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Based on the blockbuster Xbox game, this is the stunning story of the men and women who stood between a planet and total destruction–and now have to face the consequences of their actions. After a brutal fifteen-year war for survival, the Coalition of Ordered Governments is forced to destroy mankind’s last city in a final bid to stop the Locust Horde. As the survivors flee Based on the blockbuster Xbox game, this is the stunning story of the men and women who stood between a planet and total destruction–and now have to face the consequences of their actions. After a brutal fifteen-year war for survival, the Coalition of Ordered Governments is forced to destroy mankind’s last city in a final bid to stop the Locust Horde. As the survivors flee Jacinto, they must contend with the last of the Locust, bent on vengeance, as they struggle to stay alive in an icy wilderness. Marcus Fenix, Dom Santiago, and their fellow Gears fight to get Jacinto’s refugees to a safe haven, but find themselves in a lawless new world where the enemy is human–and as desperate and dangerous as any grub. From the Trade Paperback edition.


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Based on the blockbuster Xbox game, this is the stunning story of the men and women who stood between a planet and total destruction–and now have to face the consequences of their actions. After a brutal fifteen-year war for survival, the Coalition of Ordered Governments is forced to destroy mankind’s last city in a final bid to stop the Locust Horde. As the survivors flee Based on the blockbuster Xbox game, this is the stunning story of the men and women who stood between a planet and total destruction–and now have to face the consequences of their actions. After a brutal fifteen-year war for survival, the Coalition of Ordered Governments is forced to destroy mankind’s last city in a final bid to stop the Locust Horde. As the survivors flee Jacinto, they must contend with the last of the Locust, bent on vengeance, as they struggle to stay alive in an icy wilderness. Marcus Fenix, Dom Santiago, and their fellow Gears fight to get Jacinto’s refugees to a safe haven, but find themselves in a lawless new world where the enemy is human–and as desperate and dangerous as any grub. From the Trade Paperback edition.

30 review for Jacinto's Remnant

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Review from Badelynge Jacinto's Remnant is the second book in the Gears of War series following on directly after the events portrayed in Gears of War 2 the popular Xbox 360 game. The humans of Sera have destroyed their last major stronghold Jacinto in a desperate attempt to flood the underground lair of the Locust. The survivors flee in search of a new refuge, hoping that the monsters from below have been all but wiped out. The book documents the Gears and the civilians of Jacinto scouting for a Review from Badelynge Jacinto's Remnant is the second book in the Gears of War series following on directly after the events portrayed in Gears of War 2 the popular Xbox 360 game. The humans of Sera have destroyed their last major stronghold Jacinto in a desperate attempt to flood the underground lair of the Locust. The survivors flee in search of a new refuge, hoping that the monsters from below have been all but wiped out. The book documents the Gears and the civilians of Jacinto scouting for a new island home - an old CoG Naval Base at Vectes. Like the first book it periodically looks back at an earlier historic moment in the conflict. This time it shines a light onto the dark days when Prescott authorises Hammer Strikes to obliterate all but one human enclave on the planet of Sera. The CoG government has come to the conclusion that they are doomed - unless they do the unthinkable. It still seems unthinkable to me, even knowing that saving a few is better than saving none, to press a button and wipe out 99% of your own people seems like the sort of scenario that sits more comfortably among the back story of a computer game, but in a book it has to pass closer scrutiny and even though I love Gears I tend to think ordered societies would be much more likely to go down fighting rather than resort , even in desperation, to such tactics. Mores and attitudes are very much to the fore within these books, with many of the characters, particularly Hoffman and Mataki, struggling to shift perspectives when society shifts to and from a war footing and to and from fighting a completely different and unfathomable monstrous species to fighting their own, sometimes hardly less monstrous and unfathomable. I get the feeling Traviss really has a soft spot for Hoffman and that some of the careless characterisation from the game doesn't sit well with her. Hoffman's decision to leave Fenix, a decorated war hero, to die in an abandoned prison, overrun with Locust, being the standout bump in the road. Following on from Gears 2 the book also has to deal with the aftermath of Dom Santiago finding his long lost wife and the terrible choice he had to make. It's perhaps the key note emotional event from the sometimes quite thin plotting that the game achieved and Karen Traviss does well in painting a more detailed account of the consequences to Dom and those around him. For a book standing squarely in the military sci-fi genre there's a severe shortage of actual action, no large Aspho Fields style battles, just some fairly routine skirmishes. It wasn't a problem for me, I enjoyed the post apocalyptic scenario focusing on rebooting society from a bare remnant. Despite the lack of action there's still plenty of drama, spot on characterisation, a sort of cosiness that come from spending time with well loved and time worn Gears and mystery lurking in the dark and the deeps.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

    'Catastrophic moments bringing the best out of humanity – and the worst!' For a game not known for having much of a story, Karen Traviss sure knows how to pull out the substance of the lore within the Gears universe. The jeist of the Gears franchise focuses on a genocidal war between humanity and the Locust horde, monsters which erupted from the below the surface of Sera. The war last for some fifteen years. Before that there was over sixty years of war with the Union of Independent States, b 'Catastrophic moments bringing the best out of humanity – and the worst!' For a game not known for having much of a story, Karen Traviss sure knows how to pull out the substance of the lore within the Gears universe. The jeist of the Gears franchise focuses on a genocidal war between humanity and the Locust horde, monsters which erupted from the below the surface of Sera. The war last for some fifteen years. Before that there was over sixty years of war with the Union of Independent States, better known as ‘indies’. In terms of fictional lore, before the novels there was just what I’ve mentioned – Traviss’ writing has helped to give more depth and feeling to the characters from Delta Squad and there embattled allies. Which is no bad thing as the video games are devoid of any type of characteristics other than a rooting-tooting-hoo-aah marine-esque experience. Jancinto’s Remnants is Karen Traviss’ second novel encapsulating the Gears universe. Luckily it’s a direct sequel to Gears of War 2 the video game, if you’ve not played the games, I’d suggest giving them ago – even just for the action – but if you want to have any idea what is going on in the novels then it’s a must I’m afraid. The book literally carries on the Gears 2 we find Bernie struggling to survive amidst the sinking of Jacinto (humanities last bastion of hope). The COG pull out of the city, many lives are lost to bring about the extinction of their monstrous nemeses, the Locust and there queen. Marcus and his friends believe the war is over, but what you believe is rarely the reality. Karen Traviss really does excel at military sci-fi, if you’ve got your geek on I’d say she is a closely following Dan Abnett and the up-and-coming Guy Haley in this niche. She manages to inject some of the missing ingredients from the video games, raw human emotion and the will to win despite the odds. The author chops through the crap and gets down to it when it comes to developing each character individually. Baird the banting brainiac, Fenix the deep-thinking meat-head, Dom the lost and Cole for a bit of humorous relief. Throw in some of Karen’s creations from the novel, Bernie, Sam Byrne and Anya Stroud, then you’ve got something that was lacking from the games, females – who tear it up in this story. Hoffman, Dom and Marcus really are given centre stage in Jacinto’s, the author takes us back to the Pendulum Wars. The prequel part of the novel helps bring about just how they all came together. Dom has lost his wife and now his grief is set to drag him down into a welter of disappear. At the end of Gears 2 he has to make a terrible choice which filters through in this novel. There’s no Plan C for the COG, they’ve already used the Hammer of Dawn to nuke Sera and then sunk Jacinto. They make for the nearest harbour port. They now have another common enemy, the Strandard, who are essentially survivalist humans who resort to the baser human needs. They are far from being bums, they’ve fought Locust, Gears and Lambant and are still around. It’s rather appealing to me to see just how some people have survived this apocalyptic war. Just like in Aspho Fields Traviss uses flashbacks/prequel moments to help contrast past and present events. Jacinto’s Remnant details the challenges the COG now face by effectively becoming Strandard themselves – they still hope to rebuild civilization, but while doing so the real horror of what they wrought by using the Hammer of Dawn becomes even more startling. One year after E-Day (Emergency Day), the Horde has been successful at exterminating humanity that entire nations begin to crumble, prepping the way for a last stand against the Grubs (Locusts). The COG itself is fragmented, unity begins to collapses which in turn causes a domino effect – government stops to function, logically supplying Gears and the citizens is nay on impossible. Chairman Richard Prescott makes the decision to destroy Sera, calling it ‘asset denial’ – Hoffman calls it genocide, which it really is. Not just the Locust will die but also humanity itself. Jacinto Remnant focuses on the decisions leading up to the using of this doomsday weapons platform. Many of the flashbacks narrow down for the reader just why this decision was taken by high command. What we see is a serious of tense exchanges between, Hoffman, Prescott and Adam Fenix. Many of the questions posed by the previous games and Aspho Fields are answered in this novel. In turn many of the relationships are expanded using some of the excellent novel-only characters who I have mentioned previously. Dizzy is even here – played Gears 2 find out what happened to him and his daughters! has a lot going for it. Are there any drawbacks? Well only a few really. If you’ve not played the games then you’re not going to have a clue what’s going on. Other than that I’d say this novel shows a lot of depth and soul. The writing is sharp and doesn’t deviate from its course. Science fiction grimdark at its best in my opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sami Eerola

    Karen Traviss is becoming my favourite author. I was not expecting much for a novel inspired by a action video game, but this sequel was great. There is no much focus on action, but on the characters emotional history. This is maybe the most humanistic and sentimental novel about futuristic soldiers killing alien monsters that i have read. This novel dwells in serious issues like PTSD from rape to genocide, but from different perspective and how different characters deals with them. The most surp Karen Traviss is becoming my favourite author. I was not expecting much for a novel inspired by a action video game, but this sequel was great. There is no much focus on action, but on the characters emotional history. This is maybe the most humanistic and sentimental novel about futuristic soldiers killing alien monsters that i have read. This novel dwells in serious issues like PTSD from rape to genocide, but from different perspective and how different characters deals with them. The most surprising thing is the amout of emotion and humanity that the author puts in characters that in the games are positioned as "cold steel tough guys". The realism also surprised me. I felt like i was reading actual accounts of soldiers in a desperate war and not a action packed scifi novel. Traviss clearly studied how soldiers in real life live and talk.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adil

    Jacinto's Remnant (Gears of War) by Karen Traviss Del Rey 352 pages isbn 0345499441 Jacinto's Remnant was a great idea for a book because it was based on the best-selling xbox games, Gears of War 1 and 2. If you've played the video game, then you have a good idea about what the book is about and understand it better than others who have not. The video game had a great storyline and the character developement was great, but this book highlights all the little things and specifically focuses on the Jacinto's Remnant (Gears of War) by Karen Traviss Del Rey 352 pages isbn 0345499441 Jacinto's Remnant was a great idea for a book because it was based on the best-selling xbox games, Gears of War 1 and 2. If you've played the video game, then you have a good idea about what the book is about and understand it better than others who have not. The video game had a great storyline and the character developement was great, but this book highlights all the little things and specifically focuses on the lives of Delta Squad. In this book, Earth has been attcked by an alien race called the locust. The locust did not come from a different planet, they came from the center of earth. For obvious reasons, the Locusts' brutality and savageness nearly wiped out the whole human race from the face of the earth. The human race literally had its back against the wall until a new dicovey and a bold move to once and for all finish off the Locust. This book was great! Even thought I wasn't killing locust, I really enjoyed reading about all the close fire-fights and tough situations Delta Squad got in to. If you played the game, then read the book because it gives you great insight on why certain things happened. If you didn't read the book, you should play the game first. This book is a book is a great fit for a blockbuster video game and uses great dialouge to get the reader hooked in. Just when you think delta squad is out of the dark, another big thing happens and its back to mayham all over again. Read this book! It's great!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jbergamini

    Gears of War Jacinto's Remanant is a sci-fi book based on the hit Xbox games. The story happens in the games and books on the planet Sera, the only known Human planet. The remaining Humans are trying to rebuild after the fourteen year war with the sentient, underground-living creatures dubbed the Locust. It was a war of xenocide. That is where the story begins in this book. Gears of War Jacinto's Remnant is a fantastic book but a lot of people wouln't get it if they haven't played the games, whic Gears of War Jacinto's Remanant is a sci-fi book based on the hit Xbox games. The story happens in the games and books on the planet Sera, the only known Human planet. The remaining Humans are trying to rebuild after the fourteen year war with the sentient, underground-living creatures dubbed the Locust. It was a war of xenocide. That is where the story begins in this book. Gears of War Jacinto's Remnant is a fantastic book but a lot of people wouln't get it if they haven't played the games, which are rated "M" for being some of the most gory games out there. The main theme of this book is that unity is the foundation of civilization, and without civilization, Humans become worse than animals. The author writes some chapters in the present and som in the past. I loved this book because not only is it action packed, it also has a deep message. It is a definate must read for fans of gaming.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I'm currently 3/4 of the way in and let me say it is FANTASTIC for a videogame novel. Both of the Gears books seem to stand above the average novelized form of a videogame. Karen Traviss really knows how to write a damn good sci-fi novel that feels realistic and connects you to the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the characters. You could honestly read this book with no prior knowledge of the series and feel completely immersed due to Traviss's mastery of character depth. I'm currently 3/4 of the way in and let me say it is FANTASTIC for a videogame novel. Both of the Gears books seem to stand above the average novelized form of a videogame. Karen Traviss really knows how to write a damn good sci-fi novel that feels realistic and connects you to the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the characters. You could honestly read this book with no prior knowledge of the series and feel completely immersed due to Traviss's mastery of character depth.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    When I first heard that someone would be writing Gears of War books, I was worried. After all, how could someone possibly capture all the things about the game and the characters I loved? Karen Traviss has done her work beautifully, creating a world so real, you feel like you could walk out your door and meet any of these characters on the street. If you're any kind of Gears of War fan, I highly recommend this book. When I first heard that someone would be writing Gears of War books, I was worried. After all, how could someone possibly capture all the things about the game and the characters I loved? Karen Traviss has done her work beautifully, creating a world so real, you feel like you could walk out your door and meet any of these characters on the street. If you're any kind of Gears of War fan, I highly recommend this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miles

    As before, Ms. Traviss has shown herself to have a great grasp on the characters of Delta Squad. Unlike Aspho Fields, her previous book in this setting, in Jacinto's Remnant she tackled the implications of peace after ninety years of war. A recommended read for GOW fans and lovers of sci-fi militaria. As before, Ms. Traviss has shown herself to have a great grasp on the characters of Delta Squad. Unlike Aspho Fields, her previous book in this setting, in Jacinto's Remnant she tackled the implications of peace after ninety years of war. A recommended read for GOW fans and lovers of sci-fi militaria.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris The Lizard from Planet X

    Gears: Jacinto's Remnant is the second book in the Gears of War series following on directly after the events portrayed in Gears of War 2 the popular Xbox game. The humans of Sera have destroyed their last major stronghold Jacinto in a desperate attempt to flood the underground lair of the Locust. The survivors flee in search of a new refuge, hoping that the monsters from below have been all but wiped out. The book documents the Gears and the civilians of Jacinto scouting for a new island home - Gears: Jacinto's Remnant is the second book in the Gears of War series following on directly after the events portrayed in Gears of War 2 the popular Xbox game. The humans of Sera have destroyed their last major stronghold Jacinto in a desperate attempt to flood the underground lair of the Locust. The survivors flee in search of a new refuge, hoping that the monsters from below have been all but wiped out. The book documents the Gears and the civilians of Jacinto scouting for a new island home - an old CoG Naval Base at Vectes. Like the first book it periodically looks back at an earlier historic moment in the conflict. This time it shines a light onto the dark days when Prescott authorises Hammer Strikes to obliterate all but one human enclave on the planet of Sera. The CoG government has come to the conclusion that they are doomed - unless they do the unthinkable. It still seems unthinkable to me, even knowing that saving a few is better than saving none, to press a button and wipe out 99% of your own people seems like the sort of scenario that sits more comfortably among the back story of a computer game, but in a book it has to pass closer scrutiny and even though I love Gears I tend to think ordered societies would be much more likely to go down fighting rather than resort , even in desperation, to such tactics. Mores and attitudes are very much to the fore within these books, with many of the characters, particularly Hoffman and Mataki, struggling to shift perspectives when society shifts to and from a war footing and to and from fighting a completely different and unfathomable monstrous species to fighting their own, sometimes hardly less monstrous and unfathomable. I get the feeling Traviss really has a soft spot for Hoffman and that some of the careless characterisation from the game doesn't sit well with her. Hoffman's decision to leave Fenix, a decorated war hero, to die in an abandoned prison, overrun with Locust, being the standout bump in the road. Following on from Gears 2 the book also has to deal with the aftermath of Dom Santiago finding his long lost wife and the terrible choice he had to make. It's perhaps the key note emotional event from the sometimes quite thin plotting that the game achieved and Karen Traviss does well in painting a more detailed account of the consequences to Dom and those around him. For a book standing squarely in the military sci-fi genre there's a severe shortage of actual action, no large Aspho Fields style battles, just some fairly routine skirmishes. It wasn't a problem for me, I enjoyed the post apocalyptic scenario focusing on rebooting society from a bare remnant. Despite the lack of action there's still plenty of drama, spot on characterisation, a sort of cosiness that come from spending time with well loved and time worn Gears and mystery lurking in the dark and the deeps.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Wall

    The second entry in the Gears series is as solid as the first. Its does a good job at keeping the characters from the game true to their personalities and traits while filling in the story gaps between game entries. The story takes place right after the Gears 2 game; when humanities’ last governed city Jacinto is sunk by focused nuclear blasts in an attempt to destroy the underground locust tunnel directly below the city. Occasionally, the story shifts to explore a past timeline of when the Locu The second entry in the Gears series is as solid as the first. Its does a good job at keeping the characters from the game true to their personalities and traits while filling in the story gaps between game entries. The story takes place right after the Gears 2 game; when humanities’ last governed city Jacinto is sunk by focused nuclear blasts in an attempt to destroy the underground locust tunnel directly below the city. Occasionally, the story shifts to explore a past timeline of when the Locusts first emerged from underground to destroy humanity and how the decision came where the COG leaders proceeded to nuke their own cities in order to destroy any resources the Locust could attain. In these sections, the themes of mass panic and sacrificial survival are the dominate tones. These sections also cover the aftermath of the blast in terms on loss and trauma for the survivors. Unlike the first book, the battles that occur in book two are very short lived. This time around, the story focuses more on how the surviving COG society is attempting to set up a new area of residency to rebuild while struggling with the constant opposing forces of human stranded that don’t agree with the governments ways. There isn’t much seen from the Locust during this period. In the end, this book was a good read. It does well to inform of events not explored in the game and gives interesting back history to recognizable soldiers from the games.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Igor Veloso

    Always felt that video game based books were a "hit-or-miss" that can either add a lot or very little to the narrative. Considering that I don't play this game or any of this kind, it was a double risk. But I heard so much good about the books that I bought Aspho Fields, was very suprised and bought this one for confirmation on wether I should keep going or not. The answer is: Yes! Jacinto's Remnant proved me that the story is not only rich but also very well written. The characters are very well Always felt that video game based books were a "hit-or-miss" that can either add a lot or very little to the narrative. Considering that I don't play this game or any of this kind, it was a double risk. But I heard so much good about the books that I bought Aspho Fields, was very suprised and bought this one for confirmation on wether I should keep going or not. The answer is: Yes! Jacinto's Remnant proved me that the story is not only rich but also very well written. The characters are very well done and apparentely much more in-depth than the games. Without playing them you still get a great idea of their psychological and behavioural profile. Something is always happening and Traviss knows how to bring in the suspense before the action with her immersive language and descriptions. The enemy is no longer (just) the Locust but also humans. Humans in the physical sense but also social and political sense. This book basically tell us how Fenix and the whole COG is dealing with this new enemy that can indeed be as dangerous as any grub. I'm invested in this and I'll buy the next one: Anvil's Gate

  12. 5 out of 5

    Harris Tanweer

    Jacinto's Remnant is one of the best books I have read in awhile. The book starts after the events in Aspho Fields and explains in greater detail the events of Gears of War 1 and 2. The book has two different settings, the first is the main story line 14 years after Emergence day. The other is a series of flashbacks to when Chairman Prescott decided to use the Hammer of Dawn to destroy the Locust and destroying most of humanity 14 years prior to the current setting. This time the Coalition of Or Jacinto's Remnant is one of the best books I have read in awhile. The book starts after the events in Aspho Fields and explains in greater detail the events of Gears of War 1 and 2. The book has two different settings, the first is the main story line 14 years after Emergence day. The other is a series of flashbacks to when Chairman Prescott decided to use the Hammer of Dawn to destroy the Locust and destroying most of humanity 14 years prior to the current setting. This time the Coalition of Ordered Governments is faced with a new enemy and this new enemy is human. These humans believe the Coalition of Ordered Governments betrayed them and only thought for their own safety and left them "stranded". This book has amazing character development and if you have played the games and read the previous book you notice how certain events changes characters so much but you still know who is who when they talk. This book focuses a lot on comradeship and love between friends. I recommend this book to anyone who has played the games and has read the first book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Not quite as good as Aspho Fields, but still pretty good. I love the historical background and filling in the gaps of the video game history. There are some great human elements to this story, but not quite as well done as Aspho Fields. Also, the end of the book feels more like the end of a chapter than a conclusion to a story. As a fan of the video games and now that I've completed the second book, I appreciate the characters quite a bit and I feel like I know there stories better than I had wh Not quite as good as Aspho Fields, but still pretty good. I love the historical background and filling in the gaps of the video game history. There are some great human elements to this story, but not quite as well done as Aspho Fields. Also, the end of the book feels more like the end of a chapter than a conclusion to a story. As a fan of the video games and now that I've completed the second book, I appreciate the characters quite a bit and I feel like I know there stories better than I had when they were introduced in the games.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Bernardo

    Traviss gives excellent voices to all of the characters in the Gears of War series, especially those given very little depth and development in the games. A little more confronting than the other Gears of War books as it mentions a past sexual assault, and I can't speak to how it's handled as I am not a survivor myself, but I was able to read through the book without feeling as if the assault was fetishised or prioritised in the story (male authors, take note). Traviss gives excellent voices to all of the characters in the Gears of War series, especially those given very little depth and development in the games. A little more confronting than the other Gears of War books as it mentions a past sexual assault, and I can't speak to how it's handled as I am not a survivor myself, but I was able to read through the book without feeling as if the assault was fetishised or prioritised in the story (male authors, take note).

  15. 4 out of 5

    James Ilango

    Enjoyable novels simply as a bridge between GOW 2 and 3.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Edgar

    A Great high octane follow-up to Aspho Fields by Karen Traviss.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mrkz

    Great narrative around deploy of the hammer of down. Great complement of the game saga's story Great narrative around deploy of the hammer of down. Great complement of the game saga's story

  18. 4 out of 5

    Quinn Q

    Another great book, can’t wait to read the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Hasslöf

    Great book series if you are into the Gears story. Traviss have wonderfully captured the personality of every character of the game. If you enjoyed the games i highly recommend reading her books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    The drama continues.......well written

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    excellent story. immediately draws you in.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacey

    Though I still love Karen Traviss' Star Wars Republic Commando books I'm not so sure about Gears of War. On the pro side Traviss has a very sure voice and gets under the skin of ordinary soldiers better than anyone else I've ever read. Her characters are three dimensional and very human - intense and conflicted. I love that. What I can't quite wrap my head around is the world. Obviously it's from an X-Box game so it's not Karen's world (I think I might have liked it better if it had been) and som Though I still love Karen Traviss' Star Wars Republic Commando books I'm not so sure about Gears of War. On the pro side Traviss has a very sure voice and gets under the skin of ordinary soldiers better than anyone else I've ever read. Her characters are three dimensional and very human - intense and conflicted. I love that. What I can't quite wrap my head around is the world. Obviously it's from an X-Box game so it's not Karen's world (I think I might have liked it better if it had been) and some of the parameters seem a little strange. The last one (Aspho Fields) was supposedly a prequel to the state the gamer finds himself/herself in. I know nothing about the world so I bring no preconceived ideas to the books. I don't know where the scenario is supposed to lead us for the start of the vid game. Maybe that's a disadvantage, maybe not. It's a world that has been torn by war for more years than our main characters have lived. Firstly it was a territorial battle, then a battle with the 'Locusts', murderous alien creatures that erupted suddenly from underground tunnels. There seems to be little rationale for the Locusts' sudden appearance. How come no one even had an inkling that they were there? Aspho Fields opens in the latter days of the battle with the grubs and explores both past and present for a small band of 'gears' (their name for infantry soldiers). Jacinto's Remnant follows the same soldiers, mainly Marcus and Dom, but also Bernie (female), Baird and Cole as the leftover human government decides to turn its own destructive weapon against Jacinto, the last surviving human city, It's about asset denial and killing the grubs by drowning them as Jacinto collapses into the sea. Subsequently the remnant of Jacinto's population (much reduced) must be protected and led to safety. In the backstory we learn that most of the human population was actually destroyed by the deployment of the Hammer of Dawn - a super-weapon invented by Marcus' late father - in an attempt to deny the grubs assets worldwide. The logic of it is inhuman and I don't quite grok it. It seems to go: 'In order to prevent the grubs from grabbing our resources and killing our people we will destroy our resources and kill our people ourselves.' Nope, that wouldn't have been my first or even last choice. Here's where - because I'm not familiar with the game - I'm unsure as to whether that idea comes from the author or the game developers. I suspect the latter. Note: OK, I just checked a gaming website and if their description was accurate Aspho Fields was pretty close to the game in terms of walking the gears through various firefights with Locusts, but this book seems to take them beyond the scenarios in the game into new territory. Basically I love Karen's writing and will read the next Gears book because she writes brilliant characters, but I'd rather be reading her Wes Har books or her Republic Commando ones. Maybe if she's stepping slightly outside of game territory the next book will have fewer constrictions. I will read it, of course.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Germano Marrello

    Ambientato poche ore dopo la fine del secondo capitolo videoludico, I resti di Jacinto narra le vicende successive all'ultima battaglia tra umani e Locuste, dove i primi guidati dai membri del Governo e dalla squadra Delta dovranno trovare una nuova casa prima di crollare vittime del caos. Nel frattempo vengono svelati nuovi dettagli sull'inizio della guerra, dove scopriamo i motivi che portarono all'uso del Martello dell'Alba su Sera per eliminare l'Orda. Scelte del presente Scappati da Jacinto, i Ambientato poche ore dopo la fine del secondo capitolo videoludico, I resti di Jacinto narra le vicende successive all'ultima battaglia tra umani e Locuste, dove i primi guidati dai membri del Governo e dalla squadra Delta dovranno trovare una nuova casa prima di crollare vittime del caos. Nel frattempo vengono svelati nuovi dettagli sull'inizio della guerra, dove scopriamo i motivi che portarono all'uso del Martello dell'Alba su Sera per eliminare l'Orda. Scelte del presente Scappati da Jacinto, il COG si appresta ad affrontare un inverno rigido con pochi mezzi mentre gli assalti delle ultime locuste minano la resistenza dei civili, che decidono di unirsi agli Arenati che sopravvivono senza l'aiuto del governo. Nel frattempo Dom è costretto a convivere con le conseguenze della scelta di aver ucciso sua moglie, resa cieca e catatonica dalle Locuste: una decisione che rischia di farlo andare fuori controllo se Marcus e i Delta non si stringono intorno a lui. Prescott e Hoffman decidono di portare i sopravvissuti a Vectes, un'isola scappata ai colpi del Martello, ma la convivenza con persone estranee alla guerra può essere più pericolosa dei vermi da cui sono scappati... Scelte del passato Quindici anni prima della battaglia di Jacinto il COG affrontava un'altra sfida molto difficile: la sopravvivenza all'Orda delle Locuste, sbucata dal sottosuolo solo qualche anno prima che nonostante gli sforzi dei vari stati non poteva essere fermata. Il neo eletto Richard Prescott decide di usare la tecnologia del Martello dell'Alba, ideata da Adam Fenix, come ultima risorsa per fermare le locuste anche se questo comporterà la morte di molti civili innocenti. Nel frattempo i Delta cercano di affrontare il nemico con tutte le loro forze, preoccupati per la sorte degli abitanti di Sera ma anche dei loro cari, come Dom che tenta di prendersi cura di Maria, devastata dalla perdita dei figli. Anche Hoffman ha problemi familiari, dovuti al suo carattere difficile e alla sua fedeltà al governo, da buon Gear qual'è e che lo porta a scontrarsi con Margaret, una donna che non ha mai amato davvero ma a cui tiene molto. In conclusione Il secondo capitolo della saga scritta da Karen Traviss è molto meglio del precedente, continuando sia a raccontare le azioni dei Gear con un linguaggio duro e a tratti sarcastico, sia i segreti e i sentimenti nascosti dei vari personaggi, combattuti tra le scelte appena fatte e quelle che li hanno cambiati totalmente la vita.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    I really am loving the entire Gears storyline. I actually began the journey with the game GOW3 so I started out all the way at the end of the story. Just that game was enough to get me so interested in the characters that I had to read the books. This one definitely didn't have as much action as Aspho Fields did but if you're interested in the character development and just wanting some fill in of the time between the games then you'll get that out of this book. Humanity is trying to rebuild itsel I really am loving the entire Gears storyline. I actually began the journey with the game GOW3 so I started out all the way at the end of the story. Just that game was enough to get me so interested in the characters that I had to read the books. This one definitely didn't have as much action as Aspho Fields did but if you're interested in the character development and just wanting some fill in of the time between the games then you'll get that out of this book. Humanity is trying to rebuild itself on a remote island where they hope they can be happy and plentiful in the new Locustless world but old enemies and resentments present themselves and must be dealt with. Traviss has created not only an extremely interesting premise and cast of characters but has told a war story that is so deep and tragic that it's hard not to sympathize with the people. Her ability to create an entirely new world and still make it relate-able is wonderful. I love being able to learn about these people and although many of the reviews state that they didn't like the timeline changed throughout the story, I found myself looking forward to those sections. I didn't start reading these books because I wanted the typical big explosions and lots of fighting war story, I started reading it because the characters themselves were so tragic and realistic that I just wanted to know about them and their lives. And to catch even a glimpse of the things that have made them who they are. **If you desire to play the games and read the books you can do it in chronological order as follows: -Gears of War (Book1): Aspho Fields -Gears of War: Game 1 -Gears of War: Game 2 -Gears of War (Book2): Jacinto's Remnant -Gears of War (Book3): Anvil Gate -Gears of War (Book4): Coalition's End -Gears of War: Game 3 -Gears of War (Book5): The Slab Although "The Slab" technically takes place prior to the other things going on in the story, it is meant to be read last because of its involvement with Marcus. You may feel that the entire GOW franchise is about Marcus but it isn't. If you've read any of the books then you know that we never get to see anything from Marcus' POV. Yes, the story seems to be revolving around things that are directly involving Marcus, but the true story throughout is how ALL of the Gears react to the things that are going on. Marcus' story just gives the characters something similar to work around so we can really see how different each character and their personalities are by how they all react to one single thing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Hampton

    Jacinto's Remnant is the fantastic sequel to Traviss' Aspho Fields. This segment of the story follows the decision to fire the Hammer of Dawn, as well as Marcus's fight to protect the Jacinto Survivors. The part of the book really focuses on Victor Hoffman, and his internal struggles about firing the Hammer. It will kill millions of innocent civilians, and Hoffman doesn't know if he can live with that, seeings how one of those civillians is his wife, Margaret. The second part of the book follows Jacinto's Remnant is the fantastic sequel to Traviss' Aspho Fields. This segment of the story follows the decision to fire the Hammer of Dawn, as well as Marcus's fight to protect the Jacinto Survivors. The part of the book really focuses on Victor Hoffman, and his internal struggles about firing the Hammer. It will kill millions of innocent civilians, and Hoffman doesn't know if he can live with that, seeings how one of those civillians is his wife, Margaret. The second part of the book follows Marcus and the rest of Delta Squad as they defend the refugee survivors of Jacinto. When the Hammer Strikes failed to stop the Locust hordes, the only option left was to, as you know if you've played Gears of War 2, sink the city and flood the hollows. The city is evacuated, and the COG is responsible for protecting the evacuees. It's interesting to see the civillians harass, abuse, and even assault the people that are protecting them for destroying their homes. Facing continuous Locust onslaughts, and a bitter winter, Chairman Prescott decides that 'Jacinto's Remnant needs to find a permanent location to settle down in. But the only place they can find is a place where they have never seven seen the locust. The inner turmoil of the characters as well as some battle scenes and some intense dialogue make Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant a fantastic novel for any fan of the franchise.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gearsofwarchick31

    Karen Traviss continues the Gear of War storyline with the consequences of their decisions made in the two video game storylines. The first game consequence is the destruction of the major cities to deny the resources from the Locust Horde. How those decisions affected the surviving humans and their personal lives is explained. The second game consequence is flooding Jacinto to destroy the Horde. This story mainly focuses on building shelter and providing essential services to survive the winter Karen Traviss continues the Gear of War storyline with the consequences of their decisions made in the two video game storylines. The first game consequence is the destruction of the major cities to deny the resources from the Locust Horde. How those decisions affected the surviving humans and their personal lives is explained. The second game consequence is flooding Jacinto to destroy the Horde. This story mainly focuses on building shelter and providing essential services to survive the winter season. The third plot consequence in Dom in dealing with the loss of his wife. The author's writing style involves primarily character conversions between each other. The action is intermittent and focuses more on humans fighting each other for survival rather than the Horde. The book also involves more flashback chapters to describe the characters' backgrounds further. Some readers may not appreciate the disruption to the storyline flow as the flashbacks are almost every other chapter. Overall, a storyline of survival, to rebuild human society after a series of catastrophes. Unfortunately, there is very little edge of the seat action scenes found in the video game or in the previous book. Having a planetary map that depicts the major cities and locations described in the storyline would have presented a more detailed image to the reader, rather than just vague guesswork.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    People give the fiction in Gears a hard time for being shallow, but have to admit I love the games and have found the way the comics (and now the two novels I've read) have expanded on the world and the backstories. They add a lot of the character development and world-building which the game doesn't take a breather to fill out, and that feeds back into my enjoyment of the games, with characters popping in and out of the different mediums. There's a macho team melodrama to the Gears franchise wh People give the fiction in Gears a hard time for being shallow, but have to admit I love the games and have found the way the comics (and now the two novels I've read) have expanded on the world and the backstories. They add a lot of the character development and world-building which the game doesn't take a breather to fill out, and that feeds back into my enjoyment of the games, with characters popping in and out of the different mediums. There's a macho team melodrama to the Gears franchise which I enjoy in the same way I do Fast & Furious movies, which is to say I enjoy them a LOT. With the games being all-action craziness, this book focusses more on the fallout from the big battles - taking place after the sinking of Jacinto and mainly concerning the relocation of the survivors, but also jumping back to the original hammer strikes and the toll that took on the people involved. It's actually pretty gripping military sci-fi, even if the ponderous tone can occasionally feel a bit of a slog. I love these characters unashamedly, and enjoyed this extra time spent with them. Will definitely read more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charley

    As a solid gears fan I thought as I've played and love all the games I might as well read the books, I fell in love with the 1st book (Aspho Fields) and my love is carrying on. Karen Traviss is a very good writer in how she has wrote this book, she has done her research on both the military and on Gears of War. The way she goes back and forth from the past to present is very well written and doesn't leave you confused like some books that do this. I also love how she has made the books that littl As a solid gears fan I thought as I've played and love all the games I might as well read the books, I fell in love with the 1st book (Aspho Fields) and my love is carrying on. Karen Traviss is a very good writer in how she has wrote this book, she has done her research on both the military and on Gears of War. The way she goes back and forth from the past to present is very well written and doesn't leave you confused like some books that do this. I also love how she has made the books that little bit more personal by the prologue and how it is written in first person and the rest of the book is in 3rd person, which I was pleased about as I find it difficult to read first person books. These books are very true the games which I find to be a very good thing as there is nothing like watching a film or playing a game after reading the book and thinking you have missed to much out. I found the beginning to be a bit slow but once i fully got into the book I was captivated and could not put it down. 5/5 stars and recommended to all lovers of gears, sy-fi books, action books, broken society books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    Being a fan of the Gears of War video games series, I was curious about the back story of the COG and the Locust. Jacinto's Remnant is the second book in the series, it tells the story of Delta Squad evacuating Jacinto, and trying to find an adequate location to setup a temporary housing for all of the citizens. The flashback sequences go back to the Hammer of Dawn strike on Sera, and the push to get citizens into Jacinto before the strike. We are given more back story on many of the main charac Being a fan of the Gears of War video games series, I was curious about the back story of the COG and the Locust. Jacinto's Remnant is the second book in the series, it tells the story of Delta Squad evacuating Jacinto, and trying to find an adequate location to setup a temporary housing for all of the citizens. The flashback sequences go back to the Hammer of Dawn strike on Sera, and the push to get citizens into Jacinto before the strike. We are given more back story on many of the main characters: Marcus trying to come to terms with his father's deceptions, Dom dealing with his wife's death, Anya trying to move into a more combat role, Bernie finding some resolution with her history with the Stranded. All in all, a fascinating look at what happened after the 2nd video game. Also an interesting story of loss, and isolation - and how a struggling world rebuilds after a disaster (natural or otherwise).

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matt Cash

    Taking place during the sinking of Jacinto, this novels continues the story arc began in Gears of War 2, with the CoG now taking refuge all over the country and seeking a new home. Traviss again brings the scarred population of Sera to life, focusing on the relationships between the Gears, Stranded, the isolated population of Vectes, and the remnants people of Gorasyna, former enemies of the CoG. Flashback sequences give the account of the decision, and immediate aftermath, of the Hammer of Dawn Taking place during the sinking of Jacinto, this novels continues the story arc began in Gears of War 2, with the CoG now taking refuge all over the country and seeking a new home. Traviss again brings the scarred population of Sera to life, focusing on the relationships between the Gears, Stranded, the isolated population of Vectes, and the remnants people of Gorasyna, former enemies of the CoG. Flashback sequences give the account of the decision, and immediate aftermath, of the Hammer of Dawn counterattack, as experienced by Hoffman, Adam Fenix, and Chairman Prescott. Full of political intrigue and showing a fractured, desperate people on the verge of societal collapse, this novel sets the foundation for a story arc continued by Anvil Gate and Coalition's End, concluding with GoW 3. This book will hook anyone, even non fans. Highly recommended.

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