“Sleeping Giants” by Sylvain Neuvel

Quick Statistics

  • “Sleeping Giants” by Sylvain Neuvel
  • Science Fiction
  • Listened to the audiobook
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished reading on 7/3/17

Official Synopsis

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 the 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?

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.

My Thoughts/Summary

I didn’t expect to fall in love with this book. I actually got the e-book and was highly uninterested. I really love epistolary books, and this book was actually all over Litsy (which I’m a huge fan of) and so I thought that it was a book I would immediately fall in love with. Like I said, I started with the e-book, and actually stopped reading. I heard though, that the audiobook was amazing, so I took a chance.

My favorite audiobook of all time is “World War Z”, but this is an extremely close second. It features a full cast, and it’s extremely immersive. There is a part where a character screams bloody murder for lack of a better word, and it felt so real, and so out of the blue I was shocked. I felt totally and completely immersed in this book. It isn’t awkward because you have two actors trying to do a whole cast of characters, each character has an extremely distinctive voice.

Rose Franklin falls into a hand when she’s young, and when she grows up she’s a scientist who is now in charge of the project of investigating the hand. And now, more body parts keep showing up. What is this giant? What does it do? Where is it from? She assembles a fantastic cast of characters, who Neuvel is able to write seamlessly.

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4 thoughts on ““Sleeping Giants” by Sylvain Neuvel

  1. I have heard suuuuch good things about this. I hadn’t heard about the audiobook though, so now I’m thinking that might be the format I use for it!


    1. IT IS SO GOOD. I honestly can’t stop recommending it. Do the audio for sure, I really tried with the text and it didn’t connect. The audio grabbed me right away, and they use the same actors for the sequel which helped because I couldn’t always remember names? But their voices I totally knew. It’s awesome.

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