Halo: Primordium by Greg Bear

Halo: Primordium

By Greg Bear

  • Release Date: 2012-01-03
  • Category: Adventure
4 Score: 4 (From 319 Ratings)

Brief Description

The second in a new series of three HALO novels, Greg Bear's Halo: Primordium dives back into the Forerunner saga.

A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.

Since then, I've traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies--a greater reach than any human before me.

You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I'll be able to finish the story.

Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans--Chakas and Riser--are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed.

Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end--a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian's tampering with human destiny.

This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.

Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder's cruel researches into the Flood--which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than ten thousand years before.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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Customer reviews

  • Worth it for the final 100 pages

    By 189067110
    It has taken me almost a year to read this book (9 months and 27 days to be exact). Initially it is very slow, very repetitive and almost painful to read, but if you're a true fan of the Halo universe it is a must read. I'm happy to report that the final 100 pages (out of 580 with the formatting I use on iBooks) are worth it. It gives a lot of information that makes much of the Universe together - I'm glad I finished it before Halo 4's release. 1* for the first 480 pages, 5* for the final 100!
  • So-so

    By xXIronSmokeXx
    Very hard to stay interested (especially after cryptum) with very little going on at times, kinda dry. Definetly not a good sequel but brings you from cryptum to the present day Halo series.
  • Far from Bear's best work - for the most hardcore fans only

    By PJjr
    I found this work to be very disappointing after the comparatively delightful Halo: Cryptum. I am both a huge fan of the Halo games and canon, and of Bear's collective works. But after struggling through this book and reading several plot summaries I am still at a loss as to the point of the story other than some confusing context regarding the flood, the Primordial, and the subplot behind Installation 7 - none of which is resolved with anything approaching clarity by the end. Character development is thin and the flow is choppy. The book is loaded with irrelevant filler content, and Bear's usual eloquence is almost completely absent. It was as if he kept a thesaurus at close hand to throw in the occasional fancy word to give the impression of thoughtful writing. I will no doubt read the 3rd book in this series but if $12 is a lot of money for you then do yourself a favor and read the plot summary on a few of the wikis - you will learn almost nothing more about the details of the halo universe by reading the details of this book.
  • Book review

    By Fantasyraver
    Short and simple this was the most boring halo book there is BUT the ending and little twist makes it worth the time to read it.
  • Great book

    By Rolando Aguilar
    I can see how it goes along with halo 4
  • Slow Starter

    By Unicorn Mega
    The book took a long time to get rolling, about 10-12 chapters, and even then it was slow. But, it definitely ramped up and began to give insight into what "really" happened to the forerunners and what the flood really is. Nevertheless, your left thirsting for more info.
  • Was a big Cryptum fan

    But seriously, I can't stand reading about hiking on a Halo forever. I'm not finished and I'm seriously almost fed up with it. I find myself trying to skip the endless pages and pages of descriptions of what the land looks like and how hungry they are
  • Pretty good.

    By Andrew7417
    Ok the book is slow in the beginning but it does pick up mid way through. Personally I enjoyed the first book and this book. I also recommend "halo: glasslands" the first book in the post war series. That book picked up right from the end of ghost of onyx and I have to say it was one of the best halo books I have read.
  • Quit reading before the end

    By StrikerKam
    Really bad book. Very slow and confusing. The author introduces events that distract the story, which is difficult to stick with. I'm on page 240 of 290 total and I'm done reading it. It's terrible. I'm a huge Halo Universe fan and I can't suffer through another page. I'm not sure this book belongs after the first one (also bad, but I'm a fan), let alone the Halo Universe at all. Honestly why are we taken through days of wandering, why are we ignoring the interesting characters, why are there almost no historical facts that build a timeline until page 200. Enough with the Primordial he's no longer interesting. Enough with this series. From now on when I read halo books or play the games I'm mentally omitting anything introduced by this book and author.
  • Boring

    By Spiderjerusalem911
    Most of the book is a really uninteresting and somewhat difficult to follow story about walking across a Halo. I was really hoping for more insight into Forerunner culture or the Halo universe. But the fraction of the book that deals with that is somewhat entertaining. The author's way of describing most of the alien settings leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, I kind of wish I'd of waited for it to get cheaper before buying.