DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: Del Rey Publishers, April 26th, 2016
As a child, Rose Franklin accidentally fell into a hole...and landed safely...in the palm of a gigantic metal, robot hand. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin is recruited to join a group of other scientists to investigate what this hand means, but when they discover additional metal, robot body parts spread across the globe, they begin to put the pieces together. However, acquiring these body parts is difficult because many of them are earthed in unfriendly countries, so any time this secret task force, completely unaffiliated with any military excursion, attempts to dig one up, it is seen as an act of war. Because of this, the US is distancing itself from this task force. Another member of this elite team, Kara Resnick, has taken a romantic interest with fellow member Vincent Couture, but when this unknown organizer takes this mission a little too far, it erupts Kara's already fragile temper, and things start to unravel. But when another mysterious gentleman has a meeting with the unnamed leader, things start to take a turn that no one could expect. Will the team grab all the pieces in time to build this giant robot? Or will all the impending wars doom the mission before it is completed? And is there an air of mutiny floating about?
This book is interestingly written consisting mostly of interviews between different team members and the unnamed organizer. All the reader knows is that this organizer has unlimited resources to make this mission a success. Scattered throughout are journal entries, press releases, and other little clips of what's going on. For a book to be mostly interviews, one would think it would be difficult to provide a back story or any depth to the characters but Neuvel does a phenomenal job at this. The characters feel real to the reader, as do their flaws.
The downside to having a book of nothing more than interviews is that towards the end it gets difficult to read. Jumping back and forth between characters doesn't really provide a nice flow to the book, but the fast paced nature of this book allows this to happen without being overly distracting.
Beautifully set up as an opening book in a soon-to-be trilogy, Sleeping Giants is amazingly original, a sci-fi concept that I personally have not seen before. Neuvel doesn't waste any time in setting up a slow entry. Instead he jumps right in head first. I also liked that Neuvel left the reader in the dark for most of the book regarding what was going on. In a slow-paced book, this would be a big downfall, but again, because of the pacing, it works here. However, not all questions are answered, but I assume once the trilogy is complete, they will be. This is never made more true than the incredible, came-from-nowhere, epilogue he gives us. When I finished reading the bulk of the book, I had a sense of completion. I thought to myself, "Well, that was a nice story." But upon reading the epilogue, I was immediately ready to crack into book two.
Overall, this is a nice novel with a different way of telling a story. The title of the book is perfect, and I liked how as I got further and further, he slowly revealed more, even including an astrol, mythological component. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi, or anyone who wants to try something different. When book two comes out, I know I'll be jumping on it.
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