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Becoming Human: A Dystopian Post Apocalyptic Novel (Exilon 5 Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 18, 2012
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Interview with the Author
Q - Are these books for me?
A - Do you enjoy stories that make you question our hand in society's downfall? Do you like immersing yourself in post-apocalyptic dystopian adventures that deal with the gritty truth about our future survival? Do you want to read about real characters who will keep you up long past your bedtime? Do you enjoy mysteries, thrillers and science fiction with heart? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I'd say these books are definitely for you.
Q - What if I don't really like science fiction?
A - You don't have to be a super fan of science fiction, just love people and the connections between them. The Exilon 5 series books are character driven and while my stories are certainly categorised as science fiction, they are down to earth and very relatable. Many readers who have loved my series have not been fans of dystopian science fiction thrillers, post-apocalyptic conspiracy or space opera type stories. But after reading my books they are more than willing to give new sci-fi stories a go. If you love TV shows like The Walking Dead,Game of Thrones or Marvel's Agents of Shield, you'll enjoy this series.
Q - Can I try something a little shorter to begin with?
A - Yes you can! You can get my psychological science fiction thriller story for free here: smarturl.it/y31fek
Q - I loved the first three books in the Exilon 5 series and want more. Will you be writing any more books?
A - The Exilon 5 books were originally written as a trilogy but when I finished Crimson Dawn, another story emerged that continues on eight years after the end of Crimson Dawn. Currently they are listed as a trilogy but I plan to release the fourth book in 2017, and the fifth and sixth book soon after. When that happens, the "trilogy" title will no longer be relevant and it will become the Exilon 5 series.
Q - What order should I read the books in?
A - It's better to read the books in this order: Echoes of Earth, New Origin, Becoming Human, Altered Reality, Crimson Dawn. While it is possible to read the books out of order, reading them in order will help you to understand who the characters are and the struggles they face.
Derailed Conscience is a standalone book and can be read at any time.
The Exilon 5 Series Order:
Echoes of Earth
(more coming in the series in 2017)
Derailed Conscience (stand alone at present. Sequel coming soon)
Q- Are you writing anything else?
A - Yes, a young adult sci-fi series, beginning with Feeder, available in November 2016. It's The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games.
Thank you for reading this! I love hearing from my readers. Please get in touch with me anytime by visiting my website: elizagreenbooks.com
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Too many Discrepancies: In the Indigene's council chamber are bookshelves "filled with Indigene and human literature" (p. 201). and "I will be Bob Harris, road maintenance worker. That’s the information that came back when I scanned the originals into our systems" (p. 207). Okay, a lot of this book is about how the Indigene's know almost nothing about "humans" and vice-versa about Humans knowing anything much about the Indigenes. Right before this scene was a scene where the indigene Stephen is SHOCKED to learn the surface dwellers call themselves "human":
"Stephen shook his head. ‘No. Perhaps I need to be clearer with my question. What does your species refer to itself as? We only know you as Surface Creatures.’ While Ben scratched his head, Stephen was acutely conscious of his fast-approaching deadline. Suddenly, the child smiled. ‘Oh, you mean human?’ ‘Ah, human,’ Stephen said, nodding once. ‘Thank you.’ On the outside, he appeared to be in control; beneath his icy exterior, his heart raced at over seventy beats per minute. Every part of his body strained against the temptation to flee. His sudden need to bolt without explanation overpowered any rational thoughts he had." p. 136-137).
How do the Indigenes have human literature??? How does the very clever Indigene, Anton, "read" the ident chip and get info off it??? It's just implausible.
I kept reading for awhile, thinking:
Well maybe the word human is used by the indigenes for something else? But I feel I'm wasting my time thinking there will be a twist to make that happen. It's just too implausible.
They understand english? They have english human names? If somehow this is explained in some satisfactory way later, I suppose the book is readable, but there are just too many holes. A hundred years and yet there isn't a lot different about how we live, the things we use, etc, there is a food replicator of some sort, but that is almost the only tech improvement I can find. Cultures are exactly the same now? Women aren't accepted in upper levels of Japanese business? Just too many holes.....
Will I buy the next two in this trilogy? Probably so, having finished the first volume. However,this first has some issues that give me pause.
It was very difficult to become involved. I nearly...did not. The pace is somewhat tedious with too much character building for too many seemingly marginal characters from too many organizations. If they are become more important in the next volumes, that is the place to flesh them out. Don't depend on me, the reader to remember all that detail for the next volume. It is way too much like picking 10 or more roads on one side of a map and trying to follow them to the other side remembering all the cities along each road and every point at which they cross and which were paved and...and. Well, you get the idea. Because of the obscurity, it only really caught my interest the last few chapters. I became caught up in four or five of the characters by that point and really want to know what comes next. Volume II will hopefully start off a bit more briskly???
If a writer is going to give detail of a technology, they should have a good feel for that technology or get advice from someone who does. It is easy for weaknesses at that point to dampen the readers "Willing suspension of disbelief" so necessary in reading fiction. The Wizard almost lost Dorothy that way.
The basic underlying "surprise" in the story is a variation on a theme seen in several stories over the years and with only a very limited number of possible outcomes. I am curious if the next two volumes will hold the attention and truly surprise one with a new twist on the outcome. That is a tall order.
I say all this not as a "Critic" but as one explaining what I and probably many others look for in a book I might buy and enjoy. If a true recognized "Critic" loved it, I most likely would do neither.
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