Only Human (Themis Files Book 3) by Sylvain Neuvel
I've loved almost every moment of this series and was so happy with the way this final book ended the storyline of these wonderful characters.
Once again, Neuvel used journal entries and military transcripts to include dialogue or opinions from the main characters. This was one of the things I loved the most throughout the series, because even with having somewhat disjointed entries or transcripts from such different characters, the story still flows so smoothly and is so entertaining it keeps you interested at every moment.
This final book had a little less action from Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods, but it made up for it with the social commentary due to the impact on the world from the action in the first two books. Picking up nine years after the second book, we learn the true impact the giant alien robots had on the world. There is fear and paranoia around those who are “different" to the point those people are placed into work camps, or murdered...sound familiar?
There was still some action but this installment was a bit more dark and sad. It still had similar dark comedic moments, especially surrounding the character, Vincent, as the other two which made it blend well and end in a consistent manner.
One thing I didn't like in this final book is the character Katherine Lebedev. Most of these characters Neuvel created for this series are a bit nonchalant but Katherine seemed overly dramatic and unbelievable.
Overall, I'd recommend this series to as many people as possible. It was one of my favorites over the past few years and each individual book had something great to offer, which is often difficult to accomplish.
Synopsis: 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.