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Being Human (The Fountain #3) Paperback – June 5, 2017
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Ellison Blackburn is the author of several science fiction novels. As Ellis Blackburn, she writes time-travel mysteries set in Victorian-era Chicago. Unlike other writers who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, Ellis came into her creative own only a few years ago. And despite earning degrees in Biology and English Literature, for many years, she traveled a career path unrelated to either field of study. It was not until she authored her first Sci-Fi book did her education and work backgrounds mingle sensibly. In addition to storytelling, Ellison enjoys painting, traveling, watching documentaries and movies, as well as reading novels and tales of mystery and suspense. Learn more at EllisonBlackburn.com or join her Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/Matter.of.Time/. Also, follow her on: Facebook: Facebook.com/ellisonblackburn Amazon: Amazon.com/author/ellisonblackburn/ BookBub: BookBub.com/authors/ellison-blackburn
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Like the first two books in the Fountain trilogy, "Being Human" considers some of the "big questions" of the future of humanity, such as medical intervention and its effects on individual lives and society as a whole. The issues under consideration are big picture problems, viewed through the small lens of the day-to-day life of the main character and her personal concerns. Although Emery and her friends are working to save all of humanity, what the reader gets is mainly their inner lives, which helps keep the story in focus.
As in the earlier books, we are treated to the inner thoughts of a curious, intellectual woman, and her relationships not just with men she's romantically interested in, but with a variety of friends and family members. There's a particular emphasis in this book on relationships between women and both the support and the rivalry that can arise between them. Recommended for readers looking for a psychological futuristic story that passes the Bechdel test.
With a star cast of Ellison Blackburn’s incredibly well-written, deep characters, Being Human is the third in the Regeneration Chronicles, tracing the history immediately after the start of the Progeny Project. While the underlying fascination of the plot is time, mortality, paradox, and sexual fidelity, the story frames it in a rich tapestry of events and realistic characters, sliding the serious concepts in via sleight of hand amid the emotional drama between the characters. Being Human can be read simply as a romance story, or the reader has the option to enjoy the concepts that the author has woven into the storyline for us to think about – this is a book that can be enjoyed and thought about on many levels.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ms. Blackburn creates a world where nothing is as it seems. There are gaps in the decision-making processes causing things to go awry in some very serious ways and the consequences cannot be out-run.
This is the final book in a series that is a literary masterpiece of thought-provoking and soul-scaring discoveries. Can they right their wrongs? Should they even try?
Read the books and make your decisions. Remember the After Effect – all decisions have one.
I was given a free copy for an honest appraisal. The opinions contained in this review are my own.
Our tale begins with Emery on the eve of her marriage to Aiden. Emery’s pending nuptial bliss is put on hold when a blast from Aiden's past, Sera, literally transports in with an urgent mission: they must break the laws of their time and go back in history to stop the discovery of modular cell regeneration from happening. As Emery and her friends push forward to help their world adjust to life without regeneration, Emery must also deal with the buxom, blonde Sera who tries to seduce Aiden in ways that would even give Mae West pause.
As an avid reader of literary works, I immediately fell in love with this book by the end of the first paragraph. There is no disputing it; Ellison Blackburn is a master of prose and I will gladly follow her writing anywhere she wants to take me. In addition to wooing me with her words, Blackburn manages to expertly peel back the layers of Emery’s psychology.
I loved this book. I loved it so much that I immediately went back and bought the first two books in the series, Regeneration X and Progeny. I cannot wait to read them!