Only Human

Only Human

World War Z meets The Martian in the explosive follow-up to Sleeping Giants (“One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory”—NPR) and Waking Gods (“Pure, unadulterated literary escapism”—Kirkus Reviews).In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Fran...

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Title:Only Human
Author:Sylvain Neuvel
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Only Human Reviews

  • Sana

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    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,

    worse than whatever has happened so far on earth) and it

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    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,

    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

    . 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

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    *Quotes taken from the egalley and may change upon publication.

    Also, official review to come? Haha

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    HOLY SHIT, WHAT THE BLURB

    And love how the title somewhat matches the previous ones alskjfhsgs

  • 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. :)

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • Emily May

    4 1/2 stars.

    . I think

    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),

    makes up for it with its t

    4 1/2 stars.

    . I think

    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),

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Neuvel ponders.

    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.

    was an extremely enjoyable reading experience and a near-perfect conclusion to one of my favourite series of recent years.

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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    A solid 4 stars. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this final book in the THEMIS FILES SF trilogy, but Sylvain Neuvel managed to surprise me. **Some spoilers ahead for the first two books**

    At the end of

    , the giant robot Themis was suddenly called back home to her original planet, accidentally carrying four people along, who happened to be inside of her: Vincent Couture, his 10 year old daughter Eva, Dr. Rose Franklin, and General Eugene Govender. After ten years on the planet Es

    A solid 4 stars. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this final book in the THEMIS FILES SF trilogy, but Sylvain Neuvel managed to surprise me. **Some spoilers ahead for the first two books**

    At the end of

    , the giant robot Themis was suddenly called back home to her original planet, accidentally carrying four people along, who happened to be inside of her: Vincent Couture, his 10 year old daughter Eva, Dr. Rose Franklin, and General Eugene Govender. After ten years on the planet Esat Ekt, Vincent, Eva and Rose, together with one of the natives of Esat Ekt, suddenly appear on Earth again. They land in Estonia, where the Russian government (which controls Estonia again) is delighted to take possession of both the robot and them.

    As it turns out, the U.S. used the other robot that was left behind, called Lapetus, to take control of many other countries around the globe. (How the U.S. was able to solve the robot piloting issue is disclosed later in the book.) The Russians have plans to use Themis, Vincent, Eva and Rose to combat the U.S. Meanwhile, in a panicked reaction to the events of the second book, most countries are imprisoning people who have a over a certain percentage of alien DNA in their bodies ... and executing those with the highest levels. Our world is devolving into chaos and fascism, with rampant mistrust. (There's some pretty overt political commentary here.)

    is a dual timeline novel, with chapters following these characters after their return to earth interspersed with chapters that follow their lives on Esat Ekt. I was delighted to see Sylvain Neuvel take on the alien culture but, partly because Neuvel is still following the same file 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 humans who are there.

    Full review to come, around the time this book goes on sale May 1, 2018. If you've read the first two books, you definitely need to read this one. I wasn't disappointed!

    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*

  • 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.

  • Heather

    I NEED THIS NOW

  • Tan Markovic

    This needs to come out already.

    PS. Holy fuck that cover.

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