Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) / Sylvain Neuvel / 320 pgs

I am so impressed with the debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel. Like "World War Z" the novel is in interview form, where a story is being told completely through dialogue between the major characters and although it is no longer a completely unique form of storytelling, it still captures my attention in a way that some traditional format novels do not.

Sleeping Giants is about a huge project consisting of finding pieces of a huge statue scattered through out the world. The team tasked with this is made up of a couple of military helicopter pilots, a physicist, and a linguistics expert. Throughout the book, a mysterious man who seems to have extensive intelligence contacts keeps the task force on track, including even giving relationship advice, which seems to go against his blunt personality. I don't want to say much more for fear of giving away the whole plot.

I love that there are still some mysteries at the end of the book. This is apparently the first in a series, but the fact that we still do not know exactly who the mysterious interviewer in the book is, or who he represents, is really exciting to me. I highly recommend this book and eagerly await its sequel.

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