I wasn’t entirely certain whether or not I liked this book as I was reading it, until I got to the end and realized I really wanted to read the sequel. So I guess that’s a fairly positive recommendation. My main issue was with the style in which is was told.
“Generally speaking, people tend not to question what they’ve been told was true. Scientists are no different; they’ve just been told a lot more things.”
17 years ago, Rose Franklin falls into a hole and discovers a giant hand buried beneath the earth. Now, she’s the scientist tasked with finding the other pieces (assuming any exist) of this giant, and figuring out how to put them together, and what they’re for. She gathers a top secret team, and sets to work. The whole mission is orchestrated by an unnamed figure, pulling strings behind the scenes.
The story is told as a series of interviews with various characters, all conducted by this unnamed man. I, pretty much as a rule, do not like epistolary novels. I find that details and descriptions either get lost, or they get wedged in unnaturally. That was my main issue with this book. I enjoyed the story, but felt like the story-telling got in the way. Your mileage may vary with that. I will say that the guy conducting the interviews was by far my favorite part — he gets some great lines — and even if you also dislike the format, it does contain a really fascinating tale.