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Halo: Glasslands Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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“Halo: Glasslands is a fantastic addition to the Halo universe, and is a stand-out military science fiction novel in and of itself.” ―SF Signal
“Karen Traviss does an excellent job writing for the Halo universe, she creates believable human and alien characters.” ―Jay Cormier, Examiner.com
About the Author
#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, screenwriter and comics author KAREN TRAVISS has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Star Wars, Gears of War, and Halo work. She was also lead writer on the 2011 blockbuster game Gears of War 3. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.
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I almost don't know where to begin. Some fans - me among them - say that Eric Nylund set the bar high with his neutral, technical-sounding tone and jargon-laden narrative and dialogue. In contrast, Karen Traviss's writing style is typical liberal arts major stuff, and hardly belongs anywhere near a work of military science fiction. Writers of her caliber have a tendency to turn grizzled soldiers into the Brady Bunch, making them seem like less of an actual military force and more of a family. You go from Nylund's books to Traviss's, and suddenly, all the characters have forgotten military hand signals, the NATO phonetic alphabet, call signs and the chain of command.
The early parts of the book deal with the formation of an ONI team to disrupt Elite society (or Sangheili, if you prefer; they're the big alien dudes with the four mandibles we all know and love from the games) by supplying arms to separatists and religious fundamentalists. That's interesting in and of itself, but there's more. The team is being led by an incredibly imposing woman named Serin Osman who could very well have ended up being a SPARTAN-II, but washed out of the program at the augmentation stage due to her body rejecting the surgery.Read more ›
The novel is broken into 3 plot threads, which all eventually intersect near the end of the novel. The main one could be said to follow the gang trapped in the Dyson sphere at the core of what was once Onyx. The second follows a team of ONI handpicked personnel called Kilo-5 whose purpose is to destabilize the Elite's delicate power balance. The final one follows an Elite by the name of Jul `Mdama who believes that Humans are vermin and must be exterminated, and who's goal in this novel is to kill the Arbiter to make that possible.
The first two in my opinion were okay, but nothing incredible. In the Onyx parts, much of the mystery of the Forerunners and the Dyson sphere is completely sidelined by the Halsey-Mendez arguments that take place. (Mendez apparently has had this deep seated resentment towards Halsey and her actions in the Spartan-II Program that is just coming out now) The Spartans - both the IIs and the IIIs - are relegated to barely being supporting characters. They are sort of there-sort of not, especially the Spartan-IIIs. The only one who gets any sort of development is Lucy, the traumatized survivor of Operation: Torpedo. I found her development more annoying than anything else to be honest.Read more ›
It wasn't bad, not like Cole Protocol and it wasn't poorly written, but it just seemed that the book went out of its way to paint Halsey as a monster and painting what was done to the Spartan's as just terrible. All the while, there is no serious discussion about the fact that Halsey did not act in a bubble and her actions were condoned, encouraged and sponsored by ONI which gets a free pass.
Granted , what Halsey did or became was terrible, but the series has never focused on that. In Fall of Reach, Eric Nylund wasn't trying to paint what ONI had done as monstrous, he was simply mirroring what was done to Ender and his pals in Ender's game. There was also a whole end's justifies the means thing thrown in there. In Glasslands, Halsey never even offers this defense of herself, that in the end, what she did saved humanity, and the ends did justify the means in some sense. In short, it is just is lazy to not even bring up that argument and let the readers sort it out. Instead in Glasslands, what we are presented with various degrees of, yeah I'm bad and what I did was bad, but you are just as bad because of X. It was lazy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Glasslands starts what is easily one of the better trilogies in the expanded Halo universe. On the heels of the end of Halo 3, the UNSC and ONI plot to keep infighting in the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beginning a new story line in the Halo Universe that takes a bit of a different angle on the story so far. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kenneth Hughes
The other Halo books by other authors were full of action. I read this book a few years ago so I don't remember the details, but I remember that it was difficult to get through,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sean
Good Read - nice way to fill in back story of some characters. Karen has a different style of writing that takes a bit of getting used too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris
Great novel, once again filling in more of the gaps in the Halo game universe. What makes the games so great has always been the rich history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first 3/4 were good, but it slowed down fast. Of the Kilo 5 Trilogy I'd say this was the second best.Published 4 months ago by David Espinoza
I have read other Halo Books by Eric Nylund and have really enjoyed them. I listened to Glasslands as an audio-book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Declan