Besides Naturalization by Isabel Chloe

Besides Naturalization by Isabel Chloe
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (82 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Starting in the twenty-third century, the human race began to immigrate to other planets for the available land. Lily Taylor, among the second generation of immigrants, was going to celebrate her tenth birthday with her family. Her cousins Andrea, Daniel, and Paul were also second-generation immigrants on Hynocripta. Even with all the future technologies making their lives enjoyable, not only their parents, but also they needed to find themselves and their places in this new land.

Technology can change rapidly from one generation to the next. The question is, do people change as well?

Seeing the twenty-third century from Lily’s perspective introduces a lot of wonder into her story. There are many things in her daily life that sent a shiver down this reader’s spine. What made reading about them even more intriguing was comparing her expectations of what a typical day is like to my own. It reminded me of many of the emotions I’ve felt when visiting other countries, and the author captures what it’s like to be exposed to a new way of thinking very well.

There is a subplot in this book that is exceptionally well-suited for readers who are beginning to transition to more mature fiction, but it is not given as much space to develop over the course of the plot as I would have preferred to see. As fascinating as it is to see how the author imagines what human civilization might be like a few hundred years from now, by far my favourite part of this story involves how the relationships between certain characters shift over time. Had more time been spent on this aspect of Lily’s life, this book would have received a much higher rating.

With that being said, the technological advancements in Lily’s time are surprising. It’s difficult to predict what life will be like in the future, but I would be very eager to try almost all of the improvements that Ms. Chloe mentions during the course of the plot. She has a keen eye for the small details that make this reader feel as if I’m personally experiencing everything the characters say or do. Her ability to imagine what we could become will keep me coming back for more from her.

Besides Naturalization whisked me away to another time and place. This is a good choice for anyone who hopes the same thing will happen to them.


  1. Hi Astilbe,
    Thank you so much for your review and valuable comments. I am glad that you enjoyed the book. I appreciate the time and effort you put into reviewing my work.

    Isabel Chloe

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