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Jul 14

Review: Sleeping Giants

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM by Elizabeth Land

Twenty years ago, a young girl fell into a giant, glowing hand in the middle of South Dakota. Now, that same girl is heading the team that will unlock the mysteries of that artifact, discovering a vast mystery that will lead humanity into a global hunt to understand our true place in the universe. If you are looking for a fast-paced science fiction thriller, then Sleeping Giants, the first book in the new Themis Files series, is your next great read.

Sleeping GiantsAuthor Sylvain Neuvel immediately hooks readers with an intriguing but simple question: Where did this giant hand come from? Reminiscent of The Martian and James S.A. Corey's Expanse Series, this fast-paced, science fiction thriller is unique because of the way Neuvel formats his story.

The plot is relayed almost exclusively through interview transcripts, journals, and newspaper articles. This format could easily be a barrier between the reader and the characters. Instead, the pace remains fast while allowing characters to speak directly to the reader.

While the characters are familiar to fans of thrillers — the list includes a shadowy government agent, a tough-as-nails female pilot, and a young genius tasked with analyzing symbols — each is intriguing in their own unique ways and are fully-fleshed out despite the limitations of Neuvel's self-imposed format.  

How many more pieces are scattered across Earth? Where did they come from? And can this rag-tag team remain loyal to each other long enough to solve this mystery, despite tragedy and shifting alliances? The novel provides the answers to these questions and more, all while launching a series that will have readers questioning humanity's place in the universe.

If you love thrillers that involve vast government conspiracies and mysterious technology, then visit our online catalog and request your copy today.