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Reviewed by Keyla Damaer for Readers' Favorite
Beyond Extinction by John Keeble is a dystopian story about evolution. A super race of ‘numan,’ a new Terran species with 96% of human DNA, is taking slowly control of the economic power on Earth, confining humans (considered as animals and treated as such) to the margins of society. The numans' mental abilities are superior and they multiply so quickly, while the human population’s reproduction decreases exponentially. Numans themselves are evolving through DNA manipulation. At the beginning of the story, the leadership is in the hands of numans, while their downgraded versions live to serve them. Jack, the main character, experiences a lot of changes throughout his life, finding out a new truth about himself and life at every turn of the tide.
Dystopian sci-fi stories are my favourite and John Keeble excels in Beyond Extinction. I felt like I couldn’t put down the book after the first line. Like all good fiction, it starts from something quite real: the idea that we’re moving fast toward extinction. And the solution to that seems even worse than the problem. You've got to get to the last page to find out if that is true or not. The book is self-conclusive but leaves a lot of doors open for a sequel, which would be quite interesting to read. It’s not hard sci-fi, as the author manages to explain how numan DNA manipulation works, but I appreciated it even more because of this. Sometimes technical descriptions feel like a lot of info dump and I was relieved to find none of that in this story.