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review 2017-09-05 02:31
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

My review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had so much fun reading this book! I recently listened to the first book in this series so I was pretty eager to fit this book into my reading schedule. It turned out to be one of those books that are almost impossible to put down. Every time I would tell myself that I was just going to read one more chapter something would happen in the story and one more chapter just wouldn't be enough. I ended up reading the whole book in a single day and enjoyed every minute of it.

This book picks up ten years the events of the first book. This is a series that really does need to be read in order since it really is a continuation of the same larger story. Due to the nature of the series, there may be some spoilers for the first book in this review. If you haven't read the first book yet and plan to, I would recommend trying not to read anything about the later books in the series in order to avoid spoilers.

Things have been pretty calm for the Themis team since the events of the previous book. That changes quickly when a second giant robot shows up in the middle of London. It doesn't really do anything at first but its presence alone seems threatening enough. The world is at a loss as to what they should do about it and fear what the robot is planning. Events get exciting really quickly and there may be more danger than they ever imagined.

All of the characters from the first book are back for this installment. Since I recently listened to the audio of the first book, I had their voices in my head as I read through the journal entries, interviews, and reports. I think that this really added to the enjoyment of the story for me. Rose, Kara, and Vincent all have personal issues to deal with in this book in addition to the world events. There are some new characters that make an appearance and add to the story as well.

I would recommend this series to others. It is a really great mix of characters cast in an incredibly exciting story. The book is told in such an interesting manner through journal entries, interviews, and documents. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this exciting series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I am thinking that this book is somewhere between 4 and 5 stars right now. This book is even more exciting than the first one. I would have never guessed some of the directions this story went. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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review 2017-09-05 02:23
Gather Quest
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel

A group of scientists and military types race to uncover the pieces of a giant alien robot buried on Earth thousands of years in the past. The novel is reminiscent of The Martian in the sense that it is almost entirely dialogue driven, and the plot is propelled by various successes and setbacks in the project. The story is told in the form of short interviews between the main characters and a mysterious shadowy figure who is the mastermind behind the project.

 

If you enjoyed The Martian you will likely enjoy this as well. It is science fiction as thriller, not exactly literary.

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review 2017-06-19 10:59
Eine tolle, unglaublich spannende und packende Fortsetzung...
Giants - Zorn der Götter: Roman (Giants-Reihe 2) - Marcel Häußler,Sylvain Neuvel

Giants - Zorn der Götter: Roman (Giants-Reihe 2) - Sylvain Neuvel,Marcel Häußler 

 

 

Sylvain Neuvel legt mit „Giants – Zorn der Götter“ (erschienen im Heyne-Verlag) nun endlich den von mir lang ersehnten 2. Teil seiner Giants-Reihe vor. Eine Fortsetzung, die es wirklich in sich hat! Außerirdische Roboter greifen ganz offensichtlich die Welt an. Es gibt Tote, sogar sehr viele Tote – und ein altbekanntes Team, das an einer schnellen Lösung des „Konfliktes“ arbeitet und alles daran setzt, dass die Weltbevölkerung diesen Angriff überlebt.. Doch werden ihnen die „Aliens“ mit ihrer evolutionären Überlegenheit zuvorkommen? Gibt es überhaupt eine Möglichkeit, dem Tod zu entrinnen?! .... 

Auch wenn es sich um einen Fortsetzungs-Roman handelt, kann man das Buch meiner Meinung nach sehr gut ohne Vorkenntnisse aus dem ersten Roman „Giants – Sie sind erwacht“ (ebenfalls Heyne-Verlag) lesen. Jedoch war das erste Buch bereits derart spannend, dass sich die Lektüre jederzeit lohnen dürfte!
Der zweite Teil, „Giants – Zorn der Götter“ gliedert sich wieder in sogenannte Files: Notizen der einzelnen Protagonisten, Gesprächs- und Verlaufsprotokolle, Tagebucheinträge, etc.. Kapitel also einmal anders! Eben diese Aufteilung macht den Verlauf der Roman-Reihe wahnsinnig spannend. Man wechselt als Leser ständig die Perspektiven und Schauplätze und wird dadurch immerzu auf den aktuellsten Stand der Entwicklungen gebracht, oftmals mit einer gewissen Vorschau. Die Story, den Verlauf und die Beschreibungen fand ich dabei ziemlich authentisch, auch wenn meine Vorstellungskraft bei den gigantischen Robotern manches mal arg beansprucht wurde. Ich fand die Fortsetzung der Geschichte inhaltlich extrem gut und durchgängig fesselnd, sogar fast ein wenig "dystopisch". Die Protagonisten (ebenfalls bekannt aus Teil 1) wirken mit ihren Dialogen, sowie als Figuren innerhalb der Verläufe eigentlich durchweg reell. Zudem gibt es bezüglich der Charaktere doch einige sehr gelungene (und teils auch durchaus positive) Überraschungen. Man darf definitiv gespannt sein... Einzig das Ende des Romans, welches zwar gut passte, hätte meiner Meinung nach noch etwas ausführlicher ausfallen können. 

Insgesamt ein absolut tolles Buch - irgendwo zwischen Dystopie und Science-Fiction! Dabei rasant, packend und durchgängig spannend.. Ich hatte es wieder viel zu schnell ausgelesen und würde es jederzeit weiterempfehlen! 5 Sterne.

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review 2017-05-28 16:46
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

Well written, but it should absolutely be read only after the first volume.  I didn't do so, and I paid the price

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review 2017-05-14 20:08
Waking Gods
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

Like its predecessor, Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods is marked by an interesting style, where debriefings, news reports, and journal entries are pieced together to tell the story. The second book of the Themis Files has a markedly different tone than the first: while Sleeping Giants was somewhat contemplative and slow-moving, things really get going in Waking Gods. Despite the difference in tone, I don't think you can really enjoy Waking Gods to the full without reading its predecessor, as the story isn't dragged down by too much exposition of what happened before. The story picks up a few years after the first book, and all of the characters from the first story are back in force, along with a few new perspectives. I was a little disappointed in one of them, as their introduction makes another character's demise painfully obvious rather than a surprising twist or "anyone can die" vibe. However, I did like the new characters and I was happy to see the return of some of my favourites, such as the fiery Kara.

The plot and tone reminded me quite a bit of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. As with Welles’ famous story, the reader spends most of the story frustrated, helpless, and adrift, unable to determine what will happen next or why. Despite the crazy events, I think Neuven is quite successful in creating what I'd call, for want of a better term, a tone of realism. Part of achieving this is having atrocities and events can happen without any explanation or any leading plot arc. For me, this made it quite difficult to actually push my way through the book. I stuck with it, and I’m glad I did. As the story moves towards the climax, everything clicks into place with a reasonably satisfying and quite creative solution. As with the previous book, there’s a bit of a hook or cliffhanger for the next story arc, and I’ll be very interested to see where the story goes next.

~~I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook through Netgalley from the publisher, Del Ray, in exchange for my honest review.~~

Cross-posted on Goodreads.

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