Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel 

my rating: ★★★☆☆

genre: Science-Fiction

goodreads rating: 4.17

Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2)


I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Also, if you haven’t read my review of the first book, Sleeing Giants, you can find it here!


Synopsis for BOOK 1:

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

(read the rest here)


The first book started out so strong, I had such high hopes for it’s sequel – so of course I’ve let myself down.

I really didn’t enjoy this, the characters were annoying and I was bored.


I think I’m done with this series. I don’t know if there’s another book, but if there is I probably won’t read it.

I am smad.

Okay, storytime. I like to cook while I listen to audiobooks This is because I find cooking stressful and my anger tends to flare when I make food. And so. I was maybe halfway through this when I started making my dinner (pasta because I’m simple) and I was like, halfway through cooking my food when my book started doing the opposite of what it was meant to be doing for me. Of course, I would listen to a book distract me from my food anger, but instead the characters are soo annoying that the book causes my rage and I end up stressing out and giving myself heartburn and making my stomach acid issues flare up.

By the end of the experience, I was the Rage Monster. This was me:

Cheezburger rage GIF

By this point, I think that the format is really out-staying its welcome. It was cool in Illuminae and cool in Sleeping Giants but now it’s annoying. Now, it’s pretty clear that it’s not a successful way for me, as a reader to get to know the character. I felt detached from all of the characters and the only real emotion I felt while reading it was annoyance. I didn’t enjoy this, and looking back I’m surprised I enjoyed Sleeping Giants as much as I did.

There was a character, we meet in this book, she’s only like 10 and she’s put through some really bad stuff during the novel. But do I care? No. It got to a point. where I was just so fed up with her and I was actually full on raging because this chick was so annoying.


  • Annoying characters
  • The plot wasn’t memorable, I only read it in April but I barely remember what happened
  • Info dumpy


There isn’t a third instalment on Goodreads but I left this book feeling like there was going to be a third book. If there isn’t that’s cool and it’s probably a good thing for me.

If there ends up being another book I’ll probably end up picking up the audio, unless there are more than 3 books in the series.


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8 thoughts on “Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)

  1. Yes I think there will be another book out. I’m sad to hear this… Because tou are not the first person that is disappointed with this one… And I am scared because my expectations for this series are high!


  2. I’ve been reading really conflicting reviews on this one. People seem to really enjoy it or go all Rage Monster! (Seriously I laughed so hard at this post!) my expectations with this one are unfortunately low.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed my Rage Monster story, though I feel like it was more of a rant about my terrible cooking skills…
      I have heard that a lot of people didn’t enjoy this one as much as Sleeping Giants, I’m sorry to hear it but I do hope you still give it a go!

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