Only Human Book reviews


Author(s): Sylvain NeuvelDownload  


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.

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Karen’s Library

Karen’s Library rated it      

Ohmygosh… The FEELS at the end! Neuvel rocked it once again with his series finale to the Themis Files.

In Only Human, Vincent, his daughter Eva, Dr. Rose Franklin, and the General had been whisked off to the aliens’ planet of Esat Ekt as the 4 were celebrating their victory while inside Themis. 10 years have passed and our crew finally manage to make their way back to Earth with Themis.

Once again, the story is told in interviews, personal logs, and transcriptions and this time bounces between being back on Earth and those years spent on Esat Ekt. And once again, I was glued to my ereader throughout!

I did miss Kara and the nameless interviewer throughout this entire book. Russian Katherine just didn’t appeal to me at all. If she was meant to take the nameless interviewer’s place, it didn’t work for me. I still enjoyed the heck out of everyone else though!

Although there wasn’t as much action as the first 2 books, I still thought it was an amazing ending to the series. My favorite of the series will always be Waking Gods!

*Thank you to NetGalley and Del Rey Publishing for the advanced copy!*

Montzalee Wittmann

Montzalee Wittmann rated it     

Only Human
By: Sylvain Neuvel
Narrated by: William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, Adna Sablylich, full cast
I have lived this whole series! The other books I have 5stars but this only four, it was wonderful but just lacked…something…I don’t know what, but I enjoyed it! It was very deep and hit on social issues facing our country but on a different world. It addressed other issues on our world. Maybe that was it, I just wanted to escape! Lol! I like how things were resolved and I feel good about the end of the trilogy which I don’t often feel after reading a series. I will miss the characters but can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next!
The narration complemented the book perfectly…a FULL cast! How cool is that!


Lindsay rated it     

The first entry in this series that I’ve done as an audiobook and after doing so, I’m finally beginning to understand the hype. This style of narrative works so much better as a full cast recording than in print.

The story picks up years after the events of the previous book where Themis, along with Vincent, Eva, Rose and Eugene, transported to the home of the aliens. Themis returns to Earth and we get the story of what happens next interspersed with the story of their time on the alien planet of Esat Ekt. Without Themis and the EDF the world has degenerated into a new cold war, and the return of Themis results in a situation that could well mean a nuclear Armageddon for the whole planet.

As with many recent books that have western societies descending into nightmarish fascistic regimes with explicit persecution of minorities, this book feels a lot more feasible in 2018 than it might have done 10 years ago. Both narratives here explore this. On Esat Ekt there’s a criticism of the non-representation in the lawmaking process of a whole class of citizens highlighting that even in enlightened democracies representation is crucial. On Earth, the problems are around fear and scapegoating of groups of people and how that is used to take power and remove freedoms.

The main problem with the book is that both issues are wrapped up far too neatly, completely sidestepping the problems of the real world that the book has extrapolated here.


Kate rated it     


I had a revelation yesterday while reading this and toTALLY GUESSED THE VERY VERY END LOOK WHOSE CLEVER – IT ME.

I did NOT on the other hand guess the big finale. That was definitely a shocker.

Overall, this series was WONDERFUL and I can’t wait to see what Neuvel puts out next. While this book didn’t blow me away as much as the second did, and was much more like the first one, I really really enjoyed it. This series is just… really unique, has some amazing and powerful things to say about the Earth and humanity, has some amazing characters, and yeah, Neuvel is really talented.


Lukasz rated it     

I won’t lie. I’m sad.

Themis Files have ended. No more giant robots. Shame. On the other hand, I appreciate the way Neuvel has wrapped up the trilogy. I can say it was a satisfying conclusion to these brilliant series.

Only Human takes place nine years after Waking Gods. The conflict we’ve experienced in previous books has changed the world. Significantly. Rose, Eva, Vincent, and Eugene have spent that time on another planet and when they come back they find the world in shambles. Humanity is having a hard time coping with the news that most of us have alien DNA. We’re on the brink of collective insanity, ruled by rampant fear and hate. Those who are different are graded by their alien-DNA content and forced into work camps or simply killed.

The story is action-packed and told through interview transcripts and collected documents. It’s not as engrossing as previous entries. probably because most secrets are revealed. While I’ve seen some reviewers indicating it’s too long and too slow, I have to say I didn’t mind. Especially that the social commentary was sound and valid and there are quite powerful quotes here. Above all, though, I was simply glad to be with these characters again.

Having said that, Eve irritated me. It seems I’m not crazy about angsty teenagers and their antics. Addition of Katherine Lebedev was welcomed. I’m pretty sure she’ll be considered over the top by most readers but I liked her theatrical exaltation.

As I said, I’m sorry it’s over. I hope that one day Neuvel will revisit the world and tell the stories of surviving characters. In the meantime, I need to get myself a mech.

Themis Files is a brilliant trilogy and Only Human wraps up everything in a satisfying way.


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