Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed.
Look, I have no idea how I ever managed to finish reading the monstrosity that is To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. Over 800 pages! Small text, thick paragraphs. So much science-y stuff!
I don’t read a lot of adult science-fiction. I probably should, I probably will in the future, but they’re always long and complicated. But after reading this book, I’m ready to give it a chance.
I picked up To Sleep in a Sea of Stars because I’ve been waiting f o r e v e r for Christopher Paolini to come out with another book. I’m thrilled he took a chance at something completely different than the Inheritance Cycle. I’m all for authors breaking out of their known genre and stretching their writing ability. Since I have not read other adult sci-fi, I can’t tell you if this book is good in comparison. What I can tell you is this book was a wild ride from start to finish.
So much is packed into these pages. So many arcs and plot twists and conflicts and characters. And I loved it. Yeah, it took me forever because I paced myself. I savored the story so I wouldn’t rush through it and be confused. So I wouldn’t look back and think “I remember nothing from this book.” I took my time to enjoy the story. And I did. It’s long, it’s complicated, but it was fun.
My favorite character is totally the unhinged ship mind named Gregorovich. I don’t know what my problem is, but there is something about crazy AIs and sentient ships that are my jam. Thanks Gregorovich, thanks, AIDAN.
But the thing with this book is that there are numerous other amazing characters. Kira, the protagonist, is a freaking BAMF. Sparrow and the Captain were hilarious and great. Trig is a precious cinnamon roll that deserved more page time. The Entropists were eerie but intriguing and I need more information on them. And just all the main-main characters were fantastic. I cannot wait for this to be adapted to see how they cast for these parts. (Though, I wish, due to the complexity of the story, this was going to be a TV show and not a movie because there is SO MUCH and I can picture how some of the episodes would unravel and end on cliffhangers and just… gosh darn it, give me a TV show!)
And the aliens! Ooh, there were so many interesting aspects to the different alien races in this book. I don’t know why I keep reading books with spooky aliens, though, because too spooky. But again, I am so looking forward to how they adapt that into film. I highly, highly doubt the way I pictured the Jellies are anything like they’re supposed to look like, but whatever man.
What blows my mind other than the number of pages in this book is the science-y stuff. I’m not a scientist, obviously, and I haven’t taken any science classes in years and those were low-level astronomy, chemistry, and physics. So the science stuff blows my mind because how does someone even come up with these ideas for a story? How do you fill that many pages with words and ideas and dialogue and action? How do you come up with the concepts and the aliens and the ships? It’s so freaking cool! Like, Paolini, are you some kind of genius?
I also appreciate his acknowledgments and the fact they are almost a chapter in itself. I don’t know about you, but I always read author notes and acknowledgments because I like to see if I recognize other authors they thank or to learn any tidbits about their process writing their books. Paolini’s is great. There are secrets hidden in the acknowledgments, which just give the book another dab of fun. So don’t skip that part of the book.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars was great.
“There were, she thought, many different types of nightmares in the galaxy. Some small, some large, but the worst of all were the ones you lived with.”
(And I may or may not have giggled like a crazy person when Christopher Paolini liked the above photo on Instagram. Like, what even, man. I can’t deal.)