Waking Gods

September 20, 2017

Themis Files #2. Author: Sylvain Neuvel.


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.

(Published Summary)

My Thoughts:

Um… wow.

That was quite the blood-drenched roller-coaster ride.

And basically anything I could say about it is highly spoilerrific, given that the entire plot is one of tension and uncertainty and waiting for the next move, so proceed at your own risk.

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Content Review:

Sexual Content: See Violence for one instance of sexual violence mentioned.

Language: 37 d***, 36 scatological terms, 27 hell, 11 a**h***, 10 F-words, 6 bloody, 6 derogatory terms

Violence: Robot instantaneously destroys/vaporizes half a city. Two robots spar, one of them is damaged and the two pilots are either killed or commit suicide. Character says when she was a child her village was raided – twenty-seven people killed – her sister raped to death by men in the street. Over four million people killed by mist released by alien vessels; there’s a given scientific explanation, and death is described as painful but quick, happening in under a minute. Two civilians shot and killed by retrieval mission. There is one torture scene: it’s completely dialogue, but one character stops to describe the needles being used, which apparently inflict no lasting physical damage but extreme nervous-system pain, and there is a lot of screaming throughout the dialogue. We are later told that the tortured-character died of a heart attack during interrogation. Nuclear bombs dropped on an inhabited city, completely destroying it, in an attempt to kill aliens.

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