Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Really, Neuvel's an author you have to watch out for - and thankfully, my library is doing exactly that. Though they were very late to the party with Sleeping Giants - I recall having had to special-order that one from Sacramento - they were much more on top of things getting ahold of Waking Gods. And thank God - pun intended - for that, because while the first book was a little bit of a World War Z-The Martian hybrid (of the books, that is, combining the textual-equivalent-of-found-footage style of the former and the humor of the latter), this book shifted a little closer to Brooks' book, dialing up the action and introducing strands of War of the Worlds into the book's DNA, with weapons eerily reminiscent of the Heat-Ray and the Black Smoke. (Probably because of this book, I rewatched Spielberg's movie last night for the first time in years.)
So far, there's no word on when the third book in this series will hit shelves - but it better hit shelves, especially after that ending, a cliffhanger even more weapons-grade than Neuvel's first one.
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