Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Posted April 27, 2016 | 24 Comments

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain NeuvelSleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #1
Published by: Del Rey
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher

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 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?

Giant freaking robot. Hell yeah!

I love a good science fiction with pretty much any sub-genre. While this wasn’t anything that blew my mind, Sleeping Giants is still a good sci-fi political thriller.

It does have a bit of a rough start and takes a little while to get going. The majority of the book is done in interview format, where a mysterious guy brings a team together to secretly work on a giant robot that was discovered. I don’t mind this format at all, it can actually be a lot of fun, but it was on the dull side in the beginning. It doesn’t get too technical or dense, it’s just the introduction to the characters is kind of bland. The characters personalities eventually started to shine through, though. I grew to like them all, especially Kara, a hard-ass military pilot.

Despite the slower build-up, I really got caught up in it! It was intense at times once it really got going, and had me on the edge of my seat. There’s the whole mystery about where the robot came from and what its purpose is, because this thing is massive. Not to mention several thousands of years old. One thing is for certain, it could be one hell of a weapon. Once other countries find out about it, the shit hits the fan.

Overall, I liked Sleeping Giants. There’s some drama, a dash of humor, and a lot of intrigue. And after that ending, I’m really looking forward to the next installment.

I just have to say that I totally had the image of The Iron Giant in my head before I started reading, but that image soon shifted to Jenny from My Life as a Teenage Robot. I constantly had the song ‘I Am the Robot’ from the show in my head as I read. I loved that cartoon, okay? lol!


24 responses to “Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

  1. Glad to know that after a slow start this one really picked up and sucked you in Christy! I love it when that happens:) And I’m interested in the interview format, I’ve only read something similar in the Amie Kaufman/Meagan Spooner sci-fi series, but we only got pieces of the interview in that one. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Christy

      Honestly … it’s good and an easy read, but …. *whispers* there’s better out there if it’s a genre you struggle with.

  2. I keep seeing this one and the whole giant robot thing, buried like that, has me way curious. The thousands of years old thing is kinda cool too. I want to read this one now dang it!

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  3. I am glad to see you enjoyed it – I got a copy last year during the NYCC and I should’ve read it, but as everything else once it hits the reading pile it gets lost – now it is time to shuffle! Great review!

  4. How funny! I actually like the beginning of the book a lot more than the second half. I love how differently two readers can feel about the same book. It was a neat way to tell a story but it got a little old for me before the book was done. I will probably check out the next book in the series though. Great review!

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  5. I also enjoy a god sci-fi book, although there are some sub genres I haven’t read as many books in yet. I don’t think I’ve read a sci-fi political thriller before. Not sure if the interview format would work for me though, but it does sound like an original way to tell a story.
    I had all forgotten about that cartoon, I used to quite enjoy it and saw quite some episodes from it. It was translated into dutch and it got aired here on tv.

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