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

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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? -Goodreads

My Review

My Rating: 5/5

This is the best SF book I have read in a long time.

In a way, I am glad that I did not pick this book up until now as the complete trilogy is available to read! I do, wish, however, that I had read it earlier purely because of how brilliant it is.

Written in an epistolary format, this book gives a surprising depth to the main characters. They felt real, even through the pages of interviews and reports. The odd personal log helped with that, but there are very few of them (that’s not a criticism). Some of the main characters felt like tropes but then became real people very quickly; they all have motivations, desires, and will do anything to accomplish their goals – when all of the characters in a book have this, it makes for an incredible book.

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4 comments on “Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel: Book Review”

  1. I need to just pull the trigger and read this book. I’ve been going back and forth on it for quite some time and can’t seem to make myself pick it up. Great review.

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