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. 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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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I was excited to read this book because I’d read the Regina Shen series by Lance Erlick and I like his writing.
Xenogeneic is science fiction with many twists. Dr. Elena Pyetrov wants to continue her father’s work in space. Her space ship doesn’t even make it to the base on the moon when it is taken off course and crashes. Even though all of the people on board should have died, most of them find themselves in a network of caves. They learn that their captors are the Knoonk and they want to take over Earth for their species to live on.
Lance Erlick’s writing flows well and his descriptions are great. He has the ability to make you feel like you’re actually there. In Xenogeneic, there are is continuous change for the characters and many twists. What a ride!
All of the characters, even the Knoonk, carry baggage which affects how they deal with the situation. One of the Knoonk hates humans so she treats them horribly. Others aren’t so abusive, at least not one on one. Elena is driven, strong, and independent which makes her a born leader. Her ex-fiance is also a born leader but his type of leadership doesn’t work here.
I definitely recommend Xenogeneic. In fact, you may have trouble putting it down once you start reading it.
About the Author
He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.
Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.
In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.
Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.