Becoming Human is a long-overdue review, but worth the wait!
Even with being a freakishly fast reader, there is only so much of me to go around. I’m so glad I can finally give this book the attention it deserves!
Becoming Human: The Exilon 5 Series Book #1 (Release Date: December 30, 2012)
A VENDETTA. A DESIRE FOR FREEDOM. A SECRET THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING.
In 2163, a polluted and overcrowded Earth forces humans to search for a new home. But the exoplanet they target, Exilon 5, is occupied.
Having already begun a massive relocation programme, the World Government on Earth sends Bill Taggart to monitor the threat level of the Indigenes, the alien race that lives on Exilon 5. Bill is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. Until now.
Stephen has every reason to despise the humans and their attempts to colonise his planet. To protect his species from further harm, he must go against his very nature and become human.
Laura O’Halloran is losing her daily battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Her only chance at recovery is leaving the dark Earth for the sunnier climate of Exilon 5. She hopes her credentials as a World Government employee will secure her a one-way trip, but with the ever-increasing relocation demand that is not a guarantee.
Her discovery of a deadly secret threatens her life and that of Bill and Stephen. A secret so great it could rip apart both worlds.
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There is nothing better than good “Smart Scifi”. Well-researched, detailed, realistic and usually very complex. When done right, the story will have a level of plausibility that’s almost frightening and Eliza has done it right!
I’m not going to lie, the level of information and technology can be overwhelming at times, but without it, I don’t think I would have the same concern for the future of humanity. The prologue of this book is very dense and could potentially dissuade some readers but it’s all necessary and if you stick with it, you will be rewarded with a fantastic story.
In this book, we are the invading alien species. Having destroyed our planet to the point where it is almost uninhabitable, we find a planet that can adapt to our needs for survival. The only problem is that a native race already lives there. Eliza depicts a horrific invasion where in my opinion, humans can best be described as monsters! Driving the Indigenes underground, because they cannot tolerate our changes to their planet. Think War of the Worlds, but humans are the destroyers. Very grim stuff.
Naturally, There are certain Indigenes that refuse to go easily. One in particular, is determined to infiltrate our species to learn everything he can about us. Stephen is a very interesting character and probably my favourite of the story so far.
The other prominent character is a human being called Bill Taggart, an International Task Force Agent. He is tasked with learning everything about the Indigenes, but Taggart has a hidden agenda. Revenge for the murder of his wife.
Becoming Human is told from multiple POVs, is complexly layered and extremely evocative. I have read other stuff of Eliza’s and she is a kick-ass writer! Just be prepared to turn your “thinking caps” on when reading Becoming Human or anything else by her.
I quite enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the next installment in the Exilon 5 Series .
About the Author
Eliza Green tried her hand at fashion designing, massage, painting, and even ghost hunting, before finding her love of writing. She often wonders if her desire to change the ending of a particular glittery vampire story steered her in that direction (it did). After earning her degree in marketing, Eliza went on to work in everything but marketing, but swears she uses it in everyday life, or so she tells her bank manager.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she lives there with her sci-fi loving, evil genius best friend. When not working on her next amazing science fiction adventure, you can find her reading, indulging in new food at an amazing restaurant or simply singing along to something with a half decent beat.