Becoming Human [NOOK Book]

Overview

Two worlds.
Two species.
One terrifying secret.

Climate change, population control issues and a dystopian Earth forces humans to scour the galaxy for a new home.

The discovery of another race on the new planet is disrupting efforts to relocate the entire population.

The ...

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Becoming Human

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Overview

Two worlds.
Two species.
One terrifying secret.

Climate change, population control issues and a dystopian Earth forces humans to scour the galaxy for a new home.

The discovery of another race on the new planet is disrupting efforts to relocate the entire population.

The Indigenes, the race that occupies Exilon 5, must become human to protect their species from further harm.

A terrifying secret will change everything.

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, Bill Taggart is sent to monitor the Indigenes, the race that lives there. He is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. His surveillance focuses on the Indigene Stephen, who has risked his life to surface during the daytime.
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. But one woman holds a secret that threatens Bill’s and Stephen’s plans, an untruth that could rip apart the lives of those on both worlds.

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

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044371064
  • Publisher: Eliza Green
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Series: Exilon 5 Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 167,156
  • File size: 419 KB

Meet the Author

Eliza Green writes down-to-earth science fiction that has stemmed from her life long obsession with science fiction stories.

She has worked in many industries from fashion to finance, but nothing has really challenged her as much as writing. Several years ago, a short story idea turned into Becoming Human and not long after, the Exilon 5 Trilogy was born. The Trilogy presents a dystopian future where world population and pollution are serious issues and explores what happens when humans opt for the easiest solution.

BECOMING HUMAN, a dystopian science fiction tale, is the first in the Trilogy and Eliza's debut novel. ALTERED REALITY, Book 2 is available to purchase in print and digital formats. CRIMSON DAWN, book 3 in the trilogy, is available to preorder from all major online stores. Release date 3rd October 2014.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Green's not green when it comes to writing amazing books. I shal

    Green's not green when it comes to writing amazing books. I shall seek out all her other books vailable now and in the future.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    A great start to the series. Can't wait for more!

    A great start to the series. Can't wait for more!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Insightful, and intriguing tour of the future. After poisoning

    Insightful, and intriguing tour of the future.

    After poisoning the Earth, humanity packs up it's societal baggage and takes off for the stars. "Becoming Human" explores the middle history of humanity's future in a "grass is always greener in space" tale told from two planet's points of view. On Earth, characters go about their daily business while living in an ecological crisis. On Exilon 5, colonist of a New World Order attempt to make the environment more habitable for themselves, while forcing the indigenous life to adapt to people.

    It's kind of a warning from the future to get our act together in the present with an espionage arch across the tale. If you're a fan of Phillip K Dick you might appreciate the "who's watching who" paranoia coil that winds through it.

    If you like a lot of technical information about imagined words as you explore them, or if you like the themes explored in "Day After Tomorrow" or "When Worlds Collide", and if enjoy "Star Trek the Next Generation" style of characterization in your sci-fi, you’ll probably enjoy "Becoming Human."

    It's worth the trip.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2013

    Wishing I found this book after the trilogy was done, now I'll h

    Wishing I found this book after the trilogy was done, now I'll have to wait for the next book. Can't wait to read it. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

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    Fantastic Debut Sci Fi!

    In the future, through overuse, over abuse and over-population, Earth has become toxic to human life. Light years away, exoplanet Exilon 5 is discovered to be a plausible place to relocate humans to. Only problem? It’s already inhabited by another species. Solution? Force the indigenous population to die, or adapt to the changes necessary to support human life. Or, just maybe, they will learn to adapt and hide underground, seeking ways to learn about the invaders. Maybe they have grown smarter, more powerful and superior in many ways to the human race.
    Bill Taggert, an International Task Force Agent, is charged with investigating this race, called Indigenes, but Bill has his own agenda on Exilon 5. His wife is missing and presumed murdered by the Indigenes and he intends to get definitive answers in the hopes of finding closure. Contact has been made with an Indigene, Stephen, but attempts to capture him failed. Meanwhile, a young woman, Laura, on her first day at a new high security job at the ESC (Earth Security Center), has discovered highly sensitive files that she can’t help but read. When she is secretly given more information on the same subjects, Bill Taggert and the Indigenes, she is drawn into a twisted and terrifying conspiracy that runs all the way to the top of the political chain. What are the dark secrets being withheld from the population? Why is it necessary for every action made by the population to be monitored by the government?
    Viewed and told through multiple POVs, the plot is intricate, involved and intense. With several necessary subplots racing along concurrently, the answers to what is going on will be HUGE! Remember, two worlds, two races, two histories, but what about the future?? Good intentions vs selfish desires are all part of this story, too. What will the final outcome be? Will the human race destroy another world in its quest for supremacy and survival or are the only the privileged few going to come out on top?
    Eliza Green had me from page one. Her creative world-building constructed a panoramic view of the consequences of two worlds colliding where both sides want to win, neither trusting the other. Will good conquer evil? I, for one am looking forward to book two, especially after book one’s stellar ending! If you like Sci-fi, futuristic tales, dystopian worlds with underdog ‘good guys’ fighting the good fight, I think you’ll like this! After book one, and meeting Daphne, I’m rooting for the Indigenes!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    highly recommend

    Loved the book. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book (and continuation of this story) by Eliza Green.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    A breath of fresh air

    Great new take on futuristic sci-fi, i absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next installment! So well written i became lost in it and would reaf for hours without realization. If at first you have slight confusion, just keep reading it will all start to come together become clear. Cant't wait for more from this author! Two thumbs up!

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    By the year 2163 planet earth has become so polluted and overcro

    By the year 2163 planet earth has become so polluted and overcrowded that humanity’s only hope may lie with Exilon 5, a distant planet that the World Government has been feverishly terraforming and reconstructing. The trickle of earth refugees has just started, but Exilon 5 may not be the oasis that many believe.

    The World Government has assigned Bill Taggart to investigate disturbing claims of an alien race, the Indigenes, that may still exist on Exilon 5. The assignment allows Taggart to pursue his ulterior motive of finding out what happened to his long-missing wife, whom he presumes was murdered by the Indigenes. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to stay on Exilon 5 until he uncovers the answers to his questions.

    Stephen is an Indigene native of Exilon 5. Surface creatures are kidnapping and killing his kind. The Central Council and Stephen need to find out more about these invaders and what their end game is. Willing to risk his life, Stephen ventures above ground and makes friends with a young boy, hoping that he can help provide information that the Indigenes can use to protect themselves from the invaders.

    The World Government is not going to make it easy for anyone in this story to uncover the truth. It’s going to take extremely brave people to connect and share their secrets before the mystery behind the Indigene and Exilon 5 can be revealed.
    Becoming Human is a complex tale that follows a variety of characters as they individually stitch together the true purpose of Exilon 5 and the secrets that the World Government is willing to kill to keep silent.

    I really enjoyed the way that author Eliza Green was able to thread each of the story lines together in a way that was intriguing and still left me surprised as clues were released. Stephen is my favorite character. I like how gentle he was. However, when threats to his race were present he was willing to do what needed to be done to protect his people.

    While I really enjoyed the book, it will require the reader to read it slowly and pay very close attention. There are a number of characters and each of them plays an important role in building this futuristic world and revealing the overall plot.
    Overall, I would happily recommend this book to fans of dystopia, science fiction and conspiracy lovers. You will be in for an exciting ride.
    (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    Extremely well written

    I'm not going to go into details of character and plot development etc because other reviewers have done a great job of it. Suffice to say that I bought this book on a whim, not knowing the writer and, thinking the story would be a drag. I was surprised by how well written it was and how it drew me into the plot. Stephen and Taggart are excellent characters and the women are still very strong and decisive. I was left wanting more and will be buying the 2nd book today. I give it 4.5 stars because of a few details probably due to it being a first book. Otherwise it's a 5

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

    Becoming Human (the 1st book in the Exilon 5 Trilogy) is written by Eliza Green. Admittedly I was surprised that this was written by a woman, from the first 1/3 of the book, I had the feeling that it was written by a man. Considering that the story is told predominantly through the eyes of men, I must commend Eliza on capturing the essence of man in storytelling views.

    Becoming Human is based in the year 2163 when Earth is overpopulated and polluted to the point that the sun is no longer visible in the sky and the temperatures have dropped. A planet named Exilon 5 has been terraformed and has replicated 5 major cities that people have started being transported to. However, the race that was on Exilon 5 before the terraforming process were not completely annihilated and have continued to thrive under the surface.

    Eliza does a great job of combining many fears and speculations into her futuristic novel. Everyone has an ID chip embedded in their thumb that is used for everything from signatures to building entry. Overcrowding has reached the point that bodies of water have been filled in to create more housing. Medical advances allow people to live well into their 100s, reaching 175 as a ripe old age. Optional suicide booths that inject a substance to painlessly kill people due to the mass overcrowding. Workers are required for weeks at a time with drugs that allow them to stay awake and only getting hours or a single day off after a week or longer shift. With no space for additional housing and the lack of sunlight from the layer of pollution, food can no longer be grown on Earth and people eat and drink substances from food replication machines to get the appropriate nutrients. Vitamin D shots are readily available for mood enhancement due to the lack of sunlight.

    The Prologue to the book had useful information but was very dry and overly technical. It kind of set a negative tone for the book, and I was a little worried about whether or not I would be reading an enjoyable story or a science fiction technical novel; luckily the rest of book is much more inviting and easy to become immersed in. Eliza has written a lot of characters that are cold and detached in many ways, and yet still have the ability for you to get to know them and want to know more about their stories. The main negative thing that I have to say about this book would be the dry prologue and the fact that it needs a cleaner edit. There were times within the novel that some sentences would be incomplete or missing a word on the end of them.

    Becoming Human is written from many different perspectives to give a "whole picture" kind of feel. In the beginning it took a little bit of getting used to with a bit of jumping around in locations, but once I got into the story line and used to the different locations of main characters I had no problems seamlessly switching between people and locations for more pieces of the puzzle that was uncovering the big secret of Exilon 5.

    Overall I think that Eliza has a winning story with Becoming Human. I enjoyed the characters and was definitely feeling anger and disgust at what the leading organizations have been up to, and I am definitely interested in reading the second book: Altered Reality. I give this book 4/5 stars, and could easily bump it up to 5 with some cleaner edit and a prologue that was easily to connect with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Lame

    I only read 50 pages and I hated them.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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