Today I would like to introduce an audiobook to you that I was listening to and that got my hooked from pretty much the first few minutes of it. The Sleeping Giant is the first part of the Themis trilogy by the Canadian author Sylvain Neuvel.
Neuvel’s debut is a real page turner a combination of SciFi, political thriller and mystery. Neuvel weaves a complex net where some ancient machinery buried deep in the Earth meet shadow governments and geopolitical conflicts.
I can’t summarize it any better than this blurp:
„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?“
The story is told in a series of interviews – reports submitted by an anonymous interviewer who is pulling most of the strings behind the project. This narrative structure is very easy to follow and the book is a real page turner.
The second book is called „Waking Gods“ and the last book „Only Human“. A trilogy with a satisfying end in my opinion.
This trilogy is a great gift for all SciFi and mystery lovers. Combine this article with Cixin Liu’s „The Three-Body Problem“ and Madeleine Ashby’s „Company Town“