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Half Way Home by [Howey, Hugh]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (17 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QCIPGK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Thoroughly enjoy, I always think the measure of a book story is the reader's desire to know what happens next when the story ends - and I have found myself thinking about the story many times now I have finished it, wondering just that! I am not entirely convinced by the argument that is the spark of the story but once the characters are confronted by their new world, I found this fascinating and intriguing. A great read.
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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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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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In 20 words I have to find a way of describing this book.
It's not anywhere near as good as Wool - although the premise is fairly similar. Anyway - I hated it. You might not.
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The best of Hugh Howeys story's I have read so far. Hope there is a sequel, looking forward to reading the next Hugh Howdy book.
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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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By Charlie Rodgers VINE VOICE on 18 July 2014
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The premise of Half Way Home is fantastic - a colonisation effort gone spectacularly wrong winds up with fifty teenagers trying to colonise a new planet as opposed to five hundred well-trained adults.

Things I loved about it: the narrator (an empathetic young man struggling with his sexuality). he is flawed and confused and makes mistakes and is extremely relatable. I loved the action, too - the first third of the book starts to feel a bit Lord of the Flies, and it was great to move away from that and into exploration /mystery solving mode. I also liked the method used to keep the characters' values current - by cutting off their training halfway through the twentieth century they remain more relatable.

the thing I didn't like was that at times it felt like a pro-life screed. I have no idea if that was the author's intention, but with the emphasis on the term used to cancel a colonisation effort ('abort') and the discussion of potential lives snuffed out, that's the territory is strayed into for me. it is also pretty short and simple, and outside the main characters, characterisation is fairly flat and, in places, outright ridiculous (oliver was particularly odd). there is a note at the end that this book was written for nanowrimo, and I wasn't surprised.

still, those issues aside I *did* like it. if you're a fan of howey I'd definitely give it a shot.
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