To Sleep in A Sea of Stars

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars

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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 . . .
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2020.
New York : Tor, 2020.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250762849
Characteristics: 878 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 20, 2020

Many parts of this book were interesting but I just had a hard time finishing the book. I loved his other books so I was surprised that I felt so uninterested in finishing it. It was also very long and there were a few places where I would skim as he talked about FTL and Markov Drive and antimatter. I do not know if I would suggest it to anyone. I did not hate it but I did not like it very much either.

Oct 13, 2020

Immensely disappointing.

I have nothing good to say about this book. I wanted to stop (and should have) many times. It really doesn't feel like a book that should be mainstream, and I'd bet that if it wasn't written by a famous author, it wouldn't be as highly praised.

The characters are incredibly flat and similar to each other. Dialogue is also often shockingly abnormal, as if Paolini hasn't conversed with another human in a while.

The science is often questionable (I'll gladly admit that I'm no expert, but I think I know enough about some of the topics to notice when it just isn't right) and it's clear that Paolini was making it up as he went along. Which is strange considering there's a wealth of detailed science at the back of the book in an addendum. Too bad Paolini couldn't merge it with the story to give it more credibility.

We also have a strong case of Deux Ex Machina situations going on throughout the story. I won't go into more detail to avoid spoilers, but it gets very annoying when the solution is just there with very little struggle.

It certainly doesn't feel like an old universe thick with real history that we're just getting a glimpse of, which, in my opinion, is what makes these intergalactic sci-fi books so interesting. Books like the Hyperion Cantos, or anything from Isaac Asimov or Orson Scott Card. All those stories give you the feeling that there is a wealth of information that just couldn't be fit into one story. It's like we're lucky enough to experience the small bit we're provided, but really the universe is bursting with old history that only its inhabitants could ever know.

Instead, what To Sleep in A Sea of Stars actually feels like is that you picked up the first draft for a new sci-fi movie that was based on another really good movie, but is missing all of the rich detail.

I'd strongly recommend you pass on this book. I was very excited to start reading, but it just doesn't have the magic that the Inheritance Cycle had.

Sep 15, 2020

recommended by Tor

Sep 15, 2020

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars blew me away. I would give it six stars if I could. This is the first book I have read by Christopher Paolini. The protagonist is Kira Navarez, a xenobiologist who is just wrapping up an assignment surveying a planet for colonization, when she discovers an alien artefact. An alien being binds with her and that is when she is thrust into tragedy, conflict and adventure. The pacing is hold-on-to-your-seat fast, but still allows for skillful world building and well-developed characters. Few people can write an 825 page novel; even fewer can write one that the reader can't put down. I love the science, technology and aliens in this future world. It is obvious that immense research and imagination went into this book and that it must have taken years to write. Spectacular, beautiful, stunning, intense and thought-provoking. Read it.

DCLadults Sep 11, 2020

A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2020. I don’t usually lead with the print run for a book, but 2 million copies is a big deal! This epic science fiction title is the first adult novel by the bestselling YA author Christopher Paolini. Give it a try.


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