“Only Human moved me, I was touched by your acute perception of humanity (and its lack thereof…) … I really bonded with the characters and admired your creativity on the many creatures.Thank you.” – additional testimonials below.
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Only Human is an absurdly-serious, funny, and quite possibly heart-wrenching Young Adult novel, complete at 75,000 words.
Like a Hitchhiker’s Guide to 1984, Only Human is the diary/testimony of a hapless teenage Human who was abducted from Earth by the slimy, slug-like Slixt – and forced to live in an absurd, oppressively socialist totalitarian city-state… floating through space. It’s a paradise that none have ever escaped. To survive, the Human must assimilate, or else they must find the courage to rise up against the system.
“I rarely read YA stuff […] but this was the first book that made me emotional in a while. You see, the way this book presents the main character’s relationships and struggles resonated with me. It almost wasn’t just a story, and more like a collection of reflections on life from someone very similar to me.
The plot was creative, engaging, smart, logical, and well-paced. The characters developed beautifully. I loved the introspection aspect, I never thought that some philosophical concepts could work so well in this genre.
The ending was the most memorable part of the book. I was thinking about it hours after I finished it, and got me a bit teary. I felt the conclusion to the story spoke to my yearnings and aspirations.
I can see you’ve put a lot of work into it, and I want to thank you for sharing this amazing story.”
“I don’t usually read SciFi, but I do love books that find a new and interesting way to comment on the human condition and leave me with something to chew on afterwards … It’s fun and weird and very entertaining … but there’s also a much deeper layer underneath … ” – Goodreads
“At first I read it in my downtime at work. But after some chapters, I read until 2am midweek. A really great story!”
“OMG, I finished the book. It was awesome. I want more now.”
“Your society in the ship is so vivid. […] This ship is such a good idea with its diversity, all races forced to live together, like in our big cities […]. A multiculturalist population is so interesting in its interactions as we all share the same goals and dreams – aside from those who wants to eat other peoples like in your story ;)”
“I really liked this universe of yours. You managed to make the diversity palpable with few characters. […] I honestly had a really good time reading your story.”
“The book is awesome. I enjoyed reading it today at work during my free time. I started it this morning and just finished it. […] When I got to the ending, I was like What!? – That was some ending there for sure.”
“That’s the spirit! Don’t stop and write some more. We will be waiting!”
“I am into chapter 3 and can’t put it down!”
“I am looking forward until someone will make a movie out of this. I hate books, (because I hard capture my attention) but now I can’t stop reading…”
“Ευχαριστούμε πολύ για το υπέροχο βιβλίο! Thank you very much for this amazing book from Greece!”
“This is it, mothaf**ka, you did it! Congrats, man, I wish you the best luck forward, and sincerely hope to hear more about your work!”
“I went kinda skeptical….. Sci-fi, book, for free? Shouldn’t be good. No f*cking way it can be good […] thanks. My 2020 just became better.”
“Excellent man! Very happy with your work. Keep going!”
“Kudos to you my friend, I just read your story … quite an interesting character development you gone through. I will keep an eye out for more out of you. Good work, and keep on writing.”
“A good read, 5/7, will read another of your work. Thank you good sir.”
“I’m on chapter 3 and damn I like it so far. Well written and actually hooks you well wit the story. Hope u will get all the support and love u deserve. Audiobook would be a awesome add to this. Best wishes.”
“Checked the first few chapters, then bought it. About one third in so far, and I really like it. Thanks for sharing your work that way!”
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