Book Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Title: Sleeping Giants

Author: Sylvain Neuvel

Genre: Science Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, Dystopia

Publisher: Del Ray

Published: April 26, 2016

Page Amount: 320 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: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.

Why Read: From the moment I saw the copy of Sleeping Giants on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. Everything about it appealed to me. The description seemed like this cool interpretation of humanity’s future while also exposing me to a new style of novels: interview-style. The cover? I mean – it’s awesome. There was nothing about this book I didn’t want to read.

Review: Where does one begin? Well, it’s difficult to start with anything other than the style of writing, because I think it’s the most distinctive thing about this book by far. Yes, you heard me right: it’s written in a series of interviews. I admit, I was thrown at first – what about body language? what about long and melodic passages? After the first chapter though: I was sold. I love the focus on dialogue, which really brings the readers eye to the characters.

From the writing style, I really found myself more involved with the characters then I would otherwise. Why? Because there’s nothing greater than hearing the same interviewer with different characters. As events commence faster and faster, the mysterious interviewer becomes more and more involved than he already is and as the reader, we get to learn more about him. What does he find interesting? How does he handle rebellion and deviations from his plan? What on earth is happening!? (A question I often asked myself)

The characters themselves are only visible through these interviews, and while it may seem like that would be a superficial view, I can assure it- it most certainly is not. As the characters become more comfortable with the mysterious interviewer, we get more and more insight into their thoughts and motivations. I particularly liked the development of the two main characters and their interactions with each other as the plot commences (and since the book is not out yet… I won’t spoil it for anyone).

Plot-wise, it was fantastically formulated. Sleeping Giants is that great length that hovers between 300 and 400 – never too short or too long. Somehow it seems the perfect length, at least for me as a reader, for the author to develop the plot in a manner that is neither too rushed or mind-crushingly slow. The beginnings thrusts the reader right in the middle of a mysterious situation, and picks up and runs with it – and does not slow down enough to let you off. The ending was very on-point and I will not spoil it… but seriously, it’s fantastic and I need another book ASAP (Do you hear me Sylvain Neuvel?). I’d recommend this for pretty much anyone who has an interest in potential futures (or dystopia), or is interested in fantasy or science fiction…. or really anyone who likes to try new things!

Rating: 4.7/5 Stars

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ida says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

    1. Gabriella says:

      You’ll really like it 🙂

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