Written by Sylvain Neuvel
Published by Del Rey, April 4, 2017
My star rating: 5 stars
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. Find it on Goodreads
WOW!!! I mean, WOW! I’m at a loss for words right now actually. And, if you know me well, that doesn’t happen often! When Waking Gods was released in 2017 it was getting some mixed reviews, which delayed me in picking it up. But when I found out that the audiobook was a full cast audiobook (which i’ve never experienced before) I figured I would give it a go. It was honestly THE BEST audiobook experience I could have ever asked for! I listened to it constantly and couldn’t stop! This is the perfect book for a full cast narration too. It’s formatted like case files with interviews and recounts from different people who are involved in this “case” if you will. We have interviews, news broadcasts, speeches, journal entries and more. There was even background noises and sound effects when needed. If every audiobook was like this then I would be a full on junkie for them! Yes I loved this book but I think that the experience of listening to it in this way only made it that much more enjoyable. So if you’re planning on getting into this series, I HIGHLY recommend to listen to them!!
Like I said, when this book was released it got some mixed reviews. Some people didn’t like it as much as Sleeping Giants, while others went cuckoo banana’s for it. I’m on the banana’s side. In book one there was a lot plot and world building. We followed the story of Rose who, as a child, fell into the giant hand of an alien robot. Later on she heads the team of scientists and government officials who are actively searching for the rest of the parts to the robot then learning how to use it. This book has a totally different tone from that one. We start off with a different robot that appears out of nowhere and they’re trying to figure out how to approach it without igniting conflict. We get the reaction of the public mixed with the conflict between scientists and government as they argue over what’s the best course of action. And because this book is told from many different perspectives we see a first person view of all their decisions and reasonings. But the story shifted more from “what is this thing” in book one to, “who sent this thing and what do they want” in book two. The politics and decision making was absolutely outstanding and by far my favourite part of this book. Each side had a different idea of how to handle the situation and each side felt whole heartedly that they were right. Some wanted to attack, some wanted to try communication, some wanted peace, some wanted to wait it out, and some wanted to prepare. But the point of it all was that no one really knew what to do! A few of the decisions made throughout this book were so appalling but in the end aided the situation.
There was so much left unanswered in book one and, as the story progresses, those unanswered questions are factored in and become clues to what’s happening and how to use Themis. There are also things that were quickly mentioned in book one that come back to slap you in the face with a plot twist. If there was video of how many times my eyes went wide and jaw dropped, it would be a hilarious video indeed.
This was also one of the fastest paced books I’ve ever read. There wasn’t really a down time to let you catch your breath before we were onto something else. And as brutal as Sleeping Giants was at times, this one was far more unforgiving.
The writing was so smooth and natural as well which kept my head in the story and with the characters. The characters were so different from each other but somehow formed a family through this whole ordeal. Their dialogue and interactions were so engaging and realistic. My favourite character by far is Kara. She is so feisty, bad ass and determined! Some of the things she did and said made me laugh out loud.
I want to talk about every little thing in this book but I won’t. I refuse to spoil anything for anyone. But when I finished this book I immediately went into crazy excited mode and wanted to talk a mile a minute about everything that happened. I absolutely LOVED this sequel far more than the first one and would highly recommend this to anyone who loves science fiction! If you’ve read this please let me know what you thought!
Until next time, happy reading!