I think that it’s good to go outside of your reading comfort zone every once in a while in order to dip your toes into the water of another genre. That’s what reading Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, a science fiction novel, was like for me.
The story begins when Rose, a young child, is riding her bike one evening and falls into a square shaped hole in the earth. She wakes up in the palm of a giant metal hand. As an adult, Rose becomes the physicist that leads the team researching the huge mysterious hand, where it came from, and whether there are other artifacts out there. The more the team learns about the hand, the more they question what the artifact means for humanity.
The story is made up entirely of interviews, journal entries, and news clippings. I thought this was an interesting approach to writing and although I felt oddly disconnected as a reader I didn’t dislike it. The same mysterious figure conducts each interview during the book and I felt quite curious about the character. We don’t know much about him besides the fact that he’s got powerful connections and is a bit of a bully. There were a lot of political components to Sleeping Giants as well, both within the United States and between the governments of countries across the globe.
On a disappointing note, the flow of the plot seemed a bit scattered to me and it was a bit challenging to keep up with the timing. I thought some of the plot decisions (don’t worry, no spoilers here!) were random and unnecessary as well.
Although Sleeping Giants wasn’t my favorite read, I enjoyed the tone and the idea behind the plot. I also enjoyed reading a book outside of my typically preferred genres to mix things up!
Now it’s your turn! Do you typically stick to one genre while reading?
6 thoughts on “Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel”
I mostly read fantasy but I tend to skip around because I read whatever catches my attention. For example, I’m currently reading The Martian, which is science fiction, I believe, and it’s way outside my comfort zone.
That’s great! I hope you’re enjoying The Martian, I’ve heard that some love it and that some have had a hard time with it.
I had a hard time at first but by the end, I liked it.
I’m glad to hear that! I still haven’t read it, but it’s on my list.
I have this one waiting on my Kindle! Like you, it’s a little out of my reading comfort zone, but I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for your review!
I definitely enjoyed it, but there were portions of the story that I didn’t connect with as much as I have with other books. Thank you for reading!
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