421 pages | Sci-Fi | 2018 | 3/5☆
When I read the second book of this trilogy I was so excited to talk about it I started a blog. Waking Gods is definitely my favourite book of the three, but I still loved the final instalment of The Themis Files series.
Only Human jumps nine years into the future, rejoining the characters as they [spoilers] somehow return to Earth. The rest of the novel switches between life after their return and fragments of their time on Esat Ekt. The flashback/forward format of the novel reminded me a lot of Lost in, like, a good way; there was plenty of character exploration. This said, the format of the novel means readers miss out on a lot of detail and description.
After the distressing revelations of the previous book, Earth has devolved into a planet of terror and chaos. Correspondingly, rising tensions on Esat Ekt mean the elite face a potential political upheaval of their own. This book is filled with social commentary. It looks at the power of fear, paranoia and ignorance, paying particular attention to race and racism, xenophobia, colonialism and nationalism.
I won’t say who, but I did miss a certain character taken from us in the previous book. The new character brought in to fill their shoes in this novel? Meh.
I am genuinely sad to finish this trilogy and say goodbye to these characters.
“You let emotions get in the way of rational judgement, and that is the worst thing a scientist can do. You might be a better human being than I am by anyone’s standard, but it is people like you who will bring our world to its end. I think you’re dangerous.”
Sylvain Neuvel, Only Human, p.270.