Fiction Friday: Sleeping Giants

Good morning, fiction lovers! This week, E-N Computers is recommending a book that includes an allusion to The Iron Giant. What could be cooler than that? Sylvain Neuvel graces the world with his debut novel "Sleeping Giants". NPR calls the book, "...a thriller through and through, revels in the sci-fi trope of giant robots..." It's supposed to rain all weekend, why not give Neuvel's work a try?

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.

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. 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?

Sylvain Neuvel is the author of several other sci-fi successes, including "The Test" and "Only Human". He attended the Universite de Montreal, and received a degree in linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2003. His passions lie with science fiction through and through- proven by his self-built working replica of R2-D2, the ornery little droid we all know and love from the Star Wars franchise.

A huge thank you to the Massanutten Regional Library, and to reference librarian Paul Frankel for providing a synopsis of Neuvel's premier novel, "Sleeping Giants".