Title: Sleeping Giants
Author : Sylvain Neuvel
Series: The Themis Files #1
Genres: Science Fiction
Publication Date: April 2016
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-shaped 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 – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
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 relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery, and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
It is told in the form of a series of interviews, journal entries and mission logs. The interviews are all conducted by the same nameless probable CIA agent. Personally I like this sort of storytelling as it allows the reader to infer what is happening in the characters lives which allows for some grey areas.
I really enjoyed this book, it is a quick read and full of action at every turn, in fact I found it pretty difficult to put down and stayed up far too late last night because of it. The characters of Rose and her team are very well developed and believable and even the unnamed secret service man orchestrating it all appears to be a plausible character. The characters with the exception of Rose where not particularly likeable, they are all pretty driven and almost obsessive people which makes them perfectly suited to the job they have to do. I wouldn’t want to hang out with them however.
There are lots of info-dumps in this book which some people have slated this book for, but I never found the amount of information overwhelming or dull. I think that it is all told in dialogue seems to make the information more palatable.
This book would make a fabulous movie, and as Sony pictures have bought the movie rights I guess I am not alone in thinking that. I loved the ending, it was totally unexpected and leads us onto the possibilities of the next book. Sleeping Giants is part one of a series and part two of the Themis files was recently published (and I am about half way through review to follow soon).
It has already been published in many different counties and in many diverse languages and covers. My personal favourite is the Spanish edition, with the hand, which also features on the authors website.
If you enjoy Sci Fi or any type of speculative fiction then this is probably the book for you. It has a very interesting premise and is well executed and a quick read.
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About the Author
Canadian Sylvain Neuvel has had a varied career including obtaining a PHD in Linguistics and also working as software engineer and this is his debut novel.