- File Size: 528 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (January 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003QCIPGK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 protagonist is weak, and the story isn't about him growing stronger. He's weak at the beginning of the book, and he's weak at the end. I find it hard to believe that he survived the first day awake on this planet, much less that he lasted long enough to write the story (the book is written from the first-person perspective).
The protagonist is homosexual. I don't really care about that, except that the book is first-person. So as I'm reading this, trying to put myself in this guy's shoes, I just can't relate at all. His struggles with his homosexuality become a more prominent part of the book (and are completely unnecessary to the plot), and since I can't relate to that, then I find myself not caring much about his struggles with the foreign planet and hostile colony either.
I just took a break from writing this to look up Howey's bibliography, and it looks like Half Way Home is one of his earlier works. This makes a lot of sense, as I've read several of his more recent works, and they're much better written in every aspect. I don't think it's fair to judge the author (and his other work) by this one early book. A lot of reviews complain that this book has turned them off from science fiction altogether. That's a shame, and I'd bet that those reviewers might feel very differently after reading Howey's more recent work. I can highly recommend the Silo/Wool (of course), Sand, and Beacon 23 series.
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