Becoming Human (Exilon 5, #1) by Eliza Green

Becoming Human smallThe author sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4.2  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Two worlds. Two species. One terrifying secret.

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.


Genre:  Science Fiction, Dystopian

Series:  Exilon 5, #1

Length:  361 pages

Release Date:  2013-12-17



‘There’s a better life on Exilon 5, I’ve told you. It’s magical – what Earth used to look and feel like. Why do you think I read so many history books? It won’t be long before I travel there on assignment and I can’t wait.’
He had turned towards her and cupped her face in his hands. ‘I wish I could join you.’ The lines on his forehead deepened with every word spoken.
She held his wrists. ‘Me too, but we’re working to make it safer. It won’t be long before everyone can live there without fear of death hanging over them.’


My Opinion

This first book in the Exilon 5 trilogy introduces you to three individuals on two planets. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Becoming Human, Eliza Green has created a compelling first book in the Exilon 5 series. Different plot lines introduce you to the main characters, you get to know their present and past, learn about their plans. I was really drawn into the story after the first chapter, becoming an invisible character. Eliza Green tells the story in a clever way – giving the reader the opportunity to be very close; she paints a clear picture of the situations the individuals find themselves in. As the story proceeds you learn more about the protagonists and the worlds they live in. There are some real surprises, finding their way nicely into your perception of the story. I had a great time reading Becoming Human. I am hooked, definitely needing to read the rest of the Exilon 5 trilogy.

This is a book for you if you like the science-fiction, dystopian, and thriller genres (and perhaps a touch of 1984). It is not hard-core science fiction.

A book and/or series to read again. Recommended.

Writing Great
Plot Many twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

Eliza Green tried her hand at fashion designing, massage, painting, and even ghost hunting, before finding her love of writing. She often wonders if her desire to change the ending of a particular glittery vampire story steered her in that direction (it did). After earning her degree in marketing, Eliza went on to work in everything but marketing, but swears she uses it in everyday life, or so she tells her bank manager.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she lives there with her sci-fi loving, evil genius boyfriend. When not working on her next amazing science fiction adventure, you can find her reading, indulging in new food at an amazing restaurant or simply singing along to something with a half decent beat.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Becoming Human?  Or – if you did not yet read Becoming Human – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Becoming Human was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


One thought on “Becoming Human (Exilon 5, #1) by Eliza Green

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