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Prepare the rifles...
...because I might as well be executed for this. This book felt more like fanfiction than an actual novel. Prehistoric humans being spacefairing? Human-San'Shyuum alliance? The origin of the Flood? Maybe this would work better as an original novel, but as a Halo book it somehow didn't fit. In all my years as a reader, never before has a book absolutely destroyed my suspension of disbelief in the first pages of the first chapter. This might as well be called "Greg Bear Writes Halo Fanfiction Book 1."

I truly wanted to like this book. Hopefully the next two books are better, but this was a really bad way to begin. Sorry, everyone. Just my honest opinion.

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Wait what? This book was awesome
Really? The only review is that guy? There were plenty of elements of the forerunner flood war in it, and if those didn't satisfy you go and read the marathon logs from Halo 3. It revealed SO MUCH about the Halo story. Just about the humans alone is enough to set you thinking for hours about everything that goes on in the series. So many things make sense now that didn't before. Honestly the books not supposed to be by Eric Nylund, so it doesn't have the epic space battles he writes. So what, the amazing amount of information and intellectual stimulation should be more than enough to make up for it.
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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING.
Yeah, it isn't what I expected from a Halo book, especially one about the Forerunners. I thought it would be chronicling the Forerunner-Flood War, but instead all it's doing is just them repeatedly talking to one another about the past and such and I'm about a third of the way through the book, already! There haven't been any displays of Forerunner technology aside from the stupid armor, there's barely any exposition about the war between the Forerunners and the human/Prophet alliance...it's just dull! At least the mainstream Halo novels have some semblance of action in them or something interesting going on, this is just boring!
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