To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini Review

This will be the first book by Christopher Paolini I would have read in almost five years and of course it had to be a mammoth of a 878 page book to get through, well is it any good?

Kira Navárez dreamed of life in 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…

Taken from goodreads

It took me around 5 days to finish this book and that was with me putting the majority of my free time into but due to the length and the small font the book felt so much bigger than it actually was.

The universe building is great and from the moment I started reading I found myself just wanting more and more information about the new universes that are being described and thankfully Christopher gives you that in spades. The second you think you have everything figured out, nope he brings in yet another detail.

The story itself is pretty good and I found myself enjoying just about every second of it, however I did find some of it to be a bit too cliche and predictable. This just meant an event could happen to Kira and right there and then you could predict what was going to happen and then 100 pages later BOOM, it happened. Don’t get me wrong when you read a lot then the same sort of things tend to happen again and again and they can still be enjoyable, but with a book of this size I wanted to be shocked and made to want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next, not be able to tell and just have to struggle the next 100 pages to find out I was correct.

Kira is not main character material, she is not someone who would instantly come to mind when thinking of someone to save the universe. This might be what the author was trying to show people that it can be any so and so who could potentially save the world but when I read a fantasy book I want someone who makes the story feel exciting not just some normal scientist who got unlucky when exploring a planet.

One thing that I did love was the fact after the ending of the book he includes a glossary to make sure you knew what every new word meant and also there was a timeline of the events that predated the book which was extremely useful. Not only that but he also includes the scientific data to how certain things work in the universe and I am not going to lie I almost had as much fun reading that then I did the whole book.

If you love space fantasy and wanting a new book that you can spend a lot of time with then this might be the perfect book for you, for me however, it just didn’t reach my expectations and seeing how space fantasy is a genre I never really delve in then the book was never going to have a fair chance. 

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