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 unsolvedâits 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 handâs 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. Whatâs clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling historyâs most perplexing discoveryâand 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?
Praise for Sleeping Giants
âAs high-concept as it is, Sleeping Giants is a thriller through and through. . . . One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory, [and] a smart demonstration of how science fiction can honor its traditions and reverse-engineer them at the same time.ââNPR
âNeuvelÂ weaves a complex tapestry with ancient machinery buried in the Earth, shadow governments, and geopolitical conflicts. ButÂ the most surprising thing about the book may just be how compelling the central characters are in the midst of these larger-than-life concepts. . . . I canât stop thinking about it.ââChicago Review of Books
âA remarkable debut . . . Reminiscent of Max Brooksâs World War Z, the storyâs format effectively builds suspense.ââLibrary Journal (debut of the month)
âThis stellar debut novel . . . masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. . . . A page-turner of the highest order.ââKirkus Reviews (starred review)
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About: A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.
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