eARC Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

eARC Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Release Day April 4, 2017!

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.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Waking Gods

Series: Themis Files #2
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Del Ray
Page Count: 325
Format: eARC
Genre: Science Fiction
Cover Artist: ---
My Rating: ★★★★

Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2)Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1) Sleeping Giants: ★★★½

All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.


Release date 04/04/2017!

Another massive robot has arrived in London. They call it Chronos. It’s bigger than Themis, and no one knows what it wants…

Wow, I enjoyed Waking Gods a lot more than Sleeping Giants. Not that its predecessor was bad, I just didn’t find the story as engaging. This series is very technical and has a lot of scientific backgrounds which needs to be waded through in Sleeping Giants in order to make way for the action present in this sequel.

The continuation of the story takes place ten years after the first book. Almost immediately, a new giant makes its appearance and begins wreaking havoc on London. Unfortunately, he’s only one of the first. The team constructed by the unnamed interviewer scrambles to try and figure out how to stop the genocide of mankind, literally standing at their doorsteps.

“This is why I wish we…I…had never found Themis. They’re here. Her family’s here, now.”

The characters we met in Sleeping Giants take overwhelming steps toward complexity. I wasn’t expecting some of them to go as deep into their emotions as they did. Unfortunately, there are a lot of casualties in this book, including some of the more interesting characters (in my opinion), and we only get to know so much about them. I would suggest not to get too attached to anyone…

“I came to realize that good and evil were out of my reach, that time was the only thing I had any control over. I could buy time, create intervals. I could not truly make the world a better place, but I could make part of it a better place for a short while.”

I’ve discovered that there are a few drawbacks to this writing style—using a dossier to tell the story—It tends to leave a lot out. There is a lot of undisclosed information that I’m dying to know more about. Also, some of the live action parts aren’t explained in full. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of action, but at times I felt lost in the setting, and what exactly was happening around me. Lastly, the time frame would sometimes jump drastically from one entry to the next. I felt like my body was shifting along with the story, but my mind was left back in time.

Overall, this was a great story. There are several facets, angles, agendas, and wars of all shapes and sizes interfering with one another. Despite everyone’s differences, they are working towards one goal: keeping mankind alive.

Vulgarity: Quite a bit.
Sexual content: Minimal.
Violence: Minimal.

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