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The second novel of the Forerunner Saga trilogy by science-fiction legend Greg Bear - set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

One hundred thousand years ago. In the wake of the apparent self-destruction of the alien Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Forerunner known as the Master Builder and then misplaced during a furious battle in space, Chakas and Riser now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky and humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. They have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of Responsibility to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo ringworld in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and the reason for the Forerunner Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. Their travels will take them into the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence - known as “the Captive” by Forerunners and “the Primordial” by ancient human warriors, this being may not only control the fate of Chakas, Riser, and the rest of humanity, but of all sentient life across the galaxy....

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Slow and boring

The entire first part of this book pretty much repeats the what had happened in halo cryptum no real new information is given. Thereafter we follow three humans walk across a halo for the better part of 3 hrs and nothing happens until the final chapters of the book.

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They shouldn't have changed the narrator from the first book it is jarring to listen too when you listen to the trilogy in order and the first narrator was better in my opinion.

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GREAT BOOK

one of the best books out, it was very engaging and the ending took my by surprise.

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Pedantic

hours is sections of landscaping which has no bearing on the story. Drudgery.
Characters are a little silly, Riser, the 10,000 year old 12 year old boy. I think I'm going to get a refund on this one.

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  • DEMOND WASHINGTON
  • 08-02-2019

mind blown again!!!!

once again my questions are answered but now I have more questions which I'm sure will be answered in the next book!!!

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  • Gannon Prather
  • 05-08-2020

Can't stand the characters.

The characters were bearable as side characters in Cryptum, but an entire book about them got old, and uninteresting very quickly. I made it about halfway, and can't bring myself to finish.

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  • Bryson Robbins
  • 13-07-2019

get back to master chief please!

lots of confusing, boring moments with no real sense put into them. few but some moments of greatness. overall wish I could have skipped this book, or at least read an overview of key points needing to understand for next books.

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  • Jacob Beaver
  • 30-08-2021

Maddeningly morning until the actual plot starts

What story occurs is good and adds to the world immensely. The problem is that all that actual story occurs in the last quarter of the book. I’m all for slow burn exposition heavy novels. I love inferring story on my own and very detailed drawn out world building. This however is taking it to the extreme. For well over half the book nothing plot productive happens. Actually nothing much happens at all. I feel like the author knew what he wanted to establish for the third book but let this one fall to the way side.

The plot that does happen is good. The narration is well done by a series veteran.

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  • J. Higgs
  • 27-08-2021

Great! But….

I felt that parts of the story were a bit slow, unnecessary and even bland. It felt like it took a long time to wrap up things and understand what was going on. However all of that aside, the story is still very good with the ending once again mind blowing and leaving you wanting the third book. Narration while different than the first book was excellent and so well done.

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  • austin
  • 07-07-2021

I wish every Halo book had this narrator

Overall better than the first forerunner book, but that wasn't a high bar to clear. Litte bits of interesting lore sprinkled into the story and the awesome narration saved it honestly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-2021

good book

loved it from beginning to end! the reader was just ok in my opinion.

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  • Charlie Silva
  • 27-04-2021

Tim Dadabo carries this audiobook

It’s been a while since i listened to this but I do remember being dreadfully bored during this. 75% of the book is narrative aimless wandering and the action is very hard to follow. Events seem jumbled with poor pacing, but the performance of Tim Dadabo made me carry on with it, he really does make it a bit more interesting.

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  • Bo Jangles
  • 08-04-2021

Love this trilogy

This was a great book. Absolutely loved hearing about Installation07. Did not want to put this one down either. Great read/listen! Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-2021

God tier narration

Original Halo voice actor, for maximum immersion! Reveals a ton of mysteries, and drastic character development

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  • K
  • 06-07-2020

Much slower than Cryptum

Primordium feels like an exposition dump for the Halo universe wrapped in a mediocre story.

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  • Robert Gower
  • 28-04-2021

Wait until the end for a wonderfully nerdy surprise!!

What a wonderfully well narrated story! It’s so nice when these audiobooks are narrated by one of the voice artists from the game series!

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 01-09-2020

edge of seat story

a brilliant edge of seat storyline that keeps you engaged the whole time, whilst wetting your appetite for the third installment of the trilogy

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  • Nathan O'Connor
  • 21-08-2020

Just confusion.

This book tells the history of the forerunners in the most incorrect and most boring irrelevant way possible. Unremarkably boring characters, boring exposition, just insufferable over information and I was completely lost for most of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-2020

Awesomesauce

Excellent exploration onto Halo Lore and depictions of the forerunners, ancient humans and nature of the flood. I especially loved that Tim Dadabo (the Halo series's voice actor for 342 Quilty Spark) was chosen to read this. As a die hard Halo fan, this touch was so immersive and very welcomed. 1000% would reccomend.

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  • Daniel
  • 24-07-2019

Drags, but worth it by the end.

loved it by the end, but for most of the way it really felt like it was dragging and was quite different from book 1, looking forward to the final chapter.

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