Today I want to talk to you all about Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.
The book starts with a childhood discovery and is followed on years later by a revelation of cosmic proportions. This is the tale of the secrets that an ancient civilisation left behind and the secrets that are still being kept today. Sleeping Giants is a whirlwind of anonymous benefactors, underground government facilities, bilingual geniuses and very very big giants.
Sleeping Giants is told as a Dossier, through a series of interviews with characters in the plot. This format is similar to the system which Illuminae is written in and, for me, is extremely entertaining. The interview format makes the storytelling fast paced, digestible and more realistic. I was never bored reading Sleeping Giants and would whole heartedly recommend it if your looking for an easy piece of Sci-Fi that you know you’ll be able to finish in a few sittings.
But further than just my love for the format of storytelling was my love for the world building of this book. Sleeping Giants is set on modern day Earth but there are many elements to it that would be and are initially confusing to the everyday reader. For example a lot of the science in this book could very easily become so pretentious that it would get in the way of the plot; yet Neuvel always makes a point of simplifying the scientific world that the book encompasses so it is accessible and enjoyable for all.
The plot itself is intensely exciting not just because of the way that it its told but also because of the characters it is told through. In my opinion, the cast of Sleeping Giants is one of the most unique out there. The book offers humour, romance, fear and friendship all because it is able to offer characters who aren’t simple, one dimensional cardboard cut outs.
I would recommend this book entirely because I find it very difficult to find any fault with it. In fact, the only fault is that it wasn’t any longer.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
Keep on reading!
And thanks again Beth.