Series: Themis Files #1
Published by Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey
Published on April 26th 2016
Genres: Aliens, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Source: Net Galley
World War Z meets The Martian. This inventive first novel will please devoted fans of sci-fi as well as literary readers hoping a smart thriller will sneak up on them.
17 years ago: A girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today: She is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. A swift and spellbinding tale told almost exclusively through transcriptions of interviews conducted by a mysterious and unnamed character, this is a unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts.
This was tagged as World War Z meets The Martian, well I watched World War Z but I didn’t read nor watch The Martian, so I only have WWZ as my point to compare it with. Honestly, I am unsure how accurate the movie was to the book, so let’s trash that comparison.
What I Liked
- Book Format
I like the interview format of the book, as well as the journal entries. It makes for a fast read.
- Kara Resnik
I love her character. She may be brash, but she’s real. She does not take bullshit from anyone, and she’s a freaking pilot! Isn’t that awesome?
- The Mysterious Interviewer
All throughout the book, there’s this mysterious person who conducts interviews to everyone that is part of the project. Nobody knows his name, but he is so powerful, that even the president of the United States listen to him. He is quite scary, if you ask me.
I don’t believe for a second that we are the only living beings in the whole-freaking-humongous-universe. The idea that so many years ago, when humans have no idea what fire was, there were beings that assembled these giant robots that glows. Kind of reminds me of The Iron Giant, don’t you agree?
What didn’t really work for me
- Too much jargon. While I love science, I don’t like being thrown too much information. I felt like I had to cram so much in my head in a short period of time. It felt like studying for a long exam the next day. I guess, that put me off into finishing the book right away.
Overall, the plot was very interesting, and it will make your very curious about what everything is about. If you’re a huge science buff and you like conspiracy theories, I’d say that you would totally love this book. The ending was a bit of a shock to me, but it’s enough to make me want to continue on with the series.
Quotes that jumped at me:
I honestly believe that what we are doing is much more important than going to the moon, or getting our hands on a few barrels of oil.
If you are a scientist you believe that it is good to find out how the world works; that it is good to find out what the realities are; that it is good to turn over to mankind at large the greatest possible power to control the world and to deal with it according to its lights and its values.
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