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Waking Gods: Themis Files Book 2 | Book Review

Waking Gods: Themis Files Book 2
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Publisher's Summary

In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as "a luminous conspiracy yarn...reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z", Sylvain Neuvel's innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.

As a child Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand buried deep within the earth. As an adult she's dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers - and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth, and maybe even the stars.

 

My Review

This book picks up where Sleeping Giants leaves off. The ancient device has been fully assembled, there are people that are trained on how to use it, and it has been revealed and given to the UN. There is still not much known about the people that left it behind, or if it was meant to be discovered. But a new threat is rising because a new one has appeared out of nowhere right in the middle of London. We find out that the ancestors of those created the device might still be about us. Also a rogue scientist threatens the derail the entire project by putting the only people that can operate the device in danger.

Story: Grade | C

Like:
The only real thing I can put in the like category is the fact that it kept with the unique execution of the storyline, and kept my attention through the entire book..

Dislike:
While ultimately I give this book a C, there was more that I disliked about this second book that I liked about it. They kill off a character and then miraculously break them back for no real reason and give this person's psychological damage that serves no real purpose. There is also a new character that is introduced into the story that I found extremely annoying. The character whined way too much, even the voice acting made me hate the character. The author also kills off another character just to bring the new one in, and I really did not like that at all. Also I was disappointed with the last third of the book. It was a dramatized nation of an action scene that was executed very melodramatically..

Narration: Grade | B

The different voice talent executed their characters well except for the new character they introduced in this book. They did not use a voice actor that remotely made this person sound good at all. The character itself was a whiner and the voice talent just exemplified this terrible character trait. So I was pretty disappointed with that..

Overall Grade | C

I would only get this book if you are wanting to find out what happens after book one. I would've definitely not wasted my audible credit if I had known how much I would have been disappointed. I would definitely picked this book up in a discount store if only just to continue the series.

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