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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, Sylvain Neuvel's innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward. "Sleeping Giants may have debuted his thrilling saga, but Waking Gods proves that Neuvel's scope is more daring than readers could have imagined."--Paste
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)
"Sheer escapist fun."--Shelf Awareness
Praise for Sleeping Giants
"Reminiscent of The Martian
and World War Z, Sleeping Giants
is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars."--Pierce Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Rising trilogy
"As high-concept as it is, Sleeping Giants
is a thriller through and through. . . . One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory."--NPR