Book: Waking Gods (Themis Files 2) by Sylvain Neuvel
Release Date: April 4th 2017
Tags: Sci-Fi / Mystery / Aliens / Alternative Format
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Other books in this series I reviewed
Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.
As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.
Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.
‘While I am reasonably confident you are not ‘the chosen one,’ you are without doubt one who has been chosen.’
Waking Gods is the sequel to the sci-fi hit Sleeping Giants and keeps with the same format as the first book. We continue on with the story being told through interview and, perhaps a bit more, journal entries. This book skips ahead about 10 years after the ending of Sleeping Giants. This was not something I was expecting, especially not with how it was basically promised that the ‘aliens’ would come now their robot was being used in the first book. That response apparently took 10 years.
There is a bit of a change in the middle of the book that is important. There is a change in narrator and I feel this changes a lot of the dynamics. It also was not a move I was expecting to see. But it is interesting. I did feel like I missed a true high note at the ending. I missed the excitement. I think this might be the format. It keeps me as a reader very far from our characters and it felt more obvious in this book. I think because this is a sequel. We expect to bond more with these characters but it doesn’t really happen. The deaths did little to me.
As far as characters go I was sad to see one character go, more so for what he brought to the story than him as a character. And I am catching myself be quite fond of Vincent. I suppose he is the exception to the not bonding with the characters. I think this is because he is a type of character I am normally quite drawn to.
Regardless I was surprised here and there throughout the book which is what kept my attention so high and why I flew through the book. In essence it is a very interesting idea and ultimately the kind of story I would love to watch as a tv show. Especially the epilogue seems to give me what I really want in the third book. It makes me very excited and why I did end up rating this book 4 stars instead of 3,5.