Ten years after the end of Sleeping Giants, Themis finds herself in the company of one of her kind. The giant robot appeared in London; dauntingly unmoving and ominously observing. If the scientists, led by Dr. Rose Franklin, concluded that Themis was left behind to protect mankind, this visitor immediately proved it was there for a wholly different reason. After it pulverized the greater part of London, Earth Defense Corps scrambles to find a way to defeat what’s coming. Especially when they appear almost simultaneously in densely populated cities all over the world.
Easily one of my favorite reads in 2017, y’all. I don’t know what to say. It was just as riveting as Sleeping Giants, if not more so. The narrative style remained consistent and though it may seem a bit verbose at times, it was far from dry. Suffused with light humor and an uncannily matter-of-fact style of story-telling, Neuvel once again presents a Sci-Fi story “for the masses”.
If you haven’t read Sleeping Giants, I should tell you that the books are written in an interview format; a dialogue of sorts between characters and an unknown interviewer. It’s how we become acquainted with the characters; get a first-hand account of the nuances of the story, and how we discover all the mysteries of the alien robots that once roamed the Earth. The author was a fan of the epistolary style of writing even at a tender age when he first read Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The story of how his debut novel exploded is actually quite spectacular. From not being able to find a publisher to having a few film companies on a bidding war for the film rights in a span of a month, his’ was a Cinderella story for the ages.
In this installment, we find out that the unearthing of Themis was a summoning of sorts and have more or less gave credence to what we’ve known about Themis’ role as the humankind’s protectors. Themis mightily stood against the aggressors for a price. As in any epic battles, there were victories and losses. The weapons these robots unleashed were catastrophic and somewhat of a learning lesson for Themis’ minders.
Waking Gods was an exhilarating installment. The author is not a fan of cliff changers and unneccessary prolonging the series for devious reasons. He answers all the questions and ends a book in a way that doesn’t leave his readers sleepless for nights on end. In fact, he presented us with a batch of new questions in Waking Gods, answered them and gave us a closure of sorts. As for what’s coming in the third book, let’s just say we’re headed to the final frontier. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.