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Book Review|| Becoming Human by Eliza Green


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Becoming Human
Exilon 5 Series #1
Eliza Green

★★★★/★★★★★

Science Fiction, Dystopia, Adult Fiction
358 pages
Published December 30th, 2012 by CreateSpace


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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I apologize for the lack of posts – I’ve been buried in school work. 😦

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

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I think I mentioned before that I am not a big fan of Sci-Fi/Dystopia genre – well, things change. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books in this genre and I started to like it. So when I was offered the chance to read an adult sci-fi book, how could I refuse? Especially since I like Eliza Green’s YA sci-fi novel (Feeder).

Now, to the actual review. 🙂

plot

The novel is about the World Government and their dictatorship over two planets. All the characters are affected by their rule, and some are on the mission to discover their secrets. There are other sub-plots, such as Bill trying to find out what happened to his wife, Stephen trying to help the natives of Exilon, Laura wanting to move to Exilon and so on. However, all their problems are because of this World Government.

Eliza Green created an interesting and scary world. It was nice to read about it, but I hope to never live through such things – especially since these days there are some totalitarian tendencies around the world.

There are a lot of plot twists in this novel, which make the story very unpredictable. I love an unpredictable novel – it makes the reading experience really great.

I have only one major problem with this novel. It is hard to get into the story at first – the pace is very slow. However, after the first couple of chapters, the story kicks in and it is a pleasure to read it. I also like how the writing gets better and better with each chapter. So, do not let the slow pace make you gave up this novel.

characters

There are a lot of interesting characters, including the secondary ones. The story is being told from multiple perspectives, but the different stories are connected with each other, even though the characters do not know each other.

A little bit about the main characters.

Bill Taggart – he wants to find out what happened to his wife, but he is chasing after the wrong people. However, I like that he is suspicious, asks questions and has an open mind.

Stephen – one of the natives of Exilon 5. He is on a mission to find out more about the humans that took over his Planet. He is not a big fan of humans, but he seems to be a great guy. He cares about its people and wants what is best for them. I like him and his chapters. I would like to know more about him and to see where the story takes him.

Laura O’Halloran – naive, goody-two-shoes, but she does the right thing when she needs to. She wants to move to Exilon so she can have a nicer and more peaceful life.

romance

There’s no real romance in this novel. Bill loves his dead wife, he thinks about her and wants to find what happened to her, but that’s about it. It’s not surprising since the main plot it’s not romance.  Maybe in the next novel? It’s no biggie for me, since I love novels that do not focus on romance.

final-thoughts

I really enjoyed this novel, and I’ll definitely read the next book in the trilogy. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

To summarize what I liked and didn’t like:

Pros

~ Interesting plot
~ Great, dynamic characters
~ Unique worldbuilding – especially when it comes to Exilon
~ A lot of plot twists – this novel is not predictable, that’s for sure

Cons

~ Slow pace – especially in the beginning. It takes a little bit for the story to kick in

recommend

Yes, definitely! If you love sci-fi, dystopia, especially aliens and other planets, I think you will really enjoy this novel.

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More books by Eliza Green:

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