Each month, Brittany’s Pages and I team up to do a virtual book club. May’s book was Xenoman by Adam Martin. This fun and unusual semi-dystopian sci-fi adventure was quite the read! As you can see by the fact that my review is being posted a week late, I did have a hard time finishing it.
Xenoman tells the story of Xeno, a partying drug addict on the hunt for a new job. Like the rest of his friends, he’s addicted to Black Magic, a knock-off of the anti-depressant, Sunlight. But something is wrong with Black Magic. It’s causing Spontaneous Human Combustion, or SHC. When Xeno survives an overdose of Black Magic, he is recruited by the secret organization Intellagella. He is then sent on a quest to find his friend Trianne, who has disappeared and may be suffering from the beginnings of SHC. This mission takes him on a journey like no other complete with a parasite-occupied black box, sentient synthetic humans, the Nth Dimension, “the White Boys,” and many unusual characters.
Xenoman was… interesting to say the least. At times, I found myself jiving with the storyline and being swept up by it. And then other times… I just felt confused and the story felt pointless. Additionally, Xenoman is self-published. I don’t have an issue with self-publishing if it’s done well. Unfortunately, Martin did not employ an editor to help him work through the serious grammar and spelling errors or the ADD storyline. I truly believe a lot of the problems I had with the book could have easily been cleared up by working with a good publishing team. This is why my rating isn’t lower than it could be. Overall, decent for what is clearly a first book, but also needs some work.
Xenoman by Adam Martin gets 3/5 stars.