Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel is the third and final book of The Themis Files.
We left off in the second book with Rose, Vincent, Eva and the General being transported in Themis to another planet. Now, more than nine years later, Rose, Vincent and Eva have returned and the planet they once called home has changed… and not for the better.
The world is on the brink of war and it’s people are being shoved into camps based on the amount of alien DNA in their system. The earth is one step away from genocide and one conflict away from nuclear war.
It is up to Rose, Vincent and Eva to pick up the pieces and find a solution to the chaos reining. But the years on another planet have wreaked havoc on the trio and their own personal conflicts may blind them from doing what is right.
Can a world forever altered by the truth of the statement, “we are not alone,” ever find a way to come to terms and move on?
I felt like each of these books ended in a satisfying way and yet this one did a great job of concluding the story as a whole. We get our intro and build up in book one, our big conflict and resolution in book two, and the repercussions and consequences in book three. I also liked that each book stayed true to the narrative structure being written in the form of logs, letters, recordings, etc.
After the first two books, this one did seem to lack a bit of action for me but a scene toward the end of the book picked up speed for me. I also didn’t really see the need for the “new” interviewer, Katherine. After our mystery interviewer’s death at the end of book two, we didn’t really need a new “person.” I think we could have gotten along just fine with the logs and recordings without Kathrine, whose character was only so-so for me.
Overall, I really liked this series and this book was a great conclusion to the trilogy as a whole. Gotta love a good sci-fi that feels authentic. This one gets 4 stars from me.
That’s all for now!