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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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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 Echoes of Earth and New Origin 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
- Isobel 4.5 (QS Novella)
- Marcus 4.6 (QS Novella
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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I'm kind of sitting at 2.5-3 stars for this. It was disappointing and I nearly DNF several times, but the writer clearly has some skill (for all that she seriously needs an editor). 'Good for a self-pub' doesn't seem star-worthy.
The idea is intriguing, and one I favor: Earth is dying off, and humans need to relocate to another planet. We open with terraforming chemicals wreaking havoc on the Indigenes, forcing them undergound and starting a chain reaction of both Indigenes and humans trying to figure out WTF is going on. While obviously thought out and working with known science, it was still hard to believe all these technological changes (including FTL travel) being plausible in the next 150 years, let alone while simultaneously killing off much of the entire planet.
I think it could have been a 4-5 star book with editing. As it is, the descriptions are often overwrought and occasionally hard to follow – a whole paragraph describing various hand movements when she could have said “He spun through the images and enlarged section yadda yadda...”, for example. There's a lot of very amateur character descriptions akin to 'This is Bill, who has grey-flaked hair, average height, and a pot belly' and 'Dr. Whatsit, whose black hair was slicked back in a tight bun, her green eyes flashing, and genetic mods taking a good 20 years off her face'. For EVERY character. Lots of info-dumping, including the verboten dialogue dump that starts with 'As you know/As you are aware...' Repetition that could have been cut. Etc. Editors! A self-pub must!
There are also a number of grammar issues that pulled me from the story, and these weren't any kind of confusion between British & American English (for all that regional word choices in characters from other regions stood out). These were like quick vs. quickly and, one of my huge peeves, using 'peaked' instead of 'piqued'.
There seems to be, for me, an uncomfortable level of misogyny as well. First I thought it was maybe just the one character, and I was *supposed* to dislike him, but no, many characters, including female characters, had to pontificate over stereotypes in the gender binary and denigrate women in their personal musings.
Okay, I guess that despite all the promise – or maybe because of it – I'm now leaning closer to the 2-star side rather than 3. I *did* finish it, and I was pleased that it picked up in the back half, but it lost my goodwill with an unsatisfactory ending. They cleared up -one- question that I had held in there for (and, yes, I had called it super-early, like back in chapter 3 or 4), but then it just cut off abruptly. To set up for book 2, of course. Had this one been executed just a little bit better, I'd probably go on to the next book, but it just seemed like too much work for too little pay off. It's got tons of gushing 4- and 5-star reviews though, so maybe I'm too picky. Check it out if the concept appeals to you, and let me know what you think.
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.