Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Book Review


Only Human (Themis Files, #3)Book Genre: Science Fiction,  Dystopian

Book Series: Themis Files #3

Released: 5/1/18 by Del Rey Books

Pages: 336  Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

My Review:

I am so glad I gave this series a second chance.  The first time I attempted book one in this trilogy the way the story is told threw me for a loop.  Each chapter is a government document or letter or some other sort of file.  There is no or very little setting description and dialog is not formatted the way most fiction books are.  It was just too difficult to adjust to and I gave up. Then I got into audiobooks and decided to give this book another try.  Listening to the story with different narrators for each character made it so much easier for me to follow along.

Then I saw this book available at Net Galley and hesitated.  I really wanted to know how it ended but wasn’t sure I could get into the print version… Perhaps I should just wait until the audiobook comes out.  Well, my curiosity won out and I put in a request.  This time while I was reading I could hear the voice of the actors and way the story was formatted wasn’t as big a hurdle for me to overcome.  Still strange but I quickly adapted.

This was an awesome ending to a highly interesting and innovative trilogy.  There is so much I loved about this book that I’m not sure where to start.  There is so much social commentary on the current state of our society and I loved every comparison or parallel the author drew.  Xenophobia, fear, hate, over-reaching governments all of it was touched on in this book.  The author portrayed us pretty accurately and it might be enough to make you frustrated but by the end, after a few moments where I teared up I have a feeling of hope for our future.  The author doesn’t solve our problems for us in this book but he did give me perspective.  I’m not going to share more because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

This was a probably my favorite book in the trilogy.  Something that doesn’t often happen as I usually enjoy the first book far more than the others.  This series though ended strong and I’m glad I read them.  I hope you give this series a chance because it is one that I think people should read if we are ever going to evolve as a society.  Sometimes it takes an author to hold a mirror up to us show us who we truly are as a society.  And if they are really good they will deliver a great story along with it.

My Rating: 5 Stars


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