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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 May 2018
- Language: English, English
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Only Human: Themis Files, Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
- old characters have completely different personalities (and not for the better) and new ones are boring and unlikeable
- pacing slows to a crawl
- as others have said, focus is far more political, and loses all magic of the first
- all the drama is people emotionally shouting at each other, and Sylvain can't write that well. All the intrigue and intellect is gone