Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Synopsis: 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 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.
Christopher Paolini is the author of the bestselling The Inheritance Cycle which was both beloved by millions of readers and criticized for its stereotypical characters and awkward grammatical structure. Despite the series’ flaws, what was always apparent to me, was that Paolini was a gifted storyteller. With his first adult book, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, my feelings regarding his writing remain much the same. Once again, his characters are the weakest part, making it frustratingly difficult at times to connect with them. And, his prose is still somewhat clunky and could use some finessing. However, my goodness, this man knows how to spin a story! No dragons here, but plenty of fascinating aliens, thrilling space battles, and epic world building. Space operas aren’t one of my usual preferred genres, but I was utterly mesmerized the entire time I was reading. The book is almost 900 pages yet I finished it in a few days, which should tell you what a page-turner it is. I was going to give this 3 1/2 stars, but upon reflection I’m rounding it up to 4 stars, because just as he did with his fantasy series, Paolini again captured my complete attention with the sheer breadth of his imagination.