To Sleep in A Sea of Stars

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars

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A space voyager living her dream of exploring new worlds lands on a distant planet ripe for colonization before her discovery of a mysterious relic transforms her life and threatens the entire human race. 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 . . ."
Publisher: New York : Tor, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781250762849
Characteristics: 878 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.


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Apr 17, 2021

Very unpleasant & nightmarish, I have not enjoyed reading 1 page of this. The concept is okay, but all the rest is either derivative or directly lifted from other Sci-Fi. I’ll give Paolini credit for stealing from the best (Herbert, Niven, Lucas, Roddenberry, etc) but seriously, read the REAL masters & let this one gather dust. The best thing about this book is the cover artwork.

JessicaGma Feb 06, 2021

I liked this better than what I can recall of the Eragorn trilogy. Funnily enough, it's quite similar in premise to Elizabeth Bear's book "Ancestral Night" where a young woman holds the key to the universe through finding ancient alien tech. It did get a little dense around the FTL drives but it was more realistic space travel as compared to our time. It was decent, maybe a little long, but a good old fashioned sci fi read.

Jan 20, 2021

The book was Horrible.

Jan 11, 2021

Very disappointing. The author can write and the set-up is interesting, if standard (a researcher stumbles upon and wakens an alien artifact), and the characters are fairly well drawn. However, Paolini takes the better part of a thousand words to say absolutely nothing of interest. "Bloated" would be a compliment. It's little beyond an interminable, repetitive action sequence, with, even for space opera, a far-fetched plot. It eventually became so far-fetched that I ended up skimming the final two hundred or so pages. This book could serve as the dictionary definition of "sound and fury signifying nothing."

Jan 05, 2021

The storyline was a great idea and I was excited to read this, but I was sadly disappointed. I could see this more for a movie instead of a book. Lots of sections were repetitive and easily predicted, and the story seemed to drag on at points. This is my first Paolini reading, and I found his writing style mirroring mine when I was a teenager. Dialogue between characters were blunt and boring. There seemed to be an unsuccessful attempt at character development. There were too many last-minute plot twists that realistically didn't make sense. On the bright side, the fighting/action scenes were imaginable and probably what's going to drive the movie (if they make one). Most of the terms and concepts of the aliens were unoriginal and child-like. It bugged me how easily the protagonist would get through every challenge she faced. Overall, it felt like the author was rushed to publish this book, which is awfully disappointing since there was so much potential in many of the concepts portrayed.

Dec 24, 2020

This book adds absolutely nothing to the field of science fiction. There was a plot in there but it's so simplistic it can be summarized on one page. A huge part of the book is consumed with endless battle descriptions and extreme violence and character development is weak to non existent. The author invents some neat aliens but spends no time building their culture or their characters. The book's entire focus seems to be on fighting.

It makes a Star Trek episode look intellectual by comparison. The book certainly does not live up to its reviews and I would advise you to pass and not to bother to read it. There are much better ways of spending your time/

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.

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