The last in the series, again took me far too long to get through – not because it wasn’t a good book but in that I struggled to find time to actually get to reading. Of course, because it is the last in the series, beware that there will probably be spoilers in this review.
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.
This whole series was absolutely phenomenal. I enjoyed being the world that Neuvel created immensely, I loved the whole idea of the ancient aliens and them returning some few thousand years later because the planet discovered what they had left behind. Throughout the whole things there’s the air of mystery – how were they going to resolve the situations forced upon them?
I feel like there’s so much that I would like to talk about that I don’t even know where to begin!
We start this one with those that had been celebrating inside Themis having been transported across the universe to it’s home planet. There we meet the Ekt, the race responsible for the annihilation of millions of humans on Earth from the previous book. The Ekt feel guilty about what they’ve done, and basically ‘keep’ the humans on Ekt as they just don’t know what to do with them. Because of the genetics – are they part Ekt or are they completely alien? Because of this limbo for 10 years on the planet they don’t really belong anywhere, or to anyone. Victor, Eva’s dad, decides it’s time to leave. So they cause an uprising and escape the planet in Themis to return home.
Turns out home isn’t as pleasant as when they leave – millions of dead and all. Internment camps exist all over the world, racist not only against Muslims, but those with too much alien DNA blamed for the extinction of millions even though it’s really just a DNA lottery.
The world is up the creek and has no paddle. Until of course, Rose and get companions return home and try their hardest to fix it. Of course, they may be well known but they cannot fix the world. It can’t just go back to how it was.
There are things that happen in this book that it took me a moment to understand. The world has gone to the pan, there’s another robot in play and Themis is in control of the Russians. War is rife and the Americans and Russians are trying to dominate the world (nothing like a Cold War throwback).
I think the way that the resolution played out was…. interesting. Rose, with no other options left, contacts the aliens and makes them come back to threaten the human race into submission and behaviour. Like telling a parent on a naughty child. I wasn’t too sure how I felt about this as it meant that the human race didn’t really achieve anything themselves? I don’t know.
Ultimately though it was a really enjoyable read, and I haven’t read anything remotely like it before. I look forward to reading more from the author that’s for sure!
Have you read this last book? What did you think of it?