! none of them are resolved so i guess i have to read book 4 now!

minus one star for naming my favorite character CAT, causing me to keep thinking she is a cat person. but no. she is just a person named cat.
J.L. Dobias
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions(The Bern Saga Book 3) by Hugh Howey

When I choose a book I don't choose by cover- although the covers sometimes are pretty to the eye. I rarely choose by the blurb or any small amount torn out for advertisement purposes. I chose often by reading whatever samples I can get. Usually while in a book store I can get as many pages in as I have time to loiter. On line I can get what they offer. I detest when they drop pages from that sample-I've no idea what that ac
Ted Lutter
3.5 stars. The story was good but it was easy to put down unlike other Howey novels. I found Cole's story to be confusing at around the 50% mark when he was making his escape and there were a few instances in both Cole's and Molly's story lines where they left off in one place and came back in another. I found myself wondering if I had missed something or somehow skipped ahead. The Admiral's character did not ring true to me and I could not set that feeling aside for the rest of the book. "Too m ...more
Stacy Romaine
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would give this overall more of a 3.5 stars if I could, but since I'm confined to whole numbers, I'll go with a 4. Overall, I am still pulled into the series and anxious to know how it ends (lots of things very up in the air as of the end), but there were quite a few spots in this one (as opposed to #1 and #2 of the series) where I felt pretty lost. Almost like I had maybe accidentally looked away and left my finger on my Kindle and accidentally fast-forwarded a bunch of pages and missed some ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ah...Molly Fyde should be the YA hero of the year...This series is so much more interesting than vampires and zombies. She portrays a strong independent young woman with values, and I love that. The entire series is well written, with action that keeps the pages turning. I could never find a stopping point! And the supporting characters are all fully fleshed out and credible, and I had strong feelings about each of them! (Dang Walter!) I loved the Wool series so I was familiar with Hugh's writin ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is mostly three stars, but two stars for a particular issue: the crew of the Parsona are separated for the entire book and the 3rd person limited narration changes each chapter. I have been reading a lot of those types of YA books lately (Ridley Pearson especially) and I'm a little impatient with the mechanic. If it weren't for that - the ensemble cast and shifting narrations - I would have liked this better. The characters continue to grow and develop, being tested to the edges of their ab ...more
Sonja Arlow
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This 3rd instalment was not as riveting as the first two books, perhaps because the 3 main characters were never together but each had their own separate storyline.

I got slightly lost in all the space talk (especially during the first part of the book) but really enjoyed the elaboration about the Wadi, where fusion fuel comes from and what (where) hyperspace is.

Eventhough this one was a little bit of a let-down I will still read the last instalment in this series as Hugh Howey has a way of captu
Mark Wilder
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
1. Get into a dilly of a pickle.
2. Comment as to the hopelessness of said pickle.
3. Something improbable happens.
4. We're off to our next pickle!

...but in a captivating way, apparently, since I'm always waiting to find out what happens next.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply devoured this instalment in Hugh Howey's Bern Saga. I'm so glad I stuck with it. I had some doubts on the first novel, but I'm left with the sense that Howey hit his stride while writing this work. I couldn't put it down. It felt much more serious than the first tale of Molly Fyde, much more reminiscent of the Silo series that made him famous and introduce me to his work.

You really have to hand it to Howie. He clearly has an incredible imagination. Admittedly at times, this borders more
Michael Nekrasov
Again love the author, and am going to stick with the series to the end but this series comes up short. I think the author does best when working on stories one book section at a time. This story feels drawn out, the characters are flat, and the plot is all over the place. With the characters split, this feels more like a DnD campaign gone wrong then a coherent story.
Carly Kirk
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku-2017
Really, really, REALLY awesome book/series! In this one I actually got so mad a Cole that I had to quit reading until I could calm down. I had to tell myself to give him the benefit of the doubt, etc... talk about good writing to have involved me so thoroughly in the lives of the characters!
Brad Howard
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3rd book better!

A much better novel than the first two in the series, and I’m glad I stuck with it. Better plot, better writing in general. I finally felt that this is the same person who wrote WOOL.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another excellent story. But it was a struggle to finish because it was so macabre. This is the first Howey book I've read that went there. So, readers beware! Prepare yourself for a bloodbath. ...more
Joshua Hoke
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Straightforward good sci fi

Hugh usually has some excellent lines spaced thorought careful plotting. It's like walking through someone's house and finding it a pleasant house but theirs little bowls of delicious candy every few rooms. It's nice in two ways.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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Amanda Walters
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first two, I may need a long break before tackling the next one.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
not as good as the first two, just got too long
Sarah Evans
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I could not bring myself to finish this series
Marcey Reilly
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I am going to download the next book in this series now. It is very hard not to put down.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
This book dragged on. The constant rotation between plot lines--which I assume is meant to give a sense of "real-time" context from one character to the next--made the story feel like someone driving stick for the first time. Just as I would settle into a character's situation, it would switch again. It made for a very choppy read. If I weren't already invested in the story, I'd have given up on the book and the series a few chapters into this one.

The fourth installment continues this pattern,
Lisa Hapney
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I read lots of interesting stories over the holidays. The first order of business was to finish up the Molly Fyde series, which I did. The Blood of Billions is the third book in Hugh Howey's Bern Saga. I have enjoyed reading this series and am glad that I decided to read some of Hugh Howey's earlier work. Mr. Howey is one of my favorite newer authors and I have a lot of fun reading his books. In fact, I took a trip through some other of his stories that I'll review here later in the month. Molly ...more
Ken Sodemann
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better with each book. The Blood of Billions is no exception. This is easily the best one I have read thus far. In this story, the plot of the whole series really starts to solidify. We finally start to find out what is really going on in the universe. We get our first real look into who the Bern are and who the Bern Seer really is. We get to visit Hyperspace and find out what Hyperspace really is, and we get to find out what fusion fuel is made from and get a basic ide ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had a real hard time getting through Blood of Billions. One of the few things that urged me on was that I wanted to get through it to get to the fourth book so I could finish it up.

It's a bit sad. I like the world that Howey has constructed, the plot is solid and engaging. The writing is lackluster though (and the Kindle version had the hyphenation "baked in" so many words throughout the book are hyphenated when they shouldn't be).

I'm on to the fourth book, but I can't say that I'll be recomme
Jenna Lyday
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two books. It was still good, but a big part of what was fun about the first two books was how the team was built and then how the team worked together. The team was split into 3 parts in this book, which meant three different plot lines, and it never really felt like they came together. The book, like the team, seemed fragmented.

I'll read the next one, because it seemed like things were getting ready to converge in this book, but if it's still fragm
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just love this character, Molly Fyde, with all her faults and bravado. Sometimes the story gets to be a little too much in detail when some things could be said more concisely and to the point, but the plot is fun and the multitude of characters intriguing. Feels like you're along for the ride, at times you wish you were so you could slap a couple the characters upside the head when they do dumb stuff :-) Then again, that's what makes those particular characters charmingly-annoying...their perso ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I love Hugh Howey. I believe he is one of the prolific authors of our time. I will say out of the WOOL series, I, Zombie, and the first three Bern Saga novels, The Blood of Billions was perhaps the least good. not that it was NOT good, it was, I just found it to be a bit slower and almost as if the plot was being forced out. Still, that is my only criticism. As with his other works, the settings, situations, and characters are vivid and enthralling. I can't wait to read the next in the series. I ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
This series is starting to lose its luster. The breakneck pace continues, only this time around the main characters on their own. Mind-blowing mysteries keep spilling out, though nothing is entirely explained and you're left scratching your head. I was also disturbed by the amount of blood and gore in this one. I'm normally not squeamish about gore (I've read plenty of Stephen King), but it felt out of context and overly graphic for this series. I'd like to see how this series ends, but I'm defi ...more
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The Bern Saga (5 books)
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