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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. It is about exploring a new planet with new creatures and a "crew" of sorts, but it is definitely different and worth reading. It is not only well-written, but thought provoking as well. It's a "make you think" book, one that I would certainly read again.
The book C.H.E.R.U.B. does have an interesting plot, starting out with the main characters "Mum" dyeing, then being separated from his sister. After which he joins a secret organization that gives the book its name. This leads me to one of the things that I like and dislike about C.H.E.R.U.B. The first thing I like is that the plot is fast-paced and never really slows down. Always showing you new things and giving you new characters. Although the pace is fast, it is actually a little too fast, it never really exploits something's to it's full potential, for example he gets over his mother dyeing, his sister being taken away, in almost three days. Also the book is not very descriptive, lowering the reading level a notch or two.
If I were to recommend this to someone I would recommend this book to younger males, maybe of the ages twelve and under, because the reading level is lower. Also I would recommend it to that age group because the main character is around eleven to twelve. Also it would be bad of me not to mention how this book compares to the Alex Rider Series and I would say that it is much better than C.H.E.R.U.B.
So this book is not bad, but it is not that good either.
An amazing sequel to Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue. Molly and Cole continue their journey, following her `mother's' guidance. First, they stop on planet Drenard to drop off a Drenard that they saved. Communicating with special headbands, they find that the only way to leave Drenard is to become a Drenard. The only way to do that is to complete the Rite of Wadi Thooo. Edison had already gone, but not come back, when Walter, Cole, and Molly go out and try to capture a Wadi Thooo. Although, Molly's soft-heartedness might get them stuck on the planet.
At the same time, the Drenard they saved, Anlyn, is to become ruler of Drenard. Tough political decisions aren't a problem for her, but getting the public to agree the best way to handle threats is really the best way.
If they make it off the planet alive, will they be able to fulfill Molly's mother's wishes? Or will it be too much for Molly to handle?
Molly Fyde and the Land of Light is suspenseful and can transport you into Molly's world. If you liked the first Molly Fyde, this is a must-read.
A captivating story about Molly Fyde on a mission to find her dad's lost spaceship, this is one of the best books I've ever read. It is a page-turner. Molly Fyde and the Parsona Recue is an enthralling adventure that nobody should miss.
Molly, a girl in this future, had just gotten kicked out of the Navy for something she didn't do. A friend gives her the news that they have found her father's ship, the Parsona, in space. She and her friend, Cole, go to take the ship, only to be stopped by a branch of the Navy that turned against them, a war on a planet that no one has been to for years, bartering for illegal goods to keep them safe, and not knowing who to trust. With Cole, a Palan, a Glemot, and a Drenard, Molly enters a new journey: to find her mother.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure stories and imaginative worlds. I also compared this book to Artemis Fowl. Molly reminds me of Holly, dealing with a similar issue in their training. I loved both series.
In the fourth and for now final book in the Bern Saga characters are faced with choices that will either end life as we know it or save it. Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace has something for every reader, from science fiction, to romance, to tragedy, and everything in between. In this book heroine Molly finally finds herself with the chance to save her dad and beloved Cole only for it to be yanked away by her own `friend' the sneaky, and untrustworthy, Walter. Meanwhile other events are taking place that could mean the end of Molly, Cole and everyone else in the Galaxy.
This book is for teens and adults who are up for an interesting, but slightly challenging read. The books is slightly jumbled at parts, but over all if you understand basic science fiction it is a good read. Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace leaves the reader with solid ground but not so strict that you can't imagine the rest of their lives.
DE, 7th grade student, MCA