Book Review

SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel

Rating: 3.5 / 5

SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel was the September book for the Deep Dark Reads buddy read on Instagram. It is also a book that has been on my shelf and my TBR for quite some time (#readwhatyouown) and it’s a fantasy book for the #hookedonfantasy challenge!

Rose Franklin gets a new bike for her birthday and is so excited to take it out riding once all her party guests go home. Unfortunately not all goes smoothly and she winds up down a mysterious hole, resting in the palm of a giant metal hand. Jumping forward seventeen years, Rose is now a physicist leading a team of scientists to find the hand’s origin.

The story is told in a unique format, with Rose and other characters participating in interviews with an unnamed person about their role in the quest to uncover the hand’s history and secrets. I was unable to get this book on audio in time for the buddy read, but I gather the audio is very well done and I think I might have enjoyed this format a bit better in audio. I do think that the author did well at distinguishing the voices of each character, but the format did leave me feeling a little detatched without background narrative.

The story itself is a fun one as they explore the possibilities of the hand and all that comes with it. From concerns about safety, government cover ups and internal conflicts among colleagues, there is a lot going on in the story. At times I did lose track of how much time was passing in the story until a stray comment here or there noted the lapse of time, but I didn’t feel this overall took away from the story.

This was a great read and I blasted through it in a single day (which was a good thing since I didn’t start it until the day before our buddy read chat). This is book one in the Themis Files series and I definitely will be continuing on with the series, likely picking it up on audio for the next book.

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