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Only Human

(Themis Files #3)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  15,150 ratings  ·  2,200 reviews
We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside.

We were wrong.

As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And, with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain.

At a time when the world's natio
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Michael Joseph
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Stephanie (Librarianish) Davidson AGREE. Super distracting. The only false note in the narration, too.
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Emily May
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2018, arc
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
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!
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ebooks
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
☆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
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
I’m kinda lukewarm on the final installment of this trilogy. And, in fact, while the concept of the whole trilogy has been pretty cool, I feel like ever since the first 100 pages or so of the first book, it has been kind of trending down hill. I wouldn’t say that it is bad, per se, and I had no problem staying interested through the finish. But, when I was done I was just kinda “meh”.

With Only Human, my feeling was that the author was working toward the point, or the main moral of the story, at
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?????
Charlotte May
"We're a bunch of babies, a few billion of them, all scared to death. We're going to kill ourselves if we're left to our own devices."

Ok, I have't loved this trilogy as much as I'd hoped. I definitely think book 2 was my favourite - so much happened, with so many twists. In comparison in book 3, NOTHING HAPPENED. It's just so much back and forth.
It didn't help that one of my faves wasn't in it. DON'T WORRY I WON'T SAY WHO.
Eva is just a brat. I couldn't stand her, and there is no other way to d
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, full-lengths
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)
3.5ish 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 t
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
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
“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
May 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
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
Iryna *Book and Sword*
5/5 stars

Welcome to the family, new favorite trilogy and first favorite series of 2019. So far I've been having a wonderful reading year, and it's largely because of The Themis Files.

I also want to quickly mention The Humans by Matt Haig, which got me into the hugest sci-fi mood at the beginning of December last year - and I'm still riding that wave. Thank you.

Only Human got me a little bit worried because of its unusually (and so undeserved) low ratings, but I'm happy that I didn't let that sc
Kayla Dawn
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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 better 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.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
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 ...more
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
Karen’s Library
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens
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
Liz Barnsley
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rusty Grey
A befitting conclusion to this fantastic series . This was a highly philosophical and thought provoking novel . Though its pacing was slower than the previous two installments it was more epic in scale . And more emotional too . The last few pages almost brought me to tears . Overall this is a great sci-fi series . Recommended to everyone .

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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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 stars.

I’m glad that I saw this series through. The first two books set such high expectations that this one fell short, sadly. I think a lot of it was interesting and I really applaud the author’s creativity. However, a lot of the message was heavy-handed, and it just made me a bit bored. Overall still an enjoyable book and a great series!
Tan Markovic
This needs to come out already.
PS. Holy fuck that cover.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aliens, sci-fi
I am disappointed that this only ended up being 3 stars. The first two were so good! The character development was great. The only thing I didn't like was the plot.
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 ...more
'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.'*


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
Montzalee Wittmann
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 go
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of giant (alien) Robots!
3,5 stars for this dark final book that marks the end of an incredible series. Instead of ending The Themis Files trilogy with a bang, Neuvel shows us a bleak and realistic world that didn’t take alien invasions lightly. And as we learn, neither did the aliens.

10 years after Rose, Vincent, Eugene and Kaya were beamed off into space, Themis returns to earth. They aren’t exactly welcomed back with open arms, because humanity is too busy being at toxic, paranoid war with itself. As we read how the
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Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were a ...more

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