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 now 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.
Editors Select, April 2017 - Sylvain Neuvel's mind-blowing debut ended on a crazy cliff-hanger that hinted at some kind of warp in the space-time continuum (because I totally know what that means, btw). So I've been dying to jump into book two to start unraveling this, but instead we open on a completely separate mystery: A second giant 20-story-tall robot (for lack of a better term) has materialized seemingly from thin air in the center of London. We're a full 10 years from where we last left off, and no one can yet explain that huge issue from the end of the first book. So basically I feel like a frustrated and fictionally crazed dog chasing its tail, but I don't mind, because I'm back among friends - since the whole gang of the original brilliant multicast is back - and once again Sylvain Neuvel is baffling me in the best way possible. Emily, Audible Editor
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All Too Short
I still cannot figure out why so many people hated the first book, I mean, i really liked it and I'm unnecessarily picky. Now this book is even better, even though it's a bit of a different flavor.
To recap, the first book was about the mystery of the "sleeping giant" and moved at a sedate pace filled with tension and the unknown. Waking Gods however has a sense of urgency as the repercussions of the mystery of the first book comes to a head. Here, the mystery that drives the plot is something more insidious, but nothing obvious. The unknown is really the most dangerous enemy of all.
It so often feels like I've seen it all, so I don't tend to give very many five star reviews these days. This book did a pretty great job surprising me and making me just completely lose track of time. Seriously, how did I finish this book so fast!? The style of telling the story through a series of records and files is just impeccably done and works naturally, as in no gimmicky feeling or anything.
So yeah, I recommend this book and this series. If you want a bit of a mystery thriller about a what if and the unknown, then pick this up.
Now then, I really really want the next book right now.
THE KNOWN IS FINE, THE UNKNOWN INFINITE
- Jim "The Impatient"