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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Sylvain Neuvel, on your first book!

by Sylvain Neuvel

Quick take

Like The Martian, this is a fun, fast-paced novel about man's hopes for the future.

Why I love it

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Attention, people who like fun! This remarkable debut has everything you could need: Action, science, adventure, romance, and intrigue - it's like reading a summer blockbuster! The history of the Earth as mankind knows it is about to be shaken to the core in this wildly imaginative sci-fi thriller.

Seventeen Years Ago: A young girl takes her new birthday bike out for a ride. When she fails to return, a search team is sent out and they find her eventually, way down the bottom of a large hole... sitting in the palm of a giant silver' hand. (Yikes!)

Present day: Humans have been unable to figure out where the giant hand came from, and its existence is still kept a secret from the general population. But a team of scientists in a secret underground research facility is about to make a breakthrough that will change everything, and a few military officers are about to boldly go where no man - or woman - has gone before.

The story is told through transcripts of interviews led by a mysterious unnamed person from a shady government agency. (The technique provides a reading experience loosely similar to the fictional oral history that Max Brooks uses in World War Z.) Whoever the mystery interviewer is, they seem to have more knowledge and access than anyone else who is working on the project, and as the book goes along, a hidden agenda will emerge.

Holy cats, what fun! Neuvel delivers an action-packed adventure full of heroes, antiheroes, humor and love. One my favorite things about this book is that it's so wonderfully realized and detailed, it was easy to find myself imagining something like this actually happening. There are no guarantees that mankind actually knows everything about our existence here on Earth. Like The Martian, this is a fun, fast-paced novel about man's hopes for the future. I had a blast reading it - I hope you enjoy the journey, too.

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  • Portland, OR

    I think the audio is the best form for this collection of oral files, but the source material is fresh, creative and ‘hard’ sci-fi with fab interpersonal storytelling. similarities to BattlestarGalact

  • Louisville, KY

    I absolutely loved the way this book was written entirely in the form of journal entries and interviews. Intriguing, intelligent, and quick paced sci-fi page turner! I can't wait for the second book.

  • Columbus, OH

    I really liked this book. I was so intrigued by the shady figure running the show in the background. The ending had me back on track and hooked for the next books. The characters were lacking though.

  • Sayreville, NJ

    Loved this! It reads as a long case file where you are the covert operative that has to piece together what happened after the fact. Science fiction with a bit of mythology and a secret agent feel.

  • Hilliard, OH

    This book was slow at first, but takes off quickly! They mystery surrounding these objects being found all over the globe draws you in, and the characters involved make the story that much better!

  • Overland Park, KS

    I loved the way that this was written and the fact that we don't know who the person is that is questioning everyone involved in the project. It moved fast and I can't wait to read the next one.

  • Kansas City, MO

    LOVED IT - not sure what I expected, but this book exceeded any expectations I had. Captivating mystery, interesting character, real world consequences. Sci-fi. It's all here, and all done well.

  • Chico, CA

    I couldn't put this down! The writing mechanics of this book made it easy to follow along, it had a vastly compelling story, and was an incredibly satisfying story. I can't wait for the sequel!

  • Somerville, MA

    Let's just say the second book in the series is the first hardback book I've purchased from Amazon in years. As a non-sci-fi person, this book was interesting and in the realm of believablity.

  • Berlin, PA

    Some of the aspects of the workings of the machine were hard to visualize, but the story moved along and kept me engaged. Plus the epilogue made me intrigued for the next book in the series.

  • Opelousas, LA

    Great sci-fi appealed to both the nerd and thrill-seeker in me! Sci-fi is not my favorite genre, but this book kept me intrigued for the length of the book. Preordered the sequel!

  • Gainesville, FL

    love, Love, LOVE! This book was excellent. One of my favorites so far this year. I loved the style of writing, no fluff to bore you. Loved the characters, witty. Book 2 was also excellent.

  • Kansas City, MO

    his is a very creative si-fi novel written in an interview style (similar to World War Z in form). I loved the story and the characters, so I'm excited for the second book in the series!

  • Colchester, CT

    I could not put this book down! Who is the interviewer? Where did the hand come from? And the cliffhanger ending?? So much mystery and unanswered questions...can't wait for the sequel!

  • Dublin, OH

    Really great start to the series. Uncommon writing style, telling the story through interviews and character logs/diaries. Really looking forward to the final installment this year.

  • Bremerton, WA

    One of my favorite sci-fi books. Thanks to BOTM i've read the whole series and loved everyone. This series gets better and better. interesting writing style that makes for fast read

  • Manchester, NH

    I loved how the story was told through a series of interviews and documents. There's a twist at the end that made me so excited to pick up the next in the series when it comes out!

  • Chicago, IL

    I almost never read sci-fi, but I was so pleased with this book. It's sharp, fantastical, and imaginative and I was totally enthralled start to finish. That cliff-hanger, though.

  • Yorba Linda, CA

    Not usually one for sci-fi, but I really enjoyed this story. The presentation was interesting, the characters were captivating, and the story was both interesting and relatable.

  • Atlanta, GA

    I would never categorize myself as a sci-fi fan, but I could not put this book down! I just had to know more about this mysterious giant, and the humans putting it together.

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