Book Review: For Us Humans


Caz works undercover to track down stolen art. He also dislikes aliens and has fallen away from God, which leads to trouble when he gets paired up with an alien who is interested in God.

Note on ratings:

*           Horrible.
**         Below average
***       Average. Not good or bad.
****    Above average
***** Above and beyond

Content: *** (Content based off my personal level of squeamishness.)
There is some violence but nothing overly descriptive, but there’s a fair amount of low-grade swearing, as well as a main character who gets drunk and has one night stands. (Nothing is explicit.)

Originality and world building: *****
The story starts out as a buddy cop story, but this time, the partner is an alien, which is a cool twist.
The worldbuilding here feels very deep, with the aliens having their own phrases and body language. It really feels like this universe has many more stories to tell. The prejudice in the story felt realistic too, not something shoved in there just to push an agenda. The inclusion of Christianity and alien religion was also really neat and didn’t feel preachy.

Characters and their Arcs: ****
Caz’s arc was okay, but I had some trouble relating because drinking and one night stands are not my vices. (Overcoming this is part of his character arc, not something that is endorsed.) Even so, I wan’t that interested in his arc. I was much more interested in his partner, Nil, since I get attached to aliens rather easily.

Writing style and Pacing: ***
I had trouble putting the book down, though the last quarter went from buddy cop to more solid space opera, which felt weird, and the tension seemed slightly lower when Caz and Nil began to get along better.
When it comes to writing style, the large amount of fragments did tend to get on my nerves, but the humor was pretty good.

Other things I liked:
Aliens. I like aliens and I don’t see enough of them. It’s always been a fantasy of mine to see a book where the aliens have a belief in God, so it was really neat when this got brought up.

Other things I didn’t like:
There isn’t a sequel yet. Does that count as something I didn’t like?

Is it worth reading?

My Rating:



About Jessi L. Roberts

I live and work on my family’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana. I have a flock of chickens, a hyper golden retriever, some cows, and a few horses. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction and my head is full of wild sci-fi story ideas, some involving apocalypses and others involving aliens. I have been published twice in Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickity.
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