The Blonde Bookworm: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel -- Review

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel -- Review

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Pages: 304
Publishing: April 26th 2016 by Del Rey
ISBN: 1101886692


A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The MartianSleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

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?


Sleeping Giants was a very unique reading experience. The book was made up of interviews and journal entries to create one story. The interviewer was unknown to the reader throughout the entirety of the novel and I thought it added a little extra mystery. I loved how the interviews gave the reader just enough information to know what was going on, but still left out enough to leave the reader wanting more. 

I believe the unusual writing style gave the reader a chance to get to know the characters on a more personal level. I throughly enjoyed getting to know their thoughts, feelings, and why they chose certain actions. There were a few portions of the story that slowed down a bit in the middle, but for the most part, it was extremely well written and fast paced. I was flipping pages like a mad woman at the end! 

Sleeping Giants was a unique, fast paced read that really made me stretch the boundaries of my normal reading style. I enjoyed the different writing techniques and loved how the author toyed around with the amount of information given to the reader. I highly enjoyed Sleeping Giants and look forward to picking up Waking Gods when it releases in April. Hurry up April! I would highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and sci-fi books. 

Rating 4/5 

1 comment:

  1. I've heard a lot of positive things about this one, but I don't think I've seen anyone mention that it's composed of interviews and journal entries! I love epistolary novels, so that's just one more reason to read it. As a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi, I feel like I need to get my hands on this ASAP! :D


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