Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants


Title: Sleeping Giants

Author: Sylvain Neuvel

Publication Date: April 2016

Genre: Sci-Fi




A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping 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?

My Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Destiny for suggesting we buddy read this together. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. I’ve had several people recommend this to me after I read and loved the Illuminae Files. They said this was similar. While it does have some similarities, I think comparing it to the Illuminae Files was a disservice. I went into this book expecting the format to be like Illuminae when the only similarity is that it’s told in interviews which is great, but I was expecting more so that was a little bit of a disappointment to me.

 As for the story itself, I really enjoyed it. I feel like the relationships took over the story though. I didn’t hate the relationships, but it wasn’t balanced enough for me with everything else going on. I feel like the characters were well developed. There was a good bit of science/math that went over my head but luckily it didn’t take over the book too much. 

I was shocked by the ending, and I definitely want to continue on with the series because I need to know what is going to happen.



6 thoughts on “Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

  1. This sounds like a cool read. I’ve only read The Test and I have another book by Sylvain Neuvel (a history of what comes next… I think? not sure this is the title) on my TBR. I’m curious about this one. Nice review, Misty!

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