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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Sleeping Giants

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"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?"


Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is the first installment in the sci-fi series The Themis Files.

A sci-fi following mysterious giant robots, yes please. To me, this was like Pacific Rim minus the kaiju. The plot was interesting and the way the story was told worked well when consumed through audiobook. It was told partially in an interview format and the audiobook had a full cast, so it worked really well for me.

I think that this maybe could have been better as a standalone as I am afraid that the next books in the series may go a bit out there in order to make the story more interesting.

If you like meca based sci-fi (and even if you don't because I don't either), then this might work for you as well.

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