Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel: A Review

I read the first book in this series (The Themis Files), Sleeping Giants, a while back and liked it a bunch. This second book knocked up the action a notch and made me really fall for some of the characters. We jump right into the action about ten years after the first book and go for a ride that includes time travel, cloning, aliens, government conspiracy, secret projects and imminent danger.

The premise of Sleeping Giants is this: giant robot body parts are being found around the world and assembled. Where are they from? Why are they here? Were they meant to be discovered by humans? Are we alone in the universe? What does this mean for us? For science, for religions?

In Waking Gods, we get some of those answers and more.
The scenes are told through journal entries and interviews (much in the style of World War Z) and move the story along a great pace. I’ve read some reviews that criticize this format, but I think it works well for this story. This style of dialogue-heavy writing also lets us get to know the characters on a deep level, learning how they love, what they fear and what it is each of them desires.
Waking Gods is gripping, thrilling and, at times, heart-breaking. This book (and series) is worth a read for any science fiction fan.