Sleeping Giants – Review

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

“If you fall in love with someone, there’s a good chance the person won’t love you back. Hatred, though, is usually mutual. If you despise someone, it’s pretty much a given they’re also not your biggest fan.”



Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Publication Month: April
Publisher: Del Ray
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: 26 April 2016

Sleeping Giants was an incredible read, with space gods, a gripping plot & a phenomenal writing style, I highly recommend this to sci-fi lovers!

Sometimes the world has a way of bringing things back together. As a young child Rose fell through the Earth, stumbling upon a glowing giant metal hand, which looks to be not of this world. Seventeen years later, the origin and purpose of this artifact continues to perplex scientists.

Some people never stop searching for answers, and Rose is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to answer the questions she never received as a child. Along with her colleagues and a nameless interrogator, they begin unravelling the history of this artifact. Salvation or destruction nobody knows what’s coming, and as the puzzle pieces are put together, the team must uncover what this object has in store for humanity.

The premise of Sleeping Giants is incredible, unique and had me drawn in before I read the first page. It peaked my interest straight away, with the prospect of a giant hole opening up on Earth with a mystical giant god being uncovered. As a huge science fiction fan, this book was right up my alley and I cannot rave enough.

If you have been around my blog, goodreads or BookTube for a while, you will know that interesting and unique ways of telling stories really intrigue me. Sleeping Giants did not disappoint on this front, as the story is weaved through interviews and journal entries. The writing style not only made for a quick read, but was detailed enough that I still could picture the different settings the story took place in, and I really appreciated the writing style for what it was.

The plot was fast-paced and suspenseful, and I believe the writing style along with the plot worked cohesively together. Even though we were told about events rather than shown them, it didn’t detracted from the story or from my reading enjoyment. I enjoyed how Sylvain weaved in politics, science, technology, and morals into this novel, as well as keeping it fast paced and action packed throughout.

However, I will point out in some situations I didn’t get the emotional reaction that I think was deserved in the story. By rushing over some plot points that deserved an emotional reaction, I feel like this was a missed opportunity in the story and created a slight disconnect for me.

“I think people are scared, and dumb, and selfish on their own, but put enough of them together and they’ll be half-decent”

The characters in this story were interesting and well-developed. They were all very different from each-other, and I liked how the writer allowed each persons personality to shine through the story. It’s very easy to connect to characters when the story is written in a dialogue driven format, and I cannot fault these characters. My favourite character of course was the obvious Slytherin of the group which was the ‘unknown interrogator’. He was a brilliantly crafted character, with quirks, complexity and a whole lot of attitude!

Overall, I loved Sleeping Giants, it was unique, compelling and suspenseful! I highly recommend this to people who enjoy the writing format of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s a sci-fi trilogy that I believe will only go up from here!!!

Favourite Quote: “Generally speaking, people tend not to question what they’ve been told was true. Scientists are no different; they’ve just been told a lot more things.”
Rating: 4.5/5

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