DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Following up right where last year's smash hit Sleeping Giants left off, this book doesn't miss a beat. After discovering there were more robots that suddenly appeared on Earth, the team of scientists aren't quite sure how to approach them. And then the robot in London does something that changes everything.
I admit the above synopsis is short, but this book is so full of twists, turns, and out-of-nowhere kablams! that I couldn't really describe much more than that. If you read Sleeping Giants, read this. If you haven't, don't read this. Instead go pick up a copy of it first because it is absolutely critical to have a good understanding of what happens in that book before tackling this one.
Told in the familiar interview, journal entry, and transcript format, this book basically takes everything that was great about the first book and makes it better. At the conclusion of Sleeping Giants, Neuvel left the reader with quite the huge cliffhanger. I won't spoil it, but this is one prime example of him going the extra mile in this book. You'll definitely want to make sure and read the epilogue. Wink, wink.
My only criticism of this book was the same critique I had with the first book. Halfway through, the interview format gets a little monotonous. I feel like this book could have been edited to cut out 20 pages. But the beginning and ending are a non-stop thrill ride that'll leave the reader desperately searching for an advance copy of book three. (Please tell me there will be a book three!)
Overall, this is a solid science-fiction (science-fact) book that really reads like a hard sci-fi novel. Neuvel has clearly done his homework and just like The Martian, the reader has to keep up with all the science being tossed around. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. The plot is incredibly original and serves as a breath of fresh air in a genre that can, at times, become stale.
Neuvel is clearly one of the next big things in sci-fi. I am curious to read something by him in a non-interview format, but I have no doubt he will excel at that also. So I'll just sit back, sip on my coffee, and wait impatiently for the next book. Thanks Sylvain, for that cliffhanger...
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