Summary – From Book One, Sleeping Giants:
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped 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 – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.
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 relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
I think the first thing I should probably mention is the unique way in which The Themis Files have been written. Instead of the traditional narration I’m used to seeing, it’s written in a form of interviews, documents and personal entries. Personally, I thought it made the whole thing more engaging and it gave you a connection to the charecters that I have never experianced in the science fiction genre, at least not for a long time (ON THE EDGE OF GONE excluded).
An addition to that is how accessible this made the reading experiance. Despite my love of space and, really, everything science fiction, I find myself rarely reaching for it due to how difficult those books can be to get through. I’m grateful to Sylvain for providing a way for me to enjoy science fiction written in a format that my autistic brain with language development delays can understand – apparently, he has a degree in linguistics. It’s awesome.
Now, to the actual content of the book:
What I Liked:
- The books always took me in a direction that I never expected. Being an adult and reading books meant for people a good few years younger than me usually means I can see the end coming from a mile away and sometimes I could but, a majority of the time, it had the nice element of surprise
- The formatting
- It intertwined a lot of real world events, making it feel that bit more realistic
- Super engaging
- I love the pacing – one of the biggest reasons as to why I often finish books in a day is because I get bored so fast that if I didn’t finish it in a day or two, I probably would never finish it. This was super fast paced, making being able to finish it in a day no challenge at all
- Awesome plot twists
- Not really about the content of the book at all but it’s really deserving of mentioning how gorgeous the covers are?!
- I really liked the writing
- The science is surprisingly accurate, even the genetics
- These would be good to fight reading slumps because of their fast pace and easy to read format
What I Didn’t Like:
- As much as I enjoyed the formatting, sometimes being told something happened instead of experiancing it with the charecters took away a lot of the impact for me
- I didn’t like a majority of the charecters although those I did like weren’t in it nearly as much as the ones I did actually like – part of this is because it’s difficult to build up a charecter with the format it’s in, even if I did feel more of a personal connection towards them
- Love triangles, my least favourite trope
So, as you can see, I really enjoyed The Themis Files and I’m so upset that it’s over now – although the author did mention at the end of book three that he doesn’t think he’s done with this universe yet, a thought that gives me endless joy. I also have these unpublished chapters to get through at some point. Have you read it? What are your thoughts?