Review | Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Hello, readers! I hesitated to include this book in my Thriller Thursday series, but Amazon actually has it on a list of technothrillers. Who knew that technothrillers was a thing? Anybody?

**Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I do post the entire plot synopsis before my review. However, I will always recommend for Thriller Thursday reviews that you skip the plot synopsis. Thrillers are better when you go in knowing little to nothing about the plot. Happy reading!


Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.84
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count:
 320 pages
Series: Themis Files #1
Genre(s): Sci-fi, fantasy
Publisher: Del Ray
Published: April 26, 2016

Plot: A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near 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?


Review: I feel very indifferent about this book. I love sci-fi movies and TV shows, but I have not read many sci-fi books. This one was highly recommended on booktube. Basically a girl falls in to a hole and is found sitting in a giant robot hand. Years later, the same girl is part of a secret organization that is trying to find all of the pieces of the robot.

There was not enough action for me because of how the book is written. The entire book is told in interview format, so plot progresses through question and answer. The format has positives and negatives. On the one hand, the story is very easy to follow because you are reading a transcript of conversations between different characters and the Unknown Interviewer. On the other hand, the story can feel very one dimensional and boring at times because you are reading a transcript of conversations between different characters and the Unknown Interviewer. There was not enough detail, especially during some of the more action packed sequences, because the story is being told from that character’s perspective as an experience in the past, not as something happening in the story presently.

The mysterious giant robot is actually a very small part of the plot. Most of the story is driven by politics and the secret organization. My initial curiosity about the robot wore off quickly because it became an afterthought in the story. I was hoping for more about the robot and where it came from. That is my fault though because I did not know this book was part of a series when I initially added it to my TBR.

Final Thoughts: There are three reasons I would consider continuing the series: 1) the Unknown Interviewer’s identity, 2) the mysterious Mr. Burns, and 3) THAT EPILOGUE. I have read other reviews that recommend the audiobook for this series. I actually think an audiobook for the format of this book would be more entertaining, especially if there are multiple voice actors or that narrator uses different voices. Overall, I was interested in the story, but I also felt like I was never really in the story. The idea was awesome, but the execution was disappointing.

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