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Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

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 . . .”

Goodreads Synopsis

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Review of To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Firstly, this cannot be considered a complete review (in some ways) as I did not finish To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. I tried really hard. I kept going back to it. Another 5%. Another 5%. But, gave up at 45%, which, to be fair, is a lot of text to read. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars almost 900 pages. So reading 45% is as much as most books.

Secondly, I know a couple of other bloggers who also did not finish To Sleep in a Sea of Stars—at an earlier point in the book the I did—though I don’t think they wrote a review or rated it. I also know other bloggers who enjoyed the book. So my advice would be if you hit the 20-25% mark and you are not sold on the book. Stop and move on to another book.

So my thoughts…

After the first 5% of the book, my thoughts were “this isn’t great.” Kira is the main character, and I was feeling nothing for here. The interactions and conversation between crew members were extremely bland.

Things (kind of) picked up after that. Kira encounters an alien organism that attaches itself to her and becomes a sort of bodysuit. A few things happen, and a doctor needs to run tests on her and the suit. But I still wasn’t feeling anything. It felt predictable.

Aliens then arrive on the scene, and I think here we go, but it’s not doing it for me. This section is short-lived. Kira finds herself on a Shuttle, and there is again interaction with several people before they set off on a course towards civilisation.

Kira then finds herself onboard another ship, crewed by a group of, I guess we could call them smugglers at this point. It thought things would pick up at this point. It seemed apparent this crew was going to play a large role in the story—an introduction of new characters presents an opportunity for character building. But I still wasn’t feeling invested in anyway. The crew is stereotypical. Events are predictable and obvious. Conversations and interactions are rather mundane. But I pressed on. As I said, I kept going back to it, wanting to love the book, wanting to feel something for the characters. But I couldn’t. There was an attack on a space station that they watched from behind a moon. It didn’t excite me. Kira then visited a military ship. Events again were predictable, and interactions offered no depth to characters. All the characters felt flat to me, which is why I could not get invested in them.

I finally left the book and moved on at 45% just as the two ships were about to set off into somewhat uncharted space.