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100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings.
But one species--eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge--achieved dominance.
They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness.
They were the Forerunners--the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe's Living Time.
And then they vanished.
This is their story.

Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried--yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners' highest and most politically powerful rate. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle--as shepherds and guardians of all life.

Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder just like his father.

But this Manipular has other plans.

He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors--long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent---forces his father's hand.

Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies.

But powerful forces are at play. Forerunner society is at a major crux. Past threats are once again proving relentless. Dire solutions--machines and strategies never before contemplated--are being called up, and fissures in Forerunner power are leading to chaos.

On a Lifeworker's experimental planet, Bornstellar's rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar's destiny ...and the fate of the entire galaxy.

Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change--and of human origins. For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765323965
Branch Call Number: SF BEA
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Cryptum


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Dec 20, 2016

Solid high science fiction for a book based on a video game. I've never been that interested in the lore of the Halo games, and I can't remember how I came across this book. Either way, the story within it was excellent, and could probably stand on its own merits if it had nothing to do with the Halo series. The story includes concepts such as civilization collapse, class conflict, imperialism and the re-assimilation of war veterans. It takes a while for the story to pick up, but after slogging through the first 1/3rd of the book, its worth it to read. The same goes for the two sequel books, "Silentum" and "Primordium". The overall story takes place more than 100,000 years before the Halo series takes place, and involves the fall of the forerunner civilization after a war with the progenitors to modern humans. It also explains the origins of the Flood, the Forerunners, the Precursors, the Prophets and the original humans of the galaxy.

Oct 05, 2016

Seemas like this was written to support the game? Never played Halo however, this is nicely paced and not bad. Greg Bear, would anyone expect less ?

May 31, 2015

A middling readable Greg Bear tome in the spirit of Larry Niven. Good characters, decent plot, only minor organization problems. Well edited.

Oct 09, 2012

very good

RezidentZeldaBau5z Jul 12, 2012

Best book Ever! Love me some complicated reads! If you dont like or understand this book, work on your comprehension skills. 100 of 100 stars

Jan 08, 2012

I own at Halo video games

Try to beet me

Apr 25, 2011

This was an decent read, but I didn't think it was up to Greg Bear's normal standard. Slightly disappointing.

Jan 24, 2011

this book was amazingly boring for most of the first half. the book got more and more confusing until the end

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