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By Miranda Boyer

Dude… I can’t even begin to explain how epic this book was. Like, did you read SLEEPING GIANTS yet? Sleeping Giants was a Goodreads Choice nominee last year. Get on that first and foremost. Sylvain Neuvel creates an epic world of Giant Robots and aliens. The story is told through interviews and journal entries from a cast of unique characters. WAKING GODS is book two in this three book series.

I met Sylvain a couple of years ago and was excited to read his first book. It is still among my favorite books. I have this theory about second books generally sucking. Except that WAKING GODS just blew that theory out of the water. I really wasn’t sure how anything could top the first book and then… like magic, he managed to outdo himself.

Ten years after the end of book one, the world has moved on and Themis has become a worldwide sensation. Life has calmed down and there’s even a bit of routine in life. Until a Giant Robot apperates in the middle of London. They’re back and they’re taking no prisoners.

I basically don’t want to give anything away. Because I didn’t know where this could possibly go, and I enjoyed every surprise it brought.

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.

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