Book Review – Xenoman

by Adam Martin

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I’m usually not a futuristic novel reader, but sometimes I do pick one up. Some of them are just so over my head that I lose interest, but it was not this way with Xenoman.

Xenoman takes place in a future where the majority of the population is addicted to a drug called ‘Sunlight’. But when ‘Sunlight’ is no longer available, most people turn to ‘Black Magic’, a designer drug that unfortunately causes spontaneous human combustion. It’s a culture where everyone walks around with a little black box on their chest and listens to 5-track music. (If you are having a hard time picturing this, think future meets the 80s.)

Xeno has always wanted to enter the Nth Dimension like his idols, The White Boys, a travelling band who are rumoured to be telepathic. He goes to take the Zener Test, and unknowingly gets an implant placed in his brain. However, when this implant starts to act up, neither of his friends Zoom and Trianne believe him. Things start getting a little weird when Zoom disappears, presumably dead, and Trianne begins smouldering. Xeno is then recruited to Intellegalla to save Trainne, and then things start to get real interesting: ‘Klownburger’ characters, robotic synths, and aliens are just to name a few. With everything going on, Xeno starts to even question reality.

“The more I see, the less I see. Time, space, objects, are all smeared like dream logic. The dream has a logic, but the logic is occult to me. Nothing holds its form long enough to register what it refers to. Reality as it really is, is . . . incoherent.”

Xenoman really seems like a satire on culture and a reminisce of the 80s. A future where technology is a black box strapped to your chest and connected with a black node on your forehead, (seems a bit like the large boom boxes and first cell phones), music is provided via 5-track, and the villains are strangely similar to the old McDonald characters. Though all these references are before my time, I found them rather amusing and entertaining.

Xenoman really took me by surprise (I actually started out with an eBook but didn’t connect to it, so I went ahead and bought a hard copy and that made a big difference). Martin has a very thought-out plot and I actually enjoyed going on the mission with Xeno.

A few things would have helped me out more, in understanding the story’s beginning and setting the scene. There was a back-story that the readers don’t get a lot of information about at first, and I found myself a little confused. Also, I would have liked to know a little more in the beginning about how Xeno, Zoom, and Trianne became friends.

Another thing I would have liked to see further developed was Xeno’s relationships. Especially between Xeno and Trainne. But the thing that confused me the most, was his relationship with Garry, his Intellegella handler. They really hit it off, but Xeno just met the guy, found out his company had put an implant in his brain, and then willingly goes on a dangerous mission, all within a day. It was not very convincing…

Overall, this is an entertaining Sci-Fi novel that really took me for a spin.

Xenoman by Adam Martin gets 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Adam Martin for providing me with a copy of your book to review.

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Originally Posted on Britanny’s Pages