Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) – by Sylvain Neuvel

A young girl named Rose falls down a hidden shaft while riding her bike near her home in South Dakota. When she wakes, she finds herself surrounded by walls covered in strange glowing symbols; yet her rescuers see something even stranger, a little girl seated in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years have passed and the mystery of the metal hand continues. The little girl, Rose, is now the adult Dr. Rose Franklin. As a highly trained physicist she now leads a top secret group of military and science personnel with the goal of deciphering the metal hand’s mysteries. What do the strange symbols that lined the shaft surrounding the hand mean? And is the hand part of a larger construct?

As the pieces come together, both literally and figuratively, Dr. Franklin and her colleagues find the result could either be an instrument of peace or a weapon of lasting destruction.

Told through a variety of interviews and personal journal entries, Sleeping Giants is part mystery and part sci-fi thriller. It begs the question of what would happen if an alien construct was discovered. How would the world react if it were learned that we are not alone?

In Sleeping Giants the world does not react – at least not at first – because the world initially doesn’t know. An unnamed individual is pulling strings and making deals to make sure that doesn’t happen, and when it inevitably does, to make sure the “right” people are in control. But who are the “right” people? And this unnamed person, who are they and who are they really working for? One is left to ponder these things especially as more of what they have done comes to life over the course of the story.

Personally, I found Sleeping Giants to be an intriguing read.  The idea of aliens leaving artifacts to be found is not a new one yet here it is handled in a new way. Government conspiracies abound as strange unnamed persons pull at invisible strings to make sure events go as they want them.

Sci-fi fans as well as conspiracy theorist fans will greatly enjoy this book. Personally, I am looking forward to reading the second book to see just how far down the rabbit hole goes.


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