Book Review ‘Sleeping Giants’, Sylvain Neuvel

Short synopsis: 

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the Earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole. The hole is the palm of a Giant metal hand.
17 years later, the mystery of the bizarre artefact remains unsolved – the origins, architects, and purpose unknown.
But Rose Franklin is a highly trained physicist now, leading a top-secret team to crack the Hand’s Code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless, weird, but very powerful interrogator.
They are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery – and finally figuring out what it IS – > ‘humanity’. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?


“Don’t be afraid to bite on a giant, learn from the mosquito.” 

The mosquitos are we, the humans.
The giants are they, the aliens.
The author is coming with a not-so-revolutionary, but still a cool idea that our ancestors or creators (of the Universe, Earth) were some kind of smart-arse-collosuses.

Just a thought: Let’s imagine -> you have found a shiny Giant Hand in the closest forest or park. Should you involve the government or try to sale the 6 stairs-hand on the black market? The answer is obvious: the black market and the government are working together (never forget that). So whatever you are planing to do – BEEP! be careful! 

The story: Rose grew up and her University (in Chicago) takes over the research. The thing is…we are maybe not the aliens, but we aren’t dumb. If there’s a hand – then the other parts of the body should be hidden somewhere too.

Now imagine THAT body for 1 sec…
Only the hand is 6 stairs-house.
Do you really WANNA put together all the pieces?
It doesn’t look like a usual LEGO to me. 

Do we really should go and dig ‘that thing’ outta the Earth? Hm. Probably, we, humans, aren’t so smart after all.
When other body parts are discovered throughout the world— Rose Franklin’s task is to somehow transport them to an underground facility in Denver (imagine the size of the facility, just saying). 

Problems with Russia and North Korea?
Don’t go around, digging out the gigantic body-parts on their territory.

The style: narrated through a series of interviews, personal journals, mission logs. All the events shows through the eyes of Rose Franklin; Kara Resnik – U.S. Army pilot tasked with finding a way to “move” the GIANT Chick; Vincent Couture – a linguist, but soon to be a pilot too; mean, evil-ish chemist or gynaecologist – Ms Papantoniou.

The thing is…the aliens, surely, thinks we are stupid, so they left the instruction on their machine (the machine is a female, who can walk, shoot, kill, hug, control the energies, walk on the water, in general do whatever you wish).
I’m wondering – where is her guy? Don’t you? What… if he’s bigger?

The sexy details: The robot girl has a perky breast. 

I think if she has the breasts …that means she should have everything else too, ready to be discovered. Ouch!

The interviewer/interrogator: the man has a huge power – he’s flying around the world, digging out the parts of the giant objects, creating the crews, taking endless interviews, saying ‘FU!’ to presidents  – but why? Probably bored? 

What I didn’t like: there’s no psychological thrill 

Rate: 4, but I wouldn’t buy it again. I saw the books of the author in the store last week. I’ve picked the book, read the synopsis – ‘omg, they found again some huge thing in New York or around’. Sigh, I’m not sure I’m up for one more ‘Giant-Body’-ride. 

The energy: 1 – max 2 day read, fast-moving, cool, kinda fun from start to finish. 

The last note:

“Universe is a Giant with his body and we humans are a Giant with our minds!” 

The giant robot couldn’t move without a couple of humans inside of it.
The mind is everything. 

Advice: If you are into ‘the secret files’ reading – time to order this book! 


P.S. Attention! Here’s the plan for this week 19-25 June: Weekly Teaser

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Victoria Ray NB View All →

Living in Sweden. Awesome. Happy. Writing. Ayurvedic food. Healthy lifestyle. Dogs. Literature. Drawing. Meditation/Yoga.

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