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Waking Gods: Themis Files Series, Book 2
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Themis files volume 2.
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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 AwarenessDon't miss any of The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel:SLEEPING GIANTS | WAKING GODS | ONLY HUMAN
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"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
Don't miss any of The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel:
SLEEPING GIANTS | WAKING GODS | ONLY HUMAN
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        January 16, 2017
        Neuvel’s sequel to Sleeping Giants, told through interviews, reports, emails, and other documents, shares the first volume’s successes and flaws. Earth has been gifted with a gigantic robot, Themis, now crewed by Capt. Kara Resnik and civilian consultant Vincent Couture. Its ostensible purpose is to protect the Earth from danger. Another robot appears in the center of London and turns hostile after being surrounded by the British military; in a scene reminiscent of The War of the Worlds, it wipes out half of the city. Using Themis, Resnik and Couture destroy the alien machine, though more through luck than skill. Soon a dozen more giant machines show up in great cities around the world and begin to systematically exterminate humans. Not even Themis would seem to have any hope of defeating them. The epistolary nature of the narrative sometimes comes across as artificial, and the slangy dialogue is repetitive and annoying. Still, this is an exciting adventure story, unusually presented, and should particularly appeal to readers of the first volume.

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        Starred review from January 15, 2017
        A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots--but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human.After finding alien artifacts that turned out to be pieces of a colossal, vaguely human-looking robot, physicist Rose Franklin and other members of the newly formed Earth Defense Corps have been relentlessly studying the advanced technology that runs the structure. Army pilot Kara Resnik and Quebecois linguist Vincent Couture have made great strides in deciphering the alien symbols and can now move the robot (named Themis) with some level of skill. Scientists theorize that Themis was left on Earth to protect humankind from future invasion, but when giant robots begin appearing all over the world and exterminating humans by the millions, Franklin and company are forced to try to understand the motives behind the mass slaughter before it's too late. The reason this audacious story works so well is because the author blends the intellectual tone and thematic depth of classic SF works like Frederik Pohl's Gateway (which deals with humans trying to unlock advanced alien technology) with the B-movie campiness and childlike sense of wonder associated with piloting a 20-story-tall metallic giant. Additionally, the ensemble cast is impressively authentic--they're not just two-dimensional, contrived plot devices. The depth of character development mirrors the complexity of the storyline, which is filled with numerous bombshell plot twists. And although the end is more than satisfying, Neuvel offers a glimpse into the next series installment, which promises to be even more enthralling. Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable.

        COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        December 1, 2016
        In the much-hailed Sleeping Giants, a South Dakota girl falls through the earth into a huge metal hand and as an adult leads the team puzzling over that hand's provenance and meaning. In this sequel, bits and pieces of that sleeping giant have been discovered and assembled, but now a second giant has appeared. Film rights optioned by Sony.

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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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.

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