The Fall of Reach

The Fall of Reach

By Eric S. Nylund

Tor Books, Paperback, 9780765328328, 380pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2010


The Definitive Edition to the First and Bestselling Halo Novel, Including Twenty-seven Pages of New Material


Legends are not simply born...they are willed into existence.

Humanity has expanded beyond the Sol System. There are hundreds of planets we now call "home."

The United Nations Space Command now struggles to control this vast empire.

After exhausting all strategies to keep seething insurrections from exploding into interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope.

At the Office of Naval Intelligence, Dr. Catherine Halsey has been hard at work on a top secret program that could bring an end to all this conflict...and it starts with seventy-five children, among them a six year old boy named John.

Halsey never guessed that this little boy would become humanity's final hope against a vast alien force hell-bent on wiping us out.

This is the story of John, Spartan-117 the Master Chief, and of the battles that brought humanity face to face with its possible extinction.


This new Tor edition will serve as the definitive version of the novel that started Halo fans reading the series, and features brand-new material, including:

Excerpts of Office of Naval Intelligence interrogations of the Covenant.

Missives and mandates issued by the Covenant

Declassified transmissions regarding the defense of Reach

A personal insight into the Spartan program

The Official Evacuation Order for all inhabitants of Reach.
Five sketches of cover art by 343 Industries artist, Robogabo.

About the Author
Eric Nylund ("The Warlords of Recess") is a New York Times bestselling and World Fantasy Award nominated author of fourteen published science fiction, fantasy, and YA novels. His latest is a science fiction series for young readers, The Resisters. Eric also works for Microsoft Studios, where he makes video games.

Praise For The Fall of Reach

"All in all, this is an awesome book and beyond doubt a must read for Halo fans."--Teen Ink