Book Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Kira, a xenobiologist on an uncolonized planet, lives her dream when she makes contact with an alien species. The lifeform quickly poses a threat and plays a mysterious role in the imminent war of worlds. Loss and discovery shade Kira’s narrative as she learns that she may be humanity’s greatest hope… Or deadliest threat.


  • Engrossing and inventive. The world building was absolutely incredible. The author redeemed my faith in science fiction with his unique alien life forms (that thankfully weren’t green bipeds with ample boobs existing to sleep with ship captains).
  • I found myself fully invested in the characters and their adventure immediately and was moved by Kira’s bravery, suffering, empathy, and intelligence throughout the entire story.
  • Paolini’s future was both realistic and imaginative. It made important commentary on the state of the world today and begged the question of how our actions could affect such a future.
  • In addition, the author’s mastery of The craft was inspiring.
  • Amazingly, the end was just as masterful as the rest of the novel. I can’t wait for future sci-fi publications by Paolini.

Least Favorites:

  • Absolutely no complaints.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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