Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1)
by Sylvain Neuvel
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?
4.5 of 5 Stars
I absolutely adored this story which is a bit strange for me since I never really connected with any specific character. Unlike most of the books I’ve been reading this was very plot driven. The whole story plays out through a number of interviews and personal diaries which I found incredibly refreshing in style. Instead of getting a play by play of some events often things were described only after through intense interviews or oral journals that each character kept. While I didn’t really connect completely with any specific character I did really enjoy each of them for different reasons. They each fit in with the mystery and thriller aspect of the story perfectly.
I read an ebook copy of this but I’ve heard that the ebook is even better because it plays out more like actually hearing each interview rather than reading them as documents. I’m definitely curious and will probably check this out while I wait impatiently for book 2, Waking Gods which will be released in April of 2017. Overall I highly recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction, thrillers, conspiracy theories, or alternatively formatted books. I also encourage book clubs to give this a shot because of the wealth of topics related to government and politics that could arise. I’d love to sit down with someone and discuss how we might handle some of the situations and crisis that arise throughout the story.
Big thanks to Ballantine Books for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.