Disclaimer: This book was kindly gifted to me by Pan Macmillan SA in exchange for an honest review.
- Title: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars;
- Author: Christopher Paolini;
- Originally Published: 15 September 2020;
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan SA;
- Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera;
- Page Count: 878
The story follows a xenobiologist, Kira Navárez, who stumbles on mysterious ruins as she’s finishing up her research on the large moon Adrasteia with a small team of other scientists. As Kira performs a few routine last-minute checks before their team leaves the system, something strange catches her eye. She decides to check it out, just to be thorough and finds herself in the middle of an ancient structure. When her curiosity gets the better of her and she touches a pedestal covered in dust, a bizarre black material flows out and covers her entire body. She passes out as she’s being rescued by her team, and when she comes to life, she seems to be fine, and the team reports her findings to the government. However, a kind of strange, alien suit takes over her body, covering her with black material that lashes out violently against her team, forming spikes that jump out from her skin. A military ship comes to collect what’s left of the team and investigate the reports of an alien discovery. When an alien species attacks the ship, presumably because of Kira’s discovery, Kira will have to learn to harness the suit’s strange powers to defend herself and the rest of the human race. This proves not to be easy but Kira is determined o do whatever it takes and she continues to discover more about the suit.
This was my first science fiction for the year 2020 and I am glad it had to be this one. This genre is something I don’t read as often as I should be, but I love it and thoroughly enjoy myself. I need to change that soon. Paolini, is best known for the YA epic fantasy series The Inheritance Cycle, and this is his adult debut and I cannot wait to read more from him. If you are looking for an adventure, I’d highly recommend this book or if you are into science fiction.
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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