Really Big (Kick-ass) Robots in Sleeping Giants | Spoiler-Free Review

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

Genre: Sci-Fi
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 304 {paperback}

Review on Goodreads


Initial Thoughts upon Finishing

This audiobook was absolutely incredible, I cannot get over how fantastic that performance was. The story is intriguing and shrouded in mystery for a large part of the book. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.


Sleeping Giants

This story is unlike anything else I’ve read. Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect: I just knew that this had a good handful of great reviews and one of my best friends had recommended it to me. The intrigue surrounding the plot of this book really drew me in. So I decided to get the audiobook and that was probably the best decision I’ve made so far this year—if not the best decision I’ll have ever made for the rest of my life.

Dramatic? No. IT’S SO GOOD. The story is entirely in dialogue following a good cast of characters and you never quite know what’s happening. After a brief introductory story (by way of interview) we ascertain that one of the main characters came across the curious phenomenon of a giant robotic hand buried beneath the earth.

This happened when she was a child, but now that she’s older she’s spent a lot of her life dedicated to figuring out what it is, why it’s there and what it does. Let alone what it’s made of because this thing doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

The story is driven by the interrogative conversation of a man whose name we never find out. We don’t really know who he is, who he works for and what he stands to gain out of this project. But I loved this and felt connected to him even though that makes no sense because he is kept so distant from the reader’s emotions.

This man assembles a team of specialists from the armed forces of the USA to find and retrieve the remaining robotic body parts of this robot. The aim is to assemble it and pilot the thing. Piloting it is no simple task and there is much drama to be had within the pages of this book.


Why This Was Amazing

I find it hard to put my finger on what exactly it is that has me so invested in this story. For sure, the audiobook performance was phenomenal (see below) and I will certainly continue reading the story this way. But the way the plot is revealed so slowly to us is glorious.

I never found myself frustrated at not knowing exactly what was going on because the main character has this way of creating a false sense of security: it’s like the book comforts you and reassures you that you are in control and you know exactly what’s going on. But you don’t. I still have questions even now, when I’ve finished the book.

The characters are also wonderfully flawed and highly relatable. The way that the interviews, though conducted as a sort of progress check-in, come across as psychology sessions was a brilliant way to make a reasonably impersonal story, highly personal.

Every single character has an insecurity that sucks the reader in and makes them want to know more. We’re addicted to finding their individual motivations for joining this project and staying on the project—even though there are often serious consequences following these decisions.


The Audiobook: Worth It?

I cannot recommend that you read this via the audiobook enough. This has a cast of voice actors attending to all the different characters which is always a good sign. The intonations, the cadence and the deliverance of lines were impeccable. I came out of it feeling as though if I had read this story, I wouldn’t have extracted the same vibe from it.

The audiobook is both brilliant and eerie. But I just cannot get over the magnificent performance of whoever does the voice for the main character (the interviewer). It’s chilling and perfect and makes complete sense. This is, hands-down, my favourite audiobook performance I’ve come across yet.


Summary

I have nothing but praise for this story and it would make me really happy to see more and more people reading this. It’s entertaining, it’s intriguing beyond belief and it keeps you invested in the story the whole way through. Not to mention the whole thing ends on the most curious of cliff-hangers so of course, I won’t be able to sleep easy again until I find out what happens.


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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

Genre: Sci-Fi
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 304 {paperback}

Review on Goodreads


Initial Thoughts upon Finishing

This audiobook was absolutely incredible, I cannot get over how fantastic that performance was. The story is intriguing and shrouded in mystery for a large part of the book. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.


Sleeping Giants

This story is unlike anything else I’ve read. Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect: I just knew that this had a good handful of great reviews and one of my best friends had recommended it to me. The intrigue surrounding the plot of this book really drew me in. So I decided to get the audiobook and that was probably the best decision I’ve made so far this year—if not the best decision I’ll have ever made for the rest of my life.

Dramatic? No. IT’S SO GOOD. The story is entirely in dialogue following a good cast of characters and you never quite know what’s happening. After a brief introductory story (by way of interview) we ascertain that one of the main characters came across the curious phenomenon of a giant robotic hand buried beneath the earth.

This happened when she was a child, but now that she’s older she’s spent a lot of her life dedicated to figuring out what it is, why it’s there and what it does. Let alone what it’s made of because this thing doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

The story is driven by the interrogative conversation of a man whose name we never find out. We don’t really know who he is, who he works for and what he stands to gain out of this project. But I loved this and felt connected to him even though that makes no sense because he is kept so distant from the reader’s emotions.

This man assembles a team of specialists from the armed forces of the USA to find and retrieve the remaining robotic body parts of this robot. The aim is to assemble it and pilot the thing. Piloting it is no simple task and there is much drama to be had within the pages of this book.


Why This Was Amazing

I find it hard to put my finger on what exactly it is that has me so invested in this story. For sure, the audiobook performance was phenomenal (see below) and I will certainly continue reading the story this way. But the way the plot is revealed so slowly to us is glorious.

I never found myself frustrated at not knowing exactly what was going on because the main character has this way of creating a false sense of security: it’s like the book comforts you and reassures you that you are in control and you know exactly what’s going on. But you don’t. I still have questions even now, when I’ve finished the book.

The characters are also wonderfully flawed and highly relatable. The way that the interviews, though conducted as a sort of progress check-in, come across as psychology sessions was a brilliant way to make a reasonably impersonal story, highly personal.

Every single character has an insecurity that sucks the reader in and makes them want to know more. We’re addicted to finding their individual motivations for joining this project and staying on the project—even though there are often serious consequences following these decisions.


The Audiobook: Worth It?

I cannot recommend that you read this via the audiobook enough. This has a cast of voice actors attending to all the different characters which is always a good sign. The intonations, the cadence and the deliverance of lines were impeccable. I came out of it feeling as though if I had read this story, I wouldn’t have extracted the same vibe from it.

The audiobook is both brilliant and eerie. But I just cannot get over the magnificent performance of whoever does the voice for the main character (the interviewer). It’s chilling and perfect and makes complete sense. This is, hands-down, my favourite audiobook performance I’ve come across yet.


Summary

I have nothing but praise for this story and it would make me really happy to see more and more people reading this. It’s entertaining, it’s intriguing beyond belief and it keeps you invested in the story the whole way through. Not to mention the whole thing ends on the most curious of cliff-hangers so of course, I won’t be able to sleep easy again until I find out what happens.


Grab a Copy!

I am an affiliate with these companies. By using these links to purchase books you are supporting Upside-Down Books!

Get free worldwide shipping and great prices with The Book Depository and Wordery!

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

Support an Australian company with Angus & Robertson and get free shipping on orders over $60!

Support an Australian company with Booktopia and enjoy flat rate shipping for AUS/NZ!


 You might also like . . .


Have you read Sleeping Giants?

Are you planning on reading it?


Happy reading!

~~ Kirstie ~~

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3 thoughts on “Really Big (Kick-ass) Robots in Sleeping Giants | Spoiler-Free Review

  1. I read this, and loved it, quite a few years ago. Epistolary novels make my heart sing. There’s something about them I find incredibly intimate and beautiful. But I read the physical book. I don’t know if I could transfer to the audiobook at this point! It seems… hard. Trying to separate all the characters and keep track of everything that’s going on! I often flip back to check dates and perspectives when reading epistles. That will be a lot harder with an audiobook!

    Though, finishing The Themis Files is on my TBR for this year. I’ll see if I can grab the audiobook and try it out. 🙂 Thanks for being so convincing!

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    1. Oh that’s an interesting point! See I think I’d find it hard the other way around. Flipping back is always helpful but I found the fact that each character had a different voice actor (or the voice actor used a seriously different voice) made it easy to distinguish who was who. Surprisingly I didn’t have any issues confusing who they were and what they’d done.

      Exciting! You’re welcome 🙂

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