Judge’s Commentary for Humanicide: Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards


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Entry Title Humanicide

Author: Henry Melton

Judge Number: 10

Entry Category: Genre Fiction

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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge’s Commentary*:

HUMANICIDE by Henry Melton is an excellent entry into the science fiction genre. In Melton’s hands, the story is skillfully crafted and not off-putting at all for even the most casual reader of science fiction. The drama of humans coping with advanced technology and living conditions is relatable and causes the reader to ponder what could be possible in the future. An excellent read.

The book cover seems simplistic at first, but a closer look reveals more interesting details. I’d like to see more vivid colors, but that is a matter of personal opinion and not actually a fault of the cover. The back cover copy is engaging and will entice potential readers to pursue. On the back cover and inside, the author lets us know this is one book in a series. To his credit, I didn’t have any trouble picking up the story and becoming interested in the outcome. The author photo is a great touch.

This author brings to life interesting concepts I hadn’t thought about, such as conducting a funeral and the care of a body during a situation when people could be endangered by a deadly virus. I appreciate this author’s attention to detail and, as noted before, bringing a relatable human element to a situation that seems strange to us today. Kudos to Henry Melton. I believe his fans will definitely want to read the entire series. I hope he has more books planned.