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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 May 2018
This book follows a similar style as book 1 (Sleeping Giants). There's a lot more action and all of our familiar characters are back, but whilst the overall rating on GR and Amazon is higher for book 2 over book 1, I prefered the the latter. I really like the intrigue with the Interviewer, whereas this book really gets into the action of earth defense
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on 15 June 2017
I found this novel more suited to a young reader. The use of "gunna" and "wanna" by supposedly well educated characters was more than a bit annoying! The concept of using various genres of communication instead of dialogue was quite good. However, the characters were one dimensional as were the settings. Not worth the price set for the text!
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on 5 May 2017
I enjoyed it but not as good as Book 1. Interesting concept. The writing style was interesting.
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on 25 May 2017
All I can say is WOW, loved the way it was set out through interviews and very unexpected twists and turns
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on 24 February 2018
Story starts a few years after the first book ended. Continues well introducing a couple new characters. Worth it if you liked the first one.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 9 April 2017
Sleeping Giants was easily one of 2016s best Sci-Fi books, with an incredible story of a giant hand being found that ultimately leads to the ‘Themis’ robot being constructed.
Although the mystery of the robot is certainly one of the key aspects of the story, it is Neuvel’s exceptional characters though that truly made Sleeping Giants the masterpiece that it was. From the absolute genius of Rose Franklin, to the aggressive wit of Kara Resnick, to the gifted linguist Vincent Couture, the very disturbed Ryan Mitchell, and linking them all, the Unknown Man who talks to them all, gathering their stories, providing resources, and most importantly, subtle advice when most needed.
Waking Gods continues the documentary structure of Sleeping Giants, each chapter being another recording, interview or mission file etc, between the various main characters, unveiling more of the puzzle with each record. In this fashion, it allows the reader to try and piece together what is going on, and although for some, it might seem disjointed, Neuvel moves from one file to the next with such consummate ease, that the story flows naturally and you find yourself completely engaged.
Waking Gods picks up nearly a decade after the events of Sleeping Giants, the EDC has been formed, Vincent and Kara are happily being paraded around with Themis, and the newly resurrected Rose has been made the head of science of the project. I do not want to give away spoilers for this book, it needs to be read and enjoyed in its entirety, so I will let you discover what has occurred to Rose. Needless to say that Sleeping Giants did end on a rather amazing cliff hanger.
Without giving too much away, I will say that the story does pick up when a new giant appears in the middle of London.
It just appears, out of nowhere, no noise, no ship, no announcement. It is bigger, different, but it is obviously from the same place as Themis.
Neuvel then gives us a brilliant story that is easily an equal of Sleeping Giants, with plenty of action, enough emotion to leave you spent for days, and yet another book that will be a highlight of the year of Sci-Fi.
His characters have returned, all the favourites, and a couple of new ones (the Brigadier General in charge of the EDC is easily my favourite in this entire book!), but one of the things that I really found interesting was the technology and science. Neuvel has done a remarkable amount of research for his story, so that when his characters are talking, they use accurate terminology, so it is believable and realistic. It gave so much extra depth to the story, especially when his characters are already so exceptionally good.
This is an outstanding sequel to a book that was going to be difficult to beat. If you read the first, you absolutely must read Waking Gods, and if you haven't read either, do yourself a favour, go find somewhere quite for several hours, and read two of the best Sci-Fi books you will read in the past couple of years.
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