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An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power. A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at tAn inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power. A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square 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—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.   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 provenance of relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?  Advance praise for Sleeping Giants  “This stellar debut novel . . . masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. . . . A page-turner of the highest order.”—Kirkus Reviews“Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, Sleeping Giants is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars.”—Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising   “First-time novelist Sylvain Neuvel does a bold, splashy cannonball off the high dive with Sleeping Giants. It bursts at the seams with big ideas and the questions they spawn—How much human life is worth sacrificing in the pursuit of scientific progress? Can humanity be trusted with weapons of ultimate destruction? And the biggest: Are we alone? But all that really matters is that this book is a sheer blast from start to finish. I haven’t had this much fun reading in ages.”—Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogyFrom the Hardcover edition....

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Sleeping Giants Reviews

  • Emily May
    2018-07-24 09:00

    You have to understand that this flies in the face of everything we know about American civilizations.Sleeping Giants is being compared to the bestseller and now successful Matt Damon film - The Martian - which is misleading, if not entirely inaccurate. The two books' stories, narrative styles, characters and overall tones are actually very different. Almost all the details about this book do not resemble The Martian at all. However, they do share a key similarity. For me, The Martian is not a great book because of the humour, detailed science, or its focus on survival against the odds - it's a great book because it makes you feel tiny. It's a breathtakingly extraordinary concept that we are forced to imagine: being stranded hundreds of thousands of miles away from anyone else. Trapped on a distant planet where pretty much everything can kill you. Putting myself in Mark Watney's shoes was overwhelming, feeling all alone in the vast expanse of space. Having no clue how this situation could possibly end in survival.Sleeping Giants gave me a similar feeling. A feeling of wide-eyed wonder at the suggestion of this possibility: the discovery of giant metal body parts deep underground; giant body parts that predate the human technology necessary to create them. The implication being - if humans couldn't possibly have made this giant, who did?The story is told through a series of interviews with a nameless interviewer, as well as the occasional journal entry and news article. Unlike The Martian, this isn't propelled by a single character's humourous narrative, but instead allows us a look at all the people involved in this project - in uncovering the body parts, finding out how they work, what it all means, and trying to keep their sanity as the world becomes more and more insane.What I am is very much a function of what I am not. If the “other” is the Muslim world, then I am the Judeo-Christian world. If the other is from thousands of light-years away, I am simply human. Redefine alterity and you can erase boundaries.We see how this discovery and the subsequent revelations affect the world. Imagine what this means for humanity. It is the suggestion that we are not alone and are not the most advanced creatures in the universe. What were these giant body parts created for? Are they a message or a weapon? What does this mean for religions? Is someone out there waiting for us?It is perhaps not as "warm" a sci-fi novel as The Martian. It feels darker, more frightening, giving us less reason to believe the author owes us a happy ending. The ending is haunting and unexpected, paving the way for a sequel that should be equally thought-provoking. I, for one, really want to know what happens next.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  • Rick Riordan
    2018-08-03 05:51

    This sci-fi novel got a lot of buzz when it came out, and I see why. The basic story: pieces of a gigantic metal robot, thousands of years old, are discovered scattered around the earth, buried deep in the earth or under the sea. Where did they come from? What are they for? A team is assembled in top secrecy to rebuild the robot and figure out how it works. The story is told in a series of interviews -- reports submitted by an anonymous interviewer who is pulling most of the strings behind the project. This narrative structure is very easy to follow and pulls you in nicely. I finished the book in a single day, and I'm not a fast reader. I did think that toward the end, the limits of the transcript format began to show. The storytelling had to use some rather hard-to-believe contortions to report certain information, and by the end, you don't really feel like you've come to know the characters very well. Nevertheless, if you're looking for a quick, engaging sci-fi mystery, this one is a good choice!

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2018-07-22 04:13

    4.5 I need to continue this series ASAP!It's been a while since I've been this excited about a new series! Lots of political intrigues, a quick read told in interviews and journal entries... perfect to fight the reading slump I've been in!

  • Bradley
    2018-08-03 10:48

    Update 2/17/18:Boy, I keep re-reading this stuff and I never seem to have any problems doing so. I'm still having fun and it's still popcorn fun! WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?So why did I re-read? I just got the pre-release of book three, Only Human. It's CALLING TO ME! :)Update 12/10/16:Just re-read and what can I say? I still love it. Didn't really miss anything from the first time, but that certainly doesn't matter when I'm just having fun. :)Robots! ROBOTS!!!! *squeeeeeeeeeeeeee*And now that I've got the ARC for the sequel, it's more like *double squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* :)Old review 2/2/16:A big thank you goes to Netgalley, and I can only ask for an apology for holding off so long before reading this novel. I suppose I figured that anything that would give away such a long lead-time is either playing the really hopeful card or the really cautious one.I'm here on the other side of reading it to say that I had a great time!I do hate blurbs that say misleading things to link an author to other big items like The Martian or World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, and honestly, this novel is really nothing like them.It deserves to stand on its own. And thanks to a little reconstructive surgery, I'm sure it will! ;) Sorry. That's a little inside joke. Read it and I'm sure that'll become crystal clear. :)No, if I really HAD to make a connection with this and some other media, then it's closer to Pacific Rim or Neon Genesis Evangelion than some space adventure or a zombie apocalypse. Indeed, in some ways it's better written than either of those novels. I've had the pleasure to review a few novels with epistolary writing recently, and this one happens to clock in at one of the easiest and interesting, based entirely on transcripts, so it's completely a novel of dialogue. I loved it. Out of all the characters, I think I loved the interviewer best. He or she, whatever the person's name is, has got to have one hell of a head on his or her shoulders. All I can say is, "Bravo on the Long Game!" I wanted to cheer! This is an absolutely delightful and pure SF novel that doesn't dumb down to us, expresses true joy at revealing the nature of the universe, and for the rest of us who are in it for a grand adventure with high stakes and much, much higher stakes to come thanks to the Titans, you're in for a treat.I was never bored. Not even once. I loved the scientific progression that led to the political horrors all the way to the ruthless exploitations. But what really sparked my fire was the quick return to something wonderfully idealistic, even if, or despite its being paraded about as an absolute necessity. There's something delightfully evil about it. If this isn't a brilliant start to a wonderful new SF series, then I'll be a monkey's uncle. I'd read the living hell out of the entire series and chortle all the way, knowing that SF is not dead or dying... it's just preparing for a new and JUST life as a Giant.Is this a Heroic novel? Hell yes. I think that's what we've been missing all these long years. :)Wonder and heroism and a nice handful of mythology to boot. Read this. Read it, everyone. We need more stories like this on the market. :)

  • Pouting Always
    2018-08-01 05:50

    I'm really dumb so I didn't realize I had the first book in the series already and I read the second one but I still really enjoyed the first one even though I read it afterwards. I knew what was going to happen but I still felt excited while reading and it kept my attention. Also I love Kara and now I'm even more depressed about the second one. I didn't like this one as much as the second though for some reason even though the plot line was cool, I guess it just wasn't enough character development and things happened a little to quickly in this one.

  • Petrik
    2018-08-04 04:17

    Sleeping Giants is an interesting read for anyone who loves Sci-Fi and mecha or giant robot in their story.This first book in 'Themis Files' Sci-Fi series by Sylvain Neuvel and it began with an 11 years old kid, Rose Franklin falling down through a rabbit hole (not really but still, a hole). After she was saved, turns out that the place she fell upon was on a giant metal hand. The story then fast forward to 17 years later with Rose now leading a top secret team to unravel the origin, mystery and purpose of the giant robot together with the enigmatic Nameless Interviewer.The story itself took place within our modern world and is filled with mostly conspiracies and politics surrounding the research on this giant robot. Something to praise here is that despite the book being centered on Sci-Fi, there aren’t specifically tons of Science terminology that may confused readers who aren’t well versed in the category. This book is really easy on the science and can be read by everyone. People who loved the anime ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ in particular will definitely enjoy reading this book, there are a lot of similarities between the stories (NGE is obviously darker by far though). In terms of story, my favorite parts will have to be all the intriguing mystery and secrets behind the giant robot mechanism and origin. Plus how the characters dealt with the dilemma they faced between morality and their missions on whether it's better to sacrifice something in the name of the mission or to choose your morality, these all gave good result towards the plot.“I was smart enough to know it was wrong, but not brave enough to stop them.” Out of all characters in the book, The Nameless Interviewer appeared the most. To progress the plot, almost every chapter contained the interviewer and another character simply talking, whether it’s in the form of an interview or phone call. Yes, almost every single chapter consist of only 2 characters, one of them being The Interviewer and the other, let’s say Rose or a different character.Something you should know about this book is that the entire plot is told in an unconventional way. Rather than telling the story in chapter format, Sylvain replaced them with logs. This means journal entry, experiment/mission log and interviews, it’s pretty much just like a documentary. I came into this book without knowing anything about it and my feeling towards this direction is about half positive and half negative.The positive parts with this direction, it made the plot progression very easy to read. The fact that the prose is really simple, combined with this storytelling method gives a fast paced experience focusing solely on the plot of the book greatly. Considering that the book is more or less only about 300 pages already, Sleeping Giants is a great page turner that you can definitely finish reading quickly.However, the problems with this storytelling method are it was incredibly hard for me to connect and empathize with the characters. This is due to the reason we never get to live inside the characters head because everything is told through dialogue, no narrative and this also means there aren’t any actions to be found. I can’t help but think that this book would actually be better if it’s told in a normal storytelling method.After hearing from several sources that the second book improved in quality significantly and especially after that great ending, I will continue straight to the sequel. Overall, my opinion on Sleeping Giants is that it’s a quick fun read for lover of Sci-Fi and giant robots like Pacific Rim/Neon Genesis Evangelion but it can definitely still be better.You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  • Victoria Schwab
    2018-08-01 02:56

    So much Deus ex Machina.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2018-08-10 09:04

    Listened to this on audio, and it does not disappoint!Great cast of narrators, intriguing story, I was hooked.

  • Faye, la Patata
    2018-07-29 07:48

    In my humble opinion, this book was 320 pages of info dump. The Martian style except somehow more... overwhelming.Please don't get me wrong, I am not new to this kind of format. Like World War Z and Illuminae (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff), the story of Sleeping Giants is told in the form of interviews conducted by a mysterious, nameless person who seems to have a lots and lots and lots of power as well as in the form of oral diary entries. I loved it when it was used in WWZ and Illuminae because despite it being quite straight-forward and in the form of documentaries, these books were still able to touch me on an emotional and personal level. They showed many perspectives and angles about a particular, seemingly-but-absolutely dreadful situation, and they made me care - care about the characters, care about the outcome, care about how they would cope with their trials and tribulations.Sleeping Giants made me feel... indifferent, at best.Here's the thing: the premise is fantastic. I love the idea of aliens having visited the Earth thousands of years ago, back to that time we were still grunting and snorting to each other in order to communicate, and having left this gigantic monstrosity of a robot for us to find when we have progressed and evolved enough. In paper, that really sounds intriguing. Think of all the political drama that can come out of this! Think of all the philosophical, moral, ethical discussions! The drama! The panic and the riot and the coming together of mankind as they realize its potential as a defensive manuever against extraterrestrial forces! In an ideal world, I would have loved this to pieces and I would have paraded this all over my street saying, "Science fiction fans, come get your mama!"But alas, it is not an ideal world, and this book lacked the emotional pull needed for me to completely and deeply immerse myself in it.1.) Nameless interviewer. 80% of the book is comprised of interviews with a cast of characters. There's Kara Resnik, a well-trained pilot. There's Ryan Mitchell, her co-pilot; Rose Franklin, a motherly figure who leads the project  of finding all the robotic parts, putting them together again, and finding out what it can do; Vincent Couture, an introvert linguist who hails from Quebec, among others. The anonymous interviewer is connected with all of them, yet we don't find anything at all about him. He's their Daddy Long Legs, funding their research and making sure everything is going smoothly, taking care of "problems" - people or otherwise - as how you would expect an ultra rich guy would take car of them. But... what else? We see the story through his interviews, and we get to "know more" about the characters through his questions, and then that's it? He was definitely a pragmatist, and he was definitely very objective in his questions. "What did this scenario make you feel (even though I already know about it but we'll need to repeat it again just so our beautiful readers here are aware)? What happened to you when this thingy happened (even though I already know about it and we're just wasting our time here reminscing about it?)" Non-verbatim, but you get the picture.2.) Telling than ShowingAnd then there's the problem. Because of these questions, we are forced into reading a narrative that is 100% telling than showing. "I was doing this, I was doing that, I felt this, I felt that, I didn't like this, etc. etc." It was absolutely dreadful to know that these people were experiencing these things and yet *I* couldn't feel them. I don't know, maybe because of the format it was hard to do so? Maybe because it was just so limited and there's no other way of showing them otherwise? But then, how did World War Z and Illuminae do it amazingly? There's also the problem that things would happen in this book, but we would never, ever, EVER see them happening. We're only told that it happened post-situation, when the interviewer is asking them to tell us about their feeeewings. It was hard to just care when I was never with them when that happened, when I never felt the adrenaline or the tension that they experienced that would make me relate to what they were doing.3.) THE SCIENCE MADNESSSSSSNow, let's draw a line here: I love science. I love talking about aliens. I find space and the universe and everything that is in it fascinating. If I could, I would love to die floating in the vastness of empty space. But the science here made me cringe. There were just so much that it became overwhelming. The process of how to get the robot pieces? EXPLAINED IN DETAIL. The process of how they are trying to get the robot to work, all the theory and the steps? EXPLAINED IN DETAIL. The process of how they plan to do this and that, and then this and then that? EXPLAINED IN DETAIL THAT IT HAS BECOME PAINFUL. I get the need for science to be incorporated but it alienated the reader in me so much because so much of it were jargon. So many big words, and none of them resounded with me. Maybe I'm just stupid? Maybe I'm just not the target audience? But I DO love science, and I love it when it weaves together with the character's personal lives, so maybe it's just the book being a huge-ass info-dump?In conclusion, I'm actually very sad that I didn't like this book more. The ending was interesting, if not a little too "positive" for me to take seriously. But these three factors up there? They totally ruined my reading experience. The only reason I plowed on was because of obligation. I may still check out the next book though seeing as this is a series, in hopes that the narrative in that one will be a lot more personal and emotional than distant. However, if you're the type of person who is a science geek and just want to get your science mood on with or without the emotional touch, maybe this will appeal to you.FOLLOW ME ALL OVER THE INTERWEBZ!The Social Potato | Xpresso Reads | Not So Literary | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Ask.fm

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-08-06 02:52

    Highly recommended if you like science fiction! The sequel, Waking Gods, was published at the beginning of April 2017.Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:I first read Sleeping Giants six months ago and was immediately sucked into its world. I stayed up far too late reading it, finishing it the next day when I really should have been working. History repeats itself: When it came time to write this review, I thought I would take a quick glance through this novel, reading a few pages here and there to remind myself of the important plot points. Instead I read the entire book again, in one sitting, staying up until past 2:00 a.m. Clearly Sleeping Giants is literary crack and I had best stay away from it when any other duty ― or my bed ― is calling.Sleeping Giants takes several ingredients that always appeal to me ― geeky science, governmental conspiracies, a master planner with ice water in his veins, intelligent characters, and dry humor ― and folds them into a mystery about a very strange artifact. The story is told through a series of recorded interviews and journal entries and the like. It's been done before, but I thought the format lent itself well to the plot. We get to know the characters through their own words. Intriguingly, the “files” that make up the chapters often skip over several numbers at a time (e.g., File No. 17 is followed by File No. 31), increasing the sense of reality by implying how much backstory remains untold.Rose Franklin, riding her bike on her eleventh birthday, falls into a fifty-foot deep hole that suddenly appears in her path. When she comes to the next morning, she is lying on a twenty-three foot long metal hand at the bottom of a perfectly square hole, as big as a house, with bright turquoise light shining from unreadable symbols carved in the walls around her.Twenty years later, Rose, now a senior scientist at the University of Chicago, is placed in charge of a team researching the nature of the hand and the symbols on the wall panels. Carbon dating shows the hand to be between five and six thousand years old, and linguists have never been able to interpret any of the symbols (which are inexplicably still glowing). The hand and writing have baffled scientists for years. But suddenly it occurs to Rose: What triggered the sudden appearance of the hand? Surely there must be other metal body parts to go with the hand, and can we cause them to appear as well? As she figures out the answer, the team ― and this novel ― are off and running: various immense pieces of the artifact are extracted (often from other countries, which causes some political upheaval) and put together; some mysteries are solved, only to give rise, in Hydra-like fashion, to many more.Their mysterious handler begins to bring in key new members of the team, with Dr. Franklin as the head and heart of it. Kara Resnik, the hotshot helicopter pilot, who is both incredibly stubborn and irascible but also funny and vulnerable, was my favorite, but each team member is a distinct individual with their own personality quirks and flaws. The key players are Victor Couture, a brilliant French Canadian linguist; Ryan Mitchell, Kara’s co-pilot who is variously compared to Captain America and an underwear model by other characters; and Alyssa Papantoniou, a geneticist with a stammer and a desire to be in charge. Even the nameless handler, whom we get to know only through his interviews of other characters, develops as a character. He appears extremely cold-blooded, though with a sardonic sense of humor:―I read his file. I believe he is more resilient than you give him credit for.―You rea … He has a file?―Your hairdresser has a file and you see him once a month. Vincent Couture is a foreign national on US soil, with direct access to top-secret-level information on a daily basis. He has several files, very large ones.―You have a file on my hairdresser?―Yes. He really needs to file his taxes.But, though he never ceases weaving his plans and pulling the strings of others, he gradually becomes more sympathetic and understandable.Sleeping Giants has just the right amount of hard science, enough technical and scientific details to satisfy the geek in me, but it never goes overboard (like, say, Seveneves), and it’s infused with delightfully imaginative developments. In the cold light of day I have a few quibbles with the science parts, particularly toward the end of the novel. In particular, I have issues with (view spoiler)[the practicality of backwards-bending knees in a two-legged humanoid being, and how these or any other alien beings could interbreed with humans many millennia ago (hide spoiler)]. I realize the latter is a time-honored SF trope, but still! However, these are relatively minor nitpicks.What raises Sleeping Giants to the 5-star level for me is that it’s not just a grand, imaginative SF adventure that inspires a sense of wonder in me, but it also raises some deeper questions. Several characters ask themselves about the cost of their project in human lives. Rose Franklin, in particular, has an even longer perspective:Am I ready to accept all that may come out of this if it works? It might give us a cure for everything. It might also have the power to kill millions. Do I want that on my conscience? I wish I knew where this journey will take us, but I don’t. All I know is that this is bigger than me, my self-doubt, or any crisis of conscience.More than the question of human cost vs. technological value, some of the characters also recognize the profound change this artifact may bring to humans and our view of ourselves and the universe. As we realize that humanity is not alone, that there are other intelligences out there, the differences between our races, nations, religions and political views become less important, and boundaries are erased.Second read, April 2016: I'm upping my rating to 5 stars after rereading this, which I needed to do so I can write up a more in-depth review this week. Seriously, this is excellent hard SF. Anyone who likes The Martian will almost certainly love this. I was up until after 2 am last night, reading this in one sitting, and it was a reread. It still totally sucked me in. First read, October 2015: That? Was a blast! I stayed up way too late last night reading it, and finished it today when I really should have been doing Other Stuff.The blurb for this NetGalley book says "World War Z meets The Martian"; I would say more like The Iron Giant meets The Martian, but potatoes/potahtoes (plus I've never read World War Z, so maybe they're right). Anyway, this book takes several ingredients that I really enjoyed -- geeky science, governmental conspiracies, a handler with ice water in his veins, a brilliant linguist and a hot-tempered woman helicopter pilot -- and mixes them into a mystery about a very strange artifact. The story is told through a series of recorded interviews and journal entries and the like. It's been done before, but I thought the format lent itself well to the plot.This won't be released until April 2016, but if you like hard SF and have a NetGalley membership, I highly recommend that you go request a copy of this novel. It was a fun ride. Full review then!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2018-08-19 05:01

    I GASPED AT THE ENDING OH MY GOD THIS WAS SO FANTASTIC??????????

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-08-15 06:03

    I love the idea of this giant metal alien hand thing that has been found and they don't have a clue what is going on! When Rose Franklin was riding her bike on her 11th birthday she saw something . . . when she gets off her bike to investigate, she falls down in a crater in the a giant metal hand. Well that would freak me clean out. Cut to 17 years later and Dr. Rose Franklin is now a physicist working on the giant hand. (among other things)The story is told through interviews from a silent person. This didn't bother me at all in reading the book. Kara Resnik and Ryan Mitchell are in the United States Army together and they are brought in secretly by (the silent person) to help Dr. Rose with the project. And the project turns out to be an epic project. Things are gathered by the crew from all over the world to figure out what they have on their hands <---no pun intended. I really hope this is going to have something to do with aliens, well more so than we think. I mean how else would leave a gynormous hand planted deep in the Earth? We just don't know what is out there and this is going to be exciting if they find out where the giant came from! And the ending! It was one of THOSE moments and a major cliffhanger - at least to me! I'm excited for the next one =)MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • AhmedEjaz
    2018-08-03 10:00

    I don't like Transformers. So that's for sure I don't like robot giants. From the synopsis, I didn't want to pick up this one. BUT the last paragraph made me to pick up this book at the very instant. Guess why? Because there is written a name of the book which I love more than any other book in the Sci-Fi genre up until now. Of course, The Martian! I can't refuse to read a book which has a touch of The Martian.Sleeping Giants is an amazing debut of Sylvain Neuvel. Loved the idea. Loved the writing. Loved the robot! Yeah, because this book had changed my view of giant robots. I am really happy I have read this book. OVERVIEWThe hand of a giant robot is found by Rose Franklin when she is 11 years old. That gigantic hand is not the thing which can be understood by the people of that time. But after 17 years, as a professional physicist, Rose begins a research on that hand. There is the mystery man who is all powerful, helps her in the research. They search almost the entire plant Earth and find all the parts of a giant robot. This robot is the most powerful thing the mankind have ever seen. They try to understand its functions. But there is a threat of global conflict. Why? Because some nations want to take control of it. As I read this book for The Martian, I would love to make a comparison between them. Hope you guys won't mind.=> In the matter of Characters, this book is pretty much like The Martian. In both books, almost all the characters are dull. At all. But in The Martian, protagonist is amazing. Sort of humorous. In Sleeping Giants, we don't a particular protagonist.=> The very thing which I didn't like in Sleeping Giants is that this book has files rather than chapters. File numbers are irritating. Can't be understood.For example, one moment you are reading a file number 4 then next moment you will be reading 7. In the file number 7, we wouldn't get to know what had happened in between.In this thing, The Martian is wayy better. It skips the logs but at least it tells us what has happened in the logs which are skipped.THINGS I LIKED=> Great part of the book was told in the form of interviews which increased the pace of this book. Enjoyed the interviews. Especially the interviewer was amazing. Even though I didn’t get to know pretty much of him. Not even his name. But still I enjoyed reading him. He was the best character in this book.=> The way by which they found the body parts of giant robot was amazing. Sort of unique. => The way they understood the language written on panels of robot was very logical. Pretty much acceptable. => This book was also trying to convey the message of universal brotherhood. Good. No one really wants to fight, but no one wants to be the one to back off either Epilogue was:=> There were some action scenes which were also written in interviews. That was not good for me. I would have liked to read them in normal format told from any of characters' POV. Regardless, everything was fine.As the first book in the series, this was just amazing. There wasn't pretty much action in there. I think I will get that in the next one.I’m just an old man who likes to tell stories. I can’t help it if you’re crazy enough to believe them[Don't think about this quote if you haven't read it. I just wanted to mention it as I liked it.]April 25, 2017

  • Matthew
    2018-08-14 10:57

    Found this one because of the Goodreads Choice awards last in 2016. Not sure I would have come across it if it wasn’t for that. It is a pretty decent sci-fi/political intrigue story. Very unique – I cannot say I have read anything else quite like it. Definitely the first book in a series – while it does have a bit of a “stand-alone” climax, I find it very difficult to say that this book would stand on its own.The format is interviews and diary entries. I am not sure if this sort of thing is for everyone, but I like it quite a bit. I am a “short-chapter/small-paragraph lover”. Not that I don’t like the big ones, but I feel more accomplished when I can tear through a whole bunch of the book on my lunch break – and I felt very accomplished with this one!The characters were interesting to get to know. The dynamic between all of them is very bizarre – which makes sense as the events that brought them together are bizarre. While some of the usual character tropes are there (love triangle specifically comes to mind), it doesn’t take over the story . . . it is more of a sidebar to the bigger picture – and does affect the plot in surprising ways. Also, there is one character who is very mysterious throughout. While that might be frustrating to those who want answers, it will be well appreciated by those who like a dark mystery.I can say I enjoyed this book and plan to read the next . . . I cannot say I know for sure who I would recommend this to. It is kind of sci-fi, kind of political thriller, kind of world-on-the-edge-of-Armageddon. I think if you are thinking of reading this one but you are not too sure, read up on it, check out a few reviews, and be prepared for it to not be for you. But, if you do, I hope you enjoy the ride!

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    2018-08-03 05:52

    This was so intriguing! It's dossier style, a collection of interviews and journals from people who have found unexplained objects around the world and find themselves wrapped up in a secret project. I've heard this compared to Illuminae because of the style, and yes, I think fans of Illuminae would enjoy this, but it isn't as much of a production.I listened to the audiobook and that format fits the interview style VERY well since the book is mostly dialogue. Highly recommend it.The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it is obviously the first in a series. There was a very quick little twist at the very end that had me like WHOA, but you can definitely tell that this book was just setting up a series. I would have liked more of a climax or story arc, but this was such a compelling mystery and set up that I'm pretty happy with it and can't wait for the next book!

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2018-08-17 10:49

    I may be the black sheep with this one, but ugh. What a letdown. I am not a fan of the interview/journal method of story-telling (and had no idea this was one of those when I requested it from Netgalley), but I still started to get into the story nonetheless. However, by one point, I just lost interest. It pretty much ceased to be a sci-fi novel and just turned into political intrigue and military operations. If you think you're going to get this cool story about an alien robot - you're not. The robot is a minor element overall. It's more about the people working on the secret assignment trying to put it together. I kept waiting for more with the robot and for more information on who created it. That came in a little bit towards the end, but was just referenced by someone as a legend/story and theory. We never see who made the robot and it's really very sci-fi lite.There was some interesting philosophical bits, but considering I think every day about god and aliens and what-ifs and unknowns, this was not all that fresh to me. I hated the name-less interviewer. He was a jerk. I feel he was condescending to everyone and arrogant and dismissive. I liked Kara and Vincent. I thought this was going to be much more about the robot and it was more about politics and military ops. So, that is my fault, I guess. I feel really bad for not liking this more since a few of my friends gave this 5 stars and raved about it. :(It's probably just me, not the book. Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital copy to read and review!The part where I started to throw in the towel was when (view spoiler)[they decided to dump the robot in the deep ocean off Puerto Rico. I just was never able to get back into the story after that. :( (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2018-07-20 03:16

    "This will change the way we think of the world, the way we see ourselves. This will reshape this planet, and we have an opportunity to help steer that change. How many lives is that worth to you?"4.5 stars. Some books are just so quotable, you know? ... Well, Sleeping Giants isn't one of them. It frustrates me to realize that even though I laughed so hard through my read (I even giggled! The infamy!!), I just can't show you. I mean, I could, but you'd probably think I have a terrible sense of humor, and we wouldn't want that, would we? Nameless Prick's deadpan style might need to be savored in context, but I assure you, IT'S FANTASTIC. But can we talk about the captivating premise, okay? So the story starts when Rose Franklin, a talented physicist, Kara, an US army pilot with an attitude, and Ryan, her co-pilot (no, I don't have an adjective for him), are hired to find the metal body parts of a Giant who may or may not have been created by aliens 600,000 years ago. Those body parts are scattered around the world and only appear with the help of some radioactive materials, because of course. -I am assuming there will be a point to this fable sometime in the near future. ← See what I meant?ALRIGHT, I can't tell this story in a compelling way for the life of me. I do know because I tried on my boyfriend and no, he didn't get what was SO FUCKING AMAZING either x-) so you'll have to trust me, and ..... I mean there are thousand of us who happily fell into the Sleeping Giants's hole so we can't be entirely wrong, can we? *headset turned on* Ugh but many awful books are given a 4+ rating here on Goodreads soooooooOKAY, NEVER MIND, listen to this : 1) Sleeping Giants is a scifi novel entirely told through interviews and journal entries, and it managed to picture a complex set of relationship dynamics, which I found so very much impressive because hellooooo, that format doesn't exactly scream connection. Yet it worked so damn well, I cared about every one of the characters, including - okay, especially - the nameless manipulative prick who conducted all the interviews and who made me smile so damn much, the arrogant jerk. In the end, none of them is two-dimensional, all of them are layered and have complex motives, I love it. 2) While I haven't read The Martian yet and hence wouldn't be able to compare the two novels, I completely share Emily's opinion: what's so fascinating about Sleeping Giants is the way it relegates us - humans - to our very tiny place in the universe. And wow, I needed that. Indeed I genuinely believe that sometimes, we need to step back and look at the overall picture - and that the world would be one millions times less fucked-up if we did it more often. Do you know what French News said about Trump's speech in Rihad yesterday? That he was right to simplify the World problems in a Good vs Evil war, because it would make sense to Americans. Forget how demeaning it is for your intelligence, that is simply not true and so infuriating and unfair. By looking to the world through our First World gaze, we are in denial. There's no such thing as a Good Country or a Bad Country as a whole, and perhaps we should remember more often that in the end, we're all flawed individuals. Tiny, tiny humans.3) The ending was exciting enough to make me want to stop everything I was doing and grab the sequel right away.► It was so, so good. Why, of course I recommend.For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • j
    2018-08-18 08:10

    If you only read one science fiction book this year, read this one. You'll dig it. On the other hand, if you read lots of science fiction books this year, this one probably doesn't need to be one of them.

  • Piya
    2018-08-16 04:55

    Bonus star 🌟 : The cast of narrators have done a fabulous job. Also,the epilogue had a nice little surprise!😮😀 One of those books where the blurb is much more interesting than the actual book.Great concept ….so much potential…Aah what could have been!Story begins with the discovery of a giant metal hand. It’s clear pretty soon, that the technologies used are far superior to anything known to us at present. Not only that, tests show that this hand was buried thousands of years ago. Are we not alone? If we didn’t make it, who did? Is there a far superior alien species visiting us in secrecy? Thus, begins the search of the other parts of this mechanical giant,which might be buried anywhere in the world. And a team consisting of army personnel and scientists is formed. The entire story is written in the form of journal entries, mission logs, interview recordings and occasional news articles. There is this mysterious, manipulative, nameless guy who is interviewing everyone involved in the project. There is some interesting bits about the world politics and various government cover-ups. I wish the author had explored the political angle a bit more instead of the forced meaningless romance angles.I don’t know if the format is the culprit. But, something is just not right when the epilogue is the only exciting part of the entire book. It was more of telling rather than showing what's happening.There are no dips no peaks . No excitement, no suspense.Just nothing. Shouldn’t the existence or non-existence of aliens be a bit more exciting or eventful?If the concept intrigues anyone, I highly recommend the audiobook. It has a magnificent cast of narrators. And this format of storytelling is best suited for audio books, in my opinion. I tried the physical copy and every single night I fell asleep after reading just 8-9 pages …without fail. They were not kidding about the 'Sleeping' part in the title :P .I hear that the second part is much much better and the epilogue piqued my curiosity. So, right now, a bit confused whether to continue with the series. We’ll see :)

  • Karen
    2018-07-30 06:54

    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!

  • Andrew Smith
    2018-07-26 06:13

    I’ve got a thing for science fiction tales at the moment and this one sounded interesting. Actually ‘sounded’ in the literal sense as I decided to listen to it on audio. The production is impressive, with multiple voices giving this the feel of a script being acted out rather than a book being read. It’s helped by the fact that it’s put together as a series of interviews, journal entries and news articles. Sounds clunky? Well, actually the format worked really well.A girl falls into a deep hole and when found is discovered to have unearthed what appears to be a huge hand made of metal. It’s enclosed in a room made of the same material that glows and is full of intricate carvings. Carbon dating throws up results that defy logic and the metal itself seems to significantly comprise of a substance which is very rare on this planet. So rare in fact that it seems impossible that these objects were ‘made’ by earthly hand (excuse the pun).The first section – actually, probably the initial two thirds of the book – is all mystery and serious science fiction which I found complex enough to draw me in. I liked the characters I’d met and was really looking forward to seeing how this played out. Unfortunately, it then seemed to slip into semi-comic mode. It was as if a new writer and/or director had been employed to finish the job. I’d suddenly stumbled in to one of those bad early Star Trek episodes – the ones that were totally tongue in cheek; the ones I routinely skip when I come across a channel showing reruns. I couldn’t believe it. Had the writer got bored with his own story and rushed the ending? I managed to hang in until it drew to a close but I’d switched off by then.Four stars for the bit I liked and two stars (I’m being generous) for the bit I didn’t – aggregated to three stars overall. A wasted opportunity, in my view.

  • Nick
    2018-07-25 10:07

    Sleeping Giants is an interesting book and somewhat unique. The story revolves around a young girl who falls into a pit near her home only to find that she ended up lying in the palm of a giant metallic hand. Years go by and the young girl grows into adulthood and becomes a physicist studying the same metallic hand as well as other strange body parts that are slowly being discovered around the world. Engraved on many of the metallic parts is a strange type of writing that no linguist has been able to translate but seems at first glance to be an alphabet system of some sort. Were these body parts buried by an ancient alien civilization who at the time thought that humanity wasn't evolved enough to understand their message? I liked the premise a lot and wanted to love this book more than I ultimately did. I think the two things that kept this from being a winner for me were the interview style of much of the writing and also the almost constant info-dumps. Still, it was intriguing enough for me to want to read the second book Waking Gods.

  • Althea Ann
    2018-08-18 10:11

    'Mecha' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecha) meets 'World War Z.'The 'World War Z' comparison (which this book has been getting a lot) is largely due to the format: the story is told through a series of interviews. However, where the WWZ interviews were all separate, in 'The Sleeping Giant' the main characters are questioned repeatedly, allowing us to get to know them. Most of the debriefings are conducted by a shadowy figure of power whose identity is unclear throughout most of the book.The strangeness starts when a young girl falls into a sinkhole and accidentally discovers a giant hand. Initially it's assumed that it's some kind of ancient sculpture, but it turns out the artifact is made of no material known on Earth. By coincidence (?), the young girl grows up to be a scientific researcher and devotes herself to the mystery. It's not too much of a spoiler, given the book's title, that the hand is only part of what seems to be some kind of giant, humanoid robot. The goal is to find the other 'pieces' and try to find out how it works and what it might be for. If it's some kind of alien weaponry, the power that controls it may very well control the world.A team is assembled - in addition to the star scientist, it includes a tough-talking ace pilot, a brilliant nerd with poor people skills, and an all-American soldier boy. Each might be uniquely qualified- but they've all got issues which makes their working together difficult at best and wholly disastrous at worst.I must divulge upfront that I've never been a huge fan of Transformers, Gundam, or any other Giant Robot Battle stories. (I do love 'District 9' though, which does feature a robot battle suit...) But although I may not be the exact target audience for this book, I did very much enjoy it. The writing maintained the sense of tension and interest very well, with each section leaving me eager to find out what would happen next.Many thanks to Del Rey and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinion is solely my own.

  • Drew
    2018-07-30 10:51

    This book was totally crazy. And AWESOME.Sleeping Giants had everything I could want from a sci fi - a thrilling, action-filled plot, drama, enough science to keep the mini nerd in me happy, metal giants in the ground, and vibes similar to The Martian, except this book was much darker and moved at a quicker pace. I really love when an author can take something so bizarre - something that shouldn't work - and make it feel perfectly natural. That was the case with Sleeping Giants.We follow Dr. Rose Franklin, who discovers a huge metal arm buried deep in the earth after she falls through a hole when she's a little girl. Years later, she continues the investigation of what she believes to be pieces of giants hidden all over the world.Everything was so interesting. Rose hires United States Army recruits Kara and Ryan to hunt giant parts for her. They have a secret warehouse hidden from the government where they conduct their research.Despite this book being told in a "file" format (which I've had a really bad experience with before *cough* Illuminae), despite all of the characters' interactions being through interviews or news articles, despite my doubts that this could be anything but a cold, factual based story, I became so caught up in the emotional, lifelike characters. The interview format was well written, engrossing, and didn't take away from the plot.I loved the concept. If someone found giants in the ground one day, who would believe them? It sounds unfathomable, something out of a fairy tale, and raises so many questions - who created the giants and how was their technology so far advanced from that of modern times? The author seamlessly combined philosophy and a thrilling plot, taking a new idea, something extraterrestrial, and testing how humans would react to it.Such a freaking cool plot. I think you have to love a little bit of weirdness and science to enjoy it. It's funny, because I've never considered science fiction to be my favorite genre, but I thought this fast paced, smart, compelling novel was brilliant.

  • Maxwell
    2018-08-09 07:57

    Somehow I didn't realize this was the first in a series (duology? trilogy?), and it definitely feels that way. While it has its own plot, the book doesn't really feel complete, and that's one of my biggest pet peeves with series. I want the author to be able to make each installment satisfying in and of itself, and with this one I think more pay-off will come in later installments, which is frustrating.On the positive side, the full cast audio recording is a really great route for this book! It's basically all dialogue, interviews and case files, so I imagine that reading this in physical form my be a little dry and lifeless. The actors bring life to pretty one-dimensional characters, so I would recommend the audiobook for this one. In fact, story-wise I probably would've given this a 2 or 2.5 stars, but having listened to it I'm bumping it up to a 3 purely for my enjoyment of the production.After all that, I will definitely listen to the next one in the series because it's an interesting enough story and I'm curious to see where it goes. Plus, if the next one is full cast I'm all there.

  • Sana
    2018-08-08 06:57

    Just as good of a mindfuck the second time around! Maybe I can finally write a review of this...-----------This was so sick and so fucking awesome! I do feel like an idiot for reading it five hundred months before publication because of the long, long wait but, there you have it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Emma
    2018-08-14 09:48

    4.5 stars. This was very good indeed! I might sound surprised about this and that is because I am. For the first half I was grumpily muttering in my head about not liking journal style books- didn't get on with World War Z for example. The story was quite interesting but I couldn't identify with the characters. But then in the second half I found all of my objections evaporated. A fabulous first in series with loads of potential for further adventures (indeed I have already bought Waking Gods!) Usually my preferred genre is fantasy but occasionally if sci-fi is quite character-based and not too heavy on the sci, I find a real treat. This was one such.

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2018-07-31 07:12

    This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! If the words ‘giant robots’ hasn’t encouraged you to pick this book up, then I don’t know what will. I picked up Sleeping Giants upon the recommendation of my trusted book buddies, Jaz and Joy, and I’m so glad I did. It helped to end my three week Gemina obsession that wouldn’t let up – only because it’s a sci-fi told in a similar format.Told through a series of interviews with multiple characters, diary notes and the occasional file note, Sleeping Giants follows a scientist who has uncovered a mysterious robotic hand from the Earth’s atmosphere. Upon closer inspection, it appears that the technology present in this hand is far beyond man’s capabilities. And so forth, begins the journey to uncover the rest of the parts across the world, the secrets behind the mysterious being and the subsequent effects it will have on mankind.I wouldn’t have guessed it, but it’s amazing how something like discovering a mysterious object can have such dire and far-reaching impacts upon the people who discover it. Instead of pondering the aliens that manufactured it and wondering about these ancient beings who have been on Earth, it’s amazing just how insular the world can be when looking at these things. Sleeping Giants explores the political impact of the new technology, as nations grapple to gain control of it. In some ways it’s disappointing, but it’s also not entirely surprising, as we would rather focus on power and control rather than explore the possibilities of outer world life.Although the narrator is unnamed, I was actually really intrigued by his character (I’m assuming it’s a he) as he uses the power of extreme influence and coercion to get what he wants, each and every time. From the President of the United States, to the CEO of the project who is his superior, it’s amazing how he convinces everyone that listening to him is in his best interests. He’s incredibly assertive and has the forethought of planning out everything in advance, leading us into the impressive amount of twists and turns throughout the book.I also really liked the characters in the book, from the scientist Dr Rose Franklin, to the spunky pilot Kara Resnik, to her co-pilots Ryan Mitchell and Vincent Couture. Each and every character has a secret side to them, and it was fascinating seeing the development of their relationships as they are further immersed in the project. I really enjoyed Kara’s defiance with authority and seeing her make ballsy moves to protect the project, and how the narrator eventually gains her trust. It was also interesting getting to know Ryan, the handsome military soldier who is infatuated with Kara, and Vincent, the arrogant intelligence advisor who has a softer, pragmatic side to him.While the book doesn’t hesitate to explore the political landscape of uncovering the gigantic robot, it doesn’t really cover the scientific or technological aspects of doing so in much detail. Instead, many of the events happen in retrospect, as the interviews allow us to catch up on events after they unfold. As a result, much of the storytelling is more telling than showing, and the shock of discovering the events in this manner is used as a plot device. Although I wanted more detail behind how things happened, the book progresses at a rather fast pace that kept on surprising me until the very end.For a twisty, introspective, fast-paced read about mankind’s discovery of an alien technology, Sleeping Giants caught me off guard as a hidden gem of the year. If you’ve read Illuminae or World War Z, you’re already familiar with the format, but this is a unique story will both surprise and intrigue you. I found it quite addictive as I wanted to uncover the secrets behind the technology and wanted to see where the story would take us. It’s a story that will leave you with a lasting impression as you ponder the possibilities of encountering an alien race.

  • Sarah (Starry Night Reader)
    2018-08-08 10:10

    3.5 starsI debated for awhile what to rate this one. I sincerely enjoyed this book but I think it had so much more potential. The entire book is written in interview format.. ultimately I felt kind of detached. everyone was just way too calm about this giant alien robot. The ending left me confused but also needing to kmow more. I'll definitely be reading the sequel

  • Aditi
    2018-08-09 06:12

    “This is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper.”----T.S. EliotSylvain Neuvel, a Canadian author, pens his debut sci-fi thriller, Sleeping Giants that is the first book in his new series, Themis Files, that narrates the story in one of the most unique way ever possible in the world of telling stories, i.e., through interviews, transcripts, journal entries, conversations, newspaper articles, etc and the readers are bound to carve their way out through this challenging and intelligent story of a girl stumbling upon a giant robotic hand when she was little and later when she grew up, she helped her country's government to help find the other pieces of this giant alien robot, but what purpose does this alien robot serve, and who kept it scattered across this planet?Synopsis: An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian***A GIRL NAMED ROSE IS RIDING HER NEW BIKE NEAR HER 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 unraveling 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? Twenty years ago, Dr. Rose Franklin, fell in a giant pit on the day of her 11th birthday and the next day, she was found lying in the palms of a giant metallic hand inside a hole, the walls of which are carved with strange, alien and illuminating symbols. But today, she works with a secret team with the government of her country to search for the other suspected pieces and to finally out them together and make it work if possible, only to put their curious minds at ease. What this powerful team of A-class and highly trained pilots did not predict is the political turbulence that they would cause due to collection of those giant alien robot body parts without any permission from the governments of those countries. But the more the countries are bickering with their issues, the more the case of this robot is confusing them, and so did the readers felt dubious about it.At the end of the story, it will raise a lot of unanswered questions and I only hope that the next book comes out bit early, so I could put my curious mind at ease. Firstly, I must confess that words will fall short to express my feelings about the author's ingenious way of portraying this story, that not only challenged me and enlightened me but also compelled me to stay glued till the very end. Secondly, just look at that cover image, it will immediately arrest you with it's alluring and intriguing features.Let's just give this author a big round of applause for presenting and introducing a whole new level of story telling with interviews, short journal entries, personal thoughts, selected articles from news papers and transcripts. The author's writing style is articulate and that can be easy to comprehend with even with this unconventional method of writing. The narrative is engaging and smart and will keep the sharp-witted minds arrested along with the fast-paced and swift flow of the story line. The author has penned about all the logical and scientific explanations and reasons meticulously for his readers ease, thus letting the readers contemplate with those explanations. Moreover, the author's excellent imaginative skills come into play as he laces new inventive means with human knees. The mystery in this book will keep the readers anticipating about it till the very end. The author unravels his questions and missing links through the layers page-by-page, and as the readers get near the core of the story, they can easily picture what is actually happening with the story line.The characters are, to be honest, bit hard to connect with at the start of this book, but eventually, along with the story's flow, the characters evolve out of their skin and get inside the minds of the readers. There is no such thing called primary characters in this story, as the story revolves around this team on a mission to find and join the body parts of the giant robot, namely, there are, Dr. Franklin, who is a dedicated and determined scientist who is on her path to search for truth, Kara, a brave and fiery pilot who stumbles into a bit of love triangle with her co-pilot, Ryan, who is quite a looker, and with a linguistic expert, Victor, who was on his path to find the underlying meanings beneath those strange symbols, then there is, Alyssa, a gene expert and is vying for the post of Dr. Franklin and the mysterious operator of this team, whose identity is not revealed, yet he too evolves through the narrative among other characters. His demeanor is something who is devoid of emotions and would go at any length to put this giant robot together. As a whole, the characters are well-developed.Overall, the mystery surrounding this strange artifact arises a lot of questions regarding humanity as a whole and that will keep the readers questioning themselves so as to understand the depth and logic of such questions. The author did a great job to make his readers wonder about the existence of other artificial or natural intelligent beings.In a nutshell, this book is a must read and this page-turner can be enjoyed by any genre of readers as the book covers a lot of social and moral grounds.Verdict:The book is and will create a lot of noise in the literary world, so do not miss it!Courtesy :Thanks to the author, Sylvain Neuvel, for giving me the opportunity to read and review his book.