Title: Waking Gods (Themis Files 2)
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Genre: Science Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Del Ray
Published: April 4, 2017
Page Amount: 325 pages
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Why Read: I had honestly forgotten that this book even had a sequel. Sleeping Gods, the first book in the trilogy, came out a couple years ago and I received an advanced copy. I absolutely adored the book – and I remember thinking: yes, I’m going to pick up the sequel when it comes out. Naturally, I forgot all about it until doing a random Kindle search. Someone really should make an app for this.
Review: Neuvel has this gift for writing a series that has a completely different format to anything I’ve read before. That’s part of (and a large reason) why I’m drawn to this book. Instead of the normal chapters, we as readers are treated to interviews with different people, conducted by a confusing narrator and nothing that this narrator does is explained. It sounds a bit perplexing and at times, it was extremely frustrating. You know exactly what is said – so none of the body language is evident.
Before reading the first book in this series, I had not realised how dependent I was on the background reading style that most books offer. Not that there’s anything wrong with enjoying reading which particular verbs were used in conjunction with characters, but it’s a strategy that I didn’t realise I employed as a reader until this came up. Oops.
Perhaps the one improvement that the book could have benefited from was a “Here Is Where We Were” beginning section. I quickly caught up, and the events of the book distract from the fact that there is no “catch up” so to speak. But I would have enjoyed a quick fake newspaper article from characters or a special report for the army general that outlines the last few months.
But I can absolutely see why this book is a bestseller and why it’s one of the newer series that has caught the eye of the science fiction and fantasy community. I was almost saddened that I had to read this book in its digital form rather than get to see the actual interview format via actual pages. Regardless, the book was a quick travel read and I’d recommend it… so long as you reread the first one or at least remember what you ought to.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars