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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Published by Del Rey on April 26, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Suspense, Technothrillers
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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?
A few months ago, Netgalley featured a scavenger hunt that led to Sleeping Giants. I was intrigued by the premise and the fact that all of the chapters are set as character interviews. A never identified government agent from an unknown agency is collaborating with scientists, military personnel, and an array of niche workers. The story opens with a young girl falling into a hole and landing on a large metal hand. That girl grows up to be a scientist who is recruited by the shadow to work on the origins of the hand. What they find could begin the next world war or open a new path for our planet.
Sleeping Giants had a very interesting plot. Between the shadowy government agency, the otherworldly influences and the uncertainty, it created a unique blend. I did like the writing of Sylvain Neuvel, however there was a connection with the reader that was a bit lacking with the interview style he chose. The pacing was spot on and the story flowed well. The world Sylvain Neuvel built in Sleeping Giants, while not super detailed, worked very well in the scope of the story. I had the same problem with the emotions that I did with the writing as the connection just wasn’t there as you saw everything through the words of the characters that they dictated. I loved the characters themselves, in Sleeping Giants; they were snarky and really went for what they wanted and while I didn’t connect deeply with them, I understood and enjoyed them.
Sleeping Giants is not what I would consider my normal type of read. I was not aware that there was a genre called Technothrillers, and would probably not have picked one up that advertised as that. I am glad that Netgalley featured it, as I did enjoy the read. The unique way the chapters were set as interviews and the still unknown at the end shadowy government agent at the center made this very entertaining. Sylvain Neuvel has this set as the beginning of a series and I will happily add the next ones to my reading list.
Favorite lines – Do I want that on my conscience? I wish I knew where this journey will take us, but I don’t. All I know is that this is bigger than me, my self-doubt, or any crisis of conscience. I now truly realize how profoundly insignificant I am compared to all this. Why does that make me feel so much better?
Biggest cliché – You saw nothing.
Have you read Sleeping Giants, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge