Tuesday, 4 April 2017

SCIENCE FICTION DISASTER REVIEW: Themis Files 2: Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

Release Date: 05/04/17
Publisher: Michael Joseph


When an alien vessel materialises in London, does it mean peace or war? Waking Gods is the gripping sequel to the ground-breaking thriller Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.

What's going on?
Turn on the television.
What channel?
Any channel.

An unknown vessel, not of this world, materializes in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion?

Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes' dreams - apocalyptic visions of death and destruction - is the habit they have of coming true...

Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how ... but why?

Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture fell in love during war, and have found peace since. They are the thin line of defence against what is coming. But they do not know they have been living a lie.

And a man who claims to have the answers has his own agenda. There are things he cannot say - and others he won't.

All pieces of an epic puzzle. One we have been trying to solve since the dawn of time...


OK, I'm entering this on book two rather than the first title (Sleeping Giants) and whilst I realised that there would be spoilers for the first, I was more than entertained and felt welcomed in by those ice cold metallic arms.

Its well written, with humanity facing extinction from Robots (again) and whilst this is an old trope, it does work decidedly well in the authors favour as he adds his on flavours to the pot to generate something unique.

All round I was more than pleased with the book and loved the way it gave me highs and lows alongside goosebumps in much the same way Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds has. Finally throw into the mix a good sense of pace allowing you to gather your breath alongside characters who help forward the tale and all round it was a joy to spend time with. Cracking.

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