Waking Gods

Del Rey: Ballantine. (Themis Files, Bk. 2). Apr. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781101886724. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101886731. SF
OrangeReviewStarThe team that assembled the giant alien robot known as Themis in 2015's Sleeping Giants never really got answers about who left the machine behind and why. They face a terrifying escalation of the mystery in this sequel as a new robot lands in London. The new machine, even bigger than the colossal Themis, unleashes a violent attack on the city. Worse, there are more robots landing at every major population center on the globe. The Themis team might be the only hope for humanity's survival. Rose, the original discoverer of the first piece of Themis, has an especially intriguing arc, questioning her very existence.
VERDICT Darker than the first book, this entry maintains the effective format of a compiled history of interviews, news items, and official journal entries. This series' thoughtful yet action-packed nature would make for a great film, and in fact, the rights were sold to Sony Pictures before the first volume came out. [See Prepub Alert, 10/31/16.]
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