So I finished the book and even if I knew it will be only about UNSC surviving on the Halo, I’m still disappointed by some points :
The Infinity :
I had high hopes to see the space-battle between the Infinity and the Banished, but like the game, the story begins as soon as the Infinity is defeated. The destruction of the biggest ship of all humanity deserved well more than a short cinematic and two chapters !
Apparently, the Infinity came out from slipspace and was immediately attacked by the Banished fleet. Space is too vast for it to be a coincidence and there is no explanation of how the Banished did it. I would like to believe that 343 is preparing a big reveal for us, but I am also very afraid that it is just an incoherence they would simply ignored
The Animals :
Also, I was hoping to discover the Halo animals that we didn’t see in the game due to technical issues during development, but we were only allowed to see birds, gazelles and other prey, nothing very exotic.
Maybe the Halo Fracture killed them all, or maybe the Banished kicked them all out, but it’s such a shame not to see any of them in-game or in the book (especially books have no technical issue…)
Equipment : grapple hook, thruster, drop wall, repulsor, threat sensor
We used power up during all the campaign and they never appeared in the book ! A quick mention of the grappling hook is made in Halo Reach, but none is made in this book !
The Harbinger and the Skimmer :
A new species is cool, but they weren’t enough presented. They appeared like a secondary faction and there is still a lot of thing we don’t know about them. This was the last chance to do something with the Harbinger before her death, but she just served to torture Lucas Browning.
To finished on a positive point, I’d liked to visit the place we discovered in the campaing and the enemy like Chak Lok, Escharum and more important, Jega !
And you, did you liked Rubicon Protocol ?