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HALO: Primordium

HALO, Book 8
By: Greg Bear
Narrated by: Timothy Dadabo
Series: Halo, Book 9
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

The second novel of the Forerunner Saga trilogy by science-fiction legend Greg Bear - set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

One hundred thousand years ago. In the wake of the apparent self-destruction of the alien Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Forerunner known as the Master Builder and then misplaced during a furious battle in space, Chakas and Riser now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky and humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. They have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of Responsibility to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo ringworld in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and the reason for the Forerunner Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. Their travels will take them into the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence - known as “the Captive” by Forerunners and “the Primordial” by ancient human warriors, this being may not only control the fate of Chakas, Riser, and the rest of humanity, but of all sentient life across the galaxy....

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  • 06-07-20

Much slower than Cryptum

Primordium feels like an exposition dump for the Halo universe wrapped in a mediocre story.

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Awesomesauce

Excellent exploration onto Halo Lore and depictions of the forerunners, ancient humans and nature of the flood. I especially loved that Tim Dadabo (the Halo series's voice actor for 342 Quilty Spark) was chosen to read this. As a die hard Halo fan, this touch was so immersive and very welcomed. 1000% would reccomend.

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Drags, but worth it by the end.

loved it by the end, but for most of the way it really felt like it was dragging and was quite different from book 1, looking forward to the final chapter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-19

mind blown again!!!!

once again my questions are answered but now I have more questions which I'm sure will be answered in the next book!!!

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  • Gannon Prather
  • 05-08-20

Can't stand the characters.

The characters were bearable as side characters in Cryptum, but an entire book about them got old, and uninteresting very quickly. I made it about halfway, and can't bring myself to finish.

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  • Nicholas
  • 08-05-20

Another Great Addition!<br />

im loving my journey into the extended universe for Halo. it's been a blast every step of the way!

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  • Eric Childs
  • 09-04-20

Very insightful

I love these Halo lore books. honestly, they just keep getting better and better (except, unfortunately, for one narrator who likes to whisper)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-20

bruh

last couple chapters gave me chills. well done. you choose in reader was perfect. I love it.

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  • Nicholas
  • 30-12-19

Caught in the crossfire. Who's the Guilty Spark?

Marooned on a planet sized weapon, Chakas watches his world burn. His final fate approaches...

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  • Kyungsun Orr
  • 17-12-19

So slow!

The author told the story from the point of view of someone who didn't know what was going on. I didn't know what was going on either more than half the time. The first book was much better.

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  • Dawn G.
  • 27-09-19

A lengthy but intriguing story

Was a bit annoyed initially at what seemed like a dragged out introduction at the beginning of the story, but worth the read for the interesting revelations that do eventually unfold.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-09-19

4.5

Great performance, not as good as the first in the trilogy though.. hard to follow at points

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-19

Can people review?

Read the reviews on this book and if I had followed them I would have missed out on some good story. This book mainly covers the humans and their ancestor. Finding out their side was awesome.