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A fascinating SF debut with a major hook, this opening volume in what will become 'The Themis Files' unfolds through a series of reports, interviews, diaries and documents involving a mysterious scientist who is initially investigating the appearance of a curious artifact discovered in the US midwest and then organises a research programme of untold proportions to develop the scientific application of the stupendous discovery. But for whose benefit? This is SF on a large, epic scale, but also a sharp portrayal of science and scientists at work and the ethical and political implications of scientific investigation. Lest this makes it appear the book is in any way ponderous, fear not: it moves along at an incredibly fast pace thanks to its format and even though events occur that are truly cataclysmic in scope, new windows of hope open all along that will keep us glued to Neuvel's pages, I reckon, for years to come.
If you loved The Passage, World War Z, The Martian or Interstellar: this is a must-read thriller for you. * * * Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger... We always look forward. We never look back. That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklyn, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered. An enormous, ornate hand made of an exceptionally rare metal, which predates all human civilisation on the continent. But this thing ...it's different. It challenges us. It rewrites history. An object whose origins and purpose are perhaps the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. Solving the secret of where it came from - and how many more parts may be out there - could change life as we know it. It dares us to question what we know about ourselves. But what if we were meant to find it? And what happens when this vast, global puzzle is complete...? About everything. * * * 'Bursts at the seams with big ideas. A sheer blast from start to finish. I haven't had this much fun reading in ages' Blake Crouch, author of the Wayward Pines trilogy 'A stellar debut which masterfully blends sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. So much more than the sum of its parts - a page-turner of the highest order' Kirkus Reviews 'Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, this is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars' Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||7th April 2016|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
Sylvain Neuvel was born in Quebec and dropped out of school when he was fifteen. Since then he has sold ice cream in California, peddled furniture across Canada, and taught linguistics in India. He has also worked as a software engineer, journalist, certified translator and received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. He is an amateur robotics enthusiast and lifelong fan of all things science fiction. Sleeping Giants is his debut novel and the first in 'The Themis Files' series.More About Sylvain Neuvel