October 04, 2018

REVIEW| Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1)
Sylvain Neuvel

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UK Publisher: Penguin Books

UK Release Date: May 16th, 2016


The Themis Files is a deeply human story about a world-changing alien discovery.

17 years ago, a young girl named Rose fell through the ground in the Black Hills and found herself in an underground chamber filled with gleaming symbols, lying in the palm of a giant metal hand. Now a physicist, Rose leads a research team struggling to determine the hand's origins. When another giant limb is discovered, she quickly devises a method for unearthing the hidden pieces, convinced there is an entire body out there waiting to be found.

Halfway around the globe, Kara watches helplessly as her helicopter shuts down over a pistachio field in Turkey. That'll leave a mark, but she's about to crash her way into what might be the greatest endeavor in human history.

This is a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts. Written as a series of interview transcripts, journal entries and mission logs, The Themis Files tells the tale of a handful of people whose lives are inexorably linked by the discovery of an alien device and the commotion that follows.


I'm really glad I picked this one up. It does the one thing I like Science Fiction to do best: to make me feel small, in a world, a galaxy, where anything could be possible, but we just haven't got there yet. Usually that notion would cause me to crawl into a fetal position and have a three-day existential crisis, but in fiction like this, its comforting. My actions don't matter, or at least only to myself and those in close proximity to my environment.

The plot was gripping, and I think that's relevant to the fact that there was no stray chapters. Each one was meticulous in building tensions and conflict that led to providing important plot points that had me reading straight into the next chapter. 

I'm straying really close to spoilers, but I had to mention it. That ending had me twisting and yelling 'What the Fuck?!' for ten minutes straight. I'd say that's a good sign, if I haven't given you one already.

I thought it rather interesting how Neuvel set up the point-of-view that we got.  The book is set up in a series of transcripted documents between the team of scientists and this "above the government" type of character. Characterization was key to what I could read between the lines of what little I was actually shown, as most of it was said and in a one-to-one environment. 

Overall, I liked what I read and am really intrigued to move on to Waking Gods. I'm hoping I get some answers, cause GOD-DAMN, I need them.


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