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 . . .
I’m going start off by stating right up front that this was for me a 5 out of 5 read. This is not a perfect book but it is a great read.
Its a fast paced, plot driven, action packed, chunky, sci-fi novel and I loved it.
It took me a while to get into the plot, the first few chapters were a bit slow. You are introduced to Kira, a xenobiologist who works on foreign planets analysing and collecting their biological flora and fauna – she comes across mysterious ruins and so on…
It was only when we ended up on the Wallfish and were introduced to some of the other main characters and had a little bit more understanding of where the story was going that it became truly something that I couldn’t put down.
Kira definetely gets better throughout the book and you come to know a flawed but interesting main character who you watch grow as you progress through the story.
The other characters particularly the Wallfish Crew are an interesting and diverse bunch of people who I truly came to love – 100% would want to be a member of the Wallfish just out in space trying to make an honest (or not so honest buck) somewhere in the future.
So much happens – an unbelievable amount of stuff happens throughout and its a chunky book – over 800 pages. I’m a little surprised it wasn’t released /publish as two books – but also happy that I was able to get the complete story in one sitting as being left on a cliffhanger waiting for part 2 would have been …frustrating.
As its that long you would expect some sort of slower ‘middle’ bit or maybe say a boring filler section but there isn’t. The story moves ahead fast, you start on a terraformed world moving swiftly into a space battle, to another ship, to another world and another space battle and so on and so on – you just have to hold on and keep up – I had a hard time putting it down because oh my god are they going to make it and I cant stop reading in the middle of this action scene.
The ending of book wasn’t everything I hoped for (I didn’t realise that i’m such a sucker for romance) it actually went in a completely different direction than I was expecting but it was satisfactory and many of the different threads were wrapped up well and brought to a good end.
I’m intrigued to see if there are going to be more books set in this universe I find it hard to see how he could continue this particular story even with the slight set up at the end but either way I am definitely going to be looking out for whats next from Paolini.
Top Three Things I loved:
Gregorovich – the fantastically mad ship mind was a just a fun character and the exploration behind the science and the how of the ship mind was interesting.
The light touch of romance – it was cute and I was completely there for it.
The Jellies – later in the novel the description and understanding of them was really fascinating – how they communicate through scent and colour changes – loved it all.
Not a huge amount of character development aside from the main character
Didn’t feel ‘gritty’ enough even with the danger and the action it still felt a little soft and fluffy around the edges but I’m going to rack this up to writing style preference.
Sometimes the bad things happened to conveniently.
As stated above 5 out of 5 biscuits worthwhile action packed and fun Sci-fi.
I was lucky enough to be gifted my copy of To sleep in a Sea of Stars from Tor Books.