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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods (2017)

by Sylvain Neuvel

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What Made Me Read It It's the sequel to "Sleeping Giants", the rightful owners of the giant mecha pay us a visit and they are not happy campers.
The Good "Waking Gods" is written in the same format as "Sleeping Giants" - a mix of interview transcripts, news reports, scientific testing, doctor’s notes, emails, letters and journal entries. Again, we lose nothing as we follow the events in real time through blunt back and forth dialogue alone. Most of the characters we met in the first book are back and we glimpse more of their backstories, their strengths and their flaws. We also meet new characters, the most important of all Eva Reyes, a 10 year old girl who has visions of dead people everywhere. "Sleeping Giants" was focused on scientific discovery, man’s greediness and the political ramifications of piecing together a giant mysterious robot. "Waking Gods" is a much darker book than its predecessor, centered on the disastrous consequences when beings from outer space come into play (as the creators of Themis make contact with humanity), and exploring mankind’s penchant for violence as a first reaction to a threat, power grabs and revenge. Once again, it is an insightful look at society at its weakest and the very real consequences of any decision made.
Read the full review on: https://literaryportals.blogspot.com/2018/07/book-review-waking-gods-themis-files-2.html
Final Rating "Waking Gods" is a thought-provoking piece of science fiction that dabbles with biology, genetics, physics, astronomy and extraterrestrial life. But it's also full of twists, suspense, mystery, action, and intriguing characters. There's a perfect balance between factual and fictional science, love and loss, soul-searching and ethical conundrums but also plenty of humor. The conclusion wraps up the central events of the book while dropping another tantalizing cliffhanger for the next and final book. Recommended for those who enjoy stories involving giant mecha and alien invasion. ( )
  LiteraryPortals | Nov 9, 2018 |
2nd in a great sci-fi trilogy which explores what it means to be human. ( )
  Hobbitlass | Sep 30, 2018 |
Sylvain Neuvel has some interesting ideas and a narrative style told entirely by documentary...but Waking Gods just isn't as good as the first installment in the Themis Files, Sleeping Giants. He is, however, merciless in treating his characters as no more powerful or special than anyone else. They are human, they are flawed.

Not a bad read. I'd almost give it four stars but felt a little disappointed in some of the plotting choices and, frankly, it just wasn't memorable. I recommend it for a fun read over a cold weekend by the fire or a long day on the beach. Well worth the time. ( )
  publiusdb | Sep 21, 2018 |
Another quick enjoyable read, but not as good as the first one of the series. ( )
  Guide2 | Sep 18, 2018 |
The cover is subtitled (at least in my edition) as 'time to die' which is pretty accurate. The interesting style of the book in epistolary file reports continues, but has lost the novelty that made the first book so memorable. It does drag a little across the middle, and the change in narrator doesn't really help as everybody (left surviving) hangs about feeling sorry for themselves, which takes more skill than this author has to make entertaining reading.

The book opens some 9 years later than the end of the previous one. It turns out that Aylssa's unscrupulous manipulations have born fruit in the case of Eva a precocious 9yr old girl blessed with genetics from both parents (note only 25% chance of this - part of one of the extended expositions that drag the middle section of the book) and cursed with visions of the future - mostly of everybody dying.

First one and then another 13 alien robots teleport onto Earth. Vincent and Klara are summoned to answer the 1st, while the rest of the earth stands by, but the remaining 13 are far too many for them to deal with. Nobody knows why they came or what they want, they don't communicate, and many speculations are proposed. Our unknown commentator meets with his 'friendly alien' in the chinese restaurant again, for more exposition in the form of stories which don't really explain anything. I'm not a fan of this as there's no plausible way for the almost-human to know this. Other plot holes include a lack of necessary recovery for the various injuries the characters experience. A nice touch was a bit of 'our friend''s backstory and apparently bluffing his way into his role. ( )
  reading_fox | Aug 29, 2018 |
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"26 years ago: A girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. 9 years ago: She is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. Today: with the remainder of the giant robot found and assembled, every question answered about the mysterious contraption raises two more. But the team behind the greatest discovery of the last millennium might be out of time when a second robot suddenly appears, looming over downtown London"--… (more)

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