To Sleep in a Sea of Stars - Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

By Christopher Paolini

  • Release Date: 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4
From 337 Ratings


Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

Winner of Best Science Fiction in the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards!

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from #1
New York Times bestselling author of Eragon, Christopher Paolini.

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 . . .

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


  • I loved it!

    By ranckayy
    I don’t know why this book has such negative reviews? I loved it! I’ve read plenty of fantasy. This was my first time venturing into science fiction, and I was not disappointed!! This gave me a little bit of a “venom” vibe! This book definitely deserves better than the reviews! So give it a chance!!
  • Stunning

    By nhetrick42
    Stop looking at reviews and just buy the book. Whether you are a fan of the genre or not the words on the pages are as beautifully written as the Mona Lisa was painted.
  • A sampling of current Sci Fi tropes

    By Anton Brecht
    This book while entertaining enough reuses ideas from the past 10 years of hard sci fi without any of the backstory that made those ideas interesting, reading it I couldn’t help but feel the author has read many of the same books as a lot of us Sci fi fans and everytime he came across an interesting concept he watered it down and threw it in. Perhaps as a first foray into science fiction it would be good as it would very quickly introduce readers to new concepts they could then discover in more thought out detail in other books but I also found that it could easily be edited down by 1/2 and still be dragged out. I would recommend anyone read Neal Asher, Alistair Reynolds, Greg Egan, Hubert, Banks, Bear or Hamilton first and onlly attempt this one out of complete bordom.
  • Paolini’s best work

    By ARCicepick
    Very few books keep me glued to the pages like this one did. Exciting from start to finish.
  • Great Read

    By Questant Hunter
    The beginning and ending is excellent, the middle part follows a pretty standard and predictable plot flow; however it is still really good. This has turned out to be one of my favorite science fiction books I have read.
  • The book is real good.

    By nrardin
    Absolutely stunning storytelling from an outstanding author. Paolini’s detailed world building, finely tuned character development, and impressive science fiction concepts create a gripping narrative in a world teeming with atmosphere. The first few pages felt a little slow, which I’ll attribute to my insatiable need for this to have been another Inheritance book. Give the first few chapters a chance and you’ll quickly reach the book’s Markov Limit, with enough excitement and energy to send you spinning across the stars.
  • Flat

    By DangerConnolly
    I’ve been a Paolini fan since Eragon came out, and was excited for this book to see what else he was capable of writing. It’s critical for an author to branch out into new universes and push themselves beyond one setting. However, this novel lacks all the complexity and world building of the Inheritance novels. The setting and universe are only briefly set with very little time dedicated to describing what normal for these characters looks like and how events upset this. The characters are flat, predictable, and rushed. Such a lack of development relegated this novel to the dime store shelf next to Fabio. With that said, Space Sci-fi is a difficult genre because there needs to be a certain acceptance of understood physics and elaboration on the conjecture of the authors universe, which is essentially ignored in this book. Reflecting on the book, I feel as if a lot was left on the editing room floor. I feel as if the book was cut to meet a page count and publishing date. I feel as if Paolini was undercut by a label wanting to abuse his previous success or perhaps provide an outlet to him he felt he needed. I feel compelled to write a book review despite having never done so since college. I feel a disappointed by reality, which is the opposite of what a novel should do.
  • Pretty bad and pretty good

    By Willieskdbms
    For the most part it’s a good book. However it’s a book in space it does this thing where the characters have to know where they are going before they start to head there. This makes it feel like the book is telling you what’s going to happen 3 chapters before it does. Compounded by the issue that the conflict is mainly centered around McGuffins or large scale events, making for at most 2 possible outcomes. The book does a great job of exploring alien worlds, the plot was not my favorite, and events sometimes happen just to happen. Overall good, but a little disappointing.
  • Simply Wonderful

    By Sisyphus732
    I believe Christopher Paolini has done it again. This book, this world, is rich with detail and meaning. Nothing was wasted or irrelevant to the narrative as Paolini was able to naturally create the structure of this new world while pushing and pulling reader forward with the protagonist Kira Navárez. In translation, never did I feel the weight of exposition for expositions sake. Therefore, this massive book never felt boring for every page was needed. I read it all in 3 days. I highly recommend you read it for yourself.
  • A Beautifully Written Sci-Fi Odyssey

    By User171741
    To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a beautifully written book. It tells the story of a woman who discovers proof of sentient beings on a planet her team is preparing for colonization by humans. After her discovery, she is thrust into a whole new world where she must ultimately save the universe from destruction. The story is dense and there is a lot to get through, but it is also a fascinating world created by beloved fantasy writer Christopher Paolini. The characters are interesting and diverse and the journey they embark on is one that will stick with me for years to come. This novel has everything you want in an epic novel: adventure, fun and interesting characters, emotional depth, and gorgeously written prose.