To Sleep in a Sea of Stars Review

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars Review | Christopher Paolini

You all know that I’ve been the biggest Christopher Paolini fan for at least the last ten years. The Inheritance Cycle is usually makes it into my hand every year. I am so excited to be sharing this one with you today! Check out my To Sleep in a Sea of Stars review here!

Publisher: Tor Books | Date: 2020 | Genre: Science fiction

Plot: It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy

I received To Sleep in a Sea of Stars from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini on a book themed cushion

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars Review

Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle has been on the top of my favourites pile for the last thirteen years. There was no way I was passing up on the chance of snatching his new novel as fast as possible.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is both similar and different. It’s science-fiction compared to fantasy, for starters. But there are elements, odd characteristics, that remind me who the author is because of the familiarity.

This is a beast of a book. Over 800 pages long, in fact. It won’t be easy wrapping this up into a 500-word review, but I’ll try.

Kira is set to have everything she wants, until bonding with an alien parasite causes her life to turn upside down. She is a fantastic protagonist. At the start, she’s afraid, angry, desperate to get out of her situation, and you watch her grow into a confident woman understanding the stakes and the role she must play. Kira turns into a leader – strong and capable – and as a reader, you feel privileged to experience the ride with her.

There are no sudden changes to her personality though, no huge shift in her mind-set. It’s gradual; the small everyday things that alter her perception. Kira displays one of the most satisfying character developments I’ve read: you don’t notice the differences until you suddenly look back and realise how far she has come.

There are several characters and relationships that make this a enjoyable read. Falconi, a captain who gets entangled after picking up Kira, and his entire crew are full of unique personalities you root for. Gregorovich is a ship mind – an advanced being capable of a lot more than your standard human – sarcastic, insulting and a refreshing juxtaposition to other crew members. This isn’t even mentioning the aliens involved…

There were, she thought, many different types of nightmares in the galaxy. Some small, some large, but the worst of all were the ones you lived with.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

The Idealis – the Seed – is a an extraordinary character in its own right, considering it is a sentient suit for most of the book. It’s the enemy: it’s the saviour. It’s fear: it’s hope. The complex relationship between it and Kira adds a fantastic in-depth layer to Kira’s personality: she must understand herself if she is to accept the suit.

Although you’re thrown straight into the futuristic setting on different planets, you’re not left floundering. Paolini inserts descriptions throughout to explain the unique components to the world, but not in a typical expositional way. You learn the rules in a manner that feels natural and doesn’t break the momentum.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars draws you in. You don’t realise how long the book is as tension builds, war escalates and the characters face impossible odds. Instead, you can’t put it down, eager to find out if your favourites will make it or if they will defeat the enemy.

This is a novel that explores how far humanity is prepared to go to survive. It’s a tense, gripping read that makes it hard to stay grounded. My expectations were high, but this is a definite recommendation from me.

Are you a science fiction reader? Or does To Sleep in a Sea of Stars sound like your kind of book? Let me know!

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49 thoughts on “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars Review | Christopher Paolini

  1. Excellent review. 🙂 An 800 pages long book that make you forget the fact it is so long is indeed a good book. I need to check it out since you say, it has one of the most satisfying character developments you have read.


    • I know exactly what you mean but I think the pacing worked really well with this – it never felt like there was any filler or anything like that. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!


  2. I’ve seen a few people talk about this book lately and I am dyingggg to read it! Although I am a bit intimidated by the size of it (didn’t realise it was that long) but definitely sounds like a worthwhile read. I’m much more a Sci-Fi fan than Fantasy so this is definitely going on my TBR list!


    • I honestly didn’t feel the length – it never felt like it dragged at any point. It’s so worth it: epic in scope and I really enjoyed the characters as well! I think it’s released next week, but I definitely recommend it!


  3. I adore the Inheritance books too so this seems like an unusual direction for the author to go in. Still fantasy but sci fi rather than magic. TBH it’s not my usual genre but you have made it sound very intriguing so I’m very tempted now – Autumn calls for cosy nights in with a good doorstepper of a book! Lisa x


    • He really carries it off. There was one character very briefly that I swore walked straight out of Inheritance, but maybe that was just me. I loved it – and I had high expectations so it could have easily let me down but didn’t.


  4. What a strange book to come out of Paolini! His books always intended to be quite long, but this sounds like an enjoyable and, at least, thought-provoking book! Sometimes I find it more fascinating to watch the style of the author change from earlier books to later ones. 🙂


    • I know it was one he was working on for a long time and it worked. There was one character in particular that could have come straight out of Eragon, but otherwise he wrote it amazingly – definitely recommend!


    • You made me connect with Kira. A fantastic review, Lindsey. The book sounds irresistible. I will try to get hold of it.


  5. I haven’t this kind of genre for quite a long time. Your review makes me interested to read it. Christopher Paolini is an imaginative author. I used to enjoyed reading Eragon series. Golly…I miss his writings.


  6. Great review! I have seen this book around but didn’t really know much about it. Of course I have heard of Paolini an I read Eragon YEARS ago and it wasn’t my cup of tea (at the time). However, THIS book sounds mind-blowing. I loved Honor Among Thieves and this book sounds like a step above. I will definitely be adding this to my TBR!!


    • Oh it’s SUCH a good book. Totally different genre to Eragon, so if you’re into science-fiction, I’d definitely recommend it. I also really loved Honor Among Thieves but I’d say this is a slightly older audience? Definitely a recommendation though and I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it.


  7. I’m not surprised at all that you loved this book since you’re obsessed with Eragon! Haha! This sounds incredible and I neeeed to read this! Amazing review, hun!

    Daisy xoxo


  8. I knew I recognized the author’s name but couldn’t put my finger on it, but Eragon of course! I never read anymore books after that in the series but I’m so glad you introduced this author back into my life. This book sounds like something I’d really like, especially with a main character like Kira


  9. 800 pages, wow!! I love what you said about the character development not being something you notice until you realise how far she’s come. Sounds like brilliant writing, that’s usually how it works in real life x



  10. You’ve written the review very well 🙂 I am not actually a fan of sci-fi genre but I enjoyed some similar books back when I was still reading books like I Am Number Four. Sounds like this one is pretty interesting x


  11. Second time this week to read a post about this book. It must be really sensational. Glad you had a good read. The characters you mentioned are interesting, no wonder you enjoyed a lot. Your descriptions of the story kind of reminded me of The Expanse a little bit, too. It used to be a series on Netflix, I think, and I don’t know what happened to it,


    • Ooh I can definitely see elements that would be similar, but also differences, hehe. I hope you enjoy it if you do get the chance to read it because it’s thoroughly enjoyable.


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