Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants (2016) is the first book in the Themis Files Trilogy. The plot of the story revolves around a giant robot hand found buried underground. As the government goes searching for the rest of the body parts throughout the country, they task a group of scientists to decipher a series of symbols they found near the robot hand. As the scientists work, the government goes on the hunt for the rest of the robot.
This book is an epistolary book. Usually books written in this style tell their story through letters written by the characters who lived the events in the plot. In this case, Neuvel tells the story through a series of diary entries, report and interview transcripts. These documents are basically the chapters in the book. I have to admit, this is the first book I’ve read that uses this story-telling technique. When I first started reading, I felt a distance from the events in the story. I felt like I was witnessing the events through a peephole of sorts. It took me a while to get used to this, but when I did, I enjoyed the story.
The Storytelling Technique
I felt the full effect of the story-telling technique on the later part of the book. Neuvel ratchets up the pressure and the distance created by the events made me want to know what happened next even more; it really heightened the reading experience.
I enjoyed this book. The mystery of the plot and the storytelling technique made this book a unique read. Please do yourself a favor and check it out.
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