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New Origin: A Dystopian Post Apocalyptic Novel (Prequel to the Exilon 5 Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This is a prequel to the Exilon 5 series, which I have not read, so my review may be different because of that. I don't have the knowledge readers of the series already have. That's ok.
I really enjoyed this book. In contrast to the first prequel, this one takes place on Exilon 5 and we start to learn about the consequences of people from Earth moving to this planet.
This story is told from the point of view of the Indogenes--the original inhabitants of Exilon 5. They have some abilities humans don't, but also some shortcomings. They are portrayed in detail, so they are not just aliens--they are people from another planet with problems, hopes, abilities, and lives that were disrupted by the arrival of the Earthlings.
Some of them are not happy with the new occupants and others are more patient. It will be interesting to see how the relationship between the two races progresses. Will they be able to get along or are they headed for conflict? I can't wait to find out.
I read these prequels AFTER I had read and thoroughly enjoyed the Exilon 5 Trilogy, so my perspective is going to be from a person who hungered for a thoroughly fleshed out and lengthy account of Stephen and Anton, our beloved Indigenes, who have been forced with their entire race underground due to invasion of their world by Earthlings. These characters are quite complex, and I think you get more of that from reading the Exilon 5 series although this prequel does well to add a little bit of history.
I am not giving this short story a full 5 stars because it was too short and it was not quite a seamless transition into the Exilon 5 series. My expectation going into the read was also not that it was a short story, and perhaps this negatively colors my opinions a bit. I'm more of the type of girl who likes to really get into a nice long read.
That said, I think Eliza Green is a fabulous writer and my main disappointment is simply that I wanted MORE!! I feel like she could have written an entire novel and I would have read it avidly (I did read this prequel avidly, but it was gone in a flash!). Perhaps (hint hint) in a future rendition Ms. Green will elongate this prequel.
For those who have read this and have NOT yet read Exilon 5, I would highly encourage you to do so. Buy the boxed set or if you are dubious or a slow reader, buy them one at a time. But I bet you will end up reading them all, if you like the first one. The series is exceptional, you will really experience the pathos and sadness of Stephen, Anton and the other Indigenes, as well as the darkness and corruption of the humans still on Earth. Bill and Isla are good humans, who get caught up into the ethical struggles of unraveling the mystery around what happens when the best of intentions coupled with genius intellect and then become warped with greed for more power and dominance. Oddly but familiarly, this author identifies and addresses issues that apply to our real lives in the 21st Century world. The description of Ms. Green's characters is vivid and I felt like I could touch them, and I knew exactly what they looked like, how their living environments looked and smelled. As someone who works in a scientific field, I also found this world believable with roots that connect to our current understanding of genetics and technologies.
I would also say that to the reader who begins with this prequel, this will likely be a different experience. The novice reader of this prequel to the Exilon 5 series will feel that they have had an "amuse bouche" to wet their appetite, and they will be ready to consume the main courses with relish and STILL be wanting their dessert.
I wait with excitement any sequels beyond the Exilon 5 series, and am hooked in general as an Eliza Green fan. Can't wait for whatever comes next!
Thanks for giving me the chance to both read and review for you Ms. Green :-)