Title: Waking Gods
Author : Sylvain Neuvel
Series: The Themis Files No 2
Genres: Sci – Fi
Publication Date: 4th April 2017
My Rating: ★★★✬☆ (3½)
Spoiler Warning: This is a review for the second book in the Themis Files series, if you haven’t read Sleeping giants then read that first, my review here.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉
When an alien vessel materialises in London, does it mean peace or war? What’s going on? Turn on the television. What channel? Any channel. An unknown vessel, not of this world, materializes in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion?
Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how … but why? Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture fell in love during war, and have found peace since. They are the thin line of defence against what is coming. But they do not know they have been living a lie. And a man who claims to have the answers has his own agenda. There are things he cannot say – and others he won’t. All pieces of an epic puzzle. One we have been trying to solve since the dawn of time…
I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it as much as Sleeping Giants. I think the reason for this is that this second volume is much darker previous book and the body count is huge.
The Earth as we know it is under threat and as a species we are not prepared, or even
unified. Rose who was dead and is now alive. She is a year younger than she was when she started working on Themis and is not surprisingly confused and at times suicidal as she comes to terms with not being the person that everybody expects her to be. Except she already is.
This book starts of nine years after the previous one with a couple of new characters introduced. One of which is Eugene, the new leader of the Earth Defense Corps who controls and coordinates Themis and her pilots. He seemed fairly one dimensional or maybe I just cant relate to old ex-military men. The other newbie is a ten year old girl who is a far more interesting personality and hoping we see more of her in the next book, whenever that comes out.
Again the pacing is pretty fast and although much of it is still told in interview form, there are far more lengthy bits of journal, news reports and letters. We actually get to find out more details and the backstory about the unnamed interviewer and Mr Burns the Kung pao chicken guy but many questions are left unanswered.
The overall feeling of this book is of the sense that we are all going to die and soon with not a huge amount of hope. It all gets darker and darker until the last 50 pages or so, when it all lightens up considerably, which was a relief.
This is a good second volume, it is fast paced and engaging and well written with interesting characters. I just can’t wait for the third book to find out what happens to the world.
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Québecois Sylvain Neuvel has had a varied career including obtaining a PHD in Linguistics his is his second book and he lives in Montreal, Canada where he goes to Comic-Con with his son.
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