Themis Files

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 6,865 ratings

Sleeping Giants Publisher's Summary

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a literary thriller fueled by a quest for truth - and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

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 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?

©2016 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2016 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Sleeping Giants

    • By: Sylvain Neuvel
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,696
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,687

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good.

    • By Fluffy on 06-05-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Sleeping Giants

    • Themis Files, Book 1
    • By: Sylvain Neuvel
    • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptional Sci-Fi about an Alien Artifact

    • By Jas P on 08-28-16

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 2

    • Waking Gods

    • The Themis Files, Book 2
    • By: Sylvain Neuvel
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772

    As a child Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand buried deep within the earth. As an adult she's dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers - and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All Too Short

    • By Matthew on 04-10-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Waking Gods

    • Themis Files, Book 2
    • By: Sylvain Neuvel
    • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Adna Sablyich, Laurel Lefkow, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    An unknown vessel, not of this world, materialises in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes' dreams - apocalyptic visions of death and destruction - is the habit they have of coming true. Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how...but why?

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 3

    • Only Human

    • Themis Files, Book 3
    • By: Sylvain Neuvel
    • Narrated by: Sylvain Neuvel, William Hope, Charlie Anson, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a returning cast. We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And, with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Changes is cast

    • By H Angeli on 11-09-18

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Only Human

    • By: Sylvain Neuvel
    • Narrated by: William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 877
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 823
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 823

    Brilliant scientist Rose Franklin has devoted her adult life to solving the mystery she accidentally stumbled upon as a child: a huge metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. The discovery set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with geopolitical ramifications. Rose and the Earth Defense Corps raced to master the enigmatic technology, as giant robots suddenly descended on Earth's most populous cities, killing one hundred million people in the process.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • casting error detracts severely, but a good story

    • By Deborah on 05-02-18

    Regular price: $28.00