Xenogeneic is a science fiction thriller about first contact with an alien race that lost their civil war and wants to take over Earth.
Dr. Elena Pyetrov’s father vanished in space 18 years ago while searching for extraterrestrial life. As an aerospace engineer, Elena travels into space to search for answers and continue his work. Her ship is pulled off course and crashes. She suspects extraterrestrial interference.
The alien Knoonk lost their civil war in a distant star system and fled to Earth’s neighborhood to hide and regroup. They seek a new home—Earth. Unable to live in Earth’s toxic environment, the aliens kidnap and use humans to genetically modify their species to adapt.
Surviving the crash, Elena and her shipmates are transported to a closed cave system where the Knoonk monitor and control everything. Elena tries to make a connection with her hosts and find ways to work together, but Knoonk leaders rebuff her and force the humans to submit as slaves. The aliens use illusions, distractions, and social experiments to learn from their hostages and keep them off balance. Resistance by captive humans brings swift punishment to break the human spirit.
While Elena continues to look for ways to cooperate with the Knoonk, it becomes apparent that there can be no compromise. The Knoonk want to capture Earth for their species. It is winner take all. With time running out, Elena must dig deep to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them before the human race faces enslavement and extinction.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Ending her engagement with Marc to grab this once in a lifetime opportunity to go into outer s[ace, Dr. Elena was soon to receive a rude awakening. Her father was lost on his space voyage years earlier. She longed for the slim chance she might discover what happened to him. She was surprised nd annoyed when her x-fiancé took the place of another military member of the Spacecraft…Elena didn’t need any distractions. When she could see everything was under control she decided to not think about Marc by taking a drug induced nap. She was awakened by a co-explorer to discover the pilot and Marc were struggling with an out of control space ship! By the time she could bring herself out of the sleep to be alert, it was over…everything went black.
What remained of the crew was shocked to find their injuries were non-existent. However, if they tried to investigate or became agitated, the results were more than unpleasant. Elena received shocking news! It was all she could do to remain in control…Would any of them ever be in control again?
I loved the main storyline of the book. The characters were so well developed, one could easily visualize them. The scenes were portrayed quite well, too. The Title and Cover were fitting, although the browser would probably have “passed the cover by” without stopping to view it… It was not eye-catching enough. Although the story was interesting – yet very violent – the main concept was too drawn out an obsessive, in my perception.
However, I feel YA 16+, would enjoy this series very much.
My rating of it is 3/12 Stars.
*This was gifted me, but I am not required to give a positive review. This is my honest review.
Lance Erlick writes science fiction thrillers for young adult and adult readers. He is the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he explores the consequences of Annabelle Scott following her conscience. He authored the Regina Shen series–Resilience, Vigilance, Defiance, and Endurance. This series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to the Great Collapse and a new society under the World Federation. His latest novel is Xenogeneic: First Contactabout encounters with an alien race aiming to take over Earth.
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