Title: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Audio book narrator: Full cast
Target audience: Adult
Date Read: 15/08/18 – 29/08/18
I’m pleased to say that this book was just as good as the first in the series. It pulls no punches and takes you by surprise, all the while still creating a balance between the global and the personal consequences.
This book is set 9 years after Sleeping Giants, but it doesn’t take long to fill us in on what has happened in the meantme. And the action starts on page 1. I was listening to the audio book while I was driving and there were times when I was gripping the steering wheel too hard because the action was intense. But there are also parts that made me smile or laugh or “aww” over my favourite characters. Then there were the parts that made me teary! I had all the emotions.
I did sometimes feel the conversations went around in circles a little bit, particularly when Mr Burns (Byrnes? I don’t know, I’m listening to it!) was involved. He likes to ramble. And sometimes the scientific explanations were quite long-winded, which is fine when you’re reading and can skim, but a bit more annoying when you’re listening.
I do feel the need to warn that there is a torture scene at one point during the book, and if you’re listening to the audio version, it is very realistic. I ended up having to switch it off for the remainder of my drive.
Those were my only qualms, this series goes from strength to strength and the third and final instalment promises to be just as good from the little bit I’ve listened to so far.