To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Serialized Excerpt Campaign (part three)

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Hey guys!! Today’s post is a bit special, as it is the third part of a campaign organized by Tor Books to promote an upcoming title I am sure you’ve already heard about: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini!
When I learned that Christopher Paolini, who wrote the amazing Inheritance cycle (one of the best from my teenage years, I’m telling you) was coming back with something completely different, I was curious. Sci-fi? Adult? 880 pages? Well, lucky for you Christopher, I have decided I want to read more of this genre in the last years, so here I am, ready to jump into a Sea of Stars 😛

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Let’s get you introduced to the book first (coming out September 15th!)

Kira Navárez dreamed of finding life on new worlds.
Now she has awakened a nightmare.
While exploring a distant planet, she discovers an alien relic that thrusts her into an epic journey of transformation and discovery.

Her odyssey will carry her to the far reaches of the galaxy.
Earth and her colonies are on the brink of annihilation.
One woman.
   The will to survive.
        The hope of humanity.
This epic novel follows Kira Navárez, who, during a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and the nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and, in the process, transform not only her ― but the entire course of history.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Are you ready to discover the abstract now? First make sure you’ve read parts 1 and 2 on one of the participating blogs (list at the bottom of the article)! Or, you can wait for tomorrow when we will all share the full excerpt 😉 For me, I’m just super excited to read the FULL book now haha!

To Sleep in a sea of stars – Excerpt #3: 

“Jesus, someone help her,” Alan cried.
“Watch out!” shouted Seppo. “That thing on the floor is moving! Shi—”
“Sickbay,” said Fizel. “Get her to sickbay. Now! Pick her up. Pick—”
The walls swam around her as they lifted her. Kira felt like she was being strangled. She tried to inhale, but her muscles were too cramped. Red sparks gathered around the edges of her vision as Alan and the others carried her down the hallway. She felt as if she were floating; everything seemed insubstantial except the pain and her fear.
A jolt as they dropped her onto Fizel’s exam table. Her abdomen relaxed for a second, just long enough for Kira to steal a breath before her muscles locked back up.
“Close the door! Keep that thing out!” A thunk as the sickbay pressure lock engaged.
“What’s happening?” said Alan. “Is—”
“Move!” shouted Fizel. Another hypo pressed against Kira’s neck.
As if in response, the pain tripled, something she wouldn’t have believed possible. A low groan escaped her, and she jerked, unable to control the motion. She could feel foam gathering in her mouth, clogging her throat. She gagged and convulsed.
“Shit. Get me an injector. Other drawer. No, other drawer!”
“Doc—”
“Not now!”
Doc, she isn’t breathing!”
Equipment clattered, and then fingers forced Kira’s jaw apart, and someone jammed a tube into her mouth, down her throat. She gagged again. A moment later, sweet, precious air poured into her lungs, sweeping aside the curtain darkening her vision.
Alan was hovering over her, his face contorted with worry.
Kira tried to talk. But the only sound she could make was an inarticulate groan.
“You’re going to be okay,” said Alan. “Just hold on. Fizel’s going to help you.” He looked as if he were about to cry.
Kira had never been so afraid. Something was wrong inside her, and it was getting worse.
Run, she thought. Run! Get away from here before—
Dark lines shot across her skin: black lightning bolts that twisted and squirmed as if alive. Then they froze in place, and where each one lay, her skin split and tore, like the carapace of a molting insect.
Kira’s fear overflowed, filling her with a feeling of utter and inescapable doom. If she could have screamed, her cry would have reached the stars. »

You can check all of the other participants and abstracts here:

Part one – Tuesday May 26th: Tor.comBetween Dreams and Realitycolourmeread.com, Books, Bones & Buffyeleven thirteen pmLitStackMoonlight RendezvousNurse BookieNovelKnightSciFi Chick

Part two – Wednesday May 27th: The Mary SueBook BriefsBookish Bliss and BeautyDMCI ReadsFor the Love of WordsNovel HeartbeatReading RealitySimone and Her BooksThe QwilleryThe Reading Corner for All

Part three – Thursday May 28th: Den of GeekBeauty in RuinsBiblioSanctumFlames RisingPolish & PaperbacksShe Reads with CatsWTF Are You Reading?Amanda BradburnRequired Reading

Hope you are as excited as I am, see you tomorrow for the full excerpt reveal 😉

Elise

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