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Waking Gods: Book 2 of the Themis Files (Hardcover)

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After the strange discovery and formation of giant metallic body parts known as Themis, the United Nations decide to assemble the Earth Defense Corps, a planetary protection against extraterrestrial threats. Nine years later a new menace appears when a twenty story tall robot of unknown origins materializes in London. The author of Sleeping Giants returns with book two of the Themis Files, Waking Gods. Sylvain Neuvel continues his creative approach of storytelling through interviews, surveillance logs, and news reports, all directed towards an unusual superior technology. His science fiction tale of attempted peaceful resolutions to a seemingly unavoidable apocalyptic conflict is a literary gift for the reader.

— Mike, Albuquerque


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 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.

Praise for Waking Gods

"Kick-ass, one-on-one robot action combines with mind-bending scientific and philosophical speculation. Series science-fiction fans will enjoy this follow-up filled with unexpected revelations and a surprise finale."--Booklist

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of mankind. In a word: unputdownable."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Stunningly good . . . If you read just one science fiction book this year, then Waking Gods is the perfect choice."--Fresh Fiction

"Sheer escapist fun."--Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Sylvain Neuvel is the author of Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods. He is a linguist and translator based in Montreal. He is at work on an R2-D2 replica and his next novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101886724
ISBN-10: 1101886722
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Themis Files