Thursday, May 3, 2018

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Author: Sylvain Neuvel  
Original title: Sleeping Giants  
Edition Language: English  
Series: Themis Files #1  
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction  
Format: Audio book  
Read by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, Laurel Lefkow, Eric Meyers, Liza Ross  
Duration: 11h08m

     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.  

    My thoughts:  
     I loved the book. And I loved the audio book! I believe this is the case when the audio format can be better than the printed version. There might be questions to the correct representations of the accents, but I am not so picky on this part. at the beginning I felt some difficulties to get into the story, but then I just fell for it. My favorite character is “our unnamed friend”. I just do not know, but there is something about this guy I like. He is cruel, pragmatic and intimidating, but at the same time he cares. He is the better version of fanatic, we can imagine in comparison with the psychopath fanatics as Papantonio.
     As for the story I liked the structure of the book and plot development. Since the book is in file format it might have become dry science fiction story, but it is a nice balance between science, psychology, action scenes and human interaction. The story develops so slowly that you can easily say this is not a story about aliens, but story about how people slowly come to the understanding that they are not alone in the universe and how the need to reevaluate their perception of the world.

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