If you haven't read the first two books in the Themis
Files series, stop what you are doing and read them
first. ONLY HUMAN is the third book in the Themis
Files series and is best appreciated in the context
of the series as a whole. ONLY HUMAN takes place
approximately ten years after the events of the second
book, WAKING GODS, and has Dr. Rose Franklin and Vincent
Couture returning to Earth after living on the planet,
Esat Ekt. They return to a world completely changed by
the devastating attacks of the giant robots. People are
now imprisoned in internment camps based upon how much of
the Ekt DNA is in their bodies and all international
treaties have been dissolved, leaving a world on the
brink of chaos. Can Rose and Vincent find a way to once
again unite their old allies and find some semblance of
Wow! ONLY HUMAN is told in the same epistolary format as
the two previous books, providing us with transcripts of
interviews and journal entries from our main characters.
I love that we finally get more insight into the Ekt
people as we see the troubles plaguing their own planet.
One of the differences with ONLY HUMAN versus the earlier
books in the series is that ONLY HUMAN is more
philosophical, focusing on a message about society as a
Rose has been a favorite character of mine throughout the
series and she shines once again in ONLY HUMAN. Eva is a
pleasant surprise for me, as she shows quite a bit of
spunk. I won't lie, I stayed mad at Vincent
throughout most of the story and sided with Eva in her
anger at him. In fact, I love all of the characters we've
met in the Themis
Files series other than a new
one we meet in ONLY HUMAN, Major Katherine Lebedev, who
is part of the Russian Main Intelligence Agency (GRU).
She seems almost like a caricature of what "the bad guy"
would be and is a little disappointing in an otherwise
brilliantly crafted and strong series. Perhaps Sylvain
Nuevel intended Katherine to be this way, but her over-
the-top threats are quite annoying.
ONLY HUMAN concludes the Themis
Files series and
I'm more than sad to see it end. I have enjoyed the
clever way Sylvain Nuevel utilizes the epistolary format
to create both a stunning world as well as multi-
dimensional characters. If you read just one science
fiction series, make it the Themis
Files as it's
sure to hook even non-genre fans!
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.