I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #1
Published by Penguin on 21st April 2016
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-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?
This novel is formed through sets of interviews, logs and reports. While the interviewees vary throughout, the interviewer remains the same – anonymous, high powered individual.
When Rose Franklin falls into a crater as a child, she has no idea of the impact it will have on her life and the world as a whole. She landed on a giant, ancient, glowing hand – a hand that appears to be missing the rest of its body.
There is a lot of information in this book. I could imagine it being a bit much for some readers, but generally I enjoyed the information. I also enjoy a good mystery and there are definitely numerous questions waiting to be answered in this book. For this reason, I’m not going into the plot in this post, just some general thoughts on the novel.
I was slightly concerned that as the story is told through interview transcripts and logs I wouldn’t connect with the characters. I was wrong though; I think you get a pretty decent feel of the characters of the main players in this book.
Personally, I really enjoyed the first third of the book. However, for me, there was a bit of a dip in the second third. I enjoyed the ending though and it has definitely left me wanting to read on in this series.
All-in-all a good read and I look forward to book two.
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