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.
As a big fan of Sylvain Neuvel's highly innovative and exceptionally compelling Sleeping Giants, I was peeing-my-pants excited to read Waking Gods. (Was that TMI?) The book picks up about a decade after the events in Sleeping Giants and continues with it’s unusual technique of storytelling through government documents, interviews, media transcripts and classified reports. Not sure this style is right for everyone but I thought it was fascinating.
For some reason, I especially love the mysterious, unnamed character at the center of the story. He has a cold, emotionless demeanor that allows him to logically assess any situation — including contact with an alien species — and calmly decide how to best deploy his almost limitless access to government assets. The dude is like blend of Spock and M from the James Bond series.
As usual however, I have a few nits to pick: (Warning: semi-spoilers ahead)
All that said, these are very minor issues. On the whole, the story was an odd mix of strange, compelling and mind-blowing. It’s possible some people may not enjoy the unusual storytelling technique as much as I did but I thought it was an extremely interesting and powerful device. I have to admit to being a bit surprised to learn there will be a third (at least) installment of the story but not disappointed in the least. So far, this series has been a highly enjoyable departure from typical paranormal novels.
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