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An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a literary thriller fueled by a quest for truth - and a fight for control of earthshaking power.
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square 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 artifact remains unsolved - its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
But some can never stop searching for answers.
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery - and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
A piece of an ancient device is discovered by a little girl who eventually grows up and becomes the scientist who discovers it's purpose.Though she is the head scientist responsible for finding more of the missing pieces of the device and tasked with assembling a task force that will eventually operate the device, there is a single male figure who is conducting the interviews throughout the book that is the real "string puller".Where did this device come from, who left it here, and are the original builders still here?
Story: Grade | B+
I like the fact that this book tells the story in such a unique fashion. It is completely told through interviews, news reports, and personal recordings that have been arranged in top-secret files. It essentially pieces the events together file by file. The mysterious male figure conducting the interviews and the political clouts he seemed to possess was pretty believable and not overly far-fetched. The pace of the story was good as well, not too slow or janky.
The one thing that I felt was really flimsy was the medical procedure that was conducted on one of the main characters. It was something so outlandish and unbelievable, the author also really kind of made it out to be like the person had no real problem with what was done to them. I think the author could have done a better job of flushing that out a little more.
Narration: Grade | A
There is a lot of great voice talent used in the Audible audiobook. I think there was far too many characters or a single narrator to try and produce, so there was about eight different voice actors. They all did very well in pulling off their individual characters. Even one of the characters made my spine shiver because her screen was so real.
Overall Grade | B+
Because of the unique manner in which the story is told, I would definitely recommend this book. The device that is discovered is also fairly unique within the science fiction genre and not something you find too often. Pick this up, it's a good read.