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Review: Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel – Themis Files #3

The thrilling conclusion to a science fiction trilogy that is like no other.

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The Themis Files is one of my top science fiction series of all time! I really just love the writing style and the way the story takes so many different twists and turns! I was super stoked when the publishers let me know that the third book was ready to review, and I read this in March because I just couldn’t wait until May! Here is what I thought:

Only Human (Themis Files, #3) book cover

Only Human (Themis Files, #3)

by Sylvain Neuvel

Published April 1, 2018 by Del Rey Books
Series: Themis Files
ISBN: 0399180117

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): 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

This novel left me feeling bittersweet for all the right reasons. The story takes place 9 years after the previous book, but there is the expectation that the reader still remembers what happened from before. So if you haven’t read the previous books or you don’t remember what happened, READ THEM FIRST!

The Pros: What worked for me

  • This story is once again told in a series of case files and interviews. This is a format that some may not like but I actually love it. It is just such a unique way to tell the story and it is surprising how it conveys a lot of emotion and allows the reader to connect and understand the characters.
  • There is so much that goes on in the story that I didn’t mind that the actual plot was slow. I love the idea of the aliens, how the story mixes in politics and philosophy with science fiction, and the way the characters have grown and developed.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • The introduction of a new character: Katherine. Now, the author has created some pretty zany characters who seem to lack depth at face value but are a lot more calculating or deep underneath. However, Katherine’s character was just too wacky for me and there wasn’t enough time in this one novel to give her any depth.

But overall, I loved this novel. This is a series worth reading. If you like science fiction and are looking for an interesting spin on a classic alien/robot story, this is one you don’t want to miss out on! I’m giving this a solid 4/5 stars!


0 thoughts on “Review: Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel – Themis Files #3

    1. Hahahaha thanks! This is honestly one of my favourite sci-fi series because I think the writing style and story is quirky, yet deep at the same time. It’s not for everyone but it certainly works for me! Let me know if you ever read the first book, I would be super interested to know what you think!

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