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This review is from: Glasslands (Halo (Tor Hardcover)) (Hardcover)I dunno if it is too harsh but that's EXACTLY how I feel, upon having read the novel more than once. In retrospect, there's nothing wrong with the writing itself since Karen, as usual, delivers on that front; The issue is with the writing FOR the characters themselves.
I don't want to delve into spoiler land or anything but suffice to say, there's this paradox feeling overall, concerning how some of the characters and rivalries are depicted; One of the characters, in particular, apparently deserves to be compared to real life historical figures, such as Stalin, Mengele or even Hitler I think, while others, who were ALSO responsable for the atrocities(?!) they accuse the former of, receive a free pass. Again, the mind boggles to say the least... I actually doubt there's a SINGLE individual who read the Fall of Reach, by Nylund, who won't find repulsive that one of the human baddies in said novel is all of the sudden considered a big time war HE-RO.
I'm still a fan of Karen Traviss, having also read the Gears Of War and Republic Commando novels but her treament of the Halo universe feels like a massive disappointment, especially after everything Greg Bear has done with the Forerunner Saga. If you're a fan, I still recommend it but if you read the previous novels by Nylund, prepare to either skip a lot of stuff or just cope and learn to stomach it.