Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #1)

sleeping giants


An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth – and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

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.

Fresiako’s Review


Overall 3.75 stars for the story 5 stars for the audio narration = 4 stars overall hoes! Let me break it down for y’all real quick. The story was a combo of oh shit and yes more pls sir!

The basic story is told through a series of interviews with a mysterious interviewer (we slowly learn little bits of info about thru the book) and the crew he assigns onto his secret giant alien artifact discovery team.

There were some minor lulls in the story’s pace that kept me from giving it a full 4 stars. But for the most part, it was exciting quick paced and I loved the connections to actual mythology and folklore that Neuvul wrote. (also enjoyed that the book was set in a myriad of different locations)

– The audiobook is honestly beautifully narrated and the multiple voices and great voice acting makes the book feel more like a live-action sci-fi movie happening in yo ear canals than a book. 10/10 would recommend the audiobook.

– It honestly got so addicting at one point ya hoe right here was willingly going back to the gym just to listen to the next chapter hohoho! and in the wise words of the poet Fergie thanks, Mr. Neuvel for helping me with my fitness! ya girls got a Resnick certified six pack going on (not really I wish but u know a girl can dream 💁).

-The characters were heaps of fun I liked Kara, Vincent the Chinese restaurant mystery dude and of course our snarky af mysterious interviewer. I even like dat hoe Ryan (even tho he is a hoe but aren’t we all hohoho!). Also, I lowkey and by lowkey I mean, high-key found vincents french Canadian voice super sexy hohoho.

– This book also has great action! It was fun seeing the crew slowly learn how to control the artifact and the learning curve all the characters took to get there was full of nice twists and turns.

But my fave scene perhaps (because I’m a sicko hohoho) was that one scene where the surgeon has Vincent’s

Click here to see a spoiler

legs fucking surgically reversed. the lead up to that scene was bloody glorious. I was like ooooh shit that was set up so well hahaha!

Overall I’m super hyped to continue the series! The ending was great and from the reviews, it seems the next book is even better! Onto the next one.

Shookitha’s Review


Ok ya girl’s dusting off her review for this one. This was one of my favorite books of last year (2017) if not my favorite.
Sleeping Giants is a sort of sci-fi/thriller told in the POV of a very mysterious unnamed interviewer. I’ve seen for a lot of people, the interview style format which the book is told through throughout the whole book turned them off but I really enjoyed it personally. Especially as a newfound investigative journalist, I have a whole new appreciation for it hohoho.

The book was helped out MASSIVELY by the amazing audiobook, narrated with a full cast. And let’s be real here, Vincent’s narrator was very nice on ya girl’s ears hohoho. French-Canadian King bringing sexy back to the audiobook world!!

Actual footage of ya girl listening to Vince’s narration.

Honestly the audiobooks for this series are the best I’ve listened to, they really bring the story to life. Plot revolves around the discovery of mysterious artifacts that appear to be metal body parts of giants. Stay with me! The mystery is told alongside some personal drama amongst the research crew of Rose, Kara, Vincent and Ryan. There are twists and turns and all the good stuff a book like this should have. I definitely recommend this one! I remember loving Waking Gods (book 2) even more.

4 giant wigs! U did that Sylvain Neuvel!

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F: for anyone needing a quick summary of the book here’s a cliff notes version ya girls conjured up:

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So basically interview man gathers a crew for his transformers ass alien artifact, dat hoe kara gets with both ryan and vincent, ryan crushes vincents leg, rose dies in a freak accident caused by vincent’s spider legs, then alyssa pappinhoe takes over and starts scraping kara’s uterus and collecting vincents sperm to make a super alien artificat awakening baby, ryan comes to the rescue frees these hoes, boom they make up the earth defenders force by the end and rose is found to be alive in the epilogue! AND also alyssa tries to fight north korea.

Shookitha: Welcome sis, that was beautiful.

Fresiako: hohoho u know u love it hoe, so hoe who was your fave character? Were u thirsting over the french Canadian d like me?

Shookitha: Ok first of all, I’d like to personally come 4 u for not mentioning I recommended this book to u in the past.

Shookitha takes issue with Fresiako’s hurtful non-acknowledgment.

Fresiako: the ppl don’t want to read bout u hoe! It’s about me!

Shookitha: *LET THE RECORD SHOW SHOOKITHA RECOMMENDED THIS BOOK AND FOUND IT BEFORE FRESIAKO.* Ok so you know we’re two long-winded hoes we need to keep it brief. I read this book a long time ago and in typical Fresiako form, she’s just getting to it now.

Fresiako: …smh

Fresiako takes issue with Shookitha’s emotional torment

Shookitha: To answer your question, yes I was thirsting over Vince or more accurately his audiobook narrator (what’s his @). I think my fave character was Kara, she was wild & free like ya girls. I also enjoyed the interviewer. How about u?

Fresiako: Sylvian help ya girls out and give out ya book narrator’s #digits pls. Kara was a bad bitch who I liked, she was living her best life. Vincent was sex on auditory legs. Ryan was a loveable leg breaking douchebag. The narrator was mysterious af, but i liked his snark. Alyssa was a hoe and not in a good way. The Chinese restaurant kung pao chicken dude was a fave of mine too. what’d ya think bout the events that unfolded?

Shookitha: Amazing insights, luvs it. I thought Sleeping Giants was very well written, sometimes having a bit of a thriller feel mixed in with sci-fi. I think even ppl who aren’t fans of sci-fi could enjoy it.

Fresiako: I feel the same way! Till the next time fellow nasty gals! Hoe out and keep being nasty. If you’ve read the book comment ya thoughts below!


Shookitha: Lmao what a hot ass mess u spent 95% of it thirstin afta vince

Fresiako:  also spent 95% of the book thirstin after vince so it works out proportionally

Shookitha: Drink sum wata hoe!!

Fresiako: I drink 2 liters a day hoe! I’ll be thirsty even if im drowning hohoho.

Shookitha: And it’s still not enough wow this is very illuminating.

Fresiako: Thirsty till the bitter end. If you a fellow thirsty ass hoe pls like share and follow hohoho! Ya girl is thirsty for dat promo as well as vincents audio d.

#teamvincentsaudiod or #teamsleepinggiants?


4 wig stars

4 wigs out of 5


4 wig stars

3.75 wigs out of 5

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4 thoughts on “Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #1)

  1. Hi Lauren!

    Yes! Personally I really enjoyed it and think it could appeal to a lot of readers actually! If you do decide to check it out I really recommend listening to the audiobook with its full cast, it makes it very fun

    Thanks for commenting!!! 🙂



  2. Y’all are both the most hilarious reviewers ever.. you sell the book so well and you make me laugh while I read. I really hope you become huuuuge and get lots of money and free books because you’re both geniuses.

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  3. You are entirely too kind Elissa!! We are so happy we can make folks laugh and smile, your comment made me smile so it’s like smile inception up in here!! We wish you all the luck and success as well, your illustrations and reviews are beautifully done! ❤ ❤ ❤



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