Christopher Paolini’s epic new novel, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, is an hallucinatory space opera, perfect reading to help us ride out the current storms
16 September 2020
THE first 50 pages of Christopher Paolini’s new blockbuster, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, are standard-issue space opera. Kira Navarez is a xenobiologist in a skeleton crew surveying a barren planet for colonisation. On the last day of the mission, she investigates an unexpected sign of life and does her job a bit too well. Soon enough, a xenomorph is clawing its way out of her innards.
Yet the moment you think, “wait a second, isn’t this kind of familiar?”, Paolini is right there ahead …