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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, April 2017 - Sylvain Neuvel's mind-blowing debut ended on a crazy cliff-hanger that hinted at some kind of warp in the space-time continuum (because I totally know what that means, btw). So I've been dying to jump into book two to start unraveling this, but instead we open on a completely separate mystery: A second giant 20-story-tall robot (for lack of a better term) has materialized seemingly from thin air in the center of London. We're a full 10 years from where we last left off, and no one can yet explain that huge issue from the end of the first book. So basically I feel like a frustrated and fictionally crazed dog chasing its tail, but I don't mind, because I'm back among friends - since the whole gang of the original brilliant multicast is back - and once again Sylvain Neuvel is baffling me in the best way possible. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as "a luminous conspiracy yarn...reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z", Sylvain Neuvel's innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.

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 now 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.

©2017 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2017 Random House Audio

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THE KNOWN IS FINE, THE UNKNOWN INFINITE

Talking, talking, talking
I liked book one and was slammed by a couple of voters out of the gate. This book I don't understand what people liked about it. I found it very boring and their was way too much discussion.

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74 of 83 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-10-17

All Too Short

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I still cannot figure out why so many people hated the first book, I mean, i really liked it and I'm unnecessarily picky. Now this book is even better, even though it's a bit of a different flavor. <br/><br/>To recap, the first book was about the mystery of the "sleeping giant" and moved at a sedate pace filled with tension and the unknown. Waking Gods however has a sense of urgency as the repercussions of the mystery of the first book comes to a head. Here, the mystery that drives the plot is something more insidious, but nothing obvious. The unknown is really the most dangerous enemy of all.<br/><br/>It so often feels like I've seen it all, so I don't tend to give very many five star reviews these days. This book did a pretty great job surprising me and making me just completely lose track of time. Seriously, how did I finish this book so fast!? The style of telling the story through a series of records and files is just impeccably done and works naturally, as in no gimmicky feeling or anything.<br/><br/>So yeah, I recommend this book and this series. If you want a bit of a mystery thriller about a what if and the unknown, then pick this up. <br/><br/>Now then, I really really want the next book right now.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining Science Fiction Thrill Ride

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Waking Gods bolsters and expands upon the Sleeping Giants storyline by adding high levels of adrenaline and excitement in this highly anticipated follow-up. Ten years have passed since the end of Sleeping Giants when Rose and team completed the reconstruction of the metal giant they named Themis after the ancient Greek Titan-goddess. They were beginning to slowly piece together information surrounding the mystery of her origins and are only briefly grasping her full technological capabilities when another metal giant appears in the center of London. It stands immobile for weeks, but without provocation, it attacks one-day leaving thousands dead, but some miraculously survived. More giants appear around the globe and Rose and team are given the impossible task of determining how to stop these attacks and to find out the reason behind them before Earth’s population is exterminated.<br/><br/>No sophomore slump to be had here. Listening to Waking Gods felt akin to being on a high-speed roller coaster: you’re buckled in, the ride is moving, and the time to change your mind has long since passed. But damn, is it a crazy good time.<br/><br/>Waking Gods continues with the same interview style of storytelling, with a few new characters/voices to acquaint ourselves with. The plot was incredibly fast paced and read much like an action movie would just minus the visuals. Incredibly similar to The War of the Worlds in regards to the severity and devastation of the attacks but much less straightforward in terms of the reasoning behind the attacks themselves (and far more fascinatingly scientific View Spoiler ».) Neuvel imbues his alien invasion with a history and purpose essentially giving the human race a chance at survival. He also manages to add a level of humor (there’s something unequivocally humorous about two individuals trying to manhandle a giant robot, albeit clunkily, into battle) that somehow manages to meld harmoniously with such a somber narrative. There are twists and turns aplenty, one particular scene made me loudly gasp and another where my face started leaking, and the ending will leave you thunderstruck. Neuvel’s endings, while definitely worthy of the term ‘cliffhanger’, never feel cheap but rather an apt ending that will lead to a brilliant beginning of the next, and possibly last, installment.

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Just WOW!

The second book in the series is even better than the first. What an exciting, thrilling and surprising ride. It kept me on the edge of my seat and had just as many shocking moments as the first book.

I love the way the story is told. It is perfectly suited for the full cast recording. Well worth the Audible credit. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I didn't want to stop listening.

If you enjoyed the first book, you should love this one. If you are new to this series, be sure to start with book 1. This is not a book you want to read without having read the previous book first. And for anyone who doesn't like cliffhangers, sorry, but this one has a doozy. That said, this part of the story arc does get resolved, but the story ends with the lead in to the next book and it's pretty exciting. Just disappointed I will have to wait another year to see what happens.

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mesmerizing

amazing cast. amazing premis. excellent series. I love this world. I completed both books in one week it is that good.

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The format is amazing

I really love the way this book is written / narrated. It's a collection of news stories, memos, and journal entries that tell a story, unpredictable enough to keep it interesting. The story was a great continuation to the first. The daughter at the end was kind of annoying, though, I felt she didn't add much.

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One character can ruin it all.

Not to spoil it for everyone but I will say that one main character was replaced by another character and that character is TERRIBLE! Unfortunately I'm guessing that character will be around for the next book. The voice actor was horrendous for "eva". They seriously should go back and re do all of her parts. I wouldn't waste the time listening to this. Just go buy the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slow and a bit boring

An interesting follow up to book one but just not as catchy. It was super slow getting the plot started and kind of boring even in the climatic parts. Loves the idea of the story but the execution could have been better. The voice actors performance was amazing but I did find Ava's voice extremely annoying. 3 out of 5 overall

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good continuation and narration but

the audio level fluctuations were very frustrating and distracting from the story, several times I had to go back because all of the sudden they were whispering so quietly I couldn't hear or reach the volume fast enough... not sure why this would be as I've listened to many books with a full cast and with yelling and whispering yet they manage to get that point across without fluctuating the actual sound levels.

I actually have to go back and re listen to the last 20 mins as I gave up on it last night and it played out to the end... not knowing how it actually left off my review still stands as it being a decent continuation of the first book, but not super excited to recommend to a friend

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Just listen to the first one and leave it at that

Just because the first book was good, doesn't mean one should make a second one. Overall lazy story with annoying discussions and completely unnecessary existential crisis. Some of the performers were so bad that I don't know how they were ever selected for an audio book. Also the ending is just lazy... So so lazy...