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By Karen Traviss Star Wars Republic Commando: Hard Contact Star Wars Republic Commando: Triple Zero Star Wars Republic. Jacinto's Remnant Remnant · Read more Note to the readers of the PDF version—This PDF was created on July 4, , and still has a few edits before it . Jacinto's Remnant. Home · Jacinto's Remnant Author: Traviss Karen. 2 downloads 29 Jacinto's Remnant · Read more · The Remnant. Read more · Jacinto's.
This book was great! Rating details. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While not nearly as directly parallel as the two plots in Aspho Fields, Jacinto's Remnant helps flesh out another aspect of the Gears universe - the mood and cultural climate at both times. Dec 15, Chance rated it it was amazing. Read An Excerpt.
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. 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 Oct 18, Harris Tanweer rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. May 04, Matthew rated it really liked it. 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. 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.
For a GoW fan, let it be war against the grubs or war against a new enemy, it's all going to be the same except that this time round the gears have to adjust themselves to the new threat. A threat which is more dangerous than the grubs. A threat which they never saw coming for a long time or least realized it's presence.
More histories get's unrevealed in this book which gives you a better understanding of the individual characters. A recommended read for a GoW fan. Jun 05, Josephine rated it really liked it. The drama continues Feb 04, Jasmine rated it it was amazing.
Mar 10, Jacey rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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: 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. 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. View all 3 comments. 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. 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. 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.
Jun 11, Jackson Hampton rated it it was amazing. 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. 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. Much like Gears of war, Tome 1: Aspho Fields , Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant dives both into the "present day" storyline taking place between Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3 as well as the prologue storyline taking place around Emergence Day.
While not nearly as directly parallel as the two plots in Aspho Fields, Jacinto's Remnant helps flesh out another aspect of the Gears universe - the mood and cultural climate at both times. Karen Traviss manages to convey this sense through the events in Much like Gears of war, Tome 1: Karen Traviss manages to convey this sense through the events in both times, namely the deployment of the Hammer of Dawn against the Locust in a way you might not expect as well as the migration of the remaining COG Nation to marginally safer ground than the compromised Jacinto.
Both events shifted the attitude of COG citizens in major ways and thus shaped the way Hoffman and his Gears had to enforce a tenuous peace. Ultimately, Jacinto's Remnant is a bit slower than Aspho Fields. Additionally, I prefer the character-driven focus of the latter book, though it's fairly clear that the second book's approach adds a lot to the universe in its own right. If you enjoyed Aspho Fields, Jacinto's Remnant is well worth a read.
Jul 05, Gearsofwarchick31 rated it it was amazing. 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. 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. Jun 07, Phillip Dimarzo added it. Sep 09, Keith rated it really liked it.
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.
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. Dec 17, Charley rated it it was amazing. 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. 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.
May 02, Randy rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
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. May 20, Matt Cash rated it it was amazing.
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.
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. Feb 02, Roberto Ramos rated it really liked it.
Feb 19, Adam rated it really liked it. What a read! Whether or not you are familiar with the games these books a are well worth the read. This is the 2nd in Karen Traviss' part of this universe and it is just as good as the first. It may even be better in some ways. There isn't nearly the focus on the "Grubs" and the intense battles that the Gears have them but, more focus on the human element. It was really fascinating delving into the characters more, including some of the poulation on this world as characters themselves.
If you lo What a read! If you love action, it is still in here and very well done. Can't wait to read the next one and see what suprises Traviss has in store. Oct 12, Wes Devauld rated it liked it Shelves: The book, like the others in the series parallels two stories in two different time periods.
This book, I found to not have as climatic of plot as the others; the future timeline is really just toddling along, and I imagine that the historical timeline was supposed to be the building story.
Unfortunately, because the events happened in the past, you already know how it all plays out before the historical tale reaches those points. Also in Gears of War. Also by Karen Traviss. Product Details. People Who Read Gears of War: Inspired by Your Browsing History. Related Articles. Looking for More Great Reads? Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Download Hi Res. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Pass it on! Stay in Touch Sign up.
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