Review of Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel

Posted: October 18, 2018 in Review, science fiction

As a child Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery – a huge metallic hand, buried deep in the earth. She has since focused her scientific career on uncovering everything about the hand and the other gigantic body parts found scattered about the globe. When another robot is discovered and lashes out, Dr Franklin is closer to learning its secrets than ever before.

But as more machines appear, earth looks set for an invasion for which it is colossally unprepared. Mankind’s only chance is for Rose and her team to uncover the mysteries of the ancient technology or the earth might be lost to them forever . . .

Waking Gods

Sylvain Neuvel

Michael Joseph

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui Smith

Now, this is very much a sequel to “Sleeping Giants” and is told in the same unusual manner, as a series of interview transcripts, logs, and reports. If that style is irritated you the first time, then this sequel isn’t going to suit you any better.

Nine years later, and Themis is no longer alone. More titanic robots have appeared, first in London, then in major cities all over the planet. Much action and a great deal of destruction occurs. You know that eventually a solution will be found, and it is quite ingenious. However, questions remain, and that last sentence is simply begging for a sequel.

Giant robots really aren’t my thing, but there were enough interesting ideas, and enough grounding in actual science here to keep me reading. If you do like giant robots and wanton devastation (I always feel sorry for the poor innocent people who get killed in things like this – and for those who have to clean up the mess) then this is a book you should enjoy.


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