To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Christopher Paolini

fiction Fantasy Science Fiction
adventurous challenging mysterious slow-paced

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A brand new space opera on an epic scale from the New York Times bestselling author of a beloved YA fantasy series.

It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

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Cursing (2 reviewers), Death (2 reviewers), Gore (2 reviewers), Violence (2 reviewers), Gun violence (1 reviewer), Mental illness (1 reviewer), Forced institutionalization (1 reviewer), Blood (1 reviewer), Vomit (1 reviewer), and Grief (1 reviewer)


Sexual content (3 reviewers), Body horror (2 reviewers), Violence (2 reviewers), Chronic illness (1 reviewer), Confinement (1 reviewer), Gore (1 reviewer), Mental illness (1 reviewer), Self harm (1 reviewer), Blood (1 reviewer), Vomit (1 reviewer), Medical content (1 reviewer), and Medical trauma (1 reviewer)


Cursing (1 reviewer) and Grief (1 reviewer)


adventurous 97%
mysterious 56%
tense 45%
emotional 25%
challenging 15%
dark 13%
funny 11%
sad 11%
hopeful 9%
inspiring 9%
reflective 6%


medium 45%
slow 34%
fast 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 59% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 16%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 64% | No: 23% | It's complicated: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 9% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 14% | N/A: 2%

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