Book: Becoming Human (The Exilon 5 Trilogy, Book 1) by Eliza Greencategories: Book, Aliens, Space Travel, Dystopian, Adventure, Earth, Trilogy, Science Fiction
Eliza Greenabout this book: Becoming Human is a science fiction story and the first part of the Exilon 5 trilogy.
The story is set on a dystopian Earth and examines the reasons why humans can no longer live there: overcrowding, poor air quality. One of the questions I wondered about when writing it was if humans are forced to start over on a new planet, will they learn from their past mistakes or are they doomed to repeat them?
I came up with the title of the book quickly enough. The title, Becoming Human, had to speak to me, had to fit in with what the book was about. There is a scene in the book where a member of the alien Indigene race talks to a young boy. The name came about because in order for the alien to convince the young boy to talk to him, he had to become human. It's my favourite scene in the book because it was where the idea for Becoming Human originated.
I chose this cover because I wanted to show the other world, Exilon 5. The two moons that orbit the planet are featured on the cover. The dark blue/grey colour represents the new world and Earth. Exilon 5 is not utopia. It has secrets.
The hardest part about writing the book was the editing, because I had so much to learn. My first manuscript was rubbish. My second was okay. My third and fourth were much better. When I thought I had edited my work enough, my editor would say to me "you need to watch out for point of view." I had to ask myself, how do I even write POVs? So I looked it up, learned it and applied it to my writing. That back and forth editing, where you find something new to work on, took a long time. Now, I understand what I have to do, but when you're learning it, edits can be very time consuming. I view the last four years as a writing course.
I can relate to readers that shy away from science fiction books. I love science fiction, but usually films/movies or TV shows because they're faster paced. I wanted to write about what I love in a more accessible format to show potential readers that science fiction can be wildly interesting to more than just the hardcore science fiction fans.
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