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H.A.L.F.: The Makers (Volume 2) Paperback – April 7, 2016
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"An enthralling, page-turning sci-fi adventure. The makings of an epic!" ~The 'Wishing Shelf' Reviews
"Wow! Just, wow! In H.A.L.F.: The Makers, author Natalie Wright again takes her readers on a real roller coaster of a ride! Wright has done a great job in continuing the stories of characters that her readers have come to care about, and her abilities in world creation are simply second to none. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to more in this incredibly promising series by author Natalie Wright." ~ Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
"Author Natalie Wright has a truly unique voice in the science fiction genre. Readers who enjoy a creative read, an epic story line, an adventurous and thrilling book, or just piece of science fiction will love H.A.L.F.: The Makers (Volume 2). Make sure you have enough time to read it from start to finish; you simply won't want to put it down! 5 Stars." ~Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
About the Author
Natalie Wright is the author of the multiple award-winning science fiction series H.A.L.F., and the young adult fantasy trilogy, The Akasha Chronicles. When not writing, reading or editing, Natalie can be found on social media or at comic cons. She travels extensively throughout the western United States meeting readers and fans at comic cons and book festivals. She lives with her husband, teen daughter and two young cats. In her free time, Natalie enjoys gaming, international travel and sharing good food and conversation with family and friends. She was born an Ohio farm girl, lives in suburban southwest but dreams of living in a big city high-rise.
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In all, this was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Well, I did finish reading this book. It was definitely not as enjoyable an experience as reading Book 1. It was tedious to follow two different groups of people, going off in different directions, and doing things that the author tried to connect to each other but, was not very effective. Then, toward the end, the author inserts an entirely different plot and story line that vaguely relates or connects to the main story line of the book. Hopefully, there will be a Book 3 that compensates for this artistic clumsiness.
So, Book 1 is great. Book 2 is Blah. Natalie, please make Book 3 as good as or better than Book 1.
Erika, Tex, Ian, and Dr. Randall are pulled through the light to the alien ship, or so they think is a ship. But things are as Tex suspected from what he'd heard. There is more and they need to survive and get home to help save the world. Jack was rejected by the light and facing the changes at A.H.D.N.A. Changes that are not good for the world. Jack must work with those he doesn't know to break out the one person that recently threatened his life, Commander Sturgis. She holds knowledge that is going to be needed in what's to come.
Dylan White is a new voice for me. He does well with different voice tones and personality to share the feel of the characters as they speak. I did find that the volume, in which the recording was done, was very quiet. I had to turn this book up louder than many of my other audio books to hear all the words that were spoken. But I enjoyed the story that Dylan voiced for us.
We start exactly where the first book ends. Our characters moving on with the unknown that's about to happen to them.
POV is through a few different eyes: Erika, Commander Sturgis, Jack, Tex, and U'Vol. All are at different places and witnessing or experiencing different things in the world. Erika is taken with Ian, Dr. Randell, and Tex by the aliens. However, Tex is separated from them. Jack was rejected in the taking, and is left on land with Commander Lillian Sturgis, but Commander Sturgis is arrested and none know Jack is there. U'Vol is a new character for us, an alien of a different world. I have a feeling U'Vol will become more important in the next book, especially after the last chapter with him in this book.
Each character has an important rule to play in this book. Erika sees the side of what's being done to her and her friends and works to escape where they are. Tex is wanted by the aliens, Conexus, because of how he was created and could help them. He also gives us the view of what's happened and what the Conexus is and wants. Commander Sturgis only has a few sections, but she knows there is trouble coming and will do anything to protect the world, and her knowledge is needed. Jack is on Earth and working with new characters to save the one person he didn't think he'd ever want to see again, then to save the world. Then there is U'Vol. I won't say much of him as he's new and an interesting view into things to happen.
Where I felt the first book was similar to many alien stories, this one was more impressive. Sure there are some spots that are common, but the story here feels to move to a new level. There are interesting connections between where Erika, Ian, Dr. Randell, and Tex go to with the aliens and where we've been. Very interesting!
I can see small sparks of love starting through the story. The couple we originally thought would be together, could grow to learn they love others, finding the one that may fit. Or maybe not. I'm not sure how the love angle will work out in this series. They are still young after all.
The writing felt to ring home much better with me in this book. I really like the description as the story starts in Erika's POV. Wow. Well done. I feel this book has more emotion and depth to the characters than the first story. Living through these hard times and fighting to live and return home or save others has brought them all to a new level. This book felt more invested and better written to me.
The ending concludes the troubles the characters are in with this book. But, it doesn't bring us completely to an end and there are new complications to face. We will be waiting for book three to see where we end up and what happens next!
Whilst sci-fi is not my preferred genre, I was genuinely impressed at the extensive storyline in H.A.L.F The Makers Book Two, and I can thoroughly appreciate Natalie’s craft and passion for the written word. The excitement of the story, and indeed the likeable characters, she has created is immense and so obvious throughout this book.
Beginning with an intense opening scene, the reader is dragged onto an unknown alien spaceship, and kept in the dark with each of the hostages as the chilling action begins. Erika is the first character Natalie introduces us to and, for me personally, she remains the strongest and most captivating character throughout.
What is most impressive, and indeed surprising for such a genre, is the detailing of the intricate relationships between the characters in this second book. Each character is developed further in a series of smaller chapters varying between Erika, Sturgis, Jack and Tex. And, although the story is action packed, we still have enough time to get to know the personalities of each character and their connection, which makes for an all-round read. Considering this is the second book in the series, and I haven’t read any of the first book, this only serves to highlight what good characterisation skills Natalie possesses!
I was somewhat surprised to find that the H.A.L.F series is aimed at young adults because I would thoroughly recommend it for adult readers; particularly those who aren’t quite sci-fi fans but would like to get into this genre. Whilst it is indeed sci-fi based, with selective sci-fi speak to accompany it, it is an accessible read with enough description and in-depth story to keep a non-sci-fi reader hooked.
That’s not to say that the book is gentle, for Natalie certainly doesn’t shy away from the more graphic of scenes. But at the same time, she doesn’t try to dilute or water down the story and the result is a fluid and extremely compelling narrative.
The addition of a pronunciation and definition guide right at the beginning of this book was a little off-putting, and left me wondering what I was getting myself into, but in all honesty, there isn’t a need to keep referring back and forth to the guide for clarity and it merely serves as a useful addition, should the reader need it for the odd chapter or two.
A thrilling and greatly paced read, H.AL.F The Makers Book 2 is a thoroughly recommended sci-fi read for both Y/A and adult readers!
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