Four **** Stars,
Well, I finally got around to finishing, Sleeping Giants!
Sylvain Neuvel has written an off beat science fiction story that is well founded in science, the man knows his stuff, but having said that I must say this novel isn’t for everyone.
The novel is written in a series of interviews and exchanges between the main characters and an unknown and unnamed narrator who has the benefit of knowing exactly why they have been recruited for a research study that has enormous consequences for the human population. However, he keeps this crucial information to himself. (Spoiler: there is someone else who pulls the strings, an unknown entity)
An enormous (giant) hand was found years before by a young girl who later becomes a scientist. She heads up the team. One is a linguist and the other is an army pilot. Through this series of interviews, we find out how they go about locating all the missing parts of this giant that are located beneath the earth all over the world.
The giant robot has the form of a woman, but with no eyes. This robot is 20 stories high by the time they connect all the parts. It has an energy source that is unknown to anyone on earth. It is also a weapon of mass destruction.
The team accidently engages the energy source and the result is that a whole lot of people in airplanes and part of the Denver Airport are instantly vaporized. Now comes the part, all through interview, where every nation on earth wants the robot, so the US decides its too dangerous for anyone nation and they drop it in a deep trench in the ocean.
However, one nation, Russia, finds a way to retrieve it and they are off and running again, except the controls and two control helmets will not work on anyone other an the two American researchers who first were part of the research.
There is a surprise ending, with an epilog alluding to the next book in the series.
All in all, well written and interesting, but this novel is not for everyone, though I did enjoy it because I like science, but it did lag in places. ***
Dystopian with a Twist!
The Story line: Well, a kitchen sink full of characters
Cancer is endemic. Much of the world’s population has died or is dying. Those who linger are sent to an island to die. Many others become zombies and roam in the wilds. The Authority rises to rule and those with money live opulent lives in a guarded society. But there is a rebellion growing, a grass roots thing. A secret military is surgically developing a new breed of superior soldiers to fight the zombies.
This is an offbeat story, but surprisingly engaging . Told from the POV of two protagonists.
Liza is a young cancer survivor who has been bitten twice by zombies and lived. More than lived. She has become incredibly strong. She meets The Writer, Jeremy who is a leader in the rebellion against the Authority.
Tommy is a young soldier who has been modified. When angry, he turns into a raging monster, (Hulk-ish).
The Author, Logan Keys take dystopia to a new off beat level, but it works!
The Writing: really good
The Characters: complex but inconsistent
Humor: tongue in cheek
Pacing: Fast, mostly, but meanders at times.
Sex: Some. (well, an almost rape scene)
Overall: Interesting. 4 stars because most of it kept my interest.
This is the ultimate survival story, with a twenty-first century Robinson Crusoe hero, but on Mars. Any Weir has crafted an amazing account of a what if scenario. What if one of our astronauts was stranded on Mars? What if a rescue was a big if? And even if a rescue was possible, it would take years to get back there. It reads like an actual account, filled with science and technology (which computer and math nerds will swoon over) and page turning suspense. Our hero, Mark Watney overcomes one daunting disaster after another. It’s funny and heartrending and utterly believable. I’m a Lit-chick, but honestly, I couldn’t put this down.
Praise for this epic new fantasy by K.D. Dowdall, a delight for the young and the young at heart.
This mysterious, magical and thrilling debut novel is an epic fantasy adventure, one that will capture the imagination with its vivid, compelling characters and K.D. Dowdall’s exceptional storytelling skills.
It begins with an ancient, mysterious journal and with a girl, Megan, who is grief struck over the loss of her mother. The journal weaves a story that enthralls Megan and soon she is whisked away on a journey that is just as thrilling as it is dangerous. Megan and her friend, Donovan embark on a treacherous journey into the unknown along with Delphi and her protector, Nikkos, a strange alien being from afar. Little does Megan know that her life is about to change in a way she could never have imagined.
Lauren Miller is the author of a children’s interactive book for special needs children, and the recently published e-book, the Starling. The Starling is a dystopian novel for young adults.
The Starling is available online at Barnes and Noble.
Book 1 of The Starling Trilogy chronicles the struggles of a teenage girl who, by a twist of fate, is transported through time to earth’s dystopian future where humans are dominated by a malevolent AI and Humanoids. Used as bait to draw out free humans, Jamie risks her life to warn them even as she finds herself falling for her handsome guardian, Quinn. The problem is he’s not exactly human.
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- The Starling novel is a fantastically exciting foray into a world
The Starling novel is a fantastically exciting foray into a world that may exist in the near future. The writer combines great characters in a futuristic adventure with intrigue, danger, romance that is so realistic you begin to believe this will be our future. It is exceptional because the writer uses real scientific possibilities that are actually on the drawing board of techological advances. I look forward to the 2nd book in The Starling Trilogy with anticipation. I highly recommend this terrific novel.