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Alt.Human Paperback – June 1, 2012
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'alt.human is a startlingly new take on the theme of an Earth under alien occupation, and Brooke's vivid, high-definition prose makes us see it all with magnificent clarity.' Alastair Reynolds 'A brilliant dissection of how individuals and society will change when freed from material bounds. The Accord is Brooke's best novel to date.' The Guardian on The Accord 'Keith Brooke's prose achieves a rare honesty and clarity; his characters are always real people, his situations intriguing and often moving.' Jeff VanderMeer
About the Author
Keith Brooke is a British novelist with a string of highly acclaimed short fictions and one previous novel from Solaris, a hit with critics, The Accord. He lives in the English county of Essex near to the sea. The biggest writers in SF regularly laud his output, and with the release of alt.human, the public are set to welcome a major talent.
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What's left of humanity exists surrounded by multiple alien races who decide where, how, and even if humans will live. A small population existing on Indigenous Peoples' Preserves has carved out their own way of survival by cunning, flexibility, and trickery. They keep a low profile and are happy enough to be barely getting by. Until someone starts blowing up human communities.
You won't soon forget Brooke's cast of characters or the world he created to test their resolve to be human on the brink of extinction, by whatever ways and means they can create for themselves. You won't soon read a better, more completely realized science fiction novel.
There are some people who lives in cities in special "human zones" and are generally restricted outside those zones.
outsides zones there are aliens - uncountable number of species. No one know who their are, from where, what do they want.
They are keeping humans and letting them live, but in the same time catching people and killing them.
People are just trying to survive.
I just can't believe in such reality.
Later some factions? all? nobody knows but some aliens are starting to destroy human zones so some people are trying to escape.
They are traveling on foot for few weeks. (And no one tries to catch them? they destroyed some bridges so theirs escape had to be seen)
Finally they arrive to special city - city which is to be ultimate escape from bad aliens. (And those bad aliens are just letting this city to exist?? So nearly to theirs own cities?)
Unfortunately this city is controlled by some other faction of aliens and this faction have its own agenda.
I was reading page after page in hope to finally understand what is going on, but it never happened.
I can't really say that I was disappointed because I didn't have any expectations before, but I can't say that it was worth reading.
I would overall say this book has some old concepts examined in a new way that was refreshing.