Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

I absolutely loved Waking Gods’ predecessor Sleeping Giants – so much so that I read it twice in very short succession, and am pretty sure that I’ll be re-reading it all over again in the not-too-distant future. As a follow-up, Waking Gods did not disappoint.

I’m still honestly not sure what has grabbed me so much about this world in which humanity finds and reassembles a GIANT ALIEN ROBOT, except that it’s just the coolest premise, executed in a really interesting way. The events of Waking Gods take place ten years on from the end of Sleeping Giants, and reunites the original crew when the world is threatened by even more GIANT ALIEN ROBOTS.

The character interactions were almost all that I hoped for, apart from the fact that kick-ass pilot Kara Resnick appears less in this book. I particularly enjoyed gaining extra insight to our omnipotent interviewer, and his relationship with Rose.

I wasn’t quite as crazy about Waking Gods as Sleeping Giants, but I suspect that has something to do with the fact that I listened to the latter as audiobook first before reading the text. The full-cast performance is so excellent that it really adds an extra dimension, and I’m certain that I’ll listen to Waking Gods too in the fullness of time. I didn’t have that same urge to scribble notes all over the pages and fill the margins with ridiculous research that Sleeping Giants filled me with – but honestly, this was still such a cool book, and I can’t wait for the series to be continued.

[Read from 28 May-4 June 2017]

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