Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halo: The Thursday War Review

This week I decided to review Halo: The Thursday War by Karen Traviss. The book is the second in a trilogy, and focuses on a covert ops team whom has been assigned to spark a civil war among the remnants of the Covenant, and keep it going as long as possible, and the efforts to excavate and utilize a newly discovered Forerunner and tech stockpile. When the book opens the civil war is just about o start but a civilian member of the team is trapped on the world in question. He ends up discovering A larger Forerunner installation hidden within Forerunner ruins the Covenant had discovered long ago and flees into this installation to avoid being caught in the war while the rest of his team is trying to rescue him. Meanwhile back on the Forerunner shield world of Onyx efforts to adapt Forerunner technology to a human warship are gong brilliantly eventually leading to the first so equipped warship being deployed to aid the covert ops team. Also the team has to struggle with personal matters linked to the rumored return of the independence movement within the Human colonies.     
I give this book 5.5 out of 10.It isn’t a bad book but the author’s habit of developing a point of view on issues within a setting and ignoring or glossing over parts of previous works which disagree with her opinion is unfortunately present. While not as bad as in many of her previous works that I’ve read it still knocks the book down a couple of points. Also the combat scenes aren’t as well done as in most earlier Halo novels, and despite the talk of the rekindling of the Anti-UN colonial independence forces since the beginning of the trilogy they have yet to do anything of significance during the trilogy, in my opinion.

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