Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel Every once in a while you read a book that makes you want to take a copy and shove it under the nose of every person you have ever met.

This is one of those books.

It is indeed reminiscent of World War Z (the book, not the film) in all the best ways. We have the nameless narrator, who seems to be some kind of behind-the-scenes string puller, and his various interview subjects.

You'd think that a book in this format would be lacking in tension. I thought the same thing about World War Z before I read it. You'd be thinking wrong.

Somehow, the fact that they are being interviewed after whatever happened, has already happened (a conceit Neuvel lets go in the last half of the book, where he has Nameless on the phone with Kara while she is doing something, and later with Ryan) doesn't matter as much as you'd think it does - you keep spinning along, wanting to find out what happened.

I particularly liked a scene close to the end of the book, where one of the characters is on the phone with Nameless while he is taking down a bunch of soldiers. It's funny, and it's just tense enough to make it worth reading.

The book is excellently paced, starting slow and smoothly speeding up until it's rollicking along at breakneck speed. I wouldn't recommend going past halfway close to bedtime, because you will be losing sleep.

This is probably one of the best books I've read this year.