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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Sci-fi is not normally a genre that go to, but there is a few exceptions, and the Themis Files series is definitely one of them. The opportunity to review the second book, Waking Gods, was one I just could not turn down; I can let you know now that it was not a disappointment!!I would love to start by thanking both Sarah from Penguin and Sylavin Neuvel himself for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fabulous novel.

An unknown vessel, not of this world, materializes in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion?

Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes’ dreams – apocalyptic visions of death and destruction – is the habit they have of coming true…

Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how … but why?

Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture fell in love during war, and have found peace since. They are the thin line of defence against what is coming. But they do not know they have been living a lie.

And a man who claims to have the answers has his own agenda. There are things he cannot say – and others he won’t. (taken from amazon.co.uk)

I don’t think its possible to review this book without mentioning the format. Much like the first book, Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods is told through various interviews and project reports. These are the first books that I have read that are set in this format and it makes for such a refreshing read, as its unique, quick and very easy to read and follow what is going on. In Waking Gods in particular, certain important scenes are told several times through different entries following various character; this is something I would not really be sure about normally, but I found that it really added to what you took from the story and helped me personally to get the point of what was happening.

This book tugged hard on my heart strings, with people going missing, towns vanishing, the appearance of a child and death of some of our beloved characters, I was on an emotional rollercoaster with this one. Through the private entries you get a real sense of the emotional state of the characters and many become incredibly easy to connect with- even found myself connecting with one I though very unlikely. You read this entry book with your fingers crossed, hoping and praying that they will each make it through safe and sound.

Waking Gods is part of a series, so I do believe there will be another book although I may be wrong; yet I am truly hoping that there is another and that it’ll be soon. I can not get enough of this series as it is just truly fabulous and if a book can be moreish, then the Themis Files is! I gave Waking Gods an easy 5 out 5 stars, so if you haven’t already, get your hands on both Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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