A girl named Rose is riding her bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped 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 artefact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.
But some can never stop searching for answers.
It’s really hard to review this book because I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I’m finding I have to give some parts away to explain this book. Essentially this is the story of a giant alien robot. There is quite a lot more to it than that and the story is more about a bunch of scientists finding various large metal body parts which turn out to be a giant alien robot. And really when you think about it that shouldn’t be a surprise at all considering the book is called Sleeping Giants but you really don’t expect an author to be quite so literal with the title of their book so it’s surprising to come across a book that actually tells you what the story is about.
Anyway this book was okay I guess. I liked it. The story was fascinating. I liked the characters. I even enjoyed how it was written through a series of reports and interviews (I’ve been looking for something like this ever since reading World War Z). But the problem is despite enjoying the book, it felt more like it was setting up the next book rather than actually being a story. Basically you should look at this as being the prologue to something that I hope will be even better.
But yeah. A book about giant alien robots. It’s what you would expect the result to be if you mixed The Iron Giant, Pacific Rim and Greek mythology and yet at the same time it’s like none of those things. Basically you need to read and decide for yourself if it’s good.