Child of Humanity – Book Review
Title: Child of Humanity
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Author and Bio:
Alyse N. Steves
Alyse N. Steves is a Ph.D. candidate in the Genetics and Molecular Biology program at Emory University. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, where she received a B.S. in Biotechnology. She spends her days working in a research lab and her nights writing science fiction and fantasy stories. When not writing or conducting experiments, Alyse dotes on a menagerie of pets and spends time with her family and friends.
My name was Allyson Owens. It isn’t anymore, but it was back then. I was a daughter. I was a sister. Most importantly, I was supposed to be a friend.
By the time I realized that I wasn’t, it was too late.
This is the story of how we not only failed those we swore to protect, but how, in our darkest moments, when we fell into shadows that we couldn’t see, we had to be shown the light.
This is not a story to be repeated. I ask that you make certain it never is.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Wow! What a phenomenal book. First off, let me start by saying that Child of Humanity is not normally a book that I would pick up to read. But, boy am I glad that I did.
Alyse N. Steves has created this entire universe of Higher Planets that helps developing planets succeed. The planet that is developing in the book is Planet Earth. Since our country is in such disarray, it was a chilling and eerie experience ready this novel at some points. Events or actions were sometimes too real and considering this is a science fiction novel, it was heartbreaking to really look at Earth in a way that I always have, but it almost felt like this was a validation to my thoughts, despite it being fiction.
The book is told in two different point of views–the main character being Allyson Owens–well her human name, at least. Allyson is a Peacemaker on her planet, Moga, where she impersonates a human being on Earth for twenty years at a time to start trying to make a difference–make Earth a better place to be. Allyson Owens is just one of the many identities that Saira Ta’u (Allyson Owens) has had on Earth, but now, the Higher Planets have decided that Earth is not progressing as they should and that means a cleanse is in order.
Steves gives great detail of the planet Moga, but also great detail of what her life on Earth is like and has been like and what her relationship with the humans are. She’s created a world of depth, answering all the questions I had about how these Aliens impersonate humans and what happens after twenty years when relationships are made and then the impersonator just disappears. There’s great depth and detail in the idea of Gangers, which is the name of the human form that these Aliens get into in order to blend into the human race.
The second point of view is told from her twin brother, Dorian’s. He is still an Alien though and has never interacted with humans until this book is in progress. As an Alien, Alyse has lived for many centuries and has multiple siblings. Steves gives you the back story on Allyson’s life, and how her Alien life was growing up. It’s been quite some time that I have read a book as layered as this one and I loved it. Right when I was trying to put the pieces together, Steves was able to explain the universe she created–all of it meshing together seamlessly.
As someone who is very picky about reading different point of views, mostly because the experience I have with reading them like to back track and repeat the same storyline, I found that Steves was able to blend the two point of views together well. Dorian’s point of view only comes in when absolutely necessary to the story telling and I love that.
I have absolutely no complaints about this book. I was trying to nitpick when I realized that I was hooked, but I couldn’t find it. It’s a flawless, well planned and thought out novel. That I would most definitely recommend it, but also I cannot wait to see what else Alyse Steves has up her sleeve!
This is a novel about the debate of good versus evil, loyalty to ones Planet and species, but also when to break the rules and go against the grid. Sometimes listening to your heart–or two hearts in Saira Ta’u’s case–is the most important.