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Becoming Human (Exilon 5) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 18, 2012
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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
"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
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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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book. Fast pace a great read. I'm looking forward to reading the other two. Filler words now. Two morePublished 9 hours ago by Kindle Customer
This is one of those serial books that requires you to read the entire series to get a real story with a climax. Read morePublished 1 day ago by clydeh7
Good story of what might happen to the earth in the future. A look towards the time when man gets cocky.Published 2 days ago by David C.Smith
I wasn't expecting much from a free book, but I was pleasantly surprised!
What a great imagination and good story writing :)
I like sci-fi to be action-packed page turners, and this definitely is not one. It is very slow and boring. If you like a leisurely slow-paced book, you'll enjoy it.Published 11 days ago by MLP
Interesting, would recommend this book to my.friends to read. Waiting to.get book twoPublished 11 days ago by Marie Metzger
A well written and thoroughly enjoyable book. It is a shame it is the typical "First in the Series" books that is free...bait to get you to buy the rest. Read morePublished 11 days ago by OSOK
The major reasons for my four star rating: the author lays a strong foundation in terms of character development and each of the characters differ distinctly from one another. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kelsey
THIS CHICK NEEDS A BETTER EDITOR, STAT!!! She also needs to hone her writing skills to the level where intelligent adults with large vocabularies and a knowledge of proper grammar... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Fey Moon