Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

First line: Melissa made fun of me at school today.

I wasn't falling over myself in love with the first book in this trilogy, Sleeping Giants, but without anticipating an oh-my-god read with this one, I enjoyed it more than the first book.

The mysteries from the first book are explored in this one -- the meaning of the alien technology and the purpose for the abandoned machine now named Themis.

Whereas the first book felt more intimate, in a way, being focused on the four or five characters involved in researching this alien technology and what that research does to them, this book pulls back and starts looking at the global implications.

There are still four main characters we see things through, who give the story some heart, but much of the story is focused externally -- and with good reason. An alien robot lands in London at the start of the novel, similar to Themis but not the same, and our heroes have to scramble to figure out what the meaning of this visit is -- and if they can use Themis to protect Earth.

Man, this is a lukewarm review and I really don't mean it to be! I just don't want to give away anything from the first book or this one, so I'm being super vague. Basically, it's more of what was great about the first book: the "epistolary" style of found documents through which the story unfolds, cinematic catastrophe, and a wonderfully provocative kind of "what if" sense woven throughout. I can't wait for the final book to see how things shake out.

Title: Waking Gods
Author: Sylvain Neuvel

Genre: Fiction (Science Fiction / Speculative / Alien Technology / Romantic Relationships)
Publisher/Publication Date: Del Rey (4/4/2017)
Source: NetGalley


  1. Since you're still excited about the next book, this must have been pretty good.

    1. It was! It's not going to be a favorite, but it's compulsively readable!