Becoming Human by Eliza Green

Becoming Human

By Eliza Green

  • Release Date: 2013-03-11
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
From 61 Ratings
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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.

Becoming Human, part one in the Exilon 5 series, is a dystopian action adventure that you won’t want to put down.


  • Poor, but shows promise

    By MarkSyys
    This is the first part of a trilogy, offered free as a tempter. It's not very good. While it has an interesting premise and some intriguing teasing, the characters are one-dimensional and their interactions unlikely. The leading man is supposed to be the conflicted hero, I think, but his internal life is neither complicated nor subtly-drawn enough to be believed. There is enough here to make me suspect that the author will do better in the future, but not enough to tempt me to pay for part 2.
  • Too simplistic and underdeveloped plot/world/characters for me...

    By BronwenLucy
    I really wanted to enjoy this new SF offering, but for me, it lacked the detail, research, complex realility and exciting otherness of great writing. The technology and time frames for the terraforming and colonisation of the new planet have happened incredibly quickly and easily with no explanation (1/4 of the way in). The quasi human characteristics of the aliens also has been given no explanation, or even commented on by the real humans. The multiple character point of views including the alien are all very homogeneous... All this might be explained as the story and trilogy unfolds but unfortunately the writing and plot are not engaging enough for me to continue reading to find out. I'm sure other readers will disagree and enjoy this work, but if you're a fan of the space opera greats like me - Kim Stanley Robinson, Iain M Banks, Neal Stephenson - you'll be disappointed.
  • Read it!

    By Jjjddff
    Fantastic read, and one of the few books that have actually hooked me enough to buy the rest of the trilogy.