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Review: SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain NeuvelSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #1
Also in this series: Waking Gods
Published by Del Rey on April 21st, 2016
Pages: 394
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers
Also by this author: Waking Gods
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"This stellar debut novel ... masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction." -Kirkus Reviews The Themis Files is a deeply human story about a world-changing alien discovery. 17 years ago, a young girl named Rose fell through the ground in the Black Hills and found herself in an underground chamber filled with gleaming symbols, lying in the palm of a giant metal hand. Now a physicist, Rose leads a research team struggling to determine the hand's origins. When another giant limb is discovered, Rose quickly devises a method for unearthing the hidden pieces, convinced there is an entire body out there waiting to be found. Halfway around the globe, Kara watches helplessly as her helicopter shuts down over a pistachio field in Turkey. That'll leave a mark, but she's about to crash her way into what might be the greatest endeavor in human history. This is a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts. Written as a series of interview transcripts, journal entries and mission logs, The Themis Files tells the tale of a handful of people whose lives are inexorably linked by the discovery of an alien device and the commotion that follows.

This was such a fun read. I am sad I read it because NOW I have to wait over a year for the sequel. This had such imagination and I loved the concept. It is a pretty addictive read right from the start. In the beginning a young girl finds a giant hand. This is the first piece of what is actually a metal type of giant. Years later that woman leads a team to find the rest of the parts to put it all together. Told in a series of interviews with an unnamed narrator, this book was an addictive read. We meet so many interesting characters and the story takes us all over the world.

I have a hard time picking favorites for this book. I loved so much about this story. Although the formatting for this book was different, I had no problem following along. The interviewer’s identity was the most intriguing. At first this person is just talking about the characters, and then they are interacting with each player interview style. As they get more comfortable with him, (or her), we get to know the players more intimately. Each of them has an interesting story to tell. The interviewer’s identity is never revealed, but I quickly came to realized this person knows more than anyone about the machine.

Honestly, so much happens in the course of this book. Each piece builds upon itself. To say more would just give the story away. I liked this book too much to spoil it for you. The pacing of this story was nothing short of brilliant. We go all over the world, but the main focus is on the machine, which is incredibly imaginative. It is not as far fetched as some science fiction. Indeed, it was easy to imagine this story in a reality. The politics and bureaucratic bullshit that influence the story were very easy to relate to in these times.

This is fantastical science fiction that I want everyone to read. I cannot wait for the sequel. I highly recommend this!

My Rating

The Themis Files

About Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).

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