The plot began 9 years after the end of Sleeping Giants and the tension is so much more evident here. As it turns out, everything that happened in Sleeping Giants is just a setup for this book and probably the last book of the planned trilogy. In the first book, the plot spend most its time figuring out the origin, politics and the mechanics to use the giant turquoise robot (now named Themis) and introducing the main characters of the series, Waking Gods built upon those foundation wonderfully.
Right from the start, the story started with an arrival of a new robot in London. Engaging, darker and intense plot with so many things going on, also imbued with many popular Sci-Fi references cameos like Neon Genesis Evangelion (which I talked about in my SG review), World of Warcraft and Star Wars, I am pleasantly surprised by the improvement in quality on this book. It was thrilling, sometimes humorous, and hard to put down. Not only we finally get to see more actions, the increasing casualty and combined with the epistolary format made this book even faster paced than before and an excellent page turner.
I’m also very happy with increasing amount of Sci-Fi elements introduced here because I find the first book to be scarce of them. Don’t be afraid though, they’re all so well written and easy to understand, especially the discussion about DNA in this book was so interesting imo.
I had a bit of a problem with the Epistolary format, I find the characters lacked of emotions and really hard to empathize with. I was proven wrong with this installment. The characters development over the first book is fantastic; this is due to the help of well written letters and personal journal entry that served as a substitute for the missing narrative. We finally get to see the characters personality development, changes, and emotions unlike before. The Nameless Interviewer specifically, we finally get to see more about him and his background.
“I came to realize that good and evil were out of my reach, that time was the only thing I had any control over. I could buy time, create intervals. I could not truly make the world a better place, but I could make part of it a better place for a short while.”
The only problem I had with the book lies in its action sequences. Although the plot is thrilling and this book has plenty of actions compared to before, we still never get to really ‘see’ the battle cause everything is told through dialogues and that had me disappointed. Hopefully the next book in the series could fix this part somehow without changing its story format.
Despite that, overall, Waking Gods is a great sequel that improves upon everything from its predecessor. I definitely recommend this for any lover of Sci-Fi and Giant Robots who's looking for a unique fast paced read.