- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph; 01 edition (6 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718181700
- ISBN-13: 978-0718181703
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Waking Gods: Themis Files Book 2 Hardcover – 6 Apr 2017
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When an alien vessel materialises in London, does it mean peace or war? Waking Gods is the gripping sequel to the ground-breaking thriller Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. (from the publisher's description)
Praise for Sleeping Giants (-)
This year's The Martian... if you want a captivating story with some serious sci-fi elements and dark undertones, this is it! So good and so eerie (Buzzfeed)
This stellar debut novel masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction ... so much more than the sum of its parts. A page-turner of the highest order (Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review))
It bursts at the seams with big ideas. This book is a sheer blast from start to finish. I haven't had this much fun reading in ages (Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy)
As high-concept as it is, Sleeping Giants is a thriller through and through. . . . One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory (NPR)
Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, Sleeping Giants is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars (Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising)
From the Inside Flap
What's going on?
Turn on the television.
An unknown vessel, not of this world, materializes in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion?
Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes' dreams - apocalyptic visions of death and destruction - is the habit they have of coming true...
Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how ... but why?
Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture fell in love during war, and have found peace since. They are the thin line of defence against what is coming. But they do not know they have been living a lie.
And a man who claims to have the answers has his own agenda. There are things he cannot say - and others he won't.
All pieces of an epic puzzle: one we have been trying to solve since the dawn of time...See all Product description
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The easiest way to sum up this novel is, it was good, but everything was less than in the previous novel. The mystery, the intrigue, the excitement, it was all still there, just not as intense as it was in Sleeping Giants. I think that’s the case with a lot of sequels, maybe because the initial impact has already been made so you cannot experience that ‘first-time’ feeling again. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this novel, it just didn’t impact me as much. However, there’s always comfort in returning to characters you loved in the previous novel, such as sassy Kara, always ready with a witty retort.
This novel wasn’t without its surprises, there were several that threw me off balance; clever in that they were born out of the events that happened in Sleeping Giants. It was also interesting to see how these events were paving the way for the final instalment in this trilogy. My absolute favourite part of this novel was finding out the backstory of the unnamed narrator, it was genius, so simple it was brilliant.
Reading a sci-fi trilogy with themes of time travel and alien/robot invasion is a new experience for me, but one I’m really enjoying. The science doesn’t make me feel stupid, which is really important in making these novels accessible to the wider reading public. Again, I’m impressed with the strong cast of female characters in skilled professions, and the ongoing battle between good and evil/friend and enemy is playing out really well. The suspense around the robots is very well done, it’s so much fun to learn about the robots, their purpose and how exactly they function.
The formatting of this novel was the same as the previous novel, and true to the trilogy’s title, the story was told in a series of files. The transcript of how MP’s talk in parliament was tough going, but other than that, I think this format works really well. It’s a great way to keep to the point, as every file serves a purpose in building the bigger picture, whether it be the threat to mankind or the backstory of the characters.
As this is a trilogy, this novel ends on a cliff-hanger, one that pretty much guarantees you’ll be reading the final instalment, Only Human. I’ve got it scheduled for next month, due to the continuation of the plot, these novels will be better enjoyed if you pick up the next one while you still remember all that occurred in the previous instalment.
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