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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite
An alien couple travels across the galaxy to find their original Earth home isn't what their ancestors left. The race, originally from Earth, is curious to see how if and how the planet - and humanity - recovered from the devastating interstellar blow. Much to their surprise, they find Earth, only to be killed upon landing. All that remains is their essence in an orb, waiting to be released into a new body. After two long centuries, they find new hosts; only to find that humanity hasn't evolved as they had hoped or expected. Alien Strain by Michael Cole is a fast paced book that explores what it means to be human in a different way, with a unique perspective from the outside in.
I enjoyed Alien Strain. It was a fast, easy read that makes readers think about humanity and whether we're really evolving, or just killing ourselves and the world around us. It raises excellent questions about why we do what we do, and shines a light on the devastating consequences of rash and poor decisions. Michael Cole does a great job of creating a cast of characters dealing with the web that their actions create, as the aliens struggle to determine if Earth is worth sticking around for. I think this is a great read for people who like their sci-fi to be grounded more in day to day reality, instead of the hard sci-fi of the distant future, or that includes too much technical detail in the technology. A good and worthy read!