Review: Waking Gods: Book 2 Of The Themis Files

Sylvain Neuvel’s sequel to Sleeping Giants is out today, and if you thought that book was a page-turner, buckle up for Waking Gods.


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.

I’m not going to get into plot details beyond what the synopsis reveals but, suffice it to say, Waking Gods features more action (and a lot more destruction) than its predecessor. Despite having some really grim moments, the book is an extremely fun read. Speaking of fun, prepare yourself for a big plot twist and some Ready Player One style nerdy name-dropping.

Overall, I enjoyed Waking Gods even more than Sleeping Giants, and we still have a third installment to look forward to. If you haven’t picked up this series, I highly recommend it. The Themis Files series is sci-fi escapism at its best.


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