To Sleep in a Sea of Stars Book Review

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is written by Christopher Paolini who is the author of the Inheritance series.


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.


I truely enjoyed reading To Sleep in a Sea of Stars as it had aspects from my favourite sci-fi and fantasy novels. Paolini keeps you interested through the whole novel as well as having detailed information about the science fiction in his book.

Kira is the protagonist who is fascinated by life on the other planets. I love how determined Kira is after what happens to her and her crewmates and what lengths she will go to to save humanity.

The relationship between Kira and Alan was perfect and I had tears throughout with Kira dealing with his loss. The crew of the Wallfish and how she slowly gains allies throughout the novel was an amazing read.

This book is full of aliens or jellies, implants that are phones, the space travel and Paolini truely allows you to feel the vastness of space, along with the dangers. You truely come to love the multiple characters and my favourite was the ship mind Gregorovich.

My favourite quote from the novel is Sparrow cackled, and a loud thump resonated through the hull. “Who wants fried calamari?”

I would recommend this book to lovers of Star Trek, Aurora Cycle and The Starbound Trilogy.

4.5/5 stars

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