Our pick for this month’s #aroundtheworldbookclub was Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.
Synopsis (Goodreads) – 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 the 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?
I must say this story was a pleasant surprise. This book first caught my eye when I passed by it in Chapters. The artwork on the outside sleeve (not pictured) and the inside cover really intrigued me. While I browsed the first few pages I noticed it was written in a Q&A format. This is something I generally shy away from as I find it choppy and a fairly lazy way of writing. NOT THE CASE HERE. I was hooked. I really enjoyed this book. From the story itself to the flow of the writing and the characters themselves. The ominous interviewer ended up being my favourite character! This book reminded me of the movie Prometheus. With it’s mysterious discovery and subtle ominous tone I really enjoyed the twists and turns. I can’t wait for the sequel in 2017!
I am happy to announce that all 5 of us really enjoyed this month’s pick! Check out the rest of the book club’s reviews found through their instagram accounts.
Page Count – 320 pages
Rating – 4/5 oakley stars