Hello Bloggy Type Peoples!
Have you missed me? I’ve missed you! It’s been so bizarre not checking this every day! Don’t worry, I’ve been reading, and writing. I’ll be back officially on May 1, just in time for Mental Health Month. However, I had one ARC due for the end of April, so I decided to peek in before the end of my hiatus.
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.
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?
I’ve never seen a writing style quite like this. Sure, there are books out there with articles or interviews mixed into the story, but Sleeping Giants is comprised of the files from one almost omnipotent interviewer. We never know his (gender assumed male) name or occupation. He is one of those Men In Black figures. The kind that show up in a shiny tinted SUV out of nowhere and take over. His fingers are in everything and everywhere and no one has a higher rank than he. “Our Nameless Friend,” as Kara calls him, starts as a background narrator and leaves as a complicated lead.
Unfortunately, I’m posting this review a little out of order, so my feelings about Sleeping Giants have been skewed. I don’t often read a ton of Sci-Fi, and last week I read TWO. And not just two science fiction novels–two books about alien technology with pop culture references. They even both referenced Humpty Dumpty. I’m not even kidding. They were SO SIMILAR. Sleeping Giants had the misfortune of following The Fold, which will be posted on May 6, and got 5 Book Dragons. How do you follow that?
There’s no denying that Sylvain Neuvel is an excellent writer. The plot was well thought out, the omnipotent narrator was extremely strong and complicated. I did struggle, though, with the interview style. I was constantly having to go back and look to see who we were talking to, what the timeline was, where we were, etc. Files could skip 5 minutes, or 5 months.There were also a few things in the plot that left a few big confusing holes for me–things I cannot talk about without spoiling the story. It seems Neuvel is leaving a cliffhanger open for a sequel, but there’s a hole the size of the Puerto Rico ocean trench that I’m staring into, and I’m drowning in it
I didn’t hate the book. I’d go so far as to say I liked it. But I won’t continue with the sequel if there is one to come. This just isn’t a format that serves my taste.
NetGalley provided an ebook and I won a free copy from Goodreads, both for unbiased review. Releases April 26, 2016.