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Halo Evolutions - Essential Review

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WARNING: This review contains spoilers, and will be imprecise with descriptions of the stories in a way that if you have read them, you will know exactly what I'm talking about. Naturally, this review is also biased.


Halo Evolutions was released on November 24th, 2009. At the time of the writing of this article, it is January 9th, 2010. It's time for a proper, formal, Halopedian review.

I would definitely like to read your opinions of this review and the stories in this excellent Halo book. I, like most of you, cannot wait for the Forerunner Trilogy!

Note: This review does not cover all of the content in Halo Evolutions. Also, two of the longest and most detailed stories don't have articles of their own for some strange reason.

Pariah

Pariah was a very bad story to start off Halo Evolutions, as it seemed more like a stupid Disney fairytale than a Halo short story.

Rating: 3/5

Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss

Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss simply reinforced my disgust and hatred of Brutes and fanatical religion, as well as fanatical, homicidal religious leaders. The end made me very angry.

Rating: 3/5

Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian

Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian is a dreadfully interesting story... but not that interesting. It's too far-fetched and light-hearted about certain... topics. The witty end is worth it, but the death of most of the protagonists in Halo Evolutions gets very depressing after a while.

Rating: 3.5/5

Dirt

Note: An article of this story must be written.

Dirt resonates with a kind of sadness that I cannot explain. A kind of regret that no words, let alone mine, can fully explain. This story is one of the most beautiful stories in Halo Evolutions', and is definitely worth a read.

Rating: 5/5

Headhunters

Headhunters is a cool Spartan-III action story which is a distraction from all of the depressing stuff that comes before (and after). The deaths of the two protagonists pissed me off, but it is war with a genocidal alien fellowship, so what can you do?

Rating: 4/5

Blunt Instruments

Blunt Instruments is a refreshingly witty, suspenseful, and enjoyable story. I've always liked female Spartans in control, so this was a bonus for me. I've also always been interested in Drones, and getting a some information on their personalities, relationship with other Covenant species, and defects is great for me.

Rating: 4.5/5

The Mona Lisa

Note: An article of this story must be written.

The Mona Lisa is the pie of Halo Evolutions. It is so deliciously sweet and easy to digest... ironically, the exact opposite of the dark Flood setting. I've always wanted a post-Installation 04 disaster story (other than The Arbiter and The Oracle) so this is a dream come true. Henry is probably the best character, he seems so much like a huggable cuddly Elite.

Rating: 5/5

Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel is a boring, redundant, sickeningly dreadful story based on John-117. If Eric Nylund had written it, and if it had followed the story of Halo 2 even a bit, it would have been great. Unfortunately, this was not the case, so...

Rating: 1/5

Human Weakness

Human Weakness is a rather dull story, not telling us anything we didn't know, and not really expanding on any valuable information. It isn't that well written, and the characterization is rather dull.

Rating: 2.5/5

The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole

The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole is the best story in Halo Evolutions; and no wonder; it was written by Eric Nylund. This story alone was worth the price of the book. Admiral Cole kind of reminded me of Captain Jacob Keyes in a way. This story draws you in emotionally, and makes you cry out for the character of Admiral Cole. I personally think he died, mostly because I don't like to think of the hero of the UNSC forming his own rebel alliance and living outside of the law.

Rating: 6/5

The Return

The Return is probably the most moving story in this book. The story of the Elite Ship Master reflecting on the past, his victories, his failures, and his great regret for the murders he committed. This story is a great conclusion to Halo Evolutions and is a nice transition to the Sangheili point of view. It also provides valuable information as to the Sangheili's position after the Human-Covenant war.

Rating: 5/5


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