Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #1
Publisher: Del Rey
Published April 26th, 2016
Genres: Sci-fi, Fantasy
Pages: 320
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped 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 – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

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 relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21I heard this book was amazing and even tho I’m not the biggest fan of sci-fi, I had to try it because, to be honest, the synopsis did sound pretty interesting… Well, I never thought I would love a sci-fi so much! This was IN-CRE-DI-BLE!

This book is often compared with The Martian, but in my opinion, there’s not much in common between them. They are both amazing sci-fi books, but plot-wise, they couldn’t be more different. But they do have one thing in common, they both give the feeling of how tiny we are on the scheme of things.

But for me, the best thing about this book is the tenuous line between reality and fiction. There’s a lot of political intrigues, history, and a complex mystery in it, that made it absolutely gripping!

Sleeping Giants is told in interviews, conversations, and logs (well, this one is actually kinda like The Martian). These files are called The Themis Files and they document the discovery of alien technology. This technologic is nothing short of amazing, it’s dangerous, complex and way beyond our understanding. Yet, that will never stop mankind, right? They try and try to make it work, to be able to use it, if not for more, to make a statement. But things not always go right…

We get to see everything from different POVs, through interviews. Some characters are more known to us, others less, but no matter what, they are all engaging, interesting and complex to understand. The author does an amazing job at keeping you interested and everything has a hint of mystery in it. I really enjoy our mystery man, which we know little about (hence the mystery, duh) and Kara Resnik – she is a very strong woman, very stubborn and sarcastic but very loyal and attentive when needed. She is just incredible!

There’s a lot of scientific and military terms in this book, which are generally explained without making me feel bored. I think the writing style really worked in making it interesting and a bit faster. It creates a lot of questions, especially morally. There are some atrocious things happening that really break one’s heart, and many are true, which makes it even more impactful. How much would we give for the supposed greater good? How many lives is it worth? It’s just very intense and profound and definitely created an impact on me.

I can’t say I wasn’t expecting the end… I mean, for sure a lot of surprises appeared but one particular part I was expecting, or rather hoping…? Well, either way, I couldn’t be happier and I can’t wait to continue with this fabulous, creative and extremely complex story! Highly recommended!

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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