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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants


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by Sylvain Neuvel

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Quick take

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

Why I love it

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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Member ratings (1,116)

  • Amy S.

    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

  • Beththena J.

    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.

  • Tasha E.

    Chagrin Falls, OH

    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.

  • Caroline C.

    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.

  • Adrienne T.

    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!

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