SO , of lately , my parents have been pressuring me to keep on reading books in order to avoid me binging on my regular TV shows. Sweet of them. In November itself I have ordered 5 books and I’m not ashamed cause i can afford it. That was mean :P. anyways , The Themis Files series was on my wishlist for sometime and i finally go my hands on it. Here is a short summary via Goodreads:
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square 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—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
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 provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.
Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.
Firstly , those who can imagine a scene happening along with the story can catch up well with the books because everything is in a dialogue format. No direct story. There are interviews ( mostly) , news reports , military logs etc etc. No direct story. So that’s what made these book attractive because they were so different from what I’ve read.
Secondly , it’s not your regular alien invasion. These are 20-something feet robots made of God knows what metal and posses some other level energy. Another reason why to love this series.
Thirdly , there are a few characters. Not like a 100. Just 10 major characters.( I didn’t count. Just made an assumption). And it hasn’t been revealed till the end who is the main interviewer is , although he reveals about his past to Rose while he is dying ( NOT GONNA TELL ANYTHING MORE !) I always imagined him as Mr. Reyes from Person Of Interest( another must see TV Show. Really Awesome !!!). Mr.Reyes can make anything happen and so does this interviewer. Anyways , so the first book pretty much tells about the discovery of all the body parts of Themis (the robot is recognized in the middle of the book) and then there is a huge setback in the middle and end (Not going to give spoiler but SOMEONE COMES BACK FROM THE DEAD !!!!)
There are 2 pilots who can control Themis. Kara , a military pilot who is able to control the hands and Vincent Couture , a linguist , who can control the lower portion but the design of Themis is such that the pilot’s knees must be reversed. Weird , I know. Couldn’t imagine that happening :P. These two later fall in love and marry. But sadly Alyssa , a geneticist , becomes successful in bringing an off spring into this world about which Kara and Vincent has no idea. In the end , a Earth Defense Corp is setup by the UN to defend Earth from the future attacks.
Book 2 is majorly about the invasion of the other robots across the world, starting with London , where Themis is successful in destroying the robot and discovering the aliens within. But the robot has already killed 4 million people by releasing a deadly gas. But 150,000 were not killed because they had alien DNA. Soon , Rose , Alyssa( who is still has guards around her cause she can’t be trusted) and the main interviewer try to find why. But the a robot appears 2 miles away from the headquarters . Not gonna say the last bit cause i get emotional. Anyways , the child of Kara and Vincent is recovered and she is able to operate the themis so that’s a really happy part. Oh , there is Mr.Burns (he suggested it ) who is suspicious af but he is the descendant of Themis’s race so he happens to know a lot !!!
This book is strong on science and perfectly defines the sci-fi genre. It has the perfect amount of everything and it keeps one at the edge of the seat because you never know what’s gonna happen next ! A perfect debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel and I’m eagerly waiting for the 3rd book , Only Human , releasing on May , 2018.
A Must read definitely ! Also do vote for it at the 9th Annual Goodreads Awards. !!!
So grab your edition and let’s chat ! Do read THE THEMIS FILES series , By Sylvain Neuvel cause it is un-put-downable.
Happy reading , Urvashi !