I'll be honest - I've already read the longer excerpt on NetGalley and preordered the book based on that.
It’s hard to articulate exactly what I was expecting from this, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. This definitely has a very Alien feel, complete with body horror and a kickass heroine. The world building was interesting and felt organic, and the characters, especially Kira and her reactions to her change in circumstance, felt realistic.
As for cons, there’s some clunky language and some amusing nonwoman-writing-a-woman quirks, but, as in his previous books, Paolini’s excellent storytelling makes it easy to shrug off.
Overall, I finished the sample definitely wanting more. It’s going to be a long time until September!