Book Review: Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel

Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
ISBN: 9781101886694
Pages: 320
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher


A girl falls through the ground and is found, hours later, in the palm of a giant, metal hand deep within the Earth that is not of human construction.

Seventeen years later, that girl is now a scientist in charge of a team studying these massive alien objects found buried around the globe. Who created these objects, and why?


Sleeping Giants is one of the most unexpected and enjoyable novels I’ve read in recent memory. I picked it up on a whim—Mysteries? Aliens? I’ll try it—and came up for breath, hours later, having read the entire novel in one sitting. It’s so well done and gripping, and readers will be captivated by the mysteries presented within the book.

One of my favorite aspects of Sleeping Giants is the manner in which it’s told. It’s told in interviews, in data files, in emails and discussions—a sort of fictional oral history, rather than traditional novel form. It makes it a lot easier to read and digest than if it were presented in a regular narrative. It also brings you much closer to the characters because you’re hearing the story in their own words.

My description of Sleeping Giants is sketchy, and that’s on purpose. Part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because I didn’t really know much about it going in. I was surprised, delighted, and shocked at every twist and turn of events, and I couldn’t put the book down because the narrative tension was so thick.

The beauty of this novel is that it’s a Swiss Army Knife recommendation for me—if you like science fiction, you’ll love this novel. If you don’t, you’ll probably still like it. If you like mysteries, you’ll like this, but if you prefer to stay away from them, you’ll still like this. It can’t be defined or described with just one genre; at its core, it’s just a good, well-written, suspenseful story, and one that I can’t recommend highly enough.

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  1. This is a great read! Finished reading it in one sitting last night. Liked the way it is written and it is totally surprising to realise that it is Sylvain Neuvel’ first book…

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