Sleeping Giants turned out to be exactly the kind of book I want to read right now. I’m so glad I put in that hold request at the library, because it’s been a sad and slumpy few weeks of reading for me, and I needed something that would make me want to turn pages, not just so I could be done with yet another ho-hum book, but because I had to know what was going to happen. I was hooked from the first page and turned the last page by bedtime. It feels like it’s been forever since I read an entire book in a day! And it’s the first in a series? Lucky, lucky me.
If it seems like I’m gushing, well, I am, and unapologetically too. Sleeping Giants is that perfect escapist sci-fi novel that presents a premise so totally original, you have no idea where it’s going but you can’t wait to get there. A little girl falls into a hole in South Dakota, and when rescuers find her, she’s sitting in what appears to be the palm of a giant metal hand. What?! And no time is wasted on exposition—three pages later, the little girl is a grown-up physicist, the hand has been moved to her lab for analysis, and she’s developed a theory that there are more body parts out there yet to be found. Oh, and the hand is thousands of years old and couldn’t possibly have been made by humans. Are you making googly eyes yet?!
All of this awesomeness is told via transcripts of interviews, excerpts of journal entries, and other found items, which can come across sooo gimmicky in the wrong hands, but doesn’t at all when it’s done well, as it is here. I love feeling like a detective, putting together the pieces myself and figuring things out along with the characters.
Suffice it to say, I adored this book and can’t wait for the sequel.