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In the near future, mankind has finally discovered that they weren’t alone in the universe. Aboard in a space ship hovering above the planet Earth were aliens that looked like humans in every way. They called themselves Travelers. Two of them were Kellan and Tendra, a couple around twenty years old who have lived their lives studying human history and training to become easily assimilated to them. Their arrival on Earth was primarily to establish friendship and to assist the human race towards growth and evolution.
Inevitably, not all humans greeted them with warmth and optimism. A lot of them were disdainful and skeptical, believing that the Travelers posed a threat to humankind. This political divide was only one of the obstacles that made it hard for the Travelers to adapt and blend in, as there was more going on than meets the eye. In the immigration, Kellan and Tendra got separated. In the next six months, more than the need to find their way back to each other, they had to unravel the mysteries surrounding their origin and the secrets of suspicious individuals who venture on experimental genetic manipulation.
Mark L. Marinaccio has taken me in a whirlwind of adventure in Humans, Gods, and Hybrids. The pacing moved steadily fast in quick successions of action scenes. The story touched on some thought-provoking topics such as cloning, alien-human first contact, and alien experimentation programs. There was so much going on at all fronts, but the author deftly arranged and divided the book into three parts, allowing a seamless and digestible read. The first part mostly revolved around Kellan and Tendra. The second part was from the point of view of an immigration agent called Kate Pierce, who also played a pivotal role in the story. The third part tied all the perspectives together of all the main characters, leading up to a gripping climax.
Not many sci-fi novels could maintain a nice balance of plot execution and characterization, but I liked that this novel handled it just right. The elaborate background in each of the characters provided depth; their dialogues created meaningful connections and realistic emotions. It was also worth mentioning that the main actors who spurred the story were mostly women. My favorite was Tendra, as she was the most developed character in this book. I additionally liked how neat the writing was and the editing, flawless. The descriptive scenes weren’t overdone. The language was simple, peppered with just the right amount of flowery words.
Since there was nothing to dislike about this book, and I found no errors, I would give this a solid 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend Humans, Gods, and Hybrids to people who are interested in suspenseful and thought-provoking sci-fi novels. Erotic scenes were absent, and profanity was at a minimum. However, violence was prevalent in this book, so this may be unsuitable for children.
Humans, Gods, and Hybrids
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