Waking Gods: Book 2 of The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods: Book 2 of The Themis Files

bySylvain Neuvel

Kobo ebook | April 4, 2017

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In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel’s innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.

Sleeping Giants may have debuted his thrilling saga, but Waking Gods proves that Neuvel’s scope is more daring than readers could have imagined.”—Paste

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.

Praise for Waking Gods

“Kick-ass, one-on-one robot action combines with mind-bending scientific and philosophical speculation. Series science-fiction fans will enjoy this follow-up filled with unexpected revelations and a surprise finale.”Booklist

“Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of mankind. In a word: unputdownable.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Sheer escapist fun.”**—Shelf Awareness

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Title:Waking Gods: Book 2 of The Themis FilesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite... As much as I enjoyed this book, there's still something missing for me! I just wish the author divulged a little more in what was going on, instead of just hearing about it through interviews. Still enjoyable though!
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Waking Gods are a fantastic sequel that continues the genius that was Sleeping Giants. Waking Gods ups the stakes, thrills, and mystery as the reader is thrown headfirst into the fallout of Sleeping Giants. If you enjoyed Sleeping Giants, you’ll definitely love Waking Gods. Neuvel continues his narrative told through interviews and personal logs that keeps the story constantly moving without ever feeling stagnant. New characters are introduced and new mysteries unfold as Neuvel expertly answers questions from the first novel while introducing others. As with Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods tackles themes of weapons of mass destruction, fate and free will, and scientific progression. These themes aren’t at the forefront of Waking Gods as much as its predecessor because Neuvel focuses more on the characters. All of the characters are given more depth, direction, and expanded personalities as the novel unfolds. The reader gets some much-needed answers about a specific character and it’s perfect! Overall, Waking Gods are a fantastic sequel that continues the genius that was Sleeping Giants while expanding the world and the characters and upping the stakes tenfold.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Book two was better then book one! More action, more robots, more everything! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series I really liked the first book, and this one didn't disappoint. Read it in a day. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I'm obsessed with this series! Highly highly highly recommend this book to anyone who loves sci-fi and thriller!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars for that cliffhanger! This was a fast read considering how the format is a series of interviews, article clippings, journal entries, etc. The explanation of Rose's return was pretty mind-boggling too but really interesting as well. I can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! So I was beyond stoked to get an eARC of Waking Gods and prioritized it to be ready within a week or two of approval. And I certainly wasn't wrong to be so hyped as this book was AWESOME! The first 30 pages is slightly dull as it's ten years since the end of Sleeping Giants and so we spend some time catching up with everyone (after the opening chapter gives us the 'hook' to stay interested). I'm not a very good binge reader as I can't sit still for 3+ hours at a time; but given the opportunity I think I could binge Waking Gods as it's that fast paced! Not only does Waking Giant keep you engaged but it also keeps you guessing and ensures you understand that no one is safe. There are always victims of war and Sylvain Neuval keeps the realism flowing by ensuring that on one character is sacred or safe. At about the 75% point an 'ah-ha' moment is revealed that once explained I felt dumb for not figuring it out! Even though it's a vastly complex theory, but that's how well Neuval can explain intricate scientific concepts. His ability to explain complex science reminds me of Michael Crichton's skill to bring science down to palatable, digestible explanations for us non-science folks. I'm so glad that someone today has this special talent. I think for me part of what makes Waking Gods, and the Themis series to date, so compelling; is that it's based in plausible truth. This is something many fantasy and science fiction books don't do well. The more relatable the scenarios the easier it is to be caught up in the story. I have no doubt that the average reader will easily follow all along. I could go on and on about how amazing this book is. But instead let me say, read it! Start with book 1 as this is a series that must be read in order. I intentionally say little about plot or situations as I don't want to spoil any of the amazing moments in this wonderfully written novel. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel Waking Gods is a heart-pounding thrill ride. I loved everything about it. From the action scenes as things get bigger and bigger and it seems humanity might really be doomed, to the scientific details which were so damn interesting! I love sci-fi books that seem (not like I'd know for sure) grounded in scientific fact. It adds an extra dose of realism; of possibility.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent speculative fiction I loved it so much I bought my own copy of Waking Gods and the first in the series, Sleeping Giants. For fans of the X-Files, Neil Gaiman and anyone who is intrigued by the big questions of science and life.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I can't think of any words in my vocabulary that expresses how much I love this series. It was so cool. It keeps getting better. It was out of this world ha ha. I can't wait to read the next book!
Date published: 2017-05-03