Friday, 3 April 2015

SCIENCE FICTION VIDEO GAME TIE-IN: Halo: Broken Circle - John Shirley

Release Date: 04/11/14
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster


Humanity has been forced to the brink of extinction. Even as we take our first steps into space, civil strife, the enigmatic legacy of an ancient civilization, and a fanatical covenant of alien races each threaten to destroy us. All eyes turn to the Spartan super-soldiers to save us, and in particular to their symbol and leader, Master Chief John-117. Once a legendary instrument of death, he has now become an unlikely symbol of hope.If we can emerge from the chaos of war and reclaim the ancient mantle of stewardship over a troubled galaxy, we may find the secret to our ultimate evolution.


I don’t know if I’m getting bored with the Halo titles or if they seem to be failing more and more for me as a reader but this latest release was something that was more than flat. It relies on people being fans of the series with two dimensional characters that feel more phantom than anyone you’d want to spend time with.

The overall arc is sadly lacking and at the end of the day, when you really don’t care about either the players or wondering what the hell the plots up to then it is perhaps time to let it go.

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