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Summary

An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

Molly Patel was only seven years old when the alien alliance known as the Covenant destroyed her homeworld and killed her family. As one of the few to escape the glassing of Paris IV, and despite the United Nations Space Command winning the war on behalf of humanity, Molly never forgot how much she had lost.

Nine years later, when her adoptive parents - research scientists specializing in ancient Forerunner technology - are called to the mysterious and wondrous place known as Onyx, Molly vehemently objects. It's not so much that Molly's concerned about relocating to inside a spherical construct the diameter of an entire solar system but the fact that she also has to live alongside members of the same alien species that murdered her family. And when the Servants of the Abiding Truth - a violent ex-Covenant sect under the guidance of the notorious Pale Blade - somehow makes its way inside this supposedly impregnable sphere, Molly is now forced to consider if she and her new parents have made a terrible and fatal mistake in coming here....

©2017 Matt Forbeck (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • ed
  • 16-08-18

terrific!

somehow managed to get the story of a normal teen in the halo universe! and implemented action and great halo lore! love it best book ever! please make a follow up story!

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civilian perspective in the halo universe

it's a good book it adds new perspectives to the halo universe. you get to see more about the grunts and the elites which is nice and the overall story is good. also great voice acting

its not on the level of the kilo five series but it's a good halo book none the less. recommended

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Amazing

How do they get it so good! Anticipating the next chapter. Cannot recommend it enough, nearly cried and leapt with joy at times, damn it, I wish I was a Spartan!

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slow<br />

unlike most other halo books this has taken a lot more to get into and only really gripped you coming towards the end of the book

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Amazing

An amazing continuation of the Halo narrative through the events of Halo 5, including the stories of Spartans Tom and Lucy and the Servants of the Abiding Truth. An uplifting look at the lives of civilians from both UNSC and Covenant following the end of the war.

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This story sees the return of favorite characters

we see some new and some old character's in this book. people from all over the HALO universe are put together. this book builds on the KILO5 serise and makes some good references

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A great return to Onyx and Civillian perspectives.

This book is a great listen. One of the first halo books with a good sense of humour that puts u following children as they try to get along with each other in multi-species school. With interesting lore into the Guardians from halo 5 this book has got something for everyone, especially after the death of Jul'Mdama in halo 5.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-17

Never thought I wouldn't like a halo novel

I was so excited to find out what happened to onyx and then the book starts out being told from the perspective of a little girl... That in itself isn't bothersome but it's the context that makes it so. This is a halo novel. It's about super soldiers, fighting badass alien, in the midst of a galaxy that was once run by a race of beings unfathomably, technologically advanced... if I'm hearing about children it better be a spartan. The story is SO fucking whiny. It's constantly focusing on the pitiful emotions of the children that are the main characters. When ever you do finally get a bit of action, it's short, disappointing, incredibly anti-climactic. There's a few pages at the end where you're FINALLY teased with the promise of upcoming Spartan badassery and the author than completely deflates what 8 games and 19 novels have spent over a decade building in that of the reputation, ability, and intelligence of the GODS that are Spartans, with a pathetic attempt at tantalizing story telling that is only KINDLY described as unimaginative, short, and just plain inconsistent when every other instance you've seen a spartan. He allows both Spartans so go down with barely a fight, which was sooo obviously done just so the author could have an excuse for the stupid little girl and her kid friends to swoop in and save the day. It seemed like I was reading one of those books that's meant to pander to children as it's audience. Putting them in situations that just would never happen and making them the heroes of scenarios that would so obviously be taken care of by the 100s of other specialized adults that are obviously trying to solve the same issue. It's was just sad. And it make me more sad to think that now any story on onyx is going to include this boring little brat and her Patric band of average ass kids -_-

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  • Ryan
  • 03-12-17

Not the best Halo book. Not the worst

Main protagonist isn't loveable nor are the friends of the protagonist. Character development is slow and then does an immediate 180 followed by a boring climax.

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  • Vicki
  • 05-09-18

Why?

I feel like this was a huge drop in quality compared to most of the other Halo novels. It felt like a teen novel (Twilight, etc.) in the Halo universe. This is disappointing since this continues the story for some of the characters from Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, one of the best novels from the series.

Scott Brick is the only person who gets a high rating, since his performance is consistent regardless of the book.

343i, we need better stories. The whole Cortana storyline from Halo 5 is not what the majority of fans want. Just saying.

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  • Proyce
  • 21-08-18

Better than I expected.

I am an insatiable Halo fan. Have read every book that's been released. When I came across this one, I was nervous initially, as many reviews I read were not particularly favorable of it. Now, if you're fresh off reading a book where the protagonist is a Spartan, then yeah you might not get into this book right out the gate. But this book's protagonist is a teenage girl. And it tries to portray the human-covenant war, and the post war events, through her eyes. And in that regard, I think that it did a very good job. The book is still 100% true to the halo style, and I enjoyed every second of it. Do not pass this one up, as it is among my favorites for the halo universe. Good story, good characters, good setup for more down the road. I'm excited to see where they can go with this start.

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  • david
  • 03-08-18

great story

great story, written in a way that is easy to follow, even if you are multitasking. Scott Brick can be confusing sometimes, some of his characters voices are too similar, but it didn't get too much in the way of the story.

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  • MamaJ
  • 27-07-18

Worth the read

Great preformance as always. The story is good, not as fast as some of the others but worth the read. while it is a good read, don't expect it to be as good as Onyx.

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  • Joshua Messer
  • 20-07-18

jaw-dropping awesome !!!!!

this book got action and meaning and a thrill.
I can't wait to see the next book.

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  • Char S.
  • 14-07-18

Great, but too much humanization.

I appreciate the story and the message, but there were a few moments such as an Unggoy actually crying with tears. There is only one species on Earth that cries with tears and its humans. I highly doubt any other species anywhere in the galaxy would do the same. There were a few other moments that felt similar. In addition it felt rushed towards the end of the novel there was a little bit too much deus ex machina towards the end to make the plot line up neatly. And too much explaining of what's going on and what to do by the characters. Still up until the end I really enjoyed it and thought it was well written... That was sort of a Hollywood ending though, and not in a good way.

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  • Scott H.
  • 10-07-18

melodramatic voices

narrator has a great voice, but I feel like he over acts some emotions. Story was for a younger audience, not bad.

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  • B. Bowman
  • 27-06-18

okay but not as rich a plotline

Decent book but not as good a storyline as many of the other books in this series