Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

I was kindly given a review copy of this book by Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

This book has been labelled as being similar in style to World War Z and The Martian. Does it fit with either of these books? Well, I have read The Martian and I can say that, although it is similar, it is not in the same league. That does not mean that this is a bad book, however. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery of it, all the way to the end, and it is very well written. It just doesn’t have quite the same cutting edge.

It tells the story of a team of US military scientists and personnel from the armed forces as they try to piece together (literally) a giant puzzle after a huge metal hand was found in the woods of America. They quickly realise that there must be other parts out there so they set out to find them all. What they find is both frightening in it’s immensity and full of hope for a world with little peace.

The characters are wonderfully complex. The only disappointment was not finding out who the guy interviewing everyone is. He is a key part of the story, and yet we never know his name, or even if he is human! Maybe we will find out in a sequel or two?

I really did enjoy this book, and I can’t wait for more!


Star rating: 4 from 5 – a giant success? Maybe!

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