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book reviews by Althea

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) – Sylvain Neuvel ***

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I finished “Sleeping Giants” really wanting to know what would happen next – so I was eager to pick up this sequel. Unfortunately, for me at least (I do see that other reviewers disagree), this continuation of the story didn’t really deliver what I wanted. Instead of discoveries and answers, enigmatic mysteries continue – and this installment felt less focused than the first. It has a broader scope, and less emotional investment in any individual character – and it’s already hard to be fully invested when the format the story is told in involves “official statements” and “after-the-fact interviews.”

The premise of the sequel is:
Well, remember that big mecha-robot of unknown origin that we discovered and began to learn how to use in the first book? Nine years later, an even BIGGER robot has just appeared on earth; and whoever owns it doesn’t seem to have ANY trouble using it. And they don’t seem to be friendly, either. Perhaps they’re mad that we messed with their stuff!

So, yes. Giant battlebots. Much destruction. The fate of humanity looks pretty much sealed.
The scenario is quite reminiscent of ‘The War of the Worlds.’

And yes, there’s going to be another sequel.

Fun stuff, but I wasn’t quite as enthused by this one as the first in the series.

Many thanks to Del Rey & NetGalley for the opportunity to read.

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