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Sylvain Neuvel: Only human (2018)

336 pages

English language

Published April 14, 2018

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3 stars (2 reviews)

"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 Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other"--

"In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal …

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reviewed Only human by Sylvain Neuvel (Book three of The Themis files)

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.

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  • Fiction
  • Robots
  • Women physicists