“Becoming Human is the first book in the Exilon Trilogy.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
I got this book as a freebie and it is possibly one of the best freebies I have ever received. Ms Green is a new author and publishes as an independent, all her books may be bought as either paperbacks or ereader downloads.
The premise of the story is that Earth in the future is dying as an outcome of the things that are happening now, overpopulation, global warming and noxious gasses pumped into our atmosphere. In fact it has got so bad that the air is unbreathable without a mask and the noxious gasses have formed a cloud around the planet and the planet is now cooling at an alarming rate! Mankind lives off replicated food, recycled water and most of the planets wildlife is extinct.
So, it is a good thing that man has also discovered a fast way to travel through space and that they have discovered a planet that will sustain human life, well sort of. There is an indiginous lifeform already on this saviour planet, very human like and although initial research shows they are quite backward, they are in fact exceptionally intelligent.