Sleeping Giants

Everything about Sleeping Giants was fantastic:

  • The premise. Eleven-year-old girl falls in a hole and ends up discovering a giant metal hand built by aliens thousands of years older than human civilization. Years later, she becomes a physicist, and by complete coincidence gets assigned to lead a top-secret NSA project studying the hand.
  • The format. The book’s story is told through a series of interview transcripts, journal entries, and military/government radio chatter logs. No omniscient narration, only the records from primary sources. It makes you feel like part of the story, as if you were a researcher on the trail of the story yourself.
  • The characters. One character, the helicopter pilot Kara, is a little stereotypical (bad-girl-with-attitude). She’s the only one. Everybody else is complex and well-rounded and imperfect enough to love (or hate, as appropriate). The character who acts as the main thread, the who conducts all the interviews and seems to be pulling all the strings behind the project, is never named or described and provides a wonderful mystery to puzzle over. Who is he? What’s his story? Will we find out in the sequels?
  • The cover art. Totally superficial, but a well-designed cover is so satisfying to look at, don’t you agree?

This is the first book in a series called the Themis Files. I got wind of it while looking at upcoming 2018 releases—the third book, Only Human, will be coming out on May 1st. I read the synopsis for that book (and the overall series) and thought it sounded so interesting that I wasted no time in tracking down book 1. I’ll now be picking up book 2 as soon as I can, and waiting eagerly for May so I can find out how the story ends.

Sleeping GiantsSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: The Themis Files #1
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 320
Reading Challenge Category: A book with song lyrics in the title
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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?

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