ABOUT THE BOOK
"To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from New York Times bestselling author 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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Epic!! Outstanding!! Awesome!!
What is it about space operas that are just so fascinating and captivating??! I was a little daunted when I got my mitts on this beast of a book - 870 pages or so - and prepared myself for those normal 'filler' bits in a book of this size BUT found none!! It all just flowed so perfectly as you follow Kira and the crew of the Wallfish as they face up to alien wars and personal battles and I'm already itching to read it again just to soak up more of the atmosphere and pick up on extra little nuggets of info that I may have passed by on the first read through!
Kira is the female star of the show here. And what a fascinating character she is! She's all loved up with Alan and preparing for a new chapter in their lives together, but that's all about to change when she discovers an alien relic on an uncolonized planet - her initial joy of finding this rarity soon turns to terror and sets them all on a different course.
What follows is a rollercoaster ride as they encounter battles with aliens and fellow space travellers and it's a journey of chaos, emotions and humour as they search out the meaning of the changes that have happened to Kira and try to make sense of it all! And often none of it makes sense, and that's what makes it even more enthralling!! Any idea you think you have of how things may play out are always way off base and that's why I often couldn't put it down - despite the weight of the book giving my arms a rather decent workout!!
I also have to point out the stunning illustrations/artwork that is littered throughout - of planets, ships ... all the space vibes and info you need it is here and it really just added to the whole experience. Their quest evolves over many months and years so you really begin to understand their pain and suffering
This is all the good bits of science fiction and drama without all the pages of technical info that can often leave readers feeling cold! There's such an eclectic mix of characters throughout that you get to build up a rapport with thanks to the way they are written. You can see why it took the author so long to write - almost 10 years - as it is so involved and extravagant but it's always a triumph when it pays off in spectacular fashion like this story! It also has a wonderful change of gear throughout - sometimes you'll find yourself holding your breath at the action unfolding in front of you, other times the pace is much gentler allowing you to spend more time with each character to hear their thoughts and see them finding their feet once more.
Out of this world!!
Huge thankyou to the team at Tor for my advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review. It is always highly appreciated.