Sleeping Giants [Review]

Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Publisher: Del Ray
Expected publication date: April 2016

 Synopsis via www.goodreads.com

17 years ago: A girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today: She is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. A swift and spellbinding tale told almost exclusively through transcriptions of interviews conducted by a mysterious and unnamed character, this is a unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts.

I am not one to write a succinct review, but I can say this: this was a great story! I liked how ancient history was brought into the story, and I love the format of interview/ reports to tell the story.

Initially I was a tad put off by the lack of urgency. There was a lot of science, and not a lot of awe at the discovery. I'm also puzzled by the format choice; usually one reads a "found document" book because something catastrophic has happened and records were wiped out, etc.

Overall, a good read, especially if you like anthropology and wondering what else is out "there." 

*I received this book from the NetGalley program in exchange for this honest review.*

~ Spinning Jenny 

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).


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