Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Del Rey; Stated first edition. edition (April 26, 2016)
Reading Sara Rating: 6/10 (this is not a bad number – this was a good book!)
Reading Sara Review: Sometimes I am in the mood for a fun sci-fi book, and this one certainly hit the mark. It was a part of my Book of the Month Club subscription (more on that in another post), so is something that I likely would not have picked up otherwise.
Describing this book is difficult because it is part mystery, part sci-fi, part thriller – but above all, just interesting. The entire book is written in an interview format, with an unknown interviewer making recordings of his conversations with people involved in finding mysterious artifacts around the world.
It all begins with Rose, who falls into a deep hole while riding her bike. When she is pulled out, it is revealed that she was sitting on a giant metal hand with intricate carvings that glow. Many years later, Rose is a physicist who leads a secret team charged with discovering what the hand means and if there are others like it.
This is an easy book to get sucked into. Because of the interview format, the chapters fly by. Some of the drama is taken away from the reader because you are reading things after they occur as people re-tell them during the interview. That did not change the intrigue for me. I still found myself eagerly turning the pages to find out what happened next.
For those who are not completely on board with science fiction reading, this is a good place to start. It isn’t about the alien-robot, it is really about the people and the choices that everyone makes. The sci-fi portion felt a little more teaser-esque to me – because there is a great mystery that surrounds the entire book. What are these body parts and what will they do? Who put them there? Who has a right to them? And furthermore, who is this interviewer and why is he so invested in the outcome?
Waking Gods is the second book, which will come out in April of 2017, and I’ll add it to my list to dive deeper into this unknown world, where hopefully we will start getting some answers!