Title: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1)
By: Sylvain Neuvel
Published: April 26th 2016
By: Del Rey
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.
“Family has a way of bringing out the worst in people. Every people.”
This book is so difficult to explain, I think it’s the way it’s written through files where an unnamed man interviews a number of people which makes it so complicated to explain.
I consider the book quite entertaining at first and also very original, what I like the most is the mystery aura that invades the reading all the time, I had the feeling of restlessness and intrigue that was super interesting to experience, I liked that fact.
I feel that I would like to have been able to know more deeply the characters, since now that I have finished I don’t really feel that I have cared for any of them, on the other hand I understand that perhaps this hasn’t been possible due to the way in that is written, which doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, I think it’s great just this time it was weird for me, in fact the ending was pretty good but I still end up with more questions than answers
“I never understood why people use words they do not understand.”
I confess that I expected more from this reading, I thought I would love it, but although I have enjoyed it, it hasn’t been unforgettable for me,I expected a little more action but I feel that the plot is very focused on political and military talks , so I feel a little disappointed, but I can see how this book isn’t for everyone, based on its original format surely there will be satisfied people and people not satisfied with it. Personally I have felt a bit overwhelmed and a litlle bit lost in the middle, and from there I started to understand that maybe it’s just not for me or it’s not the kind of readings that I enjoy the most. In general I like dialogues a lot, but I understand how descriptions of places, personalities and others stuffs are equally important.
So I would recommend this book for those people who love to read science fiction, since it has a centralized plot on it,you will surely enjoy it, and for those who want to try a new style of format to read.
It was a heavy read for me and I really questioned if I would end it, but I forced myself to finish it because I wanted to give you all a complete opinion about the whole book.
I’m not sure that I’m going to be interested in continuing with the second book, maybe at some other time in my life I want to try again with this, maybe try the audio format, maybe I change my mind, but for now I know It’s not the type of reading for me, but I still really hope it’s for you.
PS: That cover is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen