Book Review: Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #3)

The end of a trilogy. It’s bitter-sweet, I’ve finished reading TheThemis Files, it has been a pleasure to buddy read all three books with Beth @ Biblibeth

Note: I’ve used the synopsis from the audio, and have altered one sentence identified by the use of italics, this is so the book description contains no spoilers for the previous books.

Book Description

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 nations should have been coming together, they have never been more divided. With the human race teetering on the brink of total war, it’s time to choose sides. But doing the right thing might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.

My Thoughts

What a great ending to what has been a most enjoyable trilogy. I’m going to be especially vague in this review as I don’t want to spoil anything in this novel or in the previous two – the Themis Files takes you on a journey spanning decades and planets! My one piece of advice: read the trilogy in order, it’s a continuous story, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you read them out of order.

One of the really good things about this novel is the character development. When we first met Eva in book two, I wasn’t a huge fan, by the end of this novel she was my favourite character, she filled the space of a character that was sorely missed in this instalment, and through Eva, a little bit of this character lived on. Once you read the trilogy, that’ll make perfect sense, but I don’t even want to stand on the edge of spoilers, because there’s so many emotional moments between the characters surrounding Eva, and I want you to discover them all for yourself – genuine heartfelt moments of affection and humour.

Not only do you get to see great character development, but you see plot development too, which is important, Neuvel doesn’t rely on the readers love of the characters to drive this novel forward, instead he plotted an adventure you’re eager to undertake.

“If you see something wrong with the world, fix it. But what if it’s the whole world that needs fixing?”

In this novel, we get to see life on an alien planet, and while UK politics may make you want to tear your hair out as you weep for the stupidity of some politicians, politics on an alien planet, on the other hand, is a joy to read about, and so interesting!

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned in my reviews for the previous two books in this trilogy, it’s fantastic to see women in skilled, and powerful, professions; whether these females are on the side of good or not, they are strong characters who evoke a reaction in the reader.

Again, the formatting is the same as in the previous two books, this novel is a series of interviews, journal articles, missions logs and so on. For the story told, this is the perfect format, it builds suspense and allows you to fly through the pages because you keep ‘squeezing in’ one more chapter, and before you know it, you’re finished the book! But what an amazing journey this book, and trilogy, takes you on, I highly recommend it!

So, where does Only Human rank in this trilogy? Well, it’s right up there with my love of book one, Sleeping Giants; in fact, I think I enjoyed it that little bit more because having gotten to know the characters over the course of the trilogy made me all the more invested in their fates. 

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

Previous buddy reads with Beth

The Fireman by Joe Hill – My review / Beth’s review

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – My review / Beth’s review

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – My review / Beth’s review

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – My review / Beth’s review

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #1) – My review / Beth’s review

The Girls by Emma Cline – My review / Beth’s review

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #2) – My review / Beth’s review

The Three by Sarah Lotz (The Three #1)My review / Beth’s review

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #3)

  1. Yaaay awesome review! You’ve captured it all perfectly and we’re delightfully vague – it’s so difficult trying to review books in series without giving away spoilers isn’t it?! Loved experiencing The Themis Files with you. 😘

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    1. Yes, I was even cautious with the synopsis as the book blurb has spoilers for book 2. I’m so glad we read the entire trilogy because so often I start them and never finish them! Looking forward to wrapping up The Three duology next 🙂 x

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