To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 878
Relese Date: September 15, 2020

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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I’ve never read The Inheritance Cycle before, but I’ve only heard good things about it so I was excited to finally read a Paolini novel. Unfortunately, I had to DNF it at 280 of 878 pages. It feels like I’m in the minority with my thoughts regarding this novel. Currently, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is at a 4.05 stars out of 1000 plus ratings on Goodreads and the top reviews all praise the novel.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars follows Kira, a xenobiologist as she discovers an alien relic. Kira is bland. There’s nothing that makes her unique or interesting about her personality that made me like or want to like her. When she’s first introduced, her whole world centers on her boyfriend. She is boy crazy. It felt like Paolini had no idea how to write a female main character, so he clung to the fail assumption woman are all boy crazy and can’t think beyond our boyfriends once we have one.

There are a few sequences that compelled me to continue reading at the beginning of the novel. Kira’s interaction with the alien relic and what happens after is interesting, engaging, and creepy. Paolini’s writing is topnotch in these moments. However, Kira’s interactions with the other characters and even her own inner monologue are flat and bland.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is slow. Paolinin gets lost in the small details and events, so reading becomes more of a chore rather than a thrilling space adventure.

It’s hard to really talk about the other characters in the novel since the secondary and tertiary characters that will remain with Kira for the novel are not introduced until page 160. Even then, readers are given a quick and lazy overview of these characters before moving on. The characters Kira interacts with before are introduced then were quickly dispatched or pushed aside.

Overall, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars was a disappointment. I was expecting a thrilling space opera, but instead got a slow paced novel with bland and poorly written characters.

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Have you read To Sleep in a Sea of Stars? What did you think?

9 thoughts on “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini

  1. It’s SOOOOOO LOOOONG since I read Eragon, it was such a hit in 2002. I admitt I never actually read the third book – which is a bummer!! But I really wanted to read this one, but now I don’t feel the urge to pick it up at all. It’s strange, but I think I might have moved on….

    ~ Corina | TheBrownEyedBookworm.com

  2. Ironically, I am SOOOO happy to read this. I too could not finish it and have felt really embarrassed about it. You made it farther than me. I bailed about 150… 🙂

    And of course, what do I go and do? Started Priory of the Orange Tree lol…

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