The Flood—a horrifying shape-changing parasite—has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens against the dire possibility of Halo extermination.Facing the imminent collapse of their civilization, the Librarian and the Ur-Didact reveal what they know about the relationship between the long-vanished Precursors and the Flood. The Precursors created many technological species, including humanity and the Forerunners. But the roots of the Flood may be found in an act of enormous barbarity, carried out beyond our galaxy ten million years before...Because of that barbarism, a greater evil looms. Only the Ur-Didact and the Librarian--husband and wife pushed into desperate conflict--hold the keys to a solution. Facing the consequences of a mythic tragedy, one of them must now commit the greatest atrocity of all time—to prevent an insane evil from dominating the entire universe.
A great climax to a story steeped in so much lore having been derived from multiple sources. The Halo games, secret terminals, other books, short stories, viral campaigns, etc. all drove fans to wonder where the answers to canonical questions were or if they had just read several frustrating red herrings over the course of the last decade. This book provides answers to nearly every question of the past concerning Halo legend. Although not every answer is out in the open, Greg Bear does a fantastic job here.
WOW! This was an incredibly good read. Greg Bear has done a remarkable job here, and I cannot imagine a more worthy conclusion to the Forerunner series.I absolutely loved Cryptum, with its fresh insights into the mysterious Forerunners and its compelling narrative style, but hated Primordium, boring and needlessly drawn out as it was. For anyone who worried that Silentium might continue in the direction of Primordium, fear not! Silentium is more like Cryptum 2.0, an even better version of the book that got ..
One of the major weaknesses I've found in fiction generated from source material such as movies or games is that it tends to lean heavily on that source material. The author(s) are afraid to deviate from known material in fear that legions of loyal fans will rise up in ire at their creation, angry that their beloved fandom has been altered.The Forerunner Saga has managed to transcend that- although it is set in the Halo universe, it is readable without that as a major influence- as it focuses on a civilizat..