Title: To Sleep In A Sea of Stars
Author: Christopher Paolini
CAWPILE: 8.86 (4 Stars)
Release Date: 15th September
I am truly having difficulty expressing my thoughts on this coherently, and without spoiling it for those who’ve not read it. As with his Inheritance Cycle – the first of which, Eragon, was published over ten years ago now – Paolini has created an intricate, vibrant, fascinating world that still has a fantastical feel to it, despite being a science-fiction novel. The world building is amazing, and the writing – although I didn’t always follow the scientific elements within it – created an incredible atmosphere, and so descriptive that it generated vivid moving images within my mind (which not a lot of science fiction novels do for me personally) – mostly tear-jerking and heart-wrenching, unnerving and terrifying, but also mesmerising and mind-boggling. That being said, I did feel like some of the “scenes” within a few of the chapters did go on a bit, in terms of what was happening and such, and could maybe have been a little more condensed so that we got to what happened next a little faster, and would have felt less…not repetitive, but less drawn out.
I liked Kira, and felt deeply for, and grew rather attached to and protective of her after what she goes through in the book. I just wanted to wrap her in a blanket and give her a big hug before giving her some tea and a plate of cookies, because she really does go through so much, and though there were other wonderful, vibrant colourful characters in the novel I think she really is my favourite of them all.
The complexity of the aliens within this world is truly astounding to me as I personally haven’t read a sci-fi novel with ones like these; the descriptions of them pulling a sort of horrified fascination, a terrified awe from me whenever and wherever they appeared.
I sincerely hope that I haven’t given away any spoilers with this review (I don’t think I have, having looked back through it but I’m still going to leave this sentence in haha.)
You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.
P.S. If you’re a sci-fi novel fan and haven’t pre-ordered this yet, what are you doing? Go do it, it’s amazing.