E-Arc Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

48829708Title: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
Author: Christopher Paolini
Genre: Adult Sci-fi / Fantasy
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Publisher: Tor Books

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy to review. All opinions are my own.

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“It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.” (Goodreads)

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I remember enjoying Eragon when I read it for the first time as a teen. I even liked the movie *gasp*. I know, that’s a pretty unpopular opinion, haha. Sure, it wasn’t as good as the book but I still liked it.

Anyways, when I saw that the same author was going to be writing a new book, but in space, I definitely knew I needed to check it out.

The book starts out like any movie I’ve seen where everything is perfect and then something goes terribly wrong. The action does begin pretty quickly but for that reason I just didn’t feel anything towards the characters that the things were happening too. This was all in the first 5% and so it’s hard to be shocked/sad or whatever because you had no time to really form any bond.

I kept going with this book because you can’t judge a book within that little amount. I will say that I never formed any connections to any of the characters.

There is definitely a lot of infodump and at times there were clunky parts that just left me bored. I feel like the book could have been shrunk a bit and it would still have the same effect.

I did find some of the plot to be good. The aliens were interesting and I like how he executed their communication. The memories/dreams was another nice touch and gave us more information. The romance part of the plot was definitely a letdown. It really could have been taken out and made no difference.

Where the book shines is the technology and descriptions that comes with it. Learning about the ship minds was my favorite part. Gregorovich was very interesting. I can’t remember reading anything like that before.

Overall, I think the negative outweighed the positive. It had its moments but it was still hard to connect with the story as a whole.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

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11971544Title: Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle #4)
Author: Christopher Paolini
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: November 8th, 2011

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“Not so very long ago, Eragon — Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider — was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chance.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the spellbinding conclusion to Christopher Paolini’s worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.” (Goodreads)

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I remember reading Eragon but it’s been many, many years. I never read the rest of the series so I would love to read this whole series. Will it happen this year? I don’t know, haha.

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Partial E-Arc Book Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

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40868461._SY475_Title: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
Author: Christopher Paolini
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020

Partial eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

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A brand new space opera on an epic scale from the New York Times bestselling author of a beloved YA fantasy series.

It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.” (Goodreads)

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I was excited to see this on NetGalley even if it wasn’t the full book. I remember enjoying this author’s YA series back then when I had read it and I plan to do a reread of it soon. This is definitely different for many reasons but it does have an interesting premise.

From what I did read, I think that this is a pretty solid read. Sci-fi can be a bit iffy for me but I am intrigued by the story that he is telling. The characters seem interesting and of course, there is a lot going on. Plus, aliens!

There is a lot of action and plot twists in this one. I’m curious to see how this will all turn out. Time to wait until September!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)