Sleeping Giants

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Sleeping Giants is an exciting and engaging look at how we react when finding ancient artifacts that science cannot explain. Science is about answering questions, even when we may not be ready for the answers.

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 12.18.08 AMA girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.”

I mean, reread that description. How cool does this book already sound? A giant metal hand buried in the earth?! Ok, here’s more: Years later Rose and other scientists are still trying to solve the puzzle of the giant hand and more importantly…who put it there. Told in the format of interviews with each of the key players (similar to World War Z and the logs from The Martian) the story goes through the efforts of scientists and the military to unravel this ancient secret and ultimately answer the question, “Are we alone?”

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I really enjoyed this book. I was along for the ride from the first chapter when little Rose fell into a hole and discovered an ancient robot hand. I could not wait to find out what this freaking hand was and who put it there. The interview format means we don’t really get deep inside any characters heads, so there isn’t a ton of depth to them; but I didn’t find this a barrier to my enjoyment. For me the story was about this discovery process and how it effects humankind, more than it was about an single person involved. I did find the characters telling the interviewer (even the ones who hated him) their super personal (and um, sexual) details to be a bit unbelievable, but that’s due to the limit of the format.

This Sci Fi book is definitely science-light, so it should be enjoyable by everyone. While this book answered a lot of the initial questions, there’s still a ton to learn. Naturally, this book is part of a planned series of which Neuvel says there will be at least three. Because you can’t write a Sci Fi book unless it’s at minimum a trilogy. It’s hard to say much more about the story since it quickly goes into spoiler territory. I guess you’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!

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Fascinating story

Great build up for the next book without leaving a concocted cliffhanger

Kept me on the edge of my seat with each new discovery

Kara, a pilot, reminded me of her namesake in Battlestar Galactica.

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Format limited character development

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“If you are a scientist you believe that it is good to find out how the world works; that it is good to find out what the realities are; that it is good to turn over to mankind at large the greatest possible power to control the world and to deal with it according to its lights and its values.”

“Justice is usually much swifter for someone in my trade. It comes unannounced, usually from behind, and as far as I know, it is never prefaced by a meeting at the White House.”

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