Only Human is the third and final installment of the series that began with Sleeping Giants and continued with Waking Gods. For those unfamiliar with the series, a young girl discovers the hand of a giant alien robot. Later, as a scientist, she helps find and assemble all of the robot’s pieces and the government militarizes it. In book two, other alien robots show up and inadvertently kill 100 million people.

Most of my criticism of these books has been based on the writing rather than on content. This book has shortcomings both in writing and in plot. Much of the story is told via transcripts of briefings which do not label who is speaking each line, so the author resorts to frequently inserting character names within the dialogue (aspiring authors are often told this is a no-no). With regard to the story, there is far too much talk and far too little action.

I gave this book three stars on Goodreads, with the strong premise being offset by the weaknesses in the writing and the lack of sufficient action to fulfill the promise held by the premise. I would read the start of another series by this author if the premise were attractive, but would be prepared to stop if the problems of this series continued.

 

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