More answers and more mysteries – Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

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Rose Franklin died. But now she’s alive again, and not sure how, or how she feels about it. Meanwhile the world situation since the rebuilding of the alien being she found as a child has become far more serious. More and more of them are appearing on earth, and there is nothing except the original robot that can even try to stop them. And a little girl called Eva Reyes is having nightmares, and Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture have found a hard worn happiness, which is about to be tested again…

The conspiracy laden, sci-fi apocalyptic series continues with another book full of mystery, danger and personal stories set against a huge threat to the world. Having been fairly bemused by the first book I nevertheless felt it was worth another try – and found more answers than I was expecting. I have no idea how many books are going to be in the series, but this book packs no punches in racing forward with the plot. For me, it was probably an experience in intrigue more than enjoyment.

A thoughtful dream – Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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Rose Franklin’s course was set when she was riding her new bike and falls down a hole – only to be caught by a gigantic metal hand. Seventeen years later she is part of the team working tirelessly to discover the secret of the hand. Conspiracy, secrets and suspicion abound, with an unnamed interviewer analysing everything and everything that’s happening, with potentially huge ramifications for the earth and beyond…

Remembering this book feels like remembering a dream. It seems disjointed, strangely distant, seen through a strange lens. But thinking on it, I think this is kind of the point. This is a fairly classic plot; ancient alien tech found hidden on earth, approached from a different angle. Here we are not drawn into action, battles or heroics but invited to consider the real impact; individual and corporate, of this kind of discovery on the human race. The narrative style enabled this; but also held the reader at arms length, not allowing us to become fully involved with the characters.