I like Halo, and (so far) I’ve liked nearly all the Halo books. Halo Contact Harvest
doesn’t star the most famous character in the games, Master Chief, but it is important for Halo fans because it features the first disastrous meeting between the humans and the Covenant forces.
The book begins with a mission going badly for Sergeant Johnson from the game series. He gets transferred to the colony planet Harvest where he’s supposed to train the locals in military tactics in order for them to protect themselves from insurgents. At the same time, the alien alliance known as the Covenant accidentally discover the human race on Harvest, and things get messy from that point. The story shows both sides of the conflict and provides a lot of great background to the Halo universe.
Halo Contact Harvest is tricky because it fools those only interested in reading books based on video games into reading really good science fiction. How dare they?! There’s strong character development and an exciting plot. I was shocked when I actually started to like the characters and have feelings for them. Instead of being one-dimensional cut-outs, they are multifaceted. In fact, I’m nearly offended that I was saddened at their losses and was happy at their triumphs. What the heck? How am I supposed to make jokes about it on this blog when it’s good? I signed on for a book based on a video game, not a really great science fiction read.
My brain hurts from reading this great book. I’ve got to find a book about Draculas now to dumb it down again.