Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
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.
Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.
I got this from NetGalley recently. Yes, I am late to the party but boy, what a rocking party this turned out to be!
This being the second in the series, I absolutely loved the book. This time around, I was ready for its format and surprisingly, the thing I might have criticised about the last book was resolved in this one. Getting to know the characters, connecting to them on a human level. This time, the author brought out the big guns and used them! I was almost reluctant to start this but I was also extremely excited about it too! Reluctant because I didn’t see how this book could be better than the first one but the author managed it.
The questions that I was left with in the first book were somewhat resolved in this one and how! This one blew my mind even more than the first one, the questions this time were even more interesting and deep. Sleeping Giants started something and in the end, I felt a bit adrift because of the whole Rose Franklin thing. Waking Gods explained that and more this time around. Then there was the matter of the mystery man, he was humanized this time, however, I do wonder if what he told Rose was the truth. That’s how much I am wary of the man.
Overall, I think Waking Gods was absolutely brilliant in its own way. The book should appeal to anyone who wonders if there’s life beyond earth, if aliens had ever been here before. Anyone who loves science fiction and tons of facts and aliens, you should grab it and get lost in this wonderful if a bit scary world of the Themis Files. I can’t wait for the next one!