Review: Becoming Human by Eliza Green

Posted May 16, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Becoming Human by Eliza Green

Becoming Human

by Eliza Green
Series: Exilon 5 #1
Pages: 358
Published on December 18th, 2013
by CreateSpace
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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Two worlds.Two species. One terrifying secret.

A dystopian Earth forces humans to scour the galaxy for a new home.

The discovery of another race on the new planet is disrupting efforts to relocate the entire population.

The Indigenes, the race that occupies Exilon 5, must become human to protect their species from further harm.

A terrifying secret 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, Bill Taggart is sent to monitor the Indigenes, the race that lives there. He is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. His surveillance focuses on the Indigene Stephen, who has risked his life to surface during the daytime.

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. But one woman holds a secret that threatens Bill’s and Stephen’s plans, an untruth that could rip apart the lives of those on both worlds.

BECOMING HUMAN, part one in the Exilon 5 trilogy, is a dystopian action adventure that you won’t want to put down.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

Honestly, this is not a genre I usually read. No, correction. This is not a genre I usually enjoy. But I did! I enjoyed this book! Surprisingly so.

So, in this book the earth is dying. It’s overrun and destroyed by humanity. The ‘world government’ has terraformed a new planet and is slowly bringing people to that planet. It has several POV’s, both on earth and Exilon 5 (the new planet). And each character mattered and had their own voice!
We have Bill, a high level government official who doesn’t like the natives from the new planet (called Indigene) very much because he thinks they killed his wife. It follows a few natives and a few characters back on earth. The different POV’s made it easier for me to get into the story, which is usually very hard for me in this genre. BUT, sometimes it felt like there were to many. Some were necessary, I get that, but some were not and I wouldn’t have minded if those didn’t have a separate POV.

But the story was very fascinating and really original. It’s a very good example of the issues that follow when a government has ultimate control over people. And I liked discovering the origins and background from the Indigenes. Very interesting to read. And it never got really predictable. Some parts were, but most of the time it surprised me.

It’s obvious this is the first part from a trilogy. This book covers most of the world-building and backstory (which is a huge plus) and introduces the characters to us. While doing all that, it makes me curious for the sequel. Very well done Eliza!

If you love Sci Fi books or dystopian, you will like (or even love) this one too. I recommend it to them. If this genre is really not your thing, I don’t but you might as well give it a try. Who knows, maybe it surprises you and you like it anyway.

autograph bieke


About Eliza Green

Eliza hails from Dublin, Ireland. While she has a marketing degree and has worked in many industries from fashion, to sport to finance, she fell in love with writing when she discovered it only a few years ago.
Eliza is not ashamed to admit she hated English in school, mostly because of how it was taught. She was always good at spelling, but the focus in school was on outdated books from Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. The old world language and lack of interesting books in school frustrated her to the point that it put her off reading until adulthood. Then she re-discovered reading and now, that’s all she does … that and write of course.

Eliza writes down-to-earth science fiction, which has stemmed from her lifelong obsession with sci-fi stories. She has a dark side, so you will never read anything of hers that is too happy, or cheery. Human beings are flawed and those flaws interest her the most.

Three things Eliza is proud of:
• Sticking with the writing
• Having the courage to go it alone
• The Compulsion Reads endorsements on her books

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