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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants is a 2016 science fiction novel by Sylvain Neuvel. This is a must read for any sci-fi fans, featuring a really interesting story with giant robots and aliens.

Cover of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.



A girl named Rose is riding her bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artefact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

But some can never stop searching for answers.


It’s really hard to review this book because I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I’m finding I have to give some parts away to explain this book. This is a science-fiction book and essentially it is the story of a giant alien robot. There is quite a lot more to it than that and the story is more about a bunch of scientists finding various large metal body parts which turn out to be a giant alien robot.

And really when you think about it that shouldn’t be a surprise. Considering the book is called Sleeping Giants. But you really don’t expect an author to be quite so literal with the title of their book. So it’s surprising to come across a book that actually tells you what the story is about.

Anyway this book was okay I guess. I liked it. The story was fascinating. I liked the characters. I even enjoyed how it was written through a series of reports and interviews. I’ve been looking for something like this ever since reading World War Z. But the problem is despite enjoying the book. It felt more like it was setting up the next book rather than actually being a story. Basically you should look at this as being the prologue to something that I hope will be even better.

But yeah. A book about giant alien robots. It’s what you would expect the result to be if you mixed The Iron Giant, Pacific Rim and Greek mythology. Yet at the same time it’s like none of those things. Basically you need to read and decide for yourself if it’s good.

12 responses to “Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel”

  1. I read a book last month called The Three that’s written in a documentary style and really loved it. It’s in the book reviews I’ve just posted (which should have gone live last week but didn’t for some reason).


      • Yeah there was. I think it was set on a boat, it didn’t interest me enough to read it though.

        Actually if you’re doing more book reviews on your blog you should check out It’s run by a couple of UK publishers and they will send you books in exchange for reviews. Also Netgalley. Seriously, check out Netgalley.

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      • I actually just signed up to both of them yesterday! Funny timing 🙂
        I dunno if I do enough reviewing to get any books but thought I’d sign up. My bookbridgr account hasn’t been approved yet I don’t think.

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      • I don’t really think it matters how many books you review. When I first signed up to bookbridgr I had 2 reviews on my blog. I don’t request all that much now. So long as you actually review the things they send you. And yeah it takes a while to get approved, I had to wait a few days too.

        Netgalley is the same, review the stuff you get and properly fill out your profile and you should get more books.

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      • That’s good to know. I haven’t looked at requesting any yet, was mainly just setting up my profile. But will do that soon 🙂

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      • Getting your profile sorted out is a really good idea. Publishers all have different things they want to see in the profile but I found the best thing to do was write a little about my blog, a little about what genres I read and my average monthly stats and I seem to get any book I request from that.

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I’m Emma. I am a designer, calligrapher, and content creator, sharing my love for paper goods. Expect pens, pencils, and some really fancy paper!


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