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TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by 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 . . .”

Title : To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars
Author : Christopher Paolini
Narrator : Jennifer Hale
Format : Paperback ARC/Audiobook
Page Count : 880/32 hours, 30 minutes
Genre : Adult Science-Fiction
Publisher : Tor
Release Date : September 15, 2020

Reviewer : Micky
Rating  : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Micky’s 5 star review

This has been a stunning read of epic proportions. I would say that I have read the physical arc and listened to the audiobook in equal parts and loved both formats. The physical copy brought fabulous occasional illustrations and spellings, the audiobook brought superb narration, accents and depth to the characters.

This was a complex and ever-changing plot but definitely manageable in terms of keeping up the story direction and science-y bits. Paolini never took the sci-fi above your head and there was always a coherence to the flow of the story and the ever-evolving Kira.

Talking of Kira, she has been one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever read, this really did feel like mulitiple instalments in one. Even so, I would not want it separated into a series, getting the full story with an ending complete was everything. I have lived through all the emotions with Kira – fear, joy, constant uncertainty, distaste, worry and I remain concerned for the what-comes-after. It’s important not to say more about who and what Kira was because…spoilers and this was everthing the story was about.

The crew of the Wallfish became like family to me. I loved their eclectic mix of personalities, Gregorovitz included. Nothing endeared me more to the cast than these guys. The crew brought some well needed humour to the story and to Kira. I adored Falconi, Nielson and Sparrow in particular. I thought I might struggle with where the story was going towards the end, with these guys but I felt okay with where it all ended up.

It really is hard to do a book like this justice in the review stakes but all I’ll end on is, if you like or love sci-fi, it doesn’t get any better than this. I can only hope that one day we’ll get a movie(s).

Thank you to Tor, Pan Macmillan and JamiedoesPR for the early review copy.

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