Publication Date: April 2017 from Randomhouse Del Rey (US) and Penguin Michael Joseph (UK)
Source: Review Copy (Del Ray)
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.
This book kicks serious ass. No honestly it does. It was just the best read – thrilling, emotional (we’ll get to that!) incredibly addictive and insane as all heck. Sylvain Neuvel the punk rocker of American SciFi.
ANYWAY in case you missed me banging on about the first book in the series, Sleeping Giants, you can have a read of that review HERE and I strongly suggest starting there if you are not on this train yet – look we’ll only be at the station for a short while so jump on board.
Moving onto Waking Gods then, this has that quality increased by a factor of ten – it is fast yet complex, frenzied yet considered and has a whole lot of action, quite a bit of edge of the seat hair clutching and so much book trauma I can’t even come up with enough words to tell you how completely mad I was with the author when I was done. He’s going to hear about it though, especially if he’s stupid enough to let me interview him again – YOU CAN’T DO THAT. Even though you just did….
Like Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods has that beautifully authentic scientific edge, making the whole thing utterly believable. You don’t think giant alien robots from outer space can be believable? They can. Completely. As far as immersive reads go you won’t find better than this, or its predecessor for transporting you to a world other than our own which is, well, our own.
I’m not saying anything about my favourite character. Nope. Or the others. I’m keeping my lips sealed except to say be prepared for anything, trust no-one and go along for the ride – embrace the trauma people, there is nothing else like that moment a book grabs you by the throat and won’t let go.
I love these because they are pure, unadulterated entertainment. That’s not to say there are no important themes involved there are. Its not to say that it doesn’t have a cutting edge because it does – boy oh boy does it – but at the end was that beautiful, intensely satisfied feeling you get when you realise the first novel was not a fluke. Nope you are going to be in this until the bitter (cries a bit) end. And now the wait begins for the next one and everyone who knows me knows that I am NOT GOOD AT WAITING AT ALL.
Even if you have never read this genre in your life before make an exception and read Sleeping Giants and then read this. If you have but have missed these, hopefully I’ve given you a little push.
You are welcome.
Hold onto your hats though – tis one HELL of a ride.
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