Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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BOTMC Sleeping Giants

June was so incredibly busy with work that I hardly had a chance to read. Thank goodness things have slowed down a bit for July and I read 3 books! Ok, 2 of them were audiobooks but after staring at a screen all day, it’s nice to listen to a book.

For my July Book of the Month Club box, I selected Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I was sold by Liberty Hardy’s blurb about the sci-fi novel:

Sleeping Giants blurb by Liberty Hardy

“Like the Martian, this is a fun, fast-paced novel about man’s hopes for the future.”


In Sleeping Giants11-year-old Rose Franklin falls into a giant hole in the ground. The rescue team finds her sleeping inside a giant hand set inside an alien chamber. She grows up to be a brilliant scientist and by some twist of fate, becomes the head scientist on this hand’s research team.  With the help from an unnamed but well connected person, Dr. Franklin assembles a team to find and assemble the body parts. The more pieces they find, the deeper the mystery becomes.

I’ll stop there with the book synopsis as not to give anything else away. Part of the fun in reading Sleeping Giants is seeing everything unfold.

The novel is told via interviews between the unnamed figure and those involved in the research project. Journal entries from the research team are also interspersed to tell the narrative. This unnamed person (I am not sure of their gender) obviously has a hidden agenda.

I agree with Liberty Hardy that Sleeping Giants is a fun read. However the comparison to The Martian is a bit of a stretch for me. There’s very little science in Sleeping Giants, which might be a positive for some people. I never got a good grasp on most of the characters, except for Kara, even though the book description bills Dr. Franklin as the main character. I just wanted a little more substance.

Sleeping Giants is a fun, summer read. The short “chapters” make it easy to read and won’t make you think too hard. I wouldn’t be surprised if it has already been optioned for a movie. It certainly reads like a movie script.

Want to give it a try? The Kindle version of Sleeping Giants is currently only $1.99. I’m not sure what the e-book format is like, but I enjoyed reading it in hardback.

Without Book of the Month Club, I wouldn’t have even picked up this book. I’ve really enjoyed my subscription to BOMC because it made me look outside my usually types of books. I highly recommend the subscription box. (See my full review on Book of the Month Club)