“Earth is overcrowded and polluted.
A new planet, Exilon 5, has been located.
But Exilon 5 is already occupied.
In 2163, a polluted and overcrowded Earth forces humans to search for a new home. But the exoplanet they target, Exilon 5, is occupied.
Having already begun a massive relocation programme, the World Government on Earth sends Bill Taggart to monitor the threat level of the Indigenes, the alien race that lives on Exilon 5. Bill is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. Until now.
Stephen has every reason to despise the humans and their attempts to colonise his planet. To protect his species from further harm, he must go against his very nature and become human.
Laura O’Halloran is losing her daily battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Her only chance at recovery is leaving the dark Earth for the sunnier climate of Exilon 5. She hopes her credentials as a World Government employee will secure her a one-way trip, but with the ever increasing relocation demand that is not a guarantee.
Her discovery of a deadly secret threatens her life and that of Bill and Stephen. A secret so great it could rip apart both worlds.”
I had very mixed feelings about ‘Becoming Human’. It had a lot of potential based on reading the blurb, but the actual book was a bit of a disappointment. I think one of the main problems was that there were too many characters all narrating the story so every chapter it would be from a different point of view.
This technique can work well in some instances, however usually only two or three different perspective are used. There were so many different characters involved that as well as being a bit confusing, I didn’t have the time to become attached to any of the characters until very late in the book as character development was a little thin on the ground.
On the other hand, I liked the setting – of the future earth – and felt it was covered in some great, carefully thought-out detail. In many ways it was realistic (the idea that the earth had become uninhabitable due to global warming is of course more than plausible) and I did like the detail the author went into when describing the setting. The new types of jobs available and the living conditions were very imaginative. I did feel that perhaps the details were focused on a little too much in favor of plot progression and character development so the book felt quite slow.
I realize that ‘Becoming Human’ is the first book in a series, but I still feel like more could have been achieved in the first book. Despite the book’s length, by the time I reached the last page I felt like the story was only just getting going.
Nevertheless it was a fun and creative idea and a good fantasy novel. I probably won’t continue reading the series myself but who knows – maybe it’s just not ‘my thing’ so to speak.