Review: Sleeping Giants

Source: Goodreads

Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files
Publisher: Del Rey

My Rating:

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?

I found the plot to this to be quite original. At least I haven't heard anything like it before. The idea of aliens leaving behind some sort of robot intrigued me from the beginning and that's what drove me to pick up this book.

I absolutely loved where the author took the plot and how he introduced new characters, settings and major events without relying on prose. Yes, this book is told entirely through interviews and jornal entries with the occasional military report. I have been seeing a growth in books written this way since illuminae and I'm really enjoying this trend.

The author was able to make "Sleeping Giants" addictive without ever becoming boring. I was always craving for more and kept thinking about it throughout my days. Oh, and the ending was on point!

"Sleeping Giants" takes place majorly in the United States but it does go around the globe briefly. To be honest the setting only becomes important when it comes to the political intrigues that take place during the book, because most of it is the characters, their bonds and their discoveries. Don't get me wrong though, everything wraps up nicely to make the perfect storyline. You can read this book and focus more on the intrigues or like me, you can read it and focus on the characters.

I really love the characters, they took the story to another place.

Rose Franklin - She's the little girl at the beginning of the book that falls into the hand. She later becomes the head scientist in the research team studying the hand. She is so freaking lovely you have no idea. She cares about her team and doesn't have a problem creating a relationship with them.

Kara Resnik - She is my second favorite character is this book. She is fierce, borderline savage really. She doesn't take up shit from anyone and she doesn't need rescue. She's pretty much fearless and if she has a job to do she simply does it even if a bit recklessly. She gets shit done.

Ryan Mitchell - I really didn't like Ryan. At first he was ok but then he became a little too...weird. I can't really put my finger on why though.

The Interviewer - My favorite of them all. He has a Agent Smith (matrix) vibe to him. He is to the point and takes no shit from anyone. He will get you to do what he wants, when he wants it and how he wants it. He doesn't get emotionally involved, like ever. He only cares to see the job done. He never gets violent because he doesn't need to be. He has people who will do it for him. He moves all the strings and he can get almost anything you can imagine. You don't know his name and you don't need to know it. All you need to do it what he says.

I freaking loved this book! The plot was amazing, the characters were amazing, I was always on the edge of my seat and let me tell you I didn't even mind the cliffhanger and the end (I actually believe it was necessary for the wow factor).

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and books like Illuminae.
So, what’s that simple truth I’ve been hiding from? It’s not that I’m building a weapon. It’s not even that it’ll kill people. That’s just a matter of time. What I’ve been trying so hard to deny is that I’m loving every minute of it. As much as I’d like to be principled enough to walk away from this, I’m having the time of my life. I’m a scientist, and this is what I breathe for. If I can learn to live with that, I might be able to sleep again.
I tried to find out what Oppenheimer’s thoughts were while it was all happening. He had this to say in 1945:“But when you come right down to it the reason that we did this job is because it was an organic necessity. If you are a scientist you cannot stop such a thing. 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.”

Seriously... go read this book.

1 comment

  1. I'm in need of a book with an original plot! I'll have to check this one out! :) Wonderful review.