I’d never heard about The Themis Files when I impulsively checked Sleeping Giants out from my library. Then, all of a sudden, it was everywhere. I swear, I’ve seen like twenty separate people talking about this series and it came out of absolutely nowhere. I was so excited to start reading it because of all the rave reviews, but… yikes. This book was not for me.
Things I liked:
- It started out pretty strong with a situation in which the researchers needed a linguist. A LINGUIST! That’s me! I studied Linguistics in college and, aside from the FBI in the Unabomber case, nobody really cares about linguists!
- The premise of the book is really interesting. I actually love the idea of a young girl riding her bike down the street and falling into a huge hand buried underneath the street. There are definitely a ton of Stranger Things and Pacific Rim vibes in this book.
- I like the format! I actually love that the story is told through interviews, journal entries, case files, etc.
Things I didn’t like:
- So, here’s the thing: Rose is a physicist. She has a Ph.D. in physics. During her experiment, she monitors the health of her employees. She is a doctor (Ph.D.!) but she is not a physician (M.D.!). The US government is so interested in this random robot that they’ve given her an unlimited budget, but they can’t hire her a physician? There is a very, very big difference between a physicist and a physician. Coincidentally, I know an unrealistically large number of physicists and physicians. Their job duties do not remotely overlap. I hope I just misunderstood this.
- I am also unclear on why a physicist is reassembling a robot?
- Who the heck is this interviewer and why is he so unprofessional? Why is he interviewing all of these people about their sex lives? So weird. I don’t go around telling random men about whether I’m attracted to my coworkers and how many drinks it takes for me to take my clothes off.
- Speaking of the interviewer, how does he have so much power? How is he even allowed to do things like blackmail (actual) physicians?
- Every female character (including the ROBOT) is described in minute detail but the male characters are described very vaguely, like, for example, “a Captain America type.” It’s odd.
- I didn’t even care about the big plot twists with Rose and Vincent.
I’m so picky about sci-fi and this book just didn’t do it for me. I can see why a lot of people have enjoyed it, but I don’t feel any need to read the rest of the series.
Have you read Sleeping Giants? Is it on your TBR?
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