I'm really not sure what to say about this one. It did keep my interest, and yet it never felt even slightly plausible. This from a reader who can be persuaded to believe in vampires, ghosts, aliens, witches, zombies, and more.
From the book description: "An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in the cutting-edge cadences of interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a literary thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and by a struggle 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-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."
I was certainly interested enough to keep reading, and yet...I never really felt involved. Told largely in the form of interview transcripts by a mysterious, manipulative interrogator, the interviews follow the main characters. I like this technique, but still couldn't get over the premise. Then after finally getting to the end, I discovered there is no end. A cliffhanger for a proposed trilogy.
Reviews on Goodreads are overwhelmingly positive. My personal response is that for me, it was interesting enough for me to want to know what happened, but not enough to continue reading the next book. Which will probably end in another cliffhanger.
Read in September, 2015. Blog review scheduled for April, 2016..
Science Fiction. April 26, 2016. Print version: 320 pages.