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Waking Gods : Book 2 of the Themis Files
by Sylvain Neuvel


Overview - In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as "a luminous conspiracy yarn . . . reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z ," Sylvain Neuvel's innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as "a luminous conspiracy yarn . . . reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z," Sylvain Neuvel's innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.

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.

Advance praise for Waking Gods

"Kick-ass, one-on-one robot action combines with mind-bending scientific and philosophical speculation. Series science-fiction fans will enjoy this follow-up filled with unexpected revelations and a surprise finale."--Booklist

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of mankind. In a word: unputdownable."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants

"As high-concept as it is, Sleeping Giants is a thriller through and through. . . . One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory."--NPR

"Neuvel weaves a complex tapestry with ancient machinery buried in the Earth, shadow governments, and geopolitical conflicts. But the most surprising thing about the book may just be how compelling the central characters are in the midst of these larger-than-life concepts."--Chicago Review of Books

"This stellar debut novel . . . masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. . . . A page-turner of the highest order."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, Sleeping Giants is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars."--Pierce Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Rising trilogy

"First-time novelist Sylvain Neuvel does a bold, splashy cannonball off the high dive with Sleeping Giants. It bursts at the seams with big ideas. This book is a sheer blast from start to finish. I haven't had this much fun reading in ages."--Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy

"A remarkable debut."--Library Journal (starred review)

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781101886724
  • ISBN-10: 1101886722
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Series: Themis Files #1

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Neuvels sequel to Sleeping Giants, told through interviews, reports, emails, and other documents, shares the first volumes successes and flaws. Earth has been gifted with a gigantic robot, Themis, now crewed by Capt. Kara Resnik and civilian consultant Vincent Couture. Its ostensible purpose is to protect the Earth from danger. Another robot appears in the center of London and turns hostile after being surrounded by the British military; in a scene reminiscent of The War of the Worlds, it wipes out half of the city. Using Themis, Resnik and Couture destroy the alien machine, though more through luck than skill. Soon a dozen more giant machines show up in great cities around the world and begin to systematically exterminate humans. Not even Themis would seem to have any hope of defeating them. The epistolary nature of the narrative sometimes comes across as artificial, and the slangy dialogue is repetitive and annoying. Still, this is an exciting adventure story, unusually presented, and should particularly appeal to readers of the first volume. (Apr.)

 
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