Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (audiobook)- 4 Stars
The basic story-line goes like this: there are pieces of a humongous metal robot -who just happens to be female- scattered around our little planet. A team is put together in a top secret mission and it is tasked to finding the pieces of the robot and of putting her together. Oh, and making her work... that last bit though is easier said than done.
The way the story is told reminded me of the Illuminae files, another great sci-fi book. Sleeping Giants is told in a series of interviews/reports submitted by an anonymous interviewer who appears to be the one en-charge of the mission for the most part. The story is very easy to follow and it is rather entertaining. And I am so glad I actually chose to go for the audiobook. There are multiple narrators and that made the whole audiobook (since the story is told in a interview format) really interesting and cool to listen to.
So, our team of experts in this massive project are:
Dr Rose. She came across the first piece of the robot while still a child. She falls down in a crater right on top of a giant metal hand. 17 years later she is physicist and our secret interviewer coincidentally chooses her to work on the robot. She is kind and considerate towards her team.
Kara and Ryan are in the US army together and they are brought into the fold secretly as pilots. Their mission appears simple: find the pieces and bring them to base.
Kara is a hot headed, straight forward kind of girl. Her ability to think on the spot is rather handy.
Ryan is good at what he does, but he lets things go to his head.
Vincent Couture (my fav and by far the one who suffers the most) is brought on board to help decipher the symbols in the robot. That will hopefully give an inside on how to make it work properly. He is not great with people, but he is a great person.
Last but not least there is the interviewer. He has an immense power that spans presidential administrations. At first it is easy to see him as a cold-hearted men, but as the story evolves we find there is more to him than first thought.
The story is good, entertaining. The down side to me is that the characters needed a little more depth.
I don't think I can say much else without giving away the plot. So... Go Read!