Only Human

, #3

336 pages

English language

Published July 6, 2018 by Del Rey Books.

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3 stars (2 reviews)

Brilliant scientist Rose Franklin has devoted her adult life to solving the mystery she accidentally stumbled upon as a child: a huge metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. The discovery set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with geopolitical ramifications. Rose and the Earth Defense Corps raced to master the enigmatic technology, as giant robots suddenly descended on Earth’s most populous cities, killing one hundred million people in the process. Though Rose and her team were able to fend off the attack, their victory was short-lived. The mysterious invaders retreated, disappearing from the shattered planet . . . but they took the scientist and her crew with them.

Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find a devastating new war—this time between humans. America and Russia are locked in combat, fighting to fill the power vacuum left behind after the invasion. …

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reviewed Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (The Themis Files, #3)

What a mess

2 stars

I was really looking forward to this one after the second really recaptured my attention, but it was disappointing. This one introduced kind of a parallel story storytelling approach, which I'd usually be all about, but the way that the book is written, it felt jarring and poorly paced. My number one gripe with the first book was how similar the characters were written, and this dialed that up to 11 to the point that it was distracting. Story was interesting enough, but not good enough to overlook some of my other issues with the book and the trilogy.