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

Sleeping Giants ( Themis Files 1) by Sylvain Neuvel

A Sci Fi novel that I read after a long time. It somehow reminded me of Michael Crichton’s ” Sphere” though both are completely different.

When she was 14, Rose Franklin discovers a giant hand near her hometown in deadwood, South Dakota. Seventeen years later, now as a highly trained physicist, Rose and her top secret team try to find more about the hand. As the research continues, they find more body parts and eventually build a giant robot.

A giant robot buried in the Earth? Probably several years ago ? And it’s technically Advanced and stronger than any weapon available on the Earth ? ( This is the part that reminded of ” sphere” )

How is it possible ? Aliens ? Time travel ? Now that the giant robot is found, how will world react to it ?This is what sleeping Giants is about and It is an incredible read throughout.

The book is narrated in a very unconventional way. It’s told through a series of interviews, reports , journal entries etc. In other words, the book is 100% dialogue. I’ve never read books of this kind. I was initially skeptical, however I enjoyed reading it and I felt that this type of narrative indeed helped to keep up the pace. For the most of the book,an unknown interviewer questions the characters in the book. Though I felt in the beginning that the interviewer is a narscisstic ass, he/she ended up being my favorite character. I also loved the other characters in the book ( Especially Rose and Kara).

I listened to the Audiobook version of the book which was performed by the full cast and in my opinion it is a great rendition. I totally recommend it.

I heard that this book is going to be made into a movie and I’m pretty excited for it. I started the second book of this series ( Waking Gods) as soon as I finished this one and I ll be posting a review soon.

Overall Sleeping Giants is a great Sci-Fi novel written in a unique style and it’s an amazing start for the Themis files series.

4.5/5 Stars

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  1. I like that this book is written in the form of journal entries and notes. Some of Meg Cabot’s books are written entirely as emails and I loved all those books. Jane Austen did it too, in Lady Susan–the book is entirely letters between the characters in it. Nice review!

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    1. Shruti, I’m reading this kind for the first time and I loved it..As it’s a science fiction , the way of narration suited the genre very well..let me know if you read it ! 🙂

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