Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel & Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone

Posted May 3, 2018 | 21 Comments


Giant alien robots and people-eating spiders! Quick thoughts on the finales of these two trilogies.

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel & Zero Day by Ezekiel BooneOnly Human
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #3
Published by: Del Rey
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

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.

The trilogy has come to an end, and I must say, Only Human was my favorite of the three. The major questions of where the giant robot came from and what its purpose was were answered. The book picks up almost ten years later, and I was pleasantly surprised where the story actually took us. While it does jump to the future, we get flashbacks of what was going on during that time. There were a couple of instramental characters that I missed, but their absence didn’t hinder the story like I feared it might. Overall, it was a worthy conclusion.

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel & Zero Day by Ezekiel BooneZero Day
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Series: The Hatching #3
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

In the finale of Ezekiel Boone’s Hatching series, the United States goes to war against the queen spiders that threaten to overtake the human race forever.

The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.

The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?

For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can—more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder—and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what’s more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?

My wishy-washy feelings for this trilogy continued with this final book, but at least I finished! It feels so slow and drawn-out a lot during much of the book, and I skimmed more than a couple times. Yet, I still liked it. *shrugs* It’s complicated. Anyway, I love spiders, but if you thought they were creepy in the first book, prepare for your nightmares to get worse. Honestly, though, this trilogy could’ve easily been trimmed to two books.


21 responses to “Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel & Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone

  1. glad to have you back posting. I am hoping to get to Only Human too, I have an audiobook waiting for some attention 😀 glad to hear you think it wrapped up well, def a bit nervous about it.

  2. Ooh the reviews coming out now for Only human are making me kinda want to jump back into this series. I read book one and was kinda meh, but I’ve heard they get better!

    And spiders… no 🙂

  3. I forgot that the spider series ended up being a let down after the first book. That sucks the last one didn’t rise to the occasion – BOOOOOOO! The robot book series stills sounds good.

    Question: what does “intramental” mean? 😛 xoxoxoxoxo

    • Christy

      InSTramental, dammit! lol! I suppose I could try to justify the use of “intramental” for one character, but … yeah, freaking typo. 😀

  4. OMFG! I don’t know how you guys read this. I could barely kill a spider let alone read a whole series about them creepy crawlies!! Even now I’m getting goosebumps, I have scenes from Arachnophobia on my brain *shivers*

  5. I haven’t tried either of these yet, but the Themis Files one really intrigues me. I’m glad to hear that series ends on a satisfying note. I’m on the fence about the other series…

  6. I’m happy that one out of two was fulfilling! I don’t know about the robots and I really don’t know about the spiders….I actually got The Hatching for review before I realized it was about spiders. *shudders* Not exactly a fan. Anyway, it’s interesting that despite its pace you still managed to like it. That says something about the story.

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