25 Nov 2022

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays introduces readers who are unfamiliar with the Adult SF/F genre to books, authors, and discussions all about the vast expanse of the world of Adult SF/F!


Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #1
Source: Audible
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: April 26, 2016

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped 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 - the object's origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history's most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
Content Warning: Medical content, body horror, death, car accident, injury, confinement, sexual content, sexual violence, force institutionalism, vomit, war, ableism, misogyny, xenophobia, kidnapping, torture

Sleeping Giants
I really enjoyed this and think the audiobook highlighted the story overall. The full cast made this story that much better since we got to hear everyone's thoughts and opinions from the nuanced voices of the characters. I felt like a fly on the wall reading this and I loved that!

An interesting mix of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Pacific Rim, with much less science and technology and much more politics. I really enjoyed learning about the giants robots and how they functioned. I do have questions about the "missing" case files since this is spread amongst a number of them, but there are some missing in the sequence.

I know this is a trilogy, but I still wish this had a bit more of a satisfying conclusion. It was a little too open for me. But if you enjoy SciFi and stories told through interviews/transcripts/pieces, then this is for you.

Waking Gods
I really enjoyed this one and liked that it started with a time skip. I also literally laughed out loud that the one character is named after an neon genesis evangelion character. I still loved this as an audiobook and think this is made to be listened to. The full cast is amazing.

I loved the way this built upon the original story and gave us more worldbuilding, especially outside of the characters. I'm so glad that even when the world is supposed to "come together," there is still a lot of power plays with the government agencies. I think this is a pretty super realistic approach to what would happen.

I'm excited to see what happens in book three!

Only Human
Wow, wow, wow! This was such a good conclusion to this series! Another huge time skip, but such great political commentary and I loved the further worldbuilding of the aliens. I loved everything about this entire series and it's definitely one I will be recommending to everyone.

Have you read this series? What was your favourite part?

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