Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund
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  • While my favorite parts were those from Master Chief's perspective, I found myself interested in the parts told from other character's positions, and never skimmed or skipped any of it
  • I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of science fiction or adventure, and I would especially recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Halo series

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      Eric Nylund’s novel “Halo: The Fall of Reach” serves as a prequel to most of the popular Microsoft series of Halo games, and runs parallel to the events in the recent release, “Halo: Reach.” In “The Fall of Reach,” Nylund allows readers to discover the history of the SPARTAN project, a top-secret program that created super soldiers capable of fighting off humanity’s latest and most deadly alien threat, the Covenant. Included in this novel is the iconic Halo character known as Master Chief, who goes on to be a major player throughout the Halo series. Master Chief, who starts in “The Fall of Reach” as a small boy named John. We see other important Halo characters at the earlier stages of their development, and this novel perfectly

      captures the futility of humanity’s battle with the powerful Covenant forces.

      The novel is conveniently split into parts that encompass the entire timeline of Reach’s SPARTAN-II operations, into its eventual destruction by the Covenant. These parts have clear divisions that often end on a cliffhanger, compelling the reader to keep going rather than stop at each division. Nylund does not skip any details, doing an excellent job capturing the confusion and pain felt by the young children conscripted into Doctor Halsey’s new step in the SPARTAN soldier augmentation program. For the most part, the novel centers on Master Chief, from his childhood to his first steps towards the mythical planet Halo (where the first Halo game takes place), with some intermediate chapters in the perspective of other characters such ...


      • as commanding officers, doctors, and a few important soldiers. By capturing the tale from all angles, but positioning the interest on one particular character, Nylund keeps the reader both informed and engaged. While my favorite parts were those from Master Chief’s perspective, I found myself interested in the parts told from other character’s positions, and never skimmed or skipped any of it.

        Nylund makes very few grammatical or plot errors, making this a smooth read. He carefully uses different ways of speech between different characters, so that the tone is varied and more realistic. Even more enjoyable is the pace of the book - I had trouble setting it down at any point, since new events and sinister plots seem to constantly be unfolding around the

        characters without pause. When I reached the end, I had to go out and get the first Halo game (I had not played any games from the series until after reading “The Fall of Reach”). The end is open, driving the reader to want to pick up the game afterwards and continue the journey of Master Chief, who the reader will remember as a little boy once called John.

        I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of science fiction or adventure, and I would especially recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Halo series. Nylund does the games great justice, and goes beyond the plot of the games into a dark and exciting world it is easy to lose oneself in.




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