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Waking Gods

(Themis Files #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  38,161 ratings  ·  4,430 reviews
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 perpl ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Del Rey
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Emily May
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, arc, sci-fi
Wow, where should I start?

I absolutely LOVED this book. After I read Sleeping Giants on a whim last year, I ended up being sucked into its incredible premise: giant body parts are discovered in the earth that predate the human technology required to make them. A simple idea with huge implications. What does this mean for humanity? For science? Religion?

Maybe it's just me, but I get shivers at the question: if there is something on our planet that didn't occur naturally, that we didn't make, tha
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, audiobook
Rating: 4.5 stars

This was a great sequel, and I really liked how the action is taken up a notch.

I also fell a little more in love with some of the characters in this one... interestingly I started to really connect with some that I disliked in book 1!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Wow! That was pretty cray! I felt like I slipped through the worm hole! Maybe I should have re-read the first one again, but it's all good. Well, not really because of a death!

I love Rose, Kara, Vincent, and Eva. Oh and Themis =]. I feel like I am forgetting someone. Oh well.

Time travel? Cloning? Robot Aliens? The hell did I just read? There's a lot more and some things that went over my head but when you start talking science stuff, I drool a little bit.

With that being said, I think this sec
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I liked the book but I made the mistake of listening to the audiobook and it kinda ruined it for me.

Eva had the most annoying voice ever and every time she would whine I would want to throw my phone at the wall.
Also, Vincent accent was completely off. French and French Canadian accents are completely different. - extract of the audiobook so you can see for yourself in my June wrap up! :)
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Petrik by: Bil
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect Waking Gods to be this good but the second book in the Themis Files series by Sylvain Neuvel is truly a stunning improvement over its predecessor.

The plot began 9 years after the end of Sleeping Giants and the tension is so much more evident here. As it turns out, everything that happened in Sleeping Giants is just a setup for this book and probably the last book of the planned trilogy. In the first book,
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016-shelf
Re-read 2/17/18:

Thrilled as hell to get the ARC of book three, I decided to go on a tear through the first two again.

But Why?

Because they're just that good. Great characters, fantastic dialogue, and action, action, action. What kind of action? GIANT ROBOT ACTION.

I hated to see who died and loved to see who took over. I'll leave it at that. I would like to call this pure popcorn fiction, but it's a bit better crafted than that. Deceptively simple, even, sprinkled with very sharp quotes and humor
Always Pouting
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have this awful habit of reading books that are part of series out of order because I end up getting on of the books out of order and then I'm too lazy to try and read them chronologically, so I haven't read the first book in the series. That said I really really want to now. Even knowing what will happen I want to read the first one and any subsequent ones that's how much I enjoyed this one. The format was different and the story wasn't told directly but through logs and reports which usually ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who weren't annoyed by book one
—And therein lies the fundamental difference between us. You would not sacrifice your principles for a greater good. I would not stop to think about it. I am... . . . pragmatic, and you, Dr. Franklin, are an idealist.
—Is that such a bad thing?
—Not at all. What would people like me do without ideals to defend?

Actual Rating: 2 1/2 stars . I'm not sure if I'm being harsh or merciful with this rating; I suppose I'll let you all judge after my review.

Science fiction is always so convoluted.
Charlotte May
"Right is a luxury we do not have at this time. It is an imperfect solution to a less than ideal situation. I suspect there will be a lot more of those in the near future."

Really starting to get into this series now! It took a while during book 1 for me to connect to the writing style, and actually UNDERSTAND what the bloody hell was happening. But here I am in book 2 and everything is great - and absolutely mind boggling.

At the end of book 1 we were left with a major twist (view spoiler)
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5ish stars

Waking Gods has everything good about its prequel, Sleeping Giants, but kicks it into an entirely other level. I thought SG was decent enough, with some interesting ideas, but I enjoyed this so much more. To anyone thinking about picking this up: listen to the audio version. It's a great production with a full cast of voice actors and it elevates the story so much.

In SG I thought Neuvel's authorial voice was a bit uneven and a little inexperienced, but it seems much more confident a
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This SF sequel to last year's Goodreads Choice nominee Sleeping Giants, is on sale as of April 4, 2017. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with two other excellent reviews from my co-reviewers at FanLit, who gave it 4.5 and 4 stars). Jason and I also have an interview with Sylvain Neuvel on FanLit, so check it out!

It’s nine years after the end of the events in Sleeping Giants. Our anonymous and dry-witted handler is still pulling strings and manipulating events and people be
Trina (Between Chapters)
I am absolutely devastated that this is over and we don't even how long we have to wait for the third book yet.

Gripping. Intense. Also heartbreaking because some of my favorite characters were killed off, but I don't care, GIVE ME MORE. Another mind boggling ending that I can't wait to get the explanation for!

Honestly this is a new favorite series of mine because of the audiobook listening experience. The story is told through audio files so the audiobook format is perfect.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Fucking hell. This series is PHENOMENAL.
Ahmed  Ejaz
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-lengths, 2017
Waking Gods is the second amazing book in Themis Files series. Thrill was unlimited. I loved it more than the last one.

Spoilers are concealed. Feel safe to read.

Aliens have arrived on Earth and they have started killing the people. Millions have died.(view spoiler)

So much happened I don’t even know where to begin. I still can’t fathom what just happened.

But suffice it to say, WHAT DID YOU DO, NEUVEL!?!? WHAT. DID. YOU. DO!? WHY THAT??

This book gave me a headache. An actual headache.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Sleeping Giants ★★★
2.) Waking Gods ★★★.5
3.) Only Human ★★.5


I don't know why, but this series has been kinda underwhelming for me and i'm v sad about it. I'm also salty that my fave character died
What a thrilling sequel to Sleeping Giants! I highly recommend listening to this story as an audiobook - with a cast of a dozen narrators, it's like listening to a radio play! I was on the edge of my seat; it's so realistic!

Some of my favorite narrators are back, such as Andy Secombe as the nameless interrogator. The continued use of gripping interviews, news-feeds, journal entries and dialogues moves the plot along and develops the characters even more! I especially enjoy the hilarious, yet th
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars

Interesting - that is how I have felt about this series so far. I do like it, but, there is just something about it that is . . . interesting.

The format is a bit unusual and might take a bit to get used to. After 2 books I am still not quite sure if I am used to it. It is kind of a dossier format similar to the Illuminae Files, but Illuminae Files handles it a bit more comfortably for me.

The story is very unique and fascinating. The author gets bonus points for creativity. The fact
Have you ever been so deeply into a story that you hated putting the book down because you just needed to know what happened next? Have you flown through a novel, dreading the knowledge that it would soon come to an end?
I felt that for this book.

This is perhaps one of the best books I've read.
Iryna *Book and Sword*
5/5 stars

You know when you read a first book in the series and you like it so much that you pray the second book is at least half that good?

Waking Gods blows Sleeping Giants out of the water.

​It's funny, but as with the first book it took me a little bit to get completely sucked into it. About thirty pages. I feel like Neuvel eases the reader in slowly at the beginning of every book.

Because when the things start happening - they don't stop until the very last page. So I hope you're good at ho
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, science-fiction
Waking Gods was a big improvement from Sleeping Giants. If I didn’t already have the paperback, I doubt I would’ve read it because the first installment was meh at best.

What I liked in this book comparing to Sleeping Giants is the personal dialogues. We got to know the characters better instead of reading random bits here and there. Since I care for and foremost about the characters in any story, I could not bring myself to like the first book enough. Yet here we saw more of them, their personal
Britt / Basically Britt
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favourites
THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING AMAZING WOW. Seriously SO much was happening and just wowowow
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What did I sign up for , Omg this is so great but in this book I didn't feel the it factor of an amazing book but still an 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ read ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Well done, Sylvain Neuvel; this is another fun book in the Themis File trilogy! Though some of the characters' dialogue was stilted and unnatural at times, Waking Gods is a terrific second book to this series. It expands on the mystery of the first book, adds in a few new characters, and has plenty more robots! If you enjoyed SLEEP, you won't want to miss this book!
[3.5 Stars]
I actually thought the first one was a tad better. I think the info-dumping got to me a little more, and I wasn’t as enthralled. It’s still a really fun story that’s quick to get through, but I found myself not caring as much. I listened to this as an audiobook which was interesting. I liked some of the narrators, but not all of them. I would get annoyed anytime the characters that I didn’t like voice-wise would pop up. I think reading the first book with my own eyes worked out bette
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
“Luck is believing you’re lucky.”
― Sylvain Neuvel, Waking Gods

WOW this was a great sequel that ends on an epic cliffhanger. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK !!
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
Scientists are like children: They always want to know everything, they all ask too many questions, and they never follow orders to the letter.

I don't usually read trilogies one book after the other, but when I do, it's because they are absolutely stunning. This second book was even better than the first one; what a pleasant surprise! I was thinking "the first book is so good, the second one is going to disappoint me". Nope. It was just as great.

All the positive things i said for Sleeping giants
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i had the amazing chance to read an ARC of this book thanks to the folks at Netgalley. ALl i have to say and that i can say is that if you loved the first book in this series you will love this one. the story is oriented in the same way but there is so many more things are explained, mysteries are unlocked and we are left completely satisfied by the progression of the main plot. You will see old and new characters and we get more of what we liked on the first book. All i can say is that the wait ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I was beyond stoked to get an eARC of Waking Gods and prioritized it to be ready within a week or two of approval. And I certainly wasn't wrong to be so hyped as this book was AWESOME!

The first 30 pages is slightly dull as it's ten years since the end of Sleeping Giants and so we spend some time catching up with everyone (after the opening chapter gives us the 'hook' to stay interested). I'm not a very good binge reader as I can't sit still for 3+ hours at a time; but given the opportunity I
Montzalee Wittmann
Freaking awesome! Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel is the second book in the series and I didn't think it possible for the author to make a better book than book one but he did! What an epic story!!! I loved the first book and this doesn't let the fans down. The giant robot is back but now there are more but they don't friendly. There is so much action, twists, surprises, and suspense I had to stay up at night to finish the book. I couldn't sleep not knowing what was happening! Th ...more
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Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were a ...more

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