H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Science Fiction
Length: Full (362 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy
Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files.
You’ve seen the aliens known as “the Greys” in movies and on T.V. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong?
And what if the Greys are only the beginning?
On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M’Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined.
Non-stop action with a touch of romance…
This book picks up just seconds after the first book ends. While, perhaps the author eventually gives enough information for this to be read alone, I highly recommend starting with the first book to keep from feeling lost. I’m definitely glad I did.
Told from several different points-of-view, right from the start, H.A.L.F.: The Makers thrusts us into an alien invasion of sorts. H.A.L.F. 9 aka Tex has been rescued by his alien cousins, along with his friends Ian and Erika, from the secret government agency that created him. H.A.L.F. stands for Human Alien Life Form and he was created using DNA from the aliens in the Roswell crash.
In the first book, it was pretty clear who the good guys and the bad guys were. This book takes some of that and stands it on its head. Necessity creates some interesting alliances with folks you wouldn’t expect, starting with Jack’s circumstances and the person who ends up helping him.
The friendships between Erika, Ian and Tex also evolve and change and as is typical with teen novels today, there is a bit of a love triangle. It’s all handled very sweetly and one thing I did enjoy was the lack of some of the “rougher” stuff we see in so many contemporary teen novels today, like constant profanity and sex. Of course, our heroes and heroines are pretty busy saving themselves and the world, so don’t have too much time to suffer through the usual angst.
The book is cleanly written, though there a few little things only an sharp eye would catch: repeated words or a bit of awkward phrasings. However, it was very nice to read such a well created and edited self-published book. The author has a lovely voice as well and is well-suited to her chosen genre.
Book one ended on a cliffhanger, and this book is no exception. We see the characters through fixing some problems, only to have more show up and worse … we’re being invaded by aliens who don’t want to help us. They want to eat us.
Yes, I’m looking forward to reading the next book.