Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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“This will change the way we think of the world, the way we see ourselves. This will reshape this planet, and we have an opportunity to help steer that change. How many lives is that worth to you?”


4.5 stars.
Some books are just so quotable, you know?

… Well, Sleeping Giants isn’t one of them.

It frustrates me to realize that even though I laughed so hard through my read (I even giggled! The infamy!!), I just can’t show you. I mean, I could, but you’d probably think I have a terrible sense of humor, and we wouldn’t want that, would we? Nameless Prick’s deadpan style might need to be savored in context, but I assure you, IT’S FANTASTIC.

But can we talk about the captivating premise, okay? So the story starts when Rose Franklin, a talented physicist, Kara, an US army pilot with an attitude, and Ryan, her co-pilot (no, I don’t have an adjective for him), are hired to find the metal body parts of a Giant who may or may not have been created by aliens 600,000 years ago. Those body parts are scattered around the world and only appear with the help of some radioactive materials, because of course.

-I am assuming there will be a point to this fable sometime in the near future. See what I meant?

ALRIGHT, I can’t tell this story in a compelling way for the life of me. I do know because I tried on my boyfriend and no, he didn’t get what was SO FUCKING AMAZING either x-) so you’ll have to trust me, and ….. I mean there are thousand of us who happily fell into the Sleeping Giants‘s hole so we can’t be entirely wrong, can we?

*headset turned on* Ugh but many awful books are given a 4+ rating here on Goodreads sooooooo

OKAY, NEVER MIND, listen to this :

1) Sleeping Giants is a scifi novel entirely told through interviews and journal entries, and it managed to picture a complex set of relationship dynamics, which I found so very much impressive because hellooooo, that format doesn’t exactly scream connection. Yet it worked so damn well, I cared about every one of the characters, including – okay, especially – the nameless manipulative prick who conducted all the interviews and who made me smile so damn much, the arrogant jerk. In the end, none of them is two-dimensional, all of them are layered and have complex motives, I love it.

2) While I haven’t read The Martian yet and hence wouldn’t be able to compare the two novels, I completely share Emily’s opinion: what’s so fascinating about Sleeping Giants is the way it relegates us – humans – to our very tiny place in the universe. And wow, I needed that. Indeed I genuinely believe that sometimes, we need to step back and look at the overall picture – and that the world would be one millions times less fucked-up if we did it more often. Do you know what French News said about Trump’s speech in Rihad yesterday? That he was right to simplify the World problems in a Good vs Evil war, because it would make sense to Americans. Forget how demeaning it is for your intelligence, that is simply not true and so infuriating and unfair. By looking to the world through our First World gaze, we are in denial. There’s no such thing as a Good Country or a Bad Country as a whole, and perhaps we should remember more often that in the end, we’re all flawed individuals. Tiny, tiny humans.

3) The ending was exciting enough to make me want to stop everything I was doing and grab the sequel right away.

► It was so, so good. Why, of course I recommend.

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7 responses to “Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

  1. I’ll definitely have to check this book out further. Thanks for introducing it to me, and for an awesome reveiw!!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

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