[717]: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods
by Sylvain Neuvel

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 readΒ Les Liaisons Dangereuses.Β 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.

  • Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed Waking Gods as much as the last book! I wasn’t a fan because I was wondering what was going on in the background while we were hearing from the narrator instead, also those twists though!

  • I checked out Sleeping Giants from the library back in February, but I returned it unread. I’m kicking myself over that because I know you had such high praise for the novel! I really need to get back there and check it out again.

  • Everyone loves this series, and I’m excited to see another glowing review for book two…except that it now means I *have* to add another series to my immediate TBR. So many books, so little time! Now that I know it’s coming to the big screen, I’m even more eager to get reading. πŸ™‚

  • sooooo great to know you loved this as well! I know you’ve been telling me to read Sleeping Giants already. And I keep on holding if off just because I’m scared (like what if i didn’t like it? ohgosh! i don’t even know anyone who didn’t like this). But I will read this. Soon. Really soon, I promise!

  • WAIT IS THIS GOING TO BE TURNED INTO A MOVIE? THAT WOULD BE AMAZING. Wow I really hope it does, because that would be super exciting.

    Anyways, I’m glad you really enjoyed this! I actually enjoyed this much more than the first book, though I feel a bit sad because the poor characters. I guess we’ll see where the third book goes!

  • I think I’d love this series! Love technology against the world type of stories. Big time Terminator fan here! Quite something that they already want to make it a film. Seems like a good fit for the big screen. Wonderful review, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • I still need to read this. I know…I am a bad blogger/reviewer. I am so happy to see you give it 5 stars. I am definitely looking forward to it.

  • I am not sure this one is for me, but I did enjoy reading your review.

  • I promise you I will read this series!!

  • Although the beginning of his publishing journey sounds difficult, the follow up sounds like every writers dream. I am glad you were able to enjoy this sequel just as much, if not more than the first one! I will definitely will be reading this series as soon as I possibly can πŸ™‚

  • I really want to read this series – I’ve heard only good things about it. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi but these books have definitely caught my attention

  • i skimmed your review, but when I saw that it’s easily one of your fav books this year I got giddy. I skimmed it because it’s the next audiobook on my list and I am sooo excited

  • This sounds really interesting. Not sure about “interview format” and whether that will work for me, but I might give it a try!

  • Ohh, this book sounds pretty exciting πŸ˜€ So glad you loved it Joy. <3 Might have to check it out along with the first πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3 Your review is lovely, as always πŸ™‚

  • Great review, Joy. I haven’t heard of this book but I’m glad that you reviewed it and brought it to my attention. It’s going on my wish list. πŸ™‚

  • Karen

    I haven’t heard of this series before but great job selling it with that review!

    For What It’s Worth

  • This sounds really interesting. I’m not sure if I would like the interview format. I read a book that was written entirely as journal entries of the different characters and I had a hard time connecting with them. I think I would have to give this one a try. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • kindlemom1

    Interesting that this is done in interview format, I like it and something different! I so need to pick this and the other one up if they are favorites.

  • Your favorite book of the year? DAMN! I need to try this series. The interview thing kinda sounds like Illuminae and I thought it was so clever there, so I’m interested. I’ll look for this at the library!

  • I don’t know why it surprises me how much you love these books. I liked it, not quite as much as you, but I’m definitely looking forward to the next book though.

  • The name of Sleeping Giants does ring a bell but I don’t see what is but I’m intrigued mainly with such a format