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HALO: Battle Born

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HALO: Battle Born

Cassandra Clarke has written many books for young adults and teenagers and is most noted for her book titled OUR LADY OF THE ICE and her series called The Assassin’s Curse. Her most recent book is HALO: Battle Born; books similar to this one include HALO: The Flood by William Dietz and HALO: Last Light by Troy Denning. All of the books that have “Halo” are each somewhat based off the video game series called Halo. 

In this thrilling book, four teenagers unite together in an attempt to save themselves, their home and everyone they love. Saskia, Dorian, Evie and Victor hail from a small town in their colony world of Meridian where nothing ever happens. Each one of these teenagers has their own goals and dreams which they wish to achieve. Then one night everything disappears in an instant when their small town becomes held siege by the alien allegiance called COVENANT. This is the same alien allegiance that had attacked Meridian before several decades ago. Evie and Victor happened to be in the woods working on a project when the attack happened and were unable to reach the underground shelters. As a result, they were forced to go into hiding in the woods where they encountered Saskia and Dorian.

"A page-turner that always had me wondering what would happen next….if you are a fan of the video game series Halo you are sure to enjoy this book just as much."

Saskia lives away from all other people in a fortified mansion and Dorian washed up on shore after an attack at sea. With no means of communicating with the other survivors, together Saskia, Dorian, Evie and Victor unite in an attempt to save themselves and families from their alien enemies. As the story progresses the weather is miserable and is a straight downpour causing flooding in the underground shelters where the survivors were. Regardless of all this, the four teenagers come upon a very important game changer, a Spartan soldier by the name of Owen. Together they go off trying to find out what Covenant wants from their town, and how to save their families and fellow townspeople. By placing each other’s lives and trust in the hands of each other, this group proves to be more than what they seem and set off to try and accomplish what they deem impossible.

 

This book was a pleasure to read because it was a page-turner that always had me wondering what would happen next. All in all, everything flowed smoothly and the transitions of the narrations of Saskia, Dorian, Evie and Victor from chapter to chapter were smooth. In the midst of all the good things about this book, one flaw should be noted. Clarke, the author, had a tendency to give information that was not necessary to the story. However, it should be noted that you must read this book with a keen eye otherwise you may miss a few important details.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science fiction and action books. Also if you are a fan of the video game series Halo you are sure to enjoy this book just as much. In my opinion, this book combined Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings series together and ended up making something more modern. Therefore it’s fair for me to say that HALO: Battle Born is one of the better books I have read recently. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Reviewed by Ian R., Teen Board Member on January 16, 2019

HALO: Battle Born
by Cassandra Rose Clarke