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Half Way Home [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Five hundred of us were sent to colonize this planet. Only fifty or so survived.

We woke up fifteen years too early, we had only half our training, and they expected us to not only survive ... they expected us to conquer this place.

The problem is: it isn't safe here.

We aren't even safe from each other.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481222961
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (17 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store -- and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!

Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn't writing, he's reading or taking a photograph.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent book that reads like a film 26 Sept. 2013
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This is a short book. I managed to finish it in a single sitting around the pool on holiday, with only a break for lunch. It's one of those books that keeps you turning the pages until you get to the end. It's a bit like watching a film inside your head. This isn't a sprawling plot with complicated twists and turns. It's very linear, but filled with lots of imagination and enough intrigue to keep you engaged.

The plot is similar to other stories that have come before it ("Lord of the Flies" springs to mind), but the author has put enough of his own stamp to make it unique and worthwhile. I found myself invested in the central characters and their plight and wanting to know more about the mysterious circumstances that triggered the events. However, some of the tricks-of-the-trade were a little obvious at times. There is a cliffhanger at the end of most chapters, for example, and it some of the plot progression was there to give me a guided tour of the world that the author has created.

I would argue that this is a solid book, well worth a recommendation. If you've just finished the Wool series, and are coming to this book expecting more of the same, then you may be disappointed. This is a different book with a equally different, but engaging, style of writing. Another home run from Mr Howey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I read this after reading the wool series and sand. I found the wool series brilliant, real page turners, I then read Sand and was left feeling let down so I decided to try Half Way home. It wasn't anywhere as good as the wool series but it was better than Sand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and very unthrilling 22 Oct. 2014
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I really really loved the Wool series and so was looking forward to reading this book. Felt very disappointed. IT was supposed to be written from a teenager's perspective but it didn't come across like this and I did not connect with any of the characters. Conversely, the book didn't have the depth or strong narrative pull of his wool series and I wondered if he had actually written this when he was a lot younger himself (and only decided to publish it after the success he has had). Perhaps the change of gear in the style of writing was supposed to make it more accessible to the younger market but I just found it lacked flow and lacked energy. I really didn't understand the whole sexual identity crisis of the main character. I felt this wasn't even interesting and just detracted from the story. The weird thing was that none of these teenagers seemed to even have sex - how unbelievable is that!!? I thought the premise was good and then it all went off in a very strange direction. I really did not get what was so exciting about big trees, caterpillar type animals and falling fruit.
**SPOILER HERE***And the idea of a creature that defecates gold was just laughable!
The beginning when the children were getting out of their "incubators" was the most exciting bit and it just went downhill after that. Sorry Hugh. I'll still try more of his work but think he should have left this one in the bin.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world away.. 7 Sept. 2012
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Half way home is set in the future, colonies of humans grown in lab conditions are sent out establish themselves on viable planets. The training in their assigned roles is taught to them as the sleep during the journey.

Those that land on non-viable are exterminated.

The ship lands prematurely and only half their education is complete - but the exterminations process starts leaving the main character Porter his friends Kelvin and Tarsi and the remaining survivors stranded. They try to set up as best they can.

The colony fractures and splinter groups escape the regimented daily tasks to explore. They come across different creatures good and bad and discover things about themselves and about life.

The plot drives the novel forward with engaging characters and imaginative scenes. Many issues are covered as the child-like adult survivors tackle their emotions with barely any experience of interacting with others.

Can they survive ? Is the planet too harsh to establish a colony ? Why was the abort process not fully completed ?

You can't second guess it ... you have to read it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good 16 July 2012
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This was quite an enjoyable read - an interesting take on how other worlds might be colonised, explained clearly and well. It is written in the first person, which I like, and well written. As the survivors are all teenagers, you can predict a 'Lord of the Flies' situation might be in the offing - and it does a little bit. But it is an AI in charge, so the degeneration of society isn't quite the same, and you are spared a repeat there.

It's a fairly 'contemplative' story, not so much action-adventure, and the description of the new world is kept simple. (not like your Neal Asher complex alien ecosystems). The story rolls along enough to keep you interested, but doesn't have the same grip as Wool by the same author does, and it perhaps meanders a bit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a decent enough read but more a sketch of a novel than a full-blown one. Nothing wrong with that, many slender novels can pack a punch but unfortunately this one doesn't and falls well short of the bar Howey has set for himself with Wool in particular.

The characters are paper thin and a bit contrived for example- it's almost a grade school roll call of political correctness, introducing a confused, gay main protagonist, vegetarians etc which is great and holds a lot of potential in a contemporary SF novel, but they come across more as cardboard cut-outs than real people. To be fair, I think this book is perhaps more aimed at the Young Adult market than the more 'mature' SF one, but all the same you can't help felling an opportunity is lost here as a very good premise never really gets off the ground in any substantial way- even the world the pioneers land on comes across as bland and dying on it's feet with boredom.

Having said that it was a pleasant enough, un-taxing read but I think Hugh needs to move up a gear. I'm sure he will and when he does, I'm certain there are plenty of SF classics in him. This one however I feel, will be filed away under 'the formative years.'
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor.
Trite and lacking depth or any real tension. Characters are all two dimensional and women are portrayed as mere weaklings. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Lazbing
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant -read all of them
Published 14 days ago by Mrs J.E-Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book by Hugh Howey
Yet another great book by Hugh Howey. I must have read everything he's written and I'm yet to be disappointed.
Published 16 days ago by NobelNigel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Typical out of the box thinking from this excellent author - An excellent read and highly recommened
Published 3 months ago by scifi-enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed it - wished there was a sequal
Published 4 months ago by J Winyard
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the story line
I engaged with Howey's Wool Trilogy and wanted to try more. For me this book was a good airport read.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book. Kept me interested until the end. Would have liken it to have been a little darker
Published 6 months ago by Keith O Brien
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting and written well, but a little mawkish and sentimental in...
The world is interesting, the concept unnerving and not beyond the realms of the possible. However the characters are more sketched than filled out, and the conclusion feels... Read more
Published 7 months ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Love Hugh Howeys books, really enjoyed half way home. Would be happy to read a follow up if he decided to do it.
Published 7 months ago by Pabs
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, not typical of what I'd normally read
This is a combination of dystopian and science fiction. Space craft carrying blastocysts are sent out to find inhabitable planets. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hullabaloo22
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