Monday, May 16, 2016

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

A young girl goes running through the nearby woods as she often does.  But this time something is different.  She is found hours later slowly awakening in the palm of a giant hand wheich was recently, and quite mysteriously, unearthed resting in a hole/room in the ground.  Years later that same girl is an adult, a scientist of some renown, working on the hand and the glyphs on the walls of the room the hand (and she) were found in when she was young.  It is her job to figure out if the giant hand belongs to a giant body and where the other pieces may be buried, and how to unearth them and reassemble the giant.  How did the giant come to be buried on Earth thousands of years ago?  Is there a reason she (the robot seems to be female) is discovered now?  How will mankind react to a giant robot and the questions it creates?

I’m not a fan of politics, but this was fascinating.  How would world powers react to a giant alien robot?  How would the average person?  And if there is one giant robot, are there others?  And why does it exist, here on our planet, in the first place?   

I am a huge fan of books that play around with format.  This one is told mostly as interviews with an unknown, but extremely intriguing and cool, interviewer but there are journal entries and other things as well.  This is one of those books that when you finish you just sit there stunned that there are no more pages to read and immediately check to see when the next one will be out – which will unfortunately be this time next year.  ARGH!

Yes, it’s science fiction, but it’s present day science fiction so think more Michael Crichton than Star Wars.  Fans of The Martian and World War Z will really enjoy the format and the science.