SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel [Review]



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 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—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

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

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Sleeping Giants combines strong elements of science-fiction that are reminiscent to one of my childhood films The Iron Giant. And basically most robot films, BUT this book combines a unique element by delivering the story strictly through interviews and diary entries.

Neuvel has a superb, eclectic writing style. It can be a tricky thing to  only write through diary entries and interviews, being that you limit yourself to a certain voice and tone. This also makes it more difficult to construct the world and the little details. But Neuvel handled it well, delivering details of the world and the object through dialogue without it sounding awkward.

Reading the story through interviews and the like made it easy to read, however it isn’t my favorite to read. This was my first time reading a novel like this, and I did like it, but it wasn’t a favorite. It was quick and easy, but I felt myself getting distracted at times. (Then again, I think that’s also the overall mind of a writer.)

Despite the story being told in this specific manner, I was able to connect with the characters. That was my biggest fear going into this novel–that I wouldn’t be able to make a connection with the characters, but luckily, that wasn’t the case.



I mean, if there’s a robot involved in the plot, that’s enough to get me to read it. DONE.

But seriously, the plot is an incredible quilt of familiar elements, yet when they come together, they form something beautiful and different. I have seen a few films similar to this novel, but Sleeping Giants gives us more depth than any robot film I’ve seen.

Us readers are constantly left guessing throughout the novel, wondering what’s about to happen next. And though I found some plot points to be predictable, Neuvel definitely caught me off guard with a few twists.



As I said, I was concerned with this writing style that I wouldn’t be able to connect with the characters. I certainly didn’t come away tied to their hearts as if they were alive, but I loved immersing myself into their lives. I loved learning about each character and watching their relationships unfold. I may have also (definitely) enjoyed the drama between them because #imallaboutthatfictionaldramabutnotrealdrama.

Though I must admit the interviewer was my favorite. He was mysterious, sassy, and a monster willing to do whatever it took to get the robot constructed and working. Even if it meant harming others. So yes, he was actually a terrible person, but he was extremely entertaining.



Sleeping Giants was such a fascinating read. It left me reeling for more information and answers and simply more. The sequel is already on my want-to-read list, and I’m very much looking forward to its release. I think I’ll also need to pick up physical copies of these beauties because LOOK AT THOSE COVERS.



Have you read Sleeping Giants? If so, what did you think of it? And if not, give it a read and let me know what your thoughts are!

Be sure to leave any other thoughts or comments or recommendations down below. Let me know what your favorite science-fiction novels are. I always love to unnecessarily fill my want-to-read list with books until I’m drowning, because as we know, this is the life of a book dragon.




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