Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants

Book - 2016
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"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."--
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781101886694
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 25 cm


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May 23, 2020

Objectively, this book was great. The writing was intense but succinct (no flowery or purpose prose here), the chapters were short, the material was original (giant robot pieces found all over the earth that fit together to create a movable robot) and the format made it interesting (interviews, news articles and surveillance feed). Subjectively, I just don't think it was for me. It read quickly, and it was intriguing, but there were several things about it that threw me off. First, I didn't care for the interviewer, who was some crazy powerful individual without a name who was pulling all the strings. He seemed to be the deus ex machina that moved the plot along whenever there was a problem with the characters or whenever the plot was about to stall. There was also too much relationship drama. In a science fiction book that's only 300 pages, there shouldn't be much time to talk about who the pilot of the GIANT ALIEN ROBOT is attracted to, but there we are, smack in the middle of a love triangle. Granted, it's nowhere near as painful as some other YA fantasy books that I won't mention here (but you know what they are), but it was enough of a sticking point for me that I couldn't completely enjoy the story. I liked it enough that I would recommend it to those folks who really liked Illuminae, or someone who's just looking for a quick sci-fi escape that's a little different. I truly think that this would be better as an audiobook, and if I was going to read it again, that's how I would do it!

WCL_Kiirstin Dec 07, 2019

The format, premise, and execution of this story are all top-notch. It's extremely creative and absolutely fascinating. Things unfold in bits and pieces, and some questions are not answered; however, it never feels slow or unsatisfying. I both listened to the audio (extremely well done) and read pieces so I didn't have to wait too long to get to the end!

Aug 25, 2019

Very interesting First Contact novel. Liked the presentation of a sort of all powerful narrator who is never really identified but ties the people together through interviews. We will hope there are fewer Psychos on the team that develops the first WMD from outer space (Actually the second remember 2001 and they are still hanging around out there on Europa).

Feb 11, 2019

This is the type of sci-fi that I enjoy. It could absolutely happen. For me, the premise set up in the first few pages was completely unique. A girl falls in a hole & is found resting in a giant cupped hand. Fascinating.
I enjoyed the style of the story unfolding in a series of interviews with an unknown entity. This worked well for me until the story got near the climax. It felt strained for that small percentage of the novel.
Also by the end, I was frustrated not knowing who the all powerful interviewer is. Just seemed very convenient for him to be able to get done everything that needed doing. Almost mythologically convenient.

Sep 04, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. The science was, I thought, well thought out. The plot gripping. The characters enjoyable. And the writing style (written in the form of official reports) for chapters interesting. A good read. No complaints.

JCLDylanR Aug 16, 2018

"Sleeping Giants" is just your average love story; you know, the timeless tale of love between pilots.. pilots of a giant robot from outer space, of course!!

Sci-fi awesomeness pieced together from interviews, reports, & other accounts. Sort of the literary version of a found footage film. I just finished "Sleeping Giants" two days ago, & am already halfway through book two ("Waking Gods") of the trilogy. While there are more than a few "because.. plot!'-twists in the series to this point, it's still made for some VERY fun reading!

ArapahoeLaura Jun 26, 2018

Told in log files behind an exploratory expedition of mysterious body parts found all over the world. Definitely check out the audio version, it's fantastic!

RobertELPL Jun 19, 2018

The first in a trilogy (all three are out now), "Sleeping Giants" is written in a series of interviews, news reports/articles and briefings. Similar to Daniel Wilson's "Robopocalypse." I think this style made for a quicker read and I enjoyed the concept of a giant robot being discovered by the human race and seeing them figure out why and what to do with it. I'm looking forward to finishing the series.

Apr 14, 2018

Decent concept, flawed execution. The characters aren't terribly distinct. What's worse, some of the sections are supposed to be official reports, sometimes military reports, but they're still written in fairly casual language. Lack of verisimilitude. I'm not interested enough to find out how it ends, abandoned at ~50%.

LPL_EliH Mar 02, 2018

Giant robots are hard to turn down, and Neuvel does just enough to put his own spin on them. "Page turner" doesn't even begin to do Sleeping Giants justice, as the blur of exposition and action zips by in the interview/secret document format of the narrative. The first book sets up the rest of the series well, with promises of an epic showdown to come; it's also a decent standalone read, with a good balance of answers and mystery at the end.

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Apr 13, 2017

“Family has a way of bringing out the worst in people. Every people.”

Apr 13, 2017

“It would make things easier for both of us, especially for you, if we could forgo the part of this conversation where you take me for a complete idiot...”


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SPL_Robyn May 28, 2016

When one thinks of the genre science fiction, one’s mind may jump towards space, the future, flying cars or galaxies far, far away. Sleeping Giants is definitely science fiction, yet it contains few of these traditional sci-fi elements, and those it does contain are almost tangential to the story. There may be humanoid aliens, but we don’t meet them. There may be a weapon of mass destruction, but it may not have been intended for such a purpose. There may be government and military conspiracies to hide the truth, but the truth is outed… and there definitely is a shadowy person pulling strings in many directions.

Resemblance to The X-Files in the above description is purely intentional. What we have here is a sci-fi political thriller, set in the here and now but with ties to ancient history, told in interviews, excerpts, episodes and military reports – a style that keeps the pace clipping along, allowing periods of time to pass (and certain US elections to be held) without being bogged down.

A young girl falls down a large hole and when found appears to be sitting in the palm of an enormous had, glowing with aquamarine veins. She grows up to be a physicist and is recruited with a team of pilots, linguists and other personnel to unravel the secrets of the hand, and other body parts discovered around the globe. The questions she and her team unearth are the big ones – are we alone in the universe? Who can humanity really trust with the secrets of the universe? When does the quest for scientific progress outweigh the need for human care?

It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel, and Neuvel leaves a truly tantalizing thread at the end that will leave readers drooling for a sequel. Then again, speculation is fascinating too, in case a sequel never comes. ~RG

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