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- File Size: 528 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
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- Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (17 Jan. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B003QCIPGK
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- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.'
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.
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.
It's not anywhere near as good as Wool - although the premise is fairly similar. Anyway - I hated it. You might not.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Interesting premise, well written, and very enjoyable. Recommend to fans of Hugh Howey's other books and to fans of science fiction in general.Published 5 months ago by Bob S
Hugh Howey is a master storyteller, well imo. Everything he seems to write turns to gold and Halfway Home is no exception. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs Rebecca Carter
Becoming a big fan of Hugh Howey - have enjoyed the Wool trilogy, Sand and now this - it doesn't disappoint!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Still trying to work out what was the point of this story..started off well with the vats/the awakening etc but then descended into something quite childlike .. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mrs s mchugh
It was alright. Not my favourite book by Hugh Howey. If you want something short and easy going then this would be perfect.Published 10 months ago by mrsclaura
I like Hugh Howey as a writer and I thought the plot for this book promised a great read but as soon as the action started the book was at its end. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ian C
Found it pretty tedious, if I'm honest. The premise is interesting but the main character is flat, as is the overall story. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jo Patrick
Half Way House was far from difficult to read and was entertaining to a point. It's most glaring weakness is the story line's similarity to "Alien" - an artificial... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Bill
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