Sci-Fi Thriller Sleeping Giants Scoring With Readers
Much like the plant in Little Shop of Horrors, sci-fi fans seem to have an insatiable thirst for great new sci-fi books (Read Me, Seymour!) Ever since Jules Verne and HG Wells, readers have developed a taste for out-of-this-world stories about technology that does not yet exist, worlds we have not yet explored and crazy aliens / cultures / civilizations just beyond the known universe. So if you’re starved for a great read, sci-fi Thriller Sleeping Giants might be right up your alley. Officially released earlier this week (more on that in a moment), Sleeping Giants is the first novel in a franchise (Themis Files) and the debut novel from author Sylvain Neuvel.1
Here’s an official synopsis of the book:
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.
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. But 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?
So, what do we mean by officially published? Well, after being rejected by a string of publishers, Neuvel followed the path of fellow Sci-fi author Andy Weir (The Martian) and self-published his book. Kirkus took notice, and published a review praising the book, there was a sudden swell of interest, the film rights were snapped up and powerhouse screenwriter David Koepp2 (Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Spider-Man) was hired to adapt the book into a movie, and Neuvel got an agent and a publishing deal with Del Rey, who just officially published the book earlier this week.
I can’t wait to get my copy, and dig in. If you’ve read sci-fi thriller Sleeping Giants, let us know what you think in the comments below.
1 – If you’ve been looking for the Ewok Song lyrics, Neuvel has you covered, with a full posting and translation on his site.
2 -With an adept adapter like Koepp handling scripting, let’s hope they bring in a heavyweight director to nail this one. Does Steven Spielberg have any room in his schedule? Maybe Ridley Scott wants to take another shot at a self-published novel?