Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nuevel

Publication: 4/26/2016
Series: Themis Files #1
Read: April 2018
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 5 Caffeinated Stars

5 Stars 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?

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power.” – From Goodreads description.

My thoughts:

I’m typically not a lover of Science Fiction. I almost always stick to the fantasy side of the SciFi/Fantasy spectrum, but this book sparked my interest.  I heard about this book while I still worked at the bookstore. One of my coworkers snatched the ARC when it came to us and listening to her rave about the book convinced me that I needed to buy it the second it came out. I ended up purchasing the audiobook to listen to because it has a full cast and that is always an incentive to listen to the audiobook for me.

I was not disappointed with this book. The narrators were phenomenal. The full cast really just makes this book even better. I love the mystery of the book. I really didn’t know what to expect at any time. It was fascinating to listen to this novel, and I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked by the first chapter which is rare for me.

This book is told through interviews with each character. It has a little bit of a Max Brooks World War Z feel (the book, definitely not the movie). Each interview brought out more of the story which was fun to connect all of the dots. The characters are brilliantly developed. I loved learning about their nuances and personalities. The full cast on the audiobook just made the book even better. The narrators brought the characters to life.

Sleeping Giants is going to be a book that I have to reread multiple times. I’ve read this book twice now, and I know there is a lot more to discover with each readthrough.

If you like Science Fiction this is a fantastic novel. I highly recommend it.

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