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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eragon, Christopher Paolini.
Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds.
Now she's awakened a nightmare.
During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.
As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn't at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.
While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity's greatest and final hope . . .
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Bestselling YA author Paolini (Eragon) ventures into the realm of space opera with a satisfying, far-future epic that questions what it means to be human. Upon discovering evidence of alien life during a survey mission, xenobiologist Kira Navarez expects her career to skyrocket but a single mistake has disastrous repercussions as an alien organism bonds to her body, forming a second skin. Political frustrations between Earth and its colonies across the galaxy brew in the background as Kira and the alien organism, which calls itself the Soft Blade, enter biocontainment aboard a United Military Command ship. As unfeeling doctors conduct invasive tests, a new species of aliens, dubbed Jellies, attack the ship, drawn by the Soft Blade. The quick-moving plot becomes somewhat formulaic as Kira is rescued by the Earth spaceship Wallfish and slowly finds her place among its misfit crew. Together, they follow clues from the dreams Kira shares with the Soft Blade to find a way to broker peace between humans and Jellies. Kira's tedious inclination to wallow in guilt gives way to some satisfying character development as Paolini builds to a thrilling finale that more than makes up for the predictable midsection. The high-stakes quest and developing bonds of found family make for a fun epic grounded in an earnest exploration of human consciousness.
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A Beautifully Written Sci-Fi Odyssey
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a beautifully written book. It tells the story of a woman who discovers proof of sentient beings on a planet her team is preparing for colonization by humans. After her discovery, she is thrust into a whole new world where she must ultimately save the universe from destruction.
The story is dense and there is a lot to get through, but it is also a fascinating world created by beloved fantasy writer Christopher Paolini. The characters are interesting and diverse and the journey they embark on is one that will stick with me for years to come.
This novel has everything you want in an epic novel: adventure, fun and interesting characters, emotional depth, and gorgeously written prose.
Pretty bad and pretty good
For the most part it’s a good book. However it’s a book in space it does this thing where the characters have to know where they are going before they start to head there. This makes it feel like the book is telling you what’s going to happen 3 chapters before it does. Compounded by the issue that the conflict is mainly centered around McGuffins or large scale events, making for at most 2 possible outcomes. The book does a great job of exploring alien worlds, the plot was not my favorite, and events sometimes happen just to happen. Overall good, but a little disappointing.
I believe Christopher Paolini has done it again. This book, this world, is rich with detail and meaning. Nothing was wasted or irrelevant to the narrative as Paolini was able to naturally create the structure of this new world while pushing and pulling reader forward with the protagonist Kira Navárez. In translation, never did I feel the weight of exposition for expositions sake. Therefore, this massive book never felt boring for every page was needed. I read it all in 3 days. I highly recommend you read it for yourself.