Halo: Battle Born

Quick family story before this review. Many years ago when my oldest child was thirteen he received the game Halo as a birthday present and I made him return it because- violence. I was on top of things and had parenting standards back then. Fast forward to our youngest child who at the age of two watched his older brothers play Halo. So much so that one of his first phrases was- nuclear bomb. So, I’m familiar with the Halo Universe.

Please note that I received a free advance ARC of this book through the Kid Lit Exchange without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.


Whether you’ve played any of the Halo games or not this YA Science Fiction novel is worth a read. If you have played the game, then this book contains all the details that you would expect. Everything from The Covenant to plasma guns, to health packs, even a young injured Spartan soldier.

Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor live in a small colony in the middle of nowhere, and while they weren’t exactly best friends before their colony got attacked, they manage to work together to defend their families from the aliens. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view, and the action is pretty much non stop,

This book is labeled YA, but I would put it a little lower into what I wish were a real category- YYA (Younger Young Adult) There aren’t a ton of books for 7th and 8th grade kids to enjoy. Most MG is too young and a lot of YA has mature topics that they may not even be interested in yet. There is a great thread on Twitter about this.

Halo: Battle Born by Cassandra Rose Clarke

January 1, 2019