Date Completed: 2/21/16
Although this book started out slow, the pace built throughout the story and I ended it wanting more. It’s 2163 and some people have moved from the dying planet Earth to a new planet called Exilon 5. Why the transition? It’s a little unclear, but it seems that Earth fell into steep decline at the beginning of the 21st century, and now it’s not as appealing a place to live. However, there is another species already inhabiting Exilon 5, a human-like species referred to by two names: Species 31, or Indigene. This new species seems to mirror humans in a lot of ways, appearing structurally very similar to the human race, but they are much faster in every way.
The reason this book felt so slow to me was that it all felt like set-up for the actual story which only began near the end of the book. Because this tale is so futuristic, the author spends a great deal of time catching the reader up to where humans are in 2163. I feel like she could have created the same strong post-apocalyptic feeling without the extended intro, but I do have a keen (if not a little jumbled) understanding of the way the futuristic Earth/Exilon 5 world works now.
The characters were believable, but there wasn’t much character development until the end. There were quite a few characters who each had their own trajectory and there wasn’t a whole lot of overlap between their stories. This is only the first in a trilogy, so there’s plenty of room for development in the sequels. I felt like my experience mirrored the overall experience of the characters; there was a lot of boredom in the beginning, but every time action broke out I was thoroughly intrigued and enjoyed the newness and lack of understanding that came with such a mysterious plot. I say this mirrors the characters’ own experience because 2163 seems to be such a boring time where people are assigned even more monotonous tasks and required to work significantly longer hours than we are now, for days or weeks on end, even!
I can’t say much more without revealing the whole plot and point of the story, so I’ll just wrap it up with this: Green definitely has a handle on the sci-fi aspect of this trilogy. When the character development and pacing of the plot improves, the Exilon 5 trilogy will reach the next level for me. She has the whole trilogy written, and I look forward to reading the next two.
Eliza Green lives in Ireland, where she was born and raised. She’s tried her hand at a number of career opportunities and finds herself writing now. She has a great bio and Q & A section on her website, so check that out. You can also get a copy of Becoming Human on Amazon (or your other e-book source) free right now, so grab it while you can!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.