Review- Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

Goodreads Summary- A 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.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

  1. The way the story is told- It is told through a series of interviews, news articles, and personal journal entries.
  2. Thought provoking- Sleeping Giants really makes you question whether or not we are alone in this world, and wonder if “aliens” are far more advanced than we are.  It really makes you ponder uncomfortable questions, but I appreciate books that manage to accomplish that in an effective way.
  3. The interviewer- The interviews in the novel are conducted by an anonymous interviewer who by the end of the book became my favourite character.  You initial think this person is cold and power hungry, but by the end there are many signs that point to the fact that they care more than they lead on.
  4. Conspiracy theories- I love a good conspiracy! The conspiracies in this novel are totally believable and I could see them actually happening in the world today.
  1. Very little to do with robots. I was under the impression that this novel would be full of robot madness, but it was not! It was more about the politics and philosophical questions- which I ended up loving anyway!

“If you fall in love with someone, there’s a good chance the person won’t love you back. Hatred, though, is usually mutual. If you despise someone, it’s pretty much a given they’re also not your biggest fan.”

“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…”

“I was smart enough to know it was wrong, but not brave enough to stop them.”

“It’s easier to be just one more soldier in a giant army than being the whole army by yourself.”


Maggie loved this book so much that she chewed a whole in it and bent the bottom corner…

Have you read Sleeping Giants? What did you think?

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16 thoughts on “Review- Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

  1. I’m glad to see your review on this book. I still need to read it. I’m glad to know you enjoyed the book 😊 Great review!

  2. I started this once, but wasn’t really in the mood for it so I put it down, but I want to give it another try. I did really like the writing style. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Here’s a book I’ve been anticipating since I saw that cover last year!! I’ve heard so many good things and that format interests me. I’ve never read something like that and cannot wait to get the time to finally read it!! Great review!!

  4. lol … yeah my rabbit really loved this book as well. Chewed the entire edge of it all the way around.

    I was not as crazy about it. I liked it but I felt a little disconnected with the format of the story being told though files and such (which I weird because I LOVED Illuminae and Gemina which are similarly formatted).

    I was also a bit disappointed that it took us so long to get to the robots … and didn’t really get robots in this book. But a lot of set-up for future robots.

    1. I totally see what you mean. The second book has a lot more robots and I think they are explained better. There’s also more character development!

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