My fourth novel this year. I'm catching up. It will also be the last Halo book for a while.
Halo Cryptum is part one of the Forerunner trilogy, a promising prequel to the Halo universe.
Bear creates a universe where humans and Forerunners co-existed and fought each other. The human race bumped into the Forerunners as they were reaching out, fleeing the Flood. The conflict ended badly for the human race as it was reduced to a segregated and primitive state by the Forerunners.
We learn this story through the eyes and ears of Bornstellar, a young forerunner, a Manipular, who is restlessly driven to Erde-Tyrenne where he opens the Cryptum of the Didact a member of the Promethean Warrior class. Gradually the manipulations of the Librarian are revealed, a Lifeshaper and wife of the Didact who tries to stop the threat of the Flood and the answer the Builder class created: the Halo installation.
Bear tells us the story of the the Forerunners, a caste based society, who are ruled by the Mantle, a belief system which tasks them with the plight to protect and promote life. As a result the Forerunners believe to be above other races, even to such an extent that they will stop others to rise on their own merits.
Will this Forerunner Order withstand the Floods Chaos?
written by Greg Bear
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January 2012. I solemnly promise myself to read at least one book per month. It doesn't really matter what, as long as I r.e.a.d!