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Half Way Home [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
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Book Description

Five hundred of us were sent to colonize this planet. Only fifty or so survived.

We woke up fifteen years too early, we had only half our training, and they expected us to not only survive ... they expected us to conquer this place.

The problem is: it isn't safe here.

We aren't even safe from each other.

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  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481222961
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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227 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An AWESOME Book April 27, 2011
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I recently finished Half Way Home by Hugh Howey and absolutely loved it!!! Hugh Howey is a relatively new author who I think has tons of potential. I've also read the other books by him, the Molly Fide series, and really enjoyed them too. I really can't say enough good things about them.

Half Way Home is set in a futuristic world where colonies of people are sent out to explore planets and are born as full grown adults. We follow a group of young people who were "born" too soon, only halfway through their training for their jobs in the new colony. The main character, Porter, struggles with his own emotions as he accidently becomes the leader of a group that has broken off from the main colony. This second group goes on an exploration mission and discovers the true, dark reason their mission was nearly aborted.

I really like the way the plot and the characters were developed. In some books by other authors I've read, I've felt I didn't get to know the people well enough. In this book, I really felt that I knew Porter and Kelvin and Tarsi. I felt their pain, their losses, and their happiness. I loved the pacing as well. The story didn't move too fast that your head was spinning, but I never felt it dragged. I hate to use this old line, but here it is: I laughed, I cried, I loved it!!!

I would recommend this book to older teens and adults. There are some pretty mature themes in this book, such as homosexuality, abortion, and fairly graphic death. I would only recommend this book to mature people who would be able to handle this.

This book is definitely unique. I have a hard time coming up with a point of comparison in books. This book is remotely similar to Star Trek, but even that is a stretch.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Howey Can Tell A Story! September 14, 2011
Are in into Sci-Fi? I can truely say it's not my favorite genre of books but, Hugh Howey is quickly turning me into a Sci-Fi lover.
I was first sucked into Hugh's writing with the Molly Fyde series. Those stories are awesome and I've yet to finish the last two books. (Shame on me)

Recently I read Howey's "Half Way Home", and I could not believe how much of a story Hugh put into this small novel. I was lost in the first few pages, as per usual with Hugh's books. The adventure begins immediately. Don your spacesuit and your mode of travel and let's go for a ride.

We are on a planet that was to be inhabited by a race of humans planted there. They are grown in vats, and each taught a certain occupation that will help on their goal to "settle" the planet and make it home. Only this time there is a problem and this group is aborted at age 15. Only half grown. Only half trained. Many die a fiery death. But a group of teens make it out alive and must now figure out how to manage, how to cope, how to live and learn on their new home.

I encountered young people with the perservence to try. No matter what odds lay ahead they were hell bent on attacking them head on. You'll meet Vinnie's in this story, a strange animal that I'd love to go for a ride on, and trees a mile or more high. You'll encounter metal worms that if you happen to be in their path, you'll be mincemeat. And you will learn what friendship means and the will of survival.

The story just overflowed with adventure, trials and tribulations and best of all a great lesson to be learned on being different, being determined and surviving against all odds.

Hugh Howey has done it again with an excellent story that I will definitely reread.

Now, I is the group doing? What's going on in their lives. How's the population now? I think I need another story from those that survived. :)
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, well written, a little slow January 24, 2012
By Niall
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+ Great SciFi survival novel
+ Well written
- A little slow

I found Hugh Howey through the Wool series of novella's and I loved them to bits.
Similar to Wool, this book grabbed me from the start. And unlike a lot of kindle authors, Hugh has/is a great editor. You won't be annoyed by word repetition or poor spelling.
Unlike Wool this book feels a little dragged out in parts, I enjoyed the character development but I also found myself speed reading and muttering "come on" occasionally.
If you enjoy Scifi novels, survival stories or any combination of the two, then you'll love this.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Hooked On Howey! February 14, 2012
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After reading all 5 "Wool" books (and loving them), I decided to read another book by Hugh Howey. I chose "Half Way Home" and I think it's another gem. The concept of this book is awesome and it's also beautifully written. The attempted human colonization of a distant planet has been covered many times by many authors, but not quite like this. Think "Lord of the Flies on a Hostile Planet" and you will get some feel for this book. I've been reading SciFi for over 50 years and I found "Half Way Home" to be exceptional. Pass me a vinnie cutlet and some bombfruit!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this story July 5, 2012
By Jeff
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I enjoyed the overall premise of this book. An artificial AI is tasked with beginning the colonization of a new world or destroy the colonists as embryos. And something goes wrong leaving a small group of colonists on a new world to figure out what to do, and what happened.

I enjoyed this story, but I am hard pressed to give it more than three stars since I typically give books I really enjoy 4 stars, and the rare gem that knocks me off my feet 5 stars. So, I give this book three stars, but I would still recommend it and I did enjoy the book. Mr. Howey develops an intriguing story with characters that you really connect with, just as he has in every other book I have read by him. Hugh Howey has become one of my favorite authors, and if you have read other works by him you will certainly enjoy this one. If this is your first Howey book, I would recommend grabbing Wool or digging into the Molly Fyde series first, simply so you will have the best experience Howey can give you with his stories, then grab this one just to spend some more time exploring more of what Hugh Howey has crafted.


This was a good read from Mr. Howey, but I felt that the main characters overall sexual identity conflict actually detracted from the story as a whole. I felt it was simply placed there to 'make a point' rather than really shaping and developing the story as a whole. I also don't know if the whole 'abort' process is intended to parallel the current abortion trends in the world, but Mr. Howey also makes this connection though in a far more subtle manner that felt right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Every. Single. Time.
Great exploration of space colonialism.. This short novel creates an amazing environment for the reader, and the action doesn't stop until the last page. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by AEW
4.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the flies for the next generation
Wile an interesting book, it seemed to pick up on a very basic storyline with a group of teens stranded on a planet far from home with no guidance from adults, just a computer. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Susan Veldhof
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun little read.
Fun little read. Went by quickly but memorably.
Published 5 days ago by Augusto F. Menezes
3.0 out of 5 stars I loved Mr. Howey's Silo series and really wanted to ...
I loved Mr. Howey's Silo series and really wanted to love this too. Unfortunately, I didn't. I never really connected with the characters, and the creatures he created came across... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Erica
5.0 out of 5 stars I heart Hugh Howey
I love his books, they pull you in and will not let go until you've devoured every word. Excellent imagery and character building, I feel like I'm there and struggling right... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mitzi Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Conquering a new world
Started out slow for me, but built my interest to the end. Survival in the face of hardships that they were not prepared for and still endured and prevailed.
Published 6 days ago by C. Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars another great story from Howey
Excellent characters, fun story. I hope there will be more of this type for us to read soon! Keep writing Hugh!
Published 7 days ago by TCK
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
A great story, I wish it was longer! There was so much potential for more, it could have easily been a two or three part book. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Rasha taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Brokeback Space Colony
Definitely not Hugh Howey’s best work. I have enjoyed other books by this author, but this one fell flat. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Moon Donkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Halfway Home sees an apt title
T he premise of this story runs a bit too long, and I felt the authors pontificating was over much. Read more
Published 16 days ago by gbs
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Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store -- and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!

Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn't writing, he's reading or taking a photograph.

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