Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Becoming Human (Exilon 5)... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Unread copy in perfect condition.
Trade in your item
Get a $0.69
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Becoming Human (Exilon 5) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 18, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars 303 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Exilon 5 Trilogy Series

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.95
$10.95 $12.72

Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
$14.95 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Becoming Human (Exilon 5) (Volume 1)
  • +
  • Altered Reality (Exilon 5) (Volume 2)
  • +
  • Crimson Dawn (Exilon 5) (Volume 3)
Total price: $46.85
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

The science fiction idea for the Exilon 5 Trilogy started out life as a short story. I imagined an alien and a young boy sitting together and wondered about the conversation they might have. It was the first contact between the alien and the boy and so many questions rushed through my mind as I wrote their scene. But if we came face to face with alien life, aliens more intelligent than us, would we bother to ask questions or simply destroy?

The setting has a strong dystopian feel. In current times, it's hard to ignore problems like overcrowding and air pollution and the dystopian Earth was my vision of the future if we carried on as we are.  But there is hope.

As we search the galaxy for other planets similar to ours, we come closer to discovering new homes. In the future, it may be necessary to colonise another planet as we outgrow Earth. The terraforming, resulting in a destructive post-apocalyptic aftermath, may be the only way to ensure our survival.

Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. The premise of the Trilogy draws on that simple ideology and shows us a possible future that our generation is helping to shape.  

In 2013, Becoming Human featured in several Amazon Bestseller List categories;
  • Science Fiction Dystopian
  • Science Fiction Adventure
  • Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic
  • Science Fiction First Contact
  • Science Fiction Colonization
  • Science Fiction Space Exploration

Review

"A hard-hitting blend of 1984 and Blade Runner " Apple iBooks

"An intriguing plot that began from an innocuous beginning to a tense, cliffhanger of an ending"
Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"Thought Provoking SciFi, Dystopian Tale" Compulsion Reads

"This book demonstrates why I read Indie books and have enjoyed doing so immensely" Masquerade Crew Blog
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Series: Exilon 5
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481082930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481082938
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read much sci-fi over the past 50 plus years. This first effort is better than from some more experienced writers stories over the years.
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.
Read more ›
9 Comments 124 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
MARK'S REVIEW

This book demonstrates why I read Indie books and have enjoyed doing so immensely. Yes, some self-published books don't deserve to see the light of day, but this isn't one of those. Far from it. It was exciting and it had mystery. It sets up the next book while still giving you closure in this one--a difficult task for a book in a series.

But it isn't perfect, though close. If Amazon had half stars, I'd give it 4 and a half, but since I round up, it's a 5. I didn't know if it was going to be a 4 or a 5 until the very end. I was leaning toward 5 when I noticed that there was only 10% of the story left. It was then that I realized that the ending was probably going to be abrupt and it was a little bit. How abrupt it was would determine if the rating went down to a 4 or up to a 5 (from a 4.5 of course).

A 4 would have left me feeling cheated because I wouldn't have learned enough about the terrifying secret the author refers to in the synopsis. It's a 5 because I learned just about everything about the secret (though the author could always throw a curve ball in the second book). The last bit of knowledge comes in quickly during a conversation in the last 5% of the story. A little bit of an info dump, but I'm splitting hairs. The ending's fine. Ignore what I just said.

Another problem some might have is with the number of view point characters. But it's hard not to with this kind of story. There's a large cast of characters, some of them on Earth, some on Exilon 5. At least it was written in 3rd person. I don't think I would have been able to read it in multiple 1st person.

There were times that I was slightly confused and just had to keep reading, but for me that happens with any book with a large cast of characters.
Read more ›
1 Comment 47 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
Book Review: Becoming Human by Eliza Green
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd

Writing Style - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
A good, dramatic undertone and a nicely balanced narrative combine to make this a good read. The structure of the writing is simple and effective, the dialogue good and considered.
I did feel that the early chapters were a little bouncy and I worried that the story might move along too rapidly, but as the plots calmed down, it started to run a lot more smoothly.

Character Development - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
I struggled to relate to any of the characters at the beginning. Although I was given the ammunition needed to understand, I didn't think this was enough.
Until the story started to unfold properly, it seemed that many of them remained as little more than two-dimensional characters, who were interesting but little more.
As more of the plots and sub-plots are revealed, this does change and the characters begin to get more rounded.
If anything, it seems that more work goes into developing the `alien' characters than any others, though this does pay off later.

Descriptive - 3.5/5.0 (Good)
There is plenty of good descriptive work here, especially with regards to locations and characters. What is occasionally lacking is some of the finer, atmospheric descriptive that helps set the scene.
When it is there, it makes a huge difference to the feel of the characters.

Language & Grammar - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
I thought the word choices and usage were excellent. The book as a whole was very readable, and although I felt it could have done with a tiny check through on the punctuation front, there was nothing in here that was drastically in need of change or editing.
Read more ›
Comment 41 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Becoming Human (Exilon 5) (Volume 1)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Becoming Human (Exilon 5) (Volume 1)