Title: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Synopsis: In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as “a luminous conspiracy yarn . . . reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z,” Sylvain Neuvel’s innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.
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.
Please note that I received a free eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Review: Waking Gods was definitely one of my most anticipated sequels after reading Sleeping Giants (you can read my review for it here) last year. And I’m going to straight up honest with you, I think Waking Gods blew Sleeping Giants out of the water. It was intense and face-paced and you never knew what was about to happen. I’m not sure if this has to due with the fact that this book is not young adult or what, but I felt like Waking Gods pushed past limits I don’t see often in the books I’m reading. I loved every minute of it and I really really hope there is another book after this one because if there isn’t that would just be mean.
I think the characters were way more developed in this book, or maybe I just felt like I knew them better. And I know better than to get attached to characters, I’ve learned my lesson the hard way so many times and yet I became so attached and invested in these characters. I wanted to see them succeed, I wanted to see them help humanity thrive again and it was probably one of my favourite sets of character developments to watch. Of course, Sylvain Neuvel knew exactly every single heartstrings to pull and even still, he left me wanting so much more from these characters and their battle to save humanity. The one character that I really loved reading was Rose, I think her character has, by far, one of the best developments in a book that I’ve read in a really long time. I honestly can’t wait to see where he takes Rose’s character from her.
Now, I just want to briefly talk about the aliens of these books. We really don’t know much about them and that obviously adds an air of mystery around them. And its killing me, I need to know more, I want to know everything I can about them. I really hope we get some good aliens and not the disappointment that was The 5th Wave.
But anyways, I digress. From the very first page I was on the edge of my seat, the plot never stalled out or had long mind numbing scenes. The action was always just the right amount and they kept you on your toes guessing as to the events to come. And let me tell you, I was not prepared for many of those events. I just wasn’t. And I’m still not over some of them. But thats what makes a really good book for me and I hope it does for you too.
Waking Gods is everything I want in a book. There was no huge focus on relationships, there was action and epic fights, strong female main characters, apocalypse events and of course, aliens! And let’s not forget the books awesome format, written in interviews and file dossiers!