Halo: Glasslands - Karen Traviss

Halo: Glasslands

By Karen Traviss

  • Release Date: 2011-10-25
  • Book Genre: Adventure
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 603 Ratings)
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Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss

The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection. Meanwhile, the Arbiter, the defector turned leader of a broken Covenant, struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.

Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died on Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartans, and now she's broken some more to save them. Marooned with Chief Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, she finds that the shield world has been guarding an ancient secret—a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind.

As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity's violent past begins to catch up with all of them as disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth, and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone's loyalty to the limit.
Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss is thrilling, action-packed science fiction that longtime Halo fans and newcomers alike will enjoy.

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Book Reviews

  • Honest Review

    4
    By sookasin
    First things first; I highly recommend this book and trilogy. The book was written very well. The idea of a future Cold War between the Sangheili and the human race was written very well as well. There were great character developments and you start some of the story behind Jul 'Mdama. (this is explored even more in the rest of the trilogy) there were some story arcs which could have been expounded on a bit more to help the book be even better than it was, such as Venezia, though this is expounded in the later books. It was great seeing what happened to Halsey and all the Spartans on Onyx. Philips is an especially interesting character and it's interesting to see Naomi and her feelings towards Halsey fluctuate between a motherly character and someone who kidnapped her. My biggest problem with this book is how much the author used it to try to rant her personal vendetta against Halsey. Normally this would be fine, but it happens about every two or three pages in excruciating detail. We all get that kid napping six year-olds and turning them into super soldiers is wrong, but sometime the ends justify the means.there are ways to show you hate Halsey without doing it how the author did.
  • A good book!

    5
    By Commander Black Ops
    The book is good and I think that it is set between the events of Halo 3 and 4 picks up where Ghosts of Onyx left off
  • Human to alien interactions

    5
    By Thefourtht6
    I thought this book was great! You take a peak into the life's of the sangheilli (Elites) and their homeworld. Next time you blow one away with a rocket in halo, you think about it a bit more. If you're a halo fan, this is a must read. Great details on questions left unanswered as you play the games.
  • A Good Start

    5
    By Roy, you know?
    While this book is certainly not the absolute best of the Halo series, it makes a great beginning to the "Kilo-Five Trilogy". Not only did it wonderfully introduce me to the ONI squad of Kilo-Five, but it took it's time to make me truly invested in those characters. At the end, I was really hoping that (*SPOILER*) would survive to the next book. If you are a person who has read "Halo: Ghosts of Onyx" and wanted to know what happened to Halsey, Mendez, and the Spartans, then you're in luck. I guess you could technically call this a sequel to "Ghosts of Onyx", as it does tell their story alongside the Kilo-Five story. The author even connects both stories near the end of the book. There is also a Sangheili story which really sheds more light on the species' culture and Jul 'Mdama's origin story (Jul is an enemy in Halo 4). This story and the all the others are very well written and very well paced. The only thing I don't like is the amount of hate Halsey gets in the book. I don't care if she kidnapped a bunch of kids, she's my favorite character gosh dang it!
  • Terrible Author

    1
    By ConCon77
    Hand waves away grounded physical principals of the Halo universe to suit her own needs. Rewrites the universe to cater to her snowflake characters and their world view.
  • Not worth it

    2
    By Asdfh68438742GRIM
    you liked the first two books, you'll enjoy this one. Personally I think they are incredibly slow, with somewhat flat characters with very little in the way of a conclusion to any of the story. The entire trilogy could easily be compressed into half a novel. Which is disappointing because it's a unique setting. I know Eric nylund isn't coming back, but that was the last time halo novels were worth reading. Even if I'm in the minority; not worth the time or money.
  • Bacon
    5
    By InnocentWeapon
    This leaves me wanting to read the next book more badly than I want to eat bacon.

  • A good novel

    5
    By Futurenaut
    This novel may seem slow to some readers, but that's only because it's the first book in the Trilogy, more action will come in the second book. The Eric Nylund fans need to stop their complaining, and just enjoy a good book, that wasn't made by Nylund, it was a good read, and I recommend getting the book.
  • Great Read for the Battle Fatigued

    5
    By Pleistocene Drum
    If found KT's explorations into the Halo characters quite fascinating. Her approach was indeed unique from the other authors. I reveled in the minute details of each character including Vaz's tapping heal while going on a mission to BB's quirky off-color remarks to the ever fascinating Phillips. I could smell their sweat through the pages. We finally got under the MJOLNIR armor to see what makes Spartans tick. Instead of being cardboard cutouts they were all a rainbow of personalities with their own strengths and flaws. I did find at times the breakdown of military protocol in the ONI a bit suspect. But it didn't distract from the interesting story. Halsey proved to be the most flawed and disappointing individual. After reading every Halo book published so far, I found this one to be well worth the read. It opens a whole dimension of the Halo Universe like no other Halo book has. Being set in a post war time, it was a relief from the constant battles of previous books. I'm ready to read KT's next book because I gotta know what happens to Phillips. As I was getting a bit battle fatigued, this was a great journey into personalities. Now I'll be rested up for the Forerunner onslaught in the coming Halo 4 game video.
  • It's a great book but

    4
    By PerryTheBerry
    This is an amazing book I loved it after the book Halo ghost of oynx I really wanted to know what happened next and I know this book was not made to follow ghost of onyx it did give info that helped put my mind to rest only to end with a huge cliff hanger the only downfall to this book it elements made by other books before this book got rid of an example Lucy can talk and the book ghost of oynx said she would never talk again to go against what the earlier book said made me a little angry other then that this is an amazing book but because of going against the other books that is what made this book a four star and not a five

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