Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

25733990 Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Characters. I enjoyed all of the different characters that Neuvel created. However, I felt like I did not get to really know them because of the format. I'm looking forward to learning more about the nameless interrogator in the next novel! 

Plot. Neuvel crafted an interesting plot that stands out in the science fiction genre, it felt original but this is coming from someone who rarely reads the genre.  

Twists. The novel delivered some interesting plot twists, it even had some at the start of it and it keep finding ways to shock the reader. I was able to guess some of the bigger plot twists but some caught me by surprise. 

What I Disliked:

Format. It should me no surprise that I was a huge fan of the novel formatting. I do not like the interview or text format in novels, and the only reason I finally picked this series up was based on the interesting plot. At least this time the novel did not include any text messages. I recommend checking out on audiobook, it fits the interview format better than physically reading it. 

I recommend checking out this uniquely formatted science fiction novel, it had a intense plot, interesting characters, and great twists.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars

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