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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, protecte 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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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, protecte 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.

30 review for Only Human (Themis Files #3)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    It’s ironic, in a really sad way. There’s more closeness here, more love and acceptance, than anywhere else. White, black, brown, Christian, Muslim, all brought together by the greatest injustice of all. 4 1/2 stars. This has been such a fantastic series. I think Waking Gods will forever be my favourite, but there's many great things I can say about this final installment. While I felt the action was slightly toned down here (though still plenty of thrills), Only Human makes up for it with its t It’s ironic, in a really sad way. There’s more closeness here, more love and acceptance, than anywhere else. White, black, brown, Christian, Muslim, all brought together by the greatest injustice of all. 4 1/2 stars. This has been such a fantastic series. I think Waking Gods will forever be my favourite, but there's many great things I can say about this final installment. While I felt the action was slightly toned down here (though still plenty of thrills), Only Human makes up for it with its timely social commentary. Picking up nine years after the events of the previous book, we learn of the impact the giant alien robots have had on the world. Fear, paranoia and wilful ignorance rule our planet as anyone who is considered "different" is placed into work camps, or murdered. “We’re talking about human beings making a conscious effort…to be ignorant. Willfully stupid. They’re proud of it. They take pride in idiocy. There’s not even an attempt to rationalize things anymore….Our entire race is trying to lobotomize itself.” The interview transcripts and diary entries lead the story once again. Along with some thrilling action and fascinating science, this keeps the book zipping along at a breakneck pace. I was turning the pages like crazy, my eyes darting from one paragraph to the next in my desperate need to discover how it all ends. Only Human is packed full of goods. It's fast-paced action, thematically dark and sad, but with plenty of darkly comic parts and lots of Vincent being a lovable goofball. Race and racism are explored, as is Islamophobia. I also really enjoyed the discussions on patriotism and nationalism, especially how “love” for one’s country is challenged. Is it love? Neuvel ponders. Or is it pride? The novel's weakest point was, for me, Katherine Lebedev. She feels like a caricature - a strange, campy individual who is overly theatrical and unbelievable. While many of Neuvel's characters seem to have somewhat jaunty voices, Katherine felt too much. It was hard to convince myself she could be a real person. But my complaints are minor. Only Human was an extremely enjoyable reading experience and a near-perfect conclusion to one of my favourite series of recent years. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I hadn't been this excited about the last book in a series in a while and... meh. There were some interesting parts, I was really curious to learn more about the aliens and I appreciated some of the author's thoughts but the dialogues felt too forced and really tried to be funny and sassy and it ended up a bit of a let down. I still think it's a fun, fast-paced series but the ending didn't blow me away!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    4.5/5 stars A satisfying philosophical and thought-provoking conclusion to Themis Files trilogy. The Themis Files trilogy began with Rose Franklin finding an arm of a giant robot, since then, the first and second book has been pretty focused on the mystery surrounding this robot. Neuvel took a different direction in Only Human and like the title said, this is a book that’s centered around the source of almost every problem in the world, humanity. “I hate this world. People are small. They’re igno 4.5/5 stars A satisfying philosophical and thought-provoking conclusion to Themis Files trilogy. The Themis Files trilogy began with Rose Franklin finding an arm of a giant robot, since then, the first and second book has been pretty focused on the mystery surrounding this robot. Neuvel took a different direction in Only Human and like the title said, this is a book that’s centered around the source of almost every problem in the world, humanity. “I hate this world. People are small. They’re ignorant, and they’re happy to stay that way. They make an effort to. They’ll spend time and energy finding ways not to learn things just to feel comfortable with their beliefs.” The story was told in two periods of time, juggling between the present timeline which is nine years after the events in the Waking Gods, while the other timeline is there to fill in the time gap. Neuvel concluded his trilogy by using these two timelines wonderfully in this short book. Although I didn’t expect the storytelling to go with this direction, I really can’t imagine a more satisfying conclusion for this trilogy. Dealing with a lot of racial and religious issues, this is a book that will make you really think, and yet at the same time, Neuvel never forget to put hope for the future and familial love in this small book. “I can’t make the forest grow faster because I want it to. I can’t will it to grow. It takes time. I hoped it could happen during my lifetime, but I don’t think it can. All I can do is plant some seeds, take care of the seedlings, and hope someone else does it after I’m gone.” There are tons of great lines like this in this book, reading this conclusion will definitely make you contemplate the situation of our world. There were an incredible amount of things talked about that I thought was very relatable and applicable to our society. For the past couple of days, Surabaya (a city in Indonesia) has been terrorized by suicide bombing (done by a family, how sick is that? No, I’m not joking, the suicide bombers was one family from their parents to their descendants) in churches, thinking they’re going to heaven by injuring and killing kids or adults who only wanted to pray; I found this next line to be very relatable to this situation. “If you’re using bombs instead of words, that means you’re banking on people giving you what you want out of fear instead of reason. That’s never a good sign.” Plus, the character’s personalities and developments were spectacular here. Contrary to my experience with the previous books, the epistolary format here really helps in giving realistic and distinctive voice to every character. “We’re not heroes. No one is. Every movie we watch, every book we read, we see people who can solve every problem, face every danger all on their own. But in real life, Vincent, we just call the cops. That’s what I did.” Unlike the previous two books, there aren’t a lot of giant robots fighting here, there is only one action sequence in this book and honestly, I’m happy with that. Why? The reason for this is that I thought of the actions in this trilogy to not reach its maximum potential. The only minor issue I have in this trilogy that’s still true here is because there weren’t a lot of vivid images formed in my head during my time of reading due to the epistolary format. For me, although this format offers a compelling dialogue and addictive storytelling, it sacrificed vivid images and action sequences because everything was told strictly through dialogues, files, and interviews. This is still slightly evident here but this is just a minor issue though, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book that much. Only Human ended up being an incredibly satisfying conclusion, it’s definitely my favorite out of the trilogy. This trilogy also doesn't belong in the hard sci-fi genre and I don’t think anyone will have any difficulty diving into this series. I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone who’s looking for a great sci-fi trilogy that keeps on getting better with each installment, eventually leading to a captivating and satisfying ending. I definitely will be waiting for Neuvel’s next book and see where he goes from here. Series review: Sleeping Giants: 3/5 stars Waking Gods: 4/5 stars Only Human: 4.5/5 stars Themis Files trilogy: 11.5/15 stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    4.5 stars. The giant robots are back!! On sale today, May 1, 2018. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Only Human wraps up Sylvain Neuvel’s excellent THEMIS FILES science fiction trilogy with some surprising plot turns. *Expect some spoilers for the first two books, Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods* At the end of Waking Gods, the robot called Themis was suddenly transported back home to her original planet by remote command of her alien makers, accidentally carrying along four people who hap 4.5 stars. The giant robots are back!! On sale today, May 1, 2018. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Only Human wraps up Sylvain Neuvel’s excellent THEMIS FILES science fiction trilogy with some surprising plot turns. *Expect some spoilers for the first two books, Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods* At the end of Waking Gods, the robot called Themis was suddenly transported back home to her original planet by remote command of her alien makers, accidentally carrying along four people who happened to be inside of her: Vincent Couture, the only human capable of piloting Themis; his 10 year old daughter Eva; Dr. Rose Franklin, the brilliant and compassionate scientist who first discovered the immense, buried hand of Themis as a child; and General Eugene Govender, commander of the newly formed Earth Defense Corps. After nine years on the planet Esat Ekt, Vincent, Eva and Rose, together with one of the natives of Esat Ekt, commandeer Themis and travel back to Earth. They land in Estonia, where the Russian government (which controls Estonia again) is delighted to take possession of both the robot and them personally. In Waking Gods, Rose had disabled another of the giant robots that the aliens had sent to Earth, and it turns out that the U.S.A. has been ruthlessly using this other robot, called Lapetus, to take control of many other countries around the globe. (How the U.S. was able to solve the tricky robot piloting issue is disclosed later in the book.) Vincent, a Canadian, is not happy to learn that Canada is now subject to U.S. control. The Russians intend to use Themis, Vincent, Eva and Rose to combat the U.S. and Lapetus. It’s an understandable strategy, though their methodology for convincing their "guests" to go along with the plan ― personified by the veiled threats of Katherine Lebedev, a major in Russia’s intelligence agency who is assigned as the prisoners’ handler ― is decidedly unpleasant. Meanwhile, in a panicked overreaction to the events that occurred in Waking Gods, most countries around the globe have created internment camps for people whose genetic makeup includes more than a certain percentage of alien DNA … and even executing those with the highest levels. Our world is devolving into chaos and governmental oppression, with rampant mistrust. It’s not a happy or peaceful world to which Rose, Vincent and Eva have returned. Neuvel includes a good amount of political and social commentary in Only Human. It occasionally gets a little clunky, but there are some incisive if rather pessimistic insights into human nature and our behavior when stressed … and the massive alien-caused deaths in Waking Gods have led to unprecedented levels of worldwide fear and uncertainty. Only Human is a dual timeline novel: the current timeline describes what occurs after Rose, Vincent and Eva return to Earth, interspersed with flashback chapters that follow their lives during their nine years on Esat Ekt. I was delighted to see Sylvain Neuvel take on the challenge of creating an alien culture but, partly because Neuvel is still following the same file-based narrative structure as the first two books, we only get a limited look at the aliens’ world and its people. It’s mostly seen indirectly, through the discussions and journals of the four humans who are involuntarily being held there. The aliens’ world of Esat Ekt is, in many ways, a familiar one despite their vast technological superiority and unswerving dedication to non-interference with other cultures. But like humans, they also have political conspiring, large portions of the population who are dispossessed because of their race … and even soup kitchens. I would have liked to have sensed more alien-ness in their society, but it was interesting to compare and contrast the flaws in their world with those in ours. Katherine Lebedev, the military officer in charge of Rose, Vincent and Eva during their time in Russia, is a quirky combination of threats and faux-friendly chirpiness who never quite feels real. As a handler, she was a distinctly unsatisfactory replacement for the nameless handler who was such an impressively dominant force in Sleeping Giants. However, the relationship between Vincent and his now nineteen year old daughter Eva makes up for this with its painful realism. Neuvel delves into the chaotic web of love, misunderstanding, anger and concern that can make up a relationship between parents and children … especially rebellious teenagers. Only Human is an enjoyable, thoughtfully written conclusion to the THEMIS FILES trilogy. It’s one of my favorite recent science fiction series, deftly combining hard science with interesting characters and social commentary, not to mention the excitement of giant robot deathmatches. Overall I give it an enthusiastic recommendation! I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher and NetGalley. Thank you!! Initial post: THERE'S A DESCRIPTION AND A COVER! *flails* How soon can I get my hands on this?? ETA: The answer is: NOW. I have a copy from NetGalley in my hands now! *sweeps other books off the table*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)

    "The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability." Normally, I wouldn't be writing this review because most of the things I have to say about the series are usually covered in my first review, but right now I'm feeling so much emotion the only two options are to either scream for the better part of an hour or write this review, so here we are. The only other explanation for writing the review for this book is "The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability." Normally, I wouldn't be writing this review because most of the things I have to say about the series are usually covered in my first review, but right now I'm feeling so much emotion the only two options are to either scream for the better part of an hour or write this review, so here we are. The only other explanation for writing the review for this book is that it’s… beautiful. It's ironic, really, because when I first saw that this series was written in interviews and diaries I thought that I would avoid all the heartbreak that comes along with saying goodbye to these characters because I probably wouldn’t get attached to them, now I realise that I couldn’t have been more wrong. Everything happened fast, I practically flew through this book, but now that it’s over I wish I’d read it slower to cherish every moment with these people in this wonderful story. But there is no way I will ever forget everything I’ve just finished reading. This story, these characters and the enchanting writing that comes along with them will stay with me forever. And to the people who have yet to read this book or series, I highly recommend it and just beware of the last file of this book before the epilogue because you need to be emotionally prepared for that one. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking all at once, and I think that is the most deadly combination there is. Over the span of these three books, we go from putting together a sleeping giant to starting an internal war to a whole other alien planet, and the whole thing blend together seamlessly. The personality of each character carries through to every file and it will leave you breathless. These characters are perfect for this story and this story couldn’t have been narrated any better. The plot was mysterious and alluring while the overall story remained steady and emotional. The writing brought out the best in the story and it clearly accentuates every single moment which is amazing. The time skips, however short, will keep you at the edge of your seat because the anticipation of what will happen is constantly eating at you. The story is woven very intricately, not in the sense that there were a million plot twists, but that each incident and each characters’ perspectives were placed together so perfectly at the right time. I love the fact that the author took the time to add so many details to the book even though the book would still be great even without them, but those extra details are the cherry on top of a very intriguing cake. The characters were each amazing in their own unique way. Rose, Vincent, Eva, Kara, Mr.Burns, the Interviewer are characters that will always have a place in my heart. I say ‘are’ because to me these characters will live on forever. I love this series beyond words and it has earned its spot on my favorites list. All three of these books get 5 stars from me and I highly recommend them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This one wasn’t quite as thrilling or action packed as the first two books in the series, but I still loved it so much. If y’all like SciFi and haven’t read this series yet, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING?????

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    Reality doesn’t give a crap whether you pay attention to it or not. It’s still there. FINALLY! I've finished this book. It took me more than a month. It was just my busy routine those days. Now I'm free. So.. I was expecting little bit more high. Like a ton of action scenes! But there were a handfull of those. This was my biggest disappointment. Anyway, we have to make peace with it. So the plot goes like this:- Themis, a robo-gaint, is called back to her home planet, (view spoiler)[Esat Ekt (h Reality doesn’t give a crap whether you pay attention to it or not. It’s still there. FINALLY! I've finished this book. It took me more than a month. It was just my busy routine those days. Now I'm free. So.. I was expecting little bit more high. Like a ton of action scenes! But there were a handfull of those. This was my biggest disappointment. Anyway, we have to make peace with it. So the plot goes like this:- Themis, a robo-gaint, is called back to her home planet, (view spoiler)[Esat Ekt (hide spoiler)] , while having four main characters inside. They get to see the home planet of aliens. They live there for nine years while on Earth U.S. is trying to conquer the whole world with another robo-gaint, Lepatus. People here are just too stupid to realize they hate people who are exactly like them. Maybe that’s what bugs me. Stupidity. I hate it more than I hate evil. => Dr. Rose pointed out the most important thing here. If we, humans, have powerful weapons, we try to conquer each other. We want to rule over the people. So I think she did the best thing (view spoiler)[by sending Themis and Lepatus back (hide spoiler)] => The aliens have their own language which I think is complicated but good. => Eva was very annoying. But I think she was right to do so. She went through a lot of troubles in life. But Vincent was also right in his own way. He was worried about her safety. But she wanted to be independent. => Dr. Rose was the best one. Her POVs were the one I enjoyed reading the most. => That old man, Mr. Burns, was also the good character. I thought he was (view spoiler)[gonna die. But hell no! He used that DNA-information-storage-shit thing. I had little knowledge of this tech while reading this book. So it didn't feel that surreal to me. (hide spoiler)] => If you have read the book, can you answer my question? (view spoiler)[In the end, aliens come to Earth and warn them. They'll be in touch with Earth and if anything war-like happens, they are gonna come again and you know the rest. Isn't it against their non-interference policy? (hide spoiler)] As a whole, the entire series is awesome. It's one of the best Sci-Fi I have read. Must give it a chance. When trouble come, it is family that support you. 16 July 2018

  8. 5 out of 5

    Imane

    “I can’t make the forest grow faster because I want it to. I can’t will it to grow. It takes time. I hoped it could happen during my lifetime, but i don’t think it can. All I can do is plant some seeds, take care of the seedlings, and hope someone else does it after I’m gone.” ― Sylvain Neuvel, Only Human I think the third book suffered a bit in comparison to the first two, it was still entertaining enough for me to continue, but i honestly expected much more. A bittersweet and kind of disappointin “I can’t make the forest grow faster because I want it to. I can’t will it to grow. It takes time. I hoped it could happen during my lifetime, but i don’t think it can. All I can do is plant some seeds, take care of the seedlings, and hope someone else does it after I’m gone.” ― Sylvain Neuvel, Only Human I think the third book suffered a bit in comparison to the first two, it was still entertaining enough for me to continue, but i honestly expected much more. A bittersweet and kind of disappointing ending to one of my favorite series. :(

  9. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    3.75ish stars. After the cliffhanger ending of book #2, Waking Gods, I was expecting this book to pick up right after the last one ended. When I read the synopsis: "Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles," I was (completely justifiably) indignant that 10 years had apparently passed, side stepping that whole situation. Why end on a cliffhanger, then?! Luckily, that 10 year gap is given plenty of detail as the book's 3.75ish stars. After the cliffhanger ending of book #2, Waking Gods, I was expecting this book to pick up right after the last one ended. When I read the synopsis: "Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles," I was (completely justifiably) indignant that 10 years had apparently passed, side stepping that whole situation. Why end on a cliffhanger, then?! Luckily, that 10 year gap is given plenty of detail as the book's timeline alternates between those 10 years and the current timeline. Although, still, why end on a cliffhanger if you don't plan on coming immediately back to the cliff to resolve it?! This is my least favorite of the three in the series, although I still enjoyed it. Lots of social commentary keep it relevant and thought-provoking. The ending is predictably sappy, although gratifyingly so? The last giant alien robot battle saves it from being kind of boring. Lots of action and daddy issues combine to make a satisfying final conflict. It's just too bad it took the entire book to get there, whereas Waking Gods was battle after battle of awesomeness. The audio is good as always, particularly Charlie Anson's performance as Vincent Couture (he's British but puts on a very convincing Quebecois accent), and William Hope's as both Eugene Govender and Mr. Burns. But, yokits, what was up with Eva's narration? Where'd she pick up that awful Jersey accent all of a sudden? Posted in Mr. Philip's Library

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    3.5 stars. I will always LOOOOOVE this series, but this was my least favorite of the three. Because this was the end of the trilogy ("for now," as Neuvel says in his acknowledgements) it definitely felt like an ending. And that made me realize that a large part of the appeal that the first two books had for me were their twisty endings that made me frantically wonder WHAT'S NEXT?! Without that, I didn't come out of this book with the frenzied excitement that I did with the others. Additionally, so 3.5 stars. I will always LOOOOOVE this series, but this was my least favorite of the three. Because this was the end of the trilogy ("for now," as Neuvel says in his acknowledgements) it definitely felt like an ending. And that made me realize that a large part of the appeal that the first two books had for me were their twisty endings that made me frantically wonder WHAT'S NEXT?! Without that, I didn't come out of this book with the frenzied excitement that I did with the others. Additionally, some of my favorite characters were no longer around so this lacked the attachment I had before. And there was no longer the air of mystery surrounding Themis that had sucked me in from the start. We basically know everything at this point and it's just wrapping up how things might play out. I listened to the audiobook and I definitely recommend this format if you're able to listen to them. The full cast is always impressive. However, with the characters we have in this book, I was not a fan of some of the accent and voicing choices, which always has an impact on my enjoyment of an audiobook. So, this was a solid ending, a fun audio experience as always, but I just wasn't as into it. Neuvel says he's working on other things but may one day return to this universe and I will most definitely be here waiting if he ever does! Content warning: war, internment camps and racism (shown as bad), cancer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    The final book in the trilogy! This one's a hard one to review only because it bucks expectations. Maybe only mine, but still. Did I want answers and a big robot battle? Yes. Did I get answers and a big robot battle? Absolutely. The direction of the storytelling will probably take you for a wild loop, however. It did for me. The cliffhanger had all my sights on the alien homeworld (or it's war-staging area) and I'm totally into the epistolary nature of these novels, so now I've got to reconcile mys The final book in the trilogy! This one's a hard one to review only because it bucks expectations. Maybe only mine, but still. Did I want answers and a big robot battle? Yes. Did I get answers and a big robot battle? Absolutely. The direction of the storytelling will probably take you for a wild loop, however. It did for me. The cliffhanger had all my sights on the alien homeworld (or it's war-staging area) and I'm totally into the epistolary nature of these novels, so now I've got to reconcile myself to the fact that humanity is in WAY OVER ITS HEAD. Derp. Fast forward another 10 years. The aliens don't have their crap together. Haven't for a while. Oh, sure, they're technologically advanced and can still vaporize cities and teleport and do these nifty perfect atomic clones, but they're a pretty damn good mirror to our own messed-up selves. You know, US/Them crap about genetics. Purebloods and democracy skewed in favor of said Purebloods. Like I said, very familiar. And our MCs live in this world for a decade, feeling the weight of the aliens' guilt and embarrassment until it all goes pear-shaped and we spend the rest of the novel back on Earth. The characters really carry this novel, as they did the previous ones. Our fantastic rock-em-sock-em robot bash and the two battlers turned the scene into some really really tragic, heartwarming and rage-filled. The father/daughter dynamic was pretty brilliant. I may have shed a few tears. The buildup was intense. But the end? I really want to talk about the end but that's a spoiler too much. Suffice to say, I'm both conflicted and satisfied at the same time. Some pretty awesome humor and a lot of shame for being a member of this human race. But then, what should we expect with a title that evokes a shrug? Oh, we're Only Human. Well, no excuses are going to cut this. You go, Rosa. :) I'm already getting nostalgic. Action and pathos for the win. :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.M.

    I finished Only Human a day after it came out and have to say I'm quite disappointed with the book. I've read all three of the series (of course), and I truly liked the first two, but I would not recommend anyone else to waste money on this volume. Better leave it at two, even if it's a cliffhanger. The setup in book one and two was great. They were well organized and I tore through them in a day each at work. I pre-ordered Only Human immediately after finishing the first and the second book. Onl I finished Only Human a day after it came out and have to say I'm quite disappointed with the book. I've read all three of the series (of course), and I truly liked the first two, but I would not recommend anyone else to waste money on this volume. Better leave it at two, even if it's a cliffhanger. The setup in book one and two was great. They were well organized and I tore through them in a day each at work. I pre-ordered Only Human immediately after finishing the first and the second book. Only Human, however, turned out to be a great and uninspired mess. It turned its back on all the great first-contact themes the previous volumes promised and turned into a long moral rant that ended in a somewhat deus-ex-machina climax. Here are some of the issues I have with this last installment: The main characters. They deteriorated heavily after the last (second) book. There's Rose, who basically turned into a whiny emo and blamed everything on herself but at the same time on everyone else too, and her solution to the whole plot was basically 'you aliens did this, you have to solve it'. There's no theme or character growth or anything that connects this book's Rose with the other two volumes. Basically, in her view, it's all the aliens' fault, and while that might theoretically be true, the resolution of the series was very anti-climactic and disappointing. Then there's Eva, who's just an insufferable brat, and not at all strong like Kara. All she does, too, is whine and do nothing to support the plot. In the second book, when the reader is introduced to Eva, it seems as if she has a huge part to play, and her character is built up very well, with the mystery surrounding her visions and so on, and even the ending of the book promises in some way that the next one will be even better and Eva will be very important. But she isn't. She's ignorant, she's angry, and she's quite a pest. She is not likeable at all, and I didn't find her very intelligent either. I don't have much to say about Vincent. The other big issue is that there was hardly any plot and the resolution of this pseudo-plot was so far from anything the series promised it was sad to see it. It reads very much as if Sylvain Neuvel simply ran out of things to say and original content to put into this book. I really really enjoyed the first two, because there was life to them, and mystery, and everything made inherent sense (well not everything, but you get what I mean), but in this last installment Neuvel seems to have run completely out of steam. The themes are redundant and often whole conversations are repeated to put a more emo spin on them, and morals are discussed when there's no reason at all these characters should be thinking about such things. The first 20% of the book especially are essentially repetitions. First a scene from this character's view, then the exact same scene or event from another's, and nothing really happens. This, unfortunately, drags through the whole book, and nothing much happens throughout the rest of it. I'm not sure what I expected, but I had high hopes considering the series had such a great great start. However, Only Human was a complete waste of paper and money.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    This is the final book of the Themis trilogy and I don't think it would work as a standalone. The giant robots that visited Earth in the last book have returned to their home planet, Esat Ekt. Unfortunately, Dr. Rose Franklin, Eva Reyes, her father Vincent Couture and General Eugene Govender were celebrating aboard Themis when the Council of Akitast (aliens who decide how their world deals with others) caused Themis to travel back to Esat Ekt. The Council refused to return their accidental visit This is the final book of the Themis trilogy and I don't think it would work as a standalone. The giant robots that visited Earth in the last book have returned to their home planet, Esat Ekt. Unfortunately, Dr. Rose Franklin, Eva Reyes, her father Vincent Couture and General Eugene Govender were celebrating aboard Themis when the Council of Akitast (aliens who decide how their world deals with others) caused Themis to travel back to Esat Ekt. The Council refused to return their accidental visitors to Earth, but after 10 years they are finally back. The book is a combination of flashbacks to their time on Esat Ekt and their lives after their return. Earth has undergone a lot of political changes during those 10 years. As in the first two books, the story is told entirely in the form of journal or log entries and transcribed interviews. It's not my favorite writing style and I really missed the unnamed interviewer from the first two books. His replacement is Russian intelligence officer Katherine Lebedev. I thought that her dialogue was very jokey and awkward. I loved the first two books, but I wasn't that crazy about this one. It had none of the charm or imagination of the prior books. I found it to be preachy and there was too much politics (on both Earth and Esat Ekt) and not enough science or robots. Even though I agree with the author's point of view, I don't really want to be preached to in my scifi. There are internment camps on Earth for those people who have the most alien DNA. Muslims are particularly singled out for internment. (Really, the author is pretty ham-handed with his social commentary throughout this book.) The planet was not thoroughly described but what description there was made it sound too much like Earth. The Ekt had very similar names (and were given no personalities) so it was difficult to tell them apart. Eva was an annoying, self centered teenager. Finally, the interviews and log records kept going around in circles rehashing the same arguments over and over again. Although I was disappointed by this conclusion to the trilogy, I wouldn't mind reading more about Themis. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Oh my gosh I actually shed a tear when I got to the end of Only Human – possibly because of what happened in it but mostly because THIS IS THE END. What an amazing, entertaining, creative and brilliantly written trilogy. This series has had it all, amazing characters, heart stopping action, emotional trauma, and GIANT ROBOTS. Did I mention the GIANT ROBOTS? So Only Human completes the tale, here we find some of our friends living on an alien planet until OOPS nope they are home. But what the heck Oh my gosh I actually shed a tear when I got to the end of Only Human – possibly because of what happened in it but mostly because THIS IS THE END. What an amazing, entertaining, creative and brilliantly written trilogy. This series has had it all, amazing characters, heart stopping action, emotional trauma, and GIANT ROBOTS. Did I mention the GIANT ROBOTS? So Only Human completes the tale, here we find some of our friends living on an alien planet until OOPS nope they are home. But what the heck have they arrived back into? The world is in turmoil, we have all gone mad and goodness knows whether or not there is any way back for the human race. It doesn’t help that the alien race are not exactly the greatest role models… ANYWAY Eva is cross with her Dad Vincent and that may cause one or two issues. I thought I was going to miss someone but actually Katherine arrived and so I didn’t as much as I might have. I still haven’t forgiven the author though, just in case he thinks he’s off the hook, I said Katherine helped. Because she was funny and dangerous and brought some new life to our eclectic and highly captivating cast. In fact this may be one of the best yet for those hilariously ironic and clever little dialogue pieces that just make you smile. I’m not giving away any further plot details, I’m trying not to spoil too much for anyone that hasn’t even started these yet – what I will do is say that this was the perfect end to what has been a perfect trilogy for this reader, the writing is simply rock and roll and it’s a bit of a rock and roll story from start to finish – but with an emotional depth that grips you and, honestly drives you a bit mad. In a great reading way. So if I haven’t sold it to you yet, can I just remind you – GIANT ROBOTS. Plus damn fine plotting, damn fine characters and a damn fine finish . A trilogy to die for. Highly Recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Dawn

    I'm really happy with this. It was not a perfect book for me - neither were the other two - but I had fun. I think the series would've been perfect to me if it wasn't written in interviews and files and stuff. I just loved the story but sometimes I couldn't empathize with the characters that much due to the writing style. I'd still recommend this trilogy to everyone who likes stories about aliens. I had a really good time reading these books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    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 betwee 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!*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This was such a disappointing ending for a series I really liked up until this point!! In the first book we found giant alien robot pieces found around the world and there were lots of questions about where they came from and what was their purpose. In the second book there was more answers and more character development. In this book - there was, well, I don't know. For me there was a lot of checking to see what the remaining time was left on the audiobook, which is never a good sign. Don't get me This was such a disappointing ending for a series I really liked up until this point!! In the first book we found giant alien robot pieces found around the world and there were lots of questions about where they came from and what was their purpose. In the second book there was more answers and more character development. In this book - there was, well, I don't know. For me there was a lot of checking to see what the remaining time was left on the audiobook, which is never a good sign. Don't get me wrong, the audiobook on the merits of it's production and narrators (15 of them!) was really well done (if you ignore Eva and the aliens). So that was a large positive. But the story itself was just a drag for me. Somehow these characters spent nine years on an alien planet and there was not a single alien characters that "came to life" for the reader. There was just a bunch of alien political drama which wasn't that interesting. Then we get back to earth and there is more human political drama, which felt a little heavy handed with things that could be not subtle references to current events. The character drama was a bit better but I never felt like Eva was a realistic 19 year old, she was either doing immature crap or she was putting herself in situations no teenager would ever willingly put herself into without help from anyone she knows. It was all just very unbelievable. The only real highlight to this book? Elizabeth from Russia - her character was awesome and the narrator was perfect. So in summary, this was a no-go for me and it's going on the dreaded "series has a terrible ending" shelf. Bah.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ❄️Nani❄️

    3.5⭐ A great conclusion to the trilogy but definitely my least favourite out of all the books. A lot did happen and some moments kept me guessing at to the end game and all, yet it didn’t feel as intense or exciting as in the previous books. Also, save for Vincent, Rose and Eugine I pretty much hated every other character especially, ESPECIALLY Eva. There were certain moments where I sympathised with her but for the most part I HATED HER. I HATED HER PETULANT ANTICS, not to mention her murky moti 3.5⭐️ A great conclusion to the trilogy but definitely my least favourite out of all the books. A lot did happen and some moments kept me guessing at to the end game and all, yet it didn’t feel as intense or exciting as in the previous books. Also, save for Vincent, Rose and Eugine I pretty much hated every other character especially, ESPECIALLY Eva. There were certain moments where I sympathised with her but for the most part I HATED HER. I HATED HER PETULANT ANTICS, not to mention her murky motivation for the certain things that she did. If there’s one sure way to lose me instantly it’s giving me a petulant know-it-all teen characters who think they could do a better job than those around them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I NEED THIS NOW

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tan Markovic

    This needs to come out already. PS. Holy fuck that cover.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/30/... What a crazy ride it’s been. Only Human is the third book of the Themis Files trilogy, bringing an end to a saga that first began in Sleeping Giants, where as a child, protagonist Rose Franklin quite literally stumbled upon a discovery of a lifetime. While exploring the woods near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, she accidentally fell into a square hole in the ground containing what was later identified as the hand of 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/30/... What a crazy ride it’s been. Only Human is the third book of the Themis Files trilogy, bringing an end to a saga that first began in Sleeping Giants, where as a child, protagonist Rose Franklin quite literally stumbled upon a discovery of a lifetime. While exploring the woods near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, she accidentally fell into a square hole in the ground containing what was later identified as the hand of a giant metal robot. Fast forward many years, and the world has now become a very different place, with humanity hovering on the brink of war against an unstoppable alien threat. A lot has clearly happened, and if you’re not caught up on the series yet, be aware that this review will contain plot details from the first two books. First of all, it has been nine years since the end of the second volume, Waking Gods, which left us with one hell of cliffhanger as the giant robot Themis (carrying Rose Franklin, Vincent Couture, his 10-year-old daughter Eva, and General Eugene Govender inside at the time) was suddenly and inexplicably transported to another world. In Only Human, we find out exactly where they went, as well as what exactly happened in the intervening years. Once again, the story is presented as a collection of mostly journal entries, transcribed interviews or recordings, letters and other forms of personal communication, etc. so by now the format feels very familiar. The greatest challenge the author had to overcome in this book, however, was the establishing of two timelines—one taking in the present, the other filling in the events of the last nine years—and there’s even the problem of a language barrier to consider this time. The book begins with the return of Rose, Vincent, Eva, and a fourth mysterious passenger, as Themis suddenly shows up again on Earth following its almost decade-long disappearance. Many of us had guesses as to where Themis ended up, I think, and sure enough, we soon get confirmation that the characters had been transported the giant robot’s homeworld, Esat Ekt. As you would imagine though, spending nine years anywhere, let alone on an alien planet, would be enough to change anyone. Upon their return, both Rose and Vincent are shocked at what life has become on Earth, and Eva, now nineteen years old and who had spent most of her formative years living among the Ekt, is having a particularly hard time adjusting. They’re also being detained by the Russian government (because Themis reappeared in Russian territory), who are pressuring them to give up all the deets: Are the aliens coming back? Do they still want war with Earth? How do we fight them? Except, of course, the aliens aren’t at all what we’ve been led to believe. They’re actually kind of a mess. In some ways, they’re even more clueless than humans, despite being lightyears ahead of us in technology. It made this somewhat of a dreary read because I spent most of it feeling pissed off at everyone, Ekt and human alike. The universe is apparently full of jerks. And if an advanced alien race capable of creating gargantuan robots that can disintegrate mountains in an eyeblink can’t even get it together, then what chance do we have? I also found myself annoyed with the characters, many of whom came across as sanctimonious, selfish, and careless. In a world where conditions have devolved so far, pitting countryman against countryman, friend against friend, daughter against father…at one point I asked myself if I would even care how this ended. It was just too depressing. Thankfully, the plot took a turn for the better in the second half. It made me see how things were meant to fit together. I now understand that much of the conflict was meant to set up the events of the last hundred pages or so, in order to have the ending feel that much more satisfying and emotionally impactful. That said, there were still a few things I wished this final novel did differently. For one, I wanted a lot more about the aliens. The limited information we received about the Ekt was sorely disappointing, considering our protagonists were on their planet and stayed among them for nine whopping years. Also, there were a couple downsides to the epistolary format that I confess still sort of bug me even after three books. It’s just hard to buy into the whole oral dictation angle when so many scenes in the story that are not conducive to carrying a recorder around, conveniently capturing all our characters’ conversations about their thoughts and reporting exactly what they are doing. There are still plenty of these awkward moments, with the trade-off being realism and immersion. I don’t want to sound too negative, however. I did have a lot of fun with this book—with all three books, in fact. Given the complex nature of this series, Sylvain Neuvel had his work cut out for him, and that’s on top of dealing with obstacles that challenge all new authors. A few minor hiccups notwithstanding, I have to say he managed to pull off his debut trilogy marvelously, sparking imaginations and offering action-packed entertainment along the way. The Themis Files is a masterful storytelling experience, one I will not soon forget.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This was so good! The whole trilogy is really amazing. I actually remember reading the first book in the trilogy, Sleeping Giants, and thinking that it was just okay. Everything changed when I decided to try the audiobook for the story. I was really able to appreciate the story much more with the help of the narrators. When I picked up the second book, Waking Gods, I was worried that I wouldn't be as impressed by the book in print after my experience with this previous book but I liked that book This was so good! The whole trilogy is really amazing. I actually remember reading the first book in the trilogy, Sleeping Giants, and thinking that it was just okay. Everything changed when I decided to try the audiobook for the story. I was really able to appreciate the story much more with the help of the narrators. When I picked up the second book, Waking Gods, I was worried that I wouldn't be as impressed by the book in print after my experience with this previous book but I liked that book right from the start. The same can be said for this book. I thought that Waking Gods ended with just a bit of a cliffhanger and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to these characters. This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and I was not disappointed. This review will contain spoilers for the previous two books in the trilogy. I went into this book expecting it to pick up right where the last book ended and it did to a point. The first part of the book goes back and forth between a time 9 years after the previous book and various points during those 9 years. I had so many questions about what had happened to everyone during those 9 years and I am glad that we got to see some of the more important events. We do learn more from the characters as they are being interviewed about their lives during those lost years as well. So Vincent, Eva, and Rose have spent a significant amount of time living on an alien planet. You would think that they would have changed a lot during those years. They did experience some changes but the most dramatic changes happened here on Earth. Our planet has not done well during those years. Things are bad. Countries are power hungry and using the robots to intimidate other nations while their people are being treated poorly. I loved the characters in this book. I really feel like I have got the chance to really know Rose and Vincent during the course of the trilogy. Eva is much older and I liked her character more in this book. Many of the key players from previous books show up in this installment as well. I was always thrilled to get to see these familiar characters play a part in the story even when they were a character that I loved to hate. There were a couple of new characters that seemed to fit into the story quite flawlessly as well. This story was just as exciting as I had anticipated. How could a book about giant alien robots be anything but exciting? Anyway, this book had all of the action scenes that I had hoped to see. There were quite a few surprises along the way and I found myself turning pages as fast as I could just to see what would happen next. I was somewhat surprised by how things worked out in this one and it really was a good surprise. I was very satisfied by how everything ended. I would highly recommend this series to others. This is an exciting and highly imaginative trilogy that has been a whole lot of fun. I do plan to purchase a copy of the audiobook of this one for a re-read in the near future. I can't wait to see what Sylvain Neuvel comes up with next! I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    'Every movie we watch, every book we read, we see people who can solve every problem, face every danger all on their own. But in real life, Vincent, we just call the cops.'* WHAT DID I JUST REEEAAAAD?! THAT LAST PART WAS SO GREAT AND SOMETHING I REALLY HOPED WOULD HAPPEN AND I STILL WASN'T PREPARED So this book is basically a cautionary tale about what would happen if humanity as a whole lost its collective minds (which yes, is way, way, way worse than whatever has happened so far on earth) and it 'Every movie we watch, every book we read, we see people who can solve every problem, face every danger all on their own. But in real life, Vincent, we just call the cops.'* WHAT DID I JUST REEEAAAAD?! THAT LAST PART WAS SO GREAT AND SOMETHING I REALLY HOPED WOULD HAPPEN AND I STILL WASN'T PREPARED So this book is basically a cautionary tale about what would happen if humanity as a whole lost its collective minds (which yes, is way, way, way worse than whatever has happened so far on earth) and it's done so well that it's, sadly, completely believable. It's definitely hard to read at points about the far-reaching consequences of racism and humans always needing an 'other' to blame for its own shortcomings but boy, does it ever make us look like damn children in the face of well, everything. It does. That's not to say that this book is only bleakness personified; it has funny moments and it has heartwarming moments and it shows that decency is not completely lost. My favorite character by far in this series is now Eva. I had't really been attached to any of the characters so far so much as their ability to pilot the hugeass robots, but Eva is the real star of this series for me. She's fucking precious. Also, that father-daughter relationship took me on a ride haha. It's amazing to read a book where a teenager and the female doctor are the most sensible characters. Also, aliens. The rest of the humans? Not so much. LOL I still can't quite believe this series is over and I would want nothing more than getting to read more books set in this world. These books are everything from being thoroughly messed up with fucked up characters to ofc, the giants robots that occasionally fight each other in epic battles, an alien who's into telling stories and so much more. Feels like I've barely scratched the surface with that last sentence. SO I HONESTLY CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS SERIES ENOUGH ESPECIALLY AFTER HAVING READ ONLY HUMAN ALHKDJGLKSFD Favorite quotes: 'You can't defeat terrorism on a whole planet, it's not an army you can crush. That's why it's called terrorism. There'd always be one person left somewhere to blow up more things.'* 'There's this tendency of people to see every fight against the system as a fight for progress.'* 'You want to make sure I die depressed, is that it?'* *Quotes taken from the egalley and may change upon publication. Also, official review to come? Haha --------------------- HOLY SHIT, WHAT THE BLURB And love how the title somewhat matches the previous ones alskjfhsgs

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    4.25/5stars 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 4.25/5stars 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    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 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    This was a much anticipated book, especially with the closing scene of Waking Gods. Once more, Neuvel doesn’t go for the easy solution, which is probably going to divide his readership. Several years have passed by and through a plethora of documents, we piece slowly together what has been happening to Vincent, Rose, Eva and General Eugene Govender on the alien planet, as well as on Earth. To show us Esat Ekt was always going to take some of the wonder away, especially when these alien cultures This was a much anticipated book, especially with the closing scene of Waking Gods. Once more, Neuvel doesn’t go for the easy solution, which is probably going to divide his readership. Several years have passed by and through a plethora of documents, we piece slowly together what has been happening to Vincent, Rose, Eva and General Eugene Govender on the alien planet, as well as on Earth. To show us Esat Ekt was always going to take some of the wonder away, especially when these alien cultures are not as ‘enlightened’ as we would wish them to be. Similarly, the situation on Earth, where paranoia and persecution are ramping wild, is horrific. And yet, I could totally see this happening, as indeed it is to a certain extent... It took me a while to get into the narrative, more than for the previous two where I was hooked from the first page, but then, the story picked up and I was once more invested. I do like Vincent and Rose a lot but I did miss The Interviewer. Such an amazing character was always going to be missed. As was Kara. Also, some might say that Neuvel’s resolution is naive and they wouldn’t be wrong. To me however, it did work and wasn’t without a certain amount of irony. Ultimately I really enjoyed this novel, although being the weakest, and how it brings a satisfying end to an excellent trilogy!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    Thank you to folks at Netgalley for giving me access to a review copy of this book . First I have to tell you that I love this trilogy and I was immersed in this world as soon as I read “sleeping Giants” so I came into this book with a biased opinion. I won’t give any spoilers or a complex review until the official date of this book but I can say that I was satisfied with the ending , not completely happy but satisfied. Hopefully you guys all get a chance to read this books , let me know what yo Thank you to folks at Netgalley for giving me access to a review copy of this book . First I have to tell you that I love this trilogy and I was immersed in this world as soon as I read “sleeping Giants” so I came into this book with a biased opinion. I won’t give any spoilers or a complex review until the official date of this book but I can say that I was satisfied with the ending , not completely happy but satisfied. Hopefully you guys all get a chance to read this books , let me know what you think of this book .

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Hutchinson

    It was kind of an anticlimactic series ender (how often is the middle book in a trilogy better than the final book?), but still pretty good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Manisha

    Neuvel and I have the same philosophies in life. I agreed with everything he said in this book about humanity and power. The cynic in me rejoiced. RTC

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This is the conclusion to the series I believe, and it is quite an ending. Not only do we follow some of our characters to an alien world, we also get to see the chaos that has been unleashed on Earth in the wake of the alien catastrophe of the previous book. We are jumping through quite a lot of time again, and the audiobook once again has quite a few narrators portraying different parts, it's all very dramatic too. What I like about this series is that it's unique and feels quite easy, like a This is the conclusion to the series I believe, and it is quite an ending. Not only do we follow some of our characters to an alien world, we also get to see the chaos that has been unleashed on Earth in the wake of the alien catastrophe of the previous book. We are jumping through quite a lot of time again, and the audiobook once again has quite a few narrators portraying different parts, it's all very dramatic too. What I like about this series is that it's unique and feels quite easy, like a page turner. The different extracts can be a little confusing at times, but on the whole I found I could still relate to the characters and the different narrators brought them more to life for me than reading probably would have. I like the massive alien robots, I think any time we see them being used it is pretty destructive but cool. I would have liked to learn a bit more about how the aliens developed them, but I guess they're just so smart that an explanation would be beyond humanity. Eva and Vincent have a few parent-daughter issues in this one, and I think it's probably handled well so any teen/parent could relate. There's a lot to like about both of them, but they did butt heads a lot too. Overall, I think this series is quite a good summary of humanity and how we all rub each other up the wrong way, handle things badly, overreact and so on, but it's also about our ability to learn, evolve and change and I think there is some light at the end. 3.5*s for this one.

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