Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files
Rating: 5/5 stars
The Overview: 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?. – Goodreads
Hello! This is my first review of 2018, I have finally put my foot down and am making a conscious effort to finish a book a week and post a new review every Sunday! So when searching for a book the first place I went was the “Best of 2017” on Goodreads. The winner of the Sci-Fi category was ‘Artemis’ by Andy Weir, don’t get me wrong, I will read that book but I want to read ‘The Martian’ first. Second on this list was this book, ‘Sleeping Giants’ by Sylvain Neuvel. Typically, before I choose to read a book I always do a ton of research on the author. To my shock, Mr. Neuvel was releasing ‘Sleeping Giants’ as his debut novel. I may be biased because he is Canadian so reading this book became a no-brainer. An aside to this, the title caught my eye as well as I reside in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada where we have a natural landmark called ‘The Sleeping Giant’. Pretty cool because once you’ve read this book, I could only start pretending in my mind that our Sleeping Giant could be Themis.
To the book, all I can say is WOW. The style of the chapter formats is really fun to read, the entire book is presented in the format of interviews, news articles, transcripts and journal entries. The character development is so inventive that it sucks you in does not give you any time to even want to put it down. Every time I think about this book or describe it to someone I just think to myself what an epic movie this could be a-la Pacific Rim. Having a degree in Anthropology myself, the themes presented in this book are so exciting to see on paper in Sci-Fi, especially with the Linguistic side of things. Remember, this is HIS DEBUT NOVEL.
I really don’t like to write reviews and present spoilers, but if you read the Goodreads overview it basically covers the excitement the book builds. There is a sense of mystery, lots of science (but not too much), a twist involving government conspiracy theories, an odd man with a god-complex, complex characters and lots of goofy humour. The format really helps the characters build themselves, your not relying on a narrator or a third party to build these characters in your mind, they do it for you.
One item that leaves so many questions open to me are the File #’s, if I were to ask Mr. Neuvel one question, it would be, whose story haven’t we read and how much more of the story has been left untold.
If…., NO, WHEN, you read this book, because you really should cause it’s amazing, also consider the audiobook, I have not yet myself listened to the audiobook, but I am making it my first audiobook of 2018 (even though I’ve already read the book). Apparently, the audiobook has a cast of voice actors rather than one person just narrating the novel, which with this book I can only imagine how epic it must be.
I’m going to end here because I could literally keep going on forever why I give this book 5-stars. I immediately started reading ‘Waking Gods’ which is the second book in the Themis Files, which, trust me this series is amazing and the second book also does not disappoint! Please let me know your thoughts and like and share as it means a lot as I am just trying to get started!!!