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2.0 out of 5 stars A big drop in quality, 30 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Halo: Primordium: Book Two of the Forerunner Trilogy (Forerunner 2) (Paperback)
This book was a real disappointment. The first of this trilogy, Cryptum, provided the promised revelations about the Forerunner and the history of the Halo universe, but managed to fit that around an engaging and exciting story.

Primordium totally fails at this. For the first 60% of the book, almost nothing happens. It's just characters the reader has been given no reason to care about walking and talking through a deserted landscape. Once the action picks up a bit in the second half, the writing style is incredibly stilted and confusing and makes it very difficult to follow what is happening.

For Halo addicts that want to know more about the lore of the setting there are plenty of revelations here, but they are written in a maddeningly ambiguous fashion. Nothing is answered clearly, and it is very difficult to tell where the author is being deliberately coy and where the ambiguity is coming purely from poor writing.

I am still curious enough to finish the trilogy, but I hope Greg Bear remembers to include a story alongside the world-building next time.
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2012 18:20:04 GMT
Jp Wedgery says:
I agree, after the first instalment this was very disappointing. Kept going hoping for it to pick up but finished the book feeling very let down. Like you say will finish the trilogy but not waiting with bated breath like i was for this one...

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 22:47:24 GMT
Antred says:
Well at last someone else who seems to understand the huge disappointment that this book represents. It was soooooo boring for most of it and far to discriptive on useless enviroment details that just got on my nerves so much. The story was just so hard to follow. I'm finding all the recent Halo book releases to be a huge let down. Cryptum was OK but Glasslands was trash and this not much better.
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