Audio Book Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

June 27, 2016 Advanced Readers Copy, Audiobooks, Book Reviews 0

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Audio Book Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain NeuvelSleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
Published by Del Rey on April 26th 2016
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
Genres: Sci Fi
Pages: 320
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.
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?

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A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

This is the blurb from Goodreads. Having read both, I can say that I did not enjoy World War Z but see where they find it similar. The interview technique and the reader not knowing what is happening other than what is in the interviews. There is quite a bit of science in this, which particularly interests me. Not so much like The Martian though. The comic relief of The Martian is not felt in this and the science is here to help try to explain the giant, not how to survive.

I love this format. It is written as an interview so the only thing the reader gets is what the interviewer hears. The downside to this is that the interviewer may not have the full story and thus the reader would not either. Even so, this intrigued me!

Since listening to an interview on audio, I had to listen very, very carefully to every sentence. There are some books where you can skip something and it would not matter for the overall plot, this is not one of those. It is exciting enough that for the most part, you will not be bored listening to these interviews. And the interviewees are all quite different and the interviews change up often. I did not find myself starting to lose attention until about half way through. Even with a slower build up, the characters kept me interested.

From the beginning the author lets his audience know that this giant is not something that any human could have made or replicated. Just that in itself makes the story curious. Once things start going, it seems like time is missing. There is also a dark underlying feeling of the entire story. It reminded me of an espionage as the plot continued to unfold. The interviewer kept those working for him in the dark and only the reader gets to know what is going on, but not entirely.

Full cast, loved listening to this but the plot did wane a bit for me closer to the end. As it got more into feeling like espionage, I got more away from enjoying. Good ending though!

 

Rating Report
Plot
3.5 / 5
Character Development
3.5 / 5
Writing Style
3.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3.5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 3.8 / 5
The Author

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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