Surpsingly Good

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This review is going to be a little tough. There was so much that happened in this book, I really don’t even know where to begin and how much to talk about without spoiling. From the beginning, I suppose. Right away I knew there was going to be something tragic that happened to Kira to spark the chain of events. However, I wasn’t expecting any of the events that occurred. This was good because in a book this size, it was really nice to keep surprised and unexpecting of what was going to happen next. I really liked the idea of how the “dust” was actually a lost alien suit that became a part of Kira. This is honestly the whole focus of the book and it worked. While there were many other events that happened, this was the main cause of it and stayed relevant. I can see how this could have been lost or not utilized as the story continued, but it never did. This made the beginning of the book, and everything after seem important. At some points, I wondered if this book could have been shorter at all, or if any details could have been left out. And there wasn’t. This world was so in depth that each detail and scene was important to tell the whole story. While I did feel a little lost at some points (and most of that was because I had lost focus for a moment), everything ended up coming together and making sense. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is not a light book, my friend, so don’t go into it thinking it’s going to be an easy read. The science fiction aspect was definitely very heavy but I really enjoyed it. I always forgot how much I really enjoy space novels until I read them. As I liked mostly everything about this book, it’s the ending that I am still contemplating. I’m not sure I enjoyed how it ended. Some parts of it, I do like but the others are giving me a mixed feeling. But overall, this was a very solid book and enjoyable.

Oh boy, these characters. Kira is the main character that is followed through the whole story. And man, did I love her. I honestly don’t know how she did everything she did because I don’t know if I would have been able to. Her personality was perfect for this story and so was her actions. For this story, I don’t know if there was another character I would have rather followed. She was intelligent, brave, and scared – this made all of her actions relatable to her surroundings. It was interesting watching her grow with the soft blade and how she was able to use it, sometimes, to her advantage. Then the crew of the Wallfish, I fell in love with each of them. If I was to be a part of a space crew, sign me up for the Wallfish – well, just the crew itself, not what they actually had to go through. The Captain, Salvo, was great and just brought so much to the story itself. If it wasn’t for his actions and accepting Kira, who knows what would have happened. The first mate, Nielsen, was an amazing character development. Gregorovich. Ugh, what an interesting concept for a ship mind. I really enjoyed his comments and the way he interacted with the crew. Sparrow was such an intriguing character and remained one of my favorites from the very beginning. Triggs… there isn’t much to say about his character except it was so easy to see how he lit everything up that he touched with his personality. Every single character drove this story and if it wasn’t for such intriguing characters, this whole book would have fallen flat.

Overall, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini was a really good book. I was invested from the very beginning when I knew something was going to upset the status. This sparked such a long chain of events that had me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen to this crew. I appreciated all the details that went into the story and the way that I was surprised with each main event that occurred. However, this isn’t a light book. I found myself having to backtrack a good bit because even if I missed one little detail, I would get lost in the story. The characters for this story were amazing. I really enjoyed Kira as the main character and her story. But this wasn’t just her story and I loved all of the other characters as well. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a completely immersive space novel with amazing characters and a unique storyline.