Waking Gods -Sylvain Neuvel

★★★★

Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Set about 9 years after the events of Sleeping Giants, this story ramps up the action by introducing a new threat- a robot, very much like Themis, but much bigger, and with pilots who actually know what the heck they’re doing. Because apparently Vincent and Kara have spent the last 9 years on a publicity tour and not, you know, LEARNING HOW TO WORK THEIR ROBOT.

Sigh.

Add to this a very confused Rose Franklin, who died (then returned)during the last book, not that she was there for it, her last memory being from years before the project. Confused? Imagine how she feels!

This second book continues the “transcripts of recorded conversations” conceit, but still manages to be a lot more action-oriented than the first, and the addition of more first-person perspective (diary entries and such), makes it feel a lot less detached and uneven than the first book.

I have to say I found the abrupt cliffhanger a bit of a letdown- it was a bit like being slapped in the face by a giant cod, Unhygenix-style*. I get what the author was going for, it just felt a bit unsubtle.

But for the most part, a good, fun, smart read. Hopefully in book 3 Themis actually does something slightly cooler than bear-hugging her opponents to death.

*Google it.


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