Sunday, November 29, 2009
I really enjoyed Halo: Evolutions... but having said that...
The whole book is a huge downer. Everyone gets wasted, betrayed, condemned, or made redundant. This book and the Halo Encyclopedia both paint a picture of the post-Halo 3 universe being just as volatile and conflict ridden in what seems to be a blatant set up for future titles, going so far as to even hint at certain characters involvement and possible plot points.
Don't go reading this looking for happy endings. This isn't 'saving the world by the skin of your teeth' stuff, this is 'sacrificing yourself for little or no gain' stuff.
This isn't to say that it isn't enjoyable, or well written.
But it is an emotional slog the the trenches. In particular the first story, Pariah, about a SPARTAN II recruit called Soren, was very powerful.
The book is held back from greatness, I feel, by neglecting the humour and the tales of victory against the odds that make Halo great.
If I want grim dark I'll read Warhammer 40,000.