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Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.


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Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

30 review for Skyward

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Chapters

    I am a simple girl. I see Brandon Sanderson... I buy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Even though I already had the book, I'm impressed a Brandon Sanderson book was in my November Fairyloot!! Click the link under the picture to see the goods. I think I left out a picture of one of the cards! sigh.... THE GOODS I had so many things I wanted to say for this review but I have nothing right now! I have cried sad and happy tears. I have loved many. Go read the damn book people! It's Brandon Sanderson! What more needs to be said? Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    “You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.” Skyward is the start of a brand-new YA Sci-Fi series by Brandon Sanderson. You all know that I love Brandon Sanderson’s work, especially The Stormlight Archive and Mistborn, and I knew I couldn’t let this new release pass me by without immediately reading. And, friends, this was nothing short of a treat. “You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.” Skyward is the start of a brand-new YA Sci-Fi series by Brandon Sanderson. You all know that I love Brandon Sanderson’s work, especially The Stormlight Archive and Mistborn, and I knew I couldn’t let this new release pass me by without immediately reading. And, friends, this was nothing short of a treat. This book follows a young girl named Spensa, who wants nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps of being a space pilot and defending her home planet from an alien race called the Krell, who are relentless in their attacking. Unfortunately, her father did something unforgivable and the rest of her community truly will never forget. “People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real.” Spensa lives in future version of our galaxy, on a planet named Detritus. But most of the inhabitants live underground, while only a few cities are above. And in this society people’s job positions are supposed to be based off their test scores that will influence them into learning their strengths, but we soon find out that pilots are mostly found based on their family lineage. Brandon Sanderson really talks about privilege and how outside forces can really impact a person’s life, while a last name can completely make someone’s future. Spensa learns this very quickly, but she is still determined to not only go to flight school, but to graduate at the top of her class, regardless of the people who are willing to do anything to stop her. And Spensa has to go through some really horrible stuff. No spoilers, but even her family is forced to live off of rats, while never being able to see the sky, but living in fear of a lifetime war that never ceases. But Spensa’s determination is awe-inspiring, but she soon realizes that flight school is completely ruthless and very deadly. “It turns out that strange little girls grow up to be strange young women.” Yet, one of the best characters I’ve read all year is easily Spensa. She not only makes you feel immense empathy because of her situation, but just because she’s a little girl that has only known war. She’s passionate, she’s caring, she’s so very dedicated. And she’s hilariously funny. This book made me laugh out loud so many times. But mostly, I was rooting for her from the first to the last page. And she really showcases that everyone has a choice, regardless of the things that life has forced upon them, and regardless of the mistakes of their parents. She was such a wonderful character, and a shining light in 2018’s protagonists. And I loved the constant discussion of what makes a coward and what makes a hero. And about all those grey areas in between those things. And how a different view can really turn those two titles upside down completely. Spensa also meets many new colleagues, some of which who are also chasing the same dream as her, and some who have had it forced upon them. And dare I say, there is a start of an enemies to lovers relationship in this book? Lord, help me. I am already invested! But my heart truly belongs to M-Bot, the AI-driven ship that Spensa finds. A lot of people have compared this book to How To Train Your Dragon and that is so damn accurate, but I actually think I loved M-Bot even more than Toothless. (And that is quite the recommendation, friends!) I also think I just have a soft spot in my heart for sentient ships, if I’m being completely honest. But I have no doubts that if you pick up this book that you will fall in love with M-Bot, too. Okay, so even though I loved this reading experience so much, and I truly think Brandon Sanderson comes up with the best worlds in SFF, two things bothered me about this book. One is a character death, and I won’t go into spoilers, but if you know me at all, you’ll know why this upset me. And Brandon should have done better. Secondly, the ending was a masterpiece. Yeah, you read that right. The ending was magnificent, but it truly overshadowed the rest of the book and made it feel like the 500 pages I just read were some precursor to the actual story that will begin in book two. “Claim the stars, Spensa.” Overall, I did adore this book. It was just what I needed. I actually was feeling really slumpy before I picked this up, and not only did it rectify that, but it reminded me why I love books and stories and fictional worlds so much. I know Brandon Sanderson isn’t for everyone, but he truly is a master at his craft and every book and series he touches turns to gold. And his world-building is honestly on a tier above all else in the genre. And, again, I cannot wait for book two. And I cannot wait to learn everything about a certain blue and orange slug. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Content and trigger warnings for bullying, loss of a loved one, battle scenes, and war themes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    TS Chan

    4.5 stars. This is a fine example of how one writes Young Adult. I am once again in awe of this master of storytelling, who excelled in his first full-length space opera novel. Skyward is another hallmark of Sanderson's ability to spin the most incredible stories. He described the book as How to Train Your Dragon meets Top Gun and Enders Game. These references, however, would count for nothing if the execution was poor. Fortunately, and to solidify my unwavering faith in my favourite author, he s 4.5 stars. This is a fine example of how one writes Young Adult. I am once again in awe of this master of storytelling, who excelled in his first full-length space opera novel. Skyward is another hallmark of Sanderson's ability to spin the most incredible stories. He described the book as How to Train Your Dragon meets Top Gun and Enders Game. These references, however, would count for nothing if the execution was poor. Fortunately, and to solidify my unwavering faith in my favourite author, he shows that he is still at the top of his game. So what do we get from Skyward? Fascinating worldbuilding - check. Empathetic characterisation - check. Excellent pacing and plotting - check. All these I have come to expect from Sanderson already, but the one thing that impressed me the most are the starship dogfight scenes. No magic system to showcase in action? No sweat! He relied on his (seemingly inexhaustible) imagination to create some unique dogfighting techniques while keeping flight science as real as possible with the help and advice of real-life fighter pilots. Similar to his magic systems, the capability of the pilots and their starfighters is constrained within a set of boundaries or rules as dictated by available technology; some of which are made-up to make it more exciting. The flight school arc is engaging and well-written with loads of flight action scenes, and they are so vivid and thrilling that I was practically glued to the pages. If it is even possible, Sanderson is getting better at his worldbuilding skills, and I'm not just talking about how fascinating this most aptly named planet of Detritus is. It is that self-described Grand Skill of incorporating worldbuilding naturally through the perspective of the characters. Aside from avoiding info-dumping, this also lends an air of mystery to the history of the planet, its inhabitants and their lifelong war, but at the same time is not too obscure as to frustrate the reader. The story is written mainly in the first-person POV of Spensa - an angry young lady with a lot to prove and hence had quite an attitude problem and a propensity to act like an idiot sometimes. Her growth in character was simply quite superb. While I was annoyed with some of her thoughts and actions at first, she was relatable, and as she fought so hard to remain in flight school at all costs to prove her detractors wrong, the life lessons she faced made her development feel completely natural and realistic. Even the supporting characters are excellent and ones that you will root for and develop an emotional investment. The level of empathy that Sanderson demonstrated in the way he wrote his characters truly astounds me sometimes. My favourite character - who made me tear up and then laugh till I almost cried again - is one that is not even human or biologically alive, but has such a personality as to appear quite sentient. As with all of Sanderson's stories, there are always important themes imbued into the character's journey. Living in the shadow of her father, Spensa went all out to prove that she is not a coward. As she progressed through flight school, however, her conviction of what real bravery is was sorely tested. Her path to be a pilot and a grown-up was one of harsh realities and self-realisation. "It has always seemed to me that a coward is a person who cares more about what people say than about what is right. Bravery isn't about what people call you, Spensa. It's about who you know yourself to be." There is also one unifying theme evident in Sanderson's books, and that is one of hope. Not hope in the metaphysical sense or some god-like intervention, but hope that arises from the good in people. I live for stories like these, especially during these dark and nonsensical times. "People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real. If that's the case, what does it matter whether people in them actually lived?" No, it does not matter to me if Kaladin or Dalinar, Vin or Kelsier, (to name a few) are fictional. Their stories illuminate what it means to hope, to live and be human. And I will want to ‘live' those stories again and again. Now, I am adding Spensa and her awesome, hilarious starship into that list. This review can also be found at Booknest

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Okay, it's official, folks. Brandon Sanderson is a god. He's not just a go-to guy for all things fantasy. I've read a few of his Cosmere SF stores but this is the first outright SF novel I've read from him and OMG he slams it out of the park. Or sky. :) Let's put it this way. You remember how Armada should have been the glorious Last Starfighter? Let's just ignore that for a moment. THIS is the quintessential Top Gun meets the Last Starfighter, complete with a girl pilot with a huge chip on her sho Okay, it's official, folks. Brandon Sanderson is a god. He's not just a go-to guy for all things fantasy. I've read a few of his Cosmere SF stores but this is the first outright SF novel I've read from him and OMG he slams it out of the park. Or sky. :) Let's put it this way. You remember how Armada should have been the glorious Last Starfighter? Let's just ignore that for a moment. THIS is the quintessential Top Gun meets the Last Starfighter, complete with a girl pilot with a huge chip on her shoulder, a lot of growth to be had, a mysterious AI starship she's caring for while undergoing training, and KILLER dogfights. Did I cry a little as the cadets started dying or being pulled from the classes by freaked out parents? Yes. Did I feel the urgency and the hopelessness and the absolute need for pilots at all costs? Yes. Did I have an INSANE amount of fun reading this? YES. Hell, I'm already devoted to this man's fantasy. I just never guessed, although I SHOULD HAVE GUESSED, that Sanderson's Law was always a great means to bring understandable science-like laws to the field of Fantasy, but COME ON... a man who does this already has a FANTASTIC grip on SF. The story is fantastic, fun, and jammed with action, pathos, and a LOT of cute. :) I can't wait for the next one! It's a great blow out and an even better set-up! :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    It's kind of a ... Star Wars training academy sort of story! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Brandon Sanderson’s new young adult science fiction novel, Skyward, replaces his intricately detailed fantasy magical systems with equally detailed dogfights between one-person starship fighters of the humans living on the planet Detritus (it’s as bleak as it sounds) and the starships of the alien Krell. The Krell chased a fleet of human spaceships to Detritus decades ago and have pinned It's kind of a ... Star Wars training academy sort of story! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Brandon Sanderson’s new young adult science fiction novel, Skyward, replaces his intricately detailed fantasy magical systems with equally detailed dogfights between one-person starship fighters of the humans living on the planet Detritus (it’s as bleak as it sounds) and the starships of the alien Krell. The Krell chased a fleet of human spaceships to Detritus decades ago and have pinned them down on the planet since, frequently bombarding the humans with attacks that threaten to wipe out the colony, where people primarily live underground for safety. Spensa Nightshade’s father died years ago during a major battle against the Krell. Though other families of spaceship pilots are lauded by the colony, “Chaser” Nightshade was accused of being a coward, fleeing the Krell forces and being shot down and killed by his own flight in retribution, and as an example to others. That cowardice label has lasted through the nine years since his death, continuing to haunt his family and his daughter, Spensa. As a result, at age eighteen she’s a rebellious hothead with a huge chip on her shoulder, and a fiery determination to win a place to be trained as a starship pilot and prove herself as the bravest fighter, ever. Defiant isn’t just a description of the human’s military forces to Spensa; it’s deeply ingrained in her nature. Unfortunately for Spensa, there are influential people who are equally determined to see that she does not get a chance to join the Defiant Defense Force’s flight school or graduate as a pilot, convinced that the “defect” in her father is also in the daughter. When she manages to land one of the few spots in the program ― barely, through a combination of hard study, stubbornness and luck ― her troubles aren’t over, by a long shot. Denied the right to live in the school’s dorms or even use the cafeteria, Spensa sets up house in a cave where during a previous excursion she had found a very old, damaged starfighter with (it turns out) a very quirky AI named M-Bot. Spensa divides her time between her pilot training classes and trying her hand at secretly repairing the old Starfighter. But the Krell are gradually decimating the human starfighter forces, and Spensa and her classmates are thrown into action against the Krell far sooner than they are ready to handle it. After a slightly weak beginning ― Spensa’s brash character and simmering anger got old for me, fast, though I had to admire her sheer determination and refusal to ever give up ― Skyward gains traction and briskly works its way up to an impressive finish. Most of the time in between is spent with training in the semi-military space pilot school for Spensa and her group of ten eighteen-year-old classmates, and with frequent individual spacecraft battles with the Krell aliens. If that sort of story sounds appealing, Skyward should be just the ticket. Though the main emphasis is on action, Skyward also includes some deeper insights into character, and has some excellent points to make about what truly constitutes bravery and cowardice. A solid dose of humor is provided by an odd cave creature that Spensa adopts as a mascot of sorts, delightfully naming it Doomslug, and by the personable AI M-Bot.“Not that I require affirmation of any sort, as my emotions are mere simulations … but you are listening to me, right?” “I’m listening,” I said. “I’m just thinking.” “That is good. I should not like to be maintained by one who lacks brain functions.”The characters in Skyward are, for the most part, familiar types, but they’re still engaging, not to mention quite diverse in their internal and external makeups. Not just Spensa but several of her classmates grow and change significantly through their experiences. The plot is enjoyable, if somewhat predictable, but a few twists toward the end shed a surprising new light on several characters, as well as the ongoing wars with the Krell. The ending of Skyward is open-ended, since this is the first book in Sanderson’s new SKYWARD series, but the main plot threads reach a reasonable stopping ― or at least pausing ― point, while leaving me anxious to see where the series goes next. I’ll be watching for the sequel!

  7. 4 out of 5

    🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    “You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.” Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 When Spensa was a little girl she always dreamed about flying, seeing the stars, the sky. Being free, even just for a moment. Even though there were stones upon her path that nearly let her tumble and get lost, she still found a way to be upon the sky. To see the stars, the sky and to discover wha “You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.” Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 When Spensa was a little girl she always dreamed about flying, seeing the stars, the sky. Being free, even just for a moment. Even though there were stones upon her path that nearly let her tumble and get lost, she still found a way to be upon the sky. To see the stars, the sky and to discover what happened to her father. What made him run from a fight. First of all, I’m not into sci-fi. I was never a big fan of it. But after reading many reviews that told me that this book was awesome and that it had such a well balanced fast pacing, I was 💯 going to at least try it out. And what can I say? It wasn’t perfect, no by all means it’s nearly impossible for a book to be perfect, but it was good. It was really really good. And I enjoyed every minute of it. Btw. This was one of the best Buddy reads I had in a while. It was so much fan talking to one of my favorite persons on this platform. So thank you, Fares, for making this BR so funny and making me smile a lot ☺️ Character 🌟🌟🌟🌟 “So . . . ," I said. "You're saying that by the end of our training, you expect us to be able to use grappling hooks made of energy to smash our enemies with flaming chunks of space debris?" "Yes." "That . . . ," I whispered, "that's the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.” I like confident characters. As long as they don’t overdo it. I know Spensa is a little bit over the top. But sometimes she felt so real. Thinking she will be the best pilot on her team, but then crashing a lot of times and taking a lot of time to learn things. She thought the sky, the fights, everything was like it should’ve been in her dreams. But then she fell, she lost and she grieved. She saw the dangerous part of the sky, but she never bolted. She saw that there was danger to a lot of things, including for her being a pilot. But she never wavered. Even though people told her she should stay on ground, she should give up, give up, give up. She never did. She never gave up. And even though she had a time we’re she overthought thinks, where she had insecurities, she soon realized that you can’t be afraid of a thing you don’t know for certain. All in all I fell absolutely in love with her. I know she had her flaws, but who is perfect, huh? My favorite character was probably M-Bot. He was be cutest, funniest and weirdest thing I have read about in a long time. He kind of reminded me of Aidan, but In a cute innocent cinnamon roll way. He made the most random announcement and statements and every time he appeared I was happy and smiling. I loved him so much, even though he was an AI. Then there was Jorgen, our flight leader and Jerkface. Even though I hated him in the beginning, i knew I would love him in the end. (I can sometimes feel this kind of stuff.) And what can I say? I was totally right. I loved him. He was such a talented and brilliant flight leader. Then there was Spins best friend and another really talented and smart boy, Rig. What I loved most about him was his kind heart. Even though everyone hated Spensa and was super mean to her, he was her only and her best friend. He also was super talented in a lot of things, shy but also really lovable guy. All in all I can say that I loved all the main and side characters. ♥️ World 🌟🌟🌟 There was a war in the sky - many many years ago. The humans were attacked by aliens, they later called them Krell. The humans landed on a planet, scattered around in small clans. But every time they tried to build something, to start a civilization, the Krell came and destroyed it. Many years ago there was a battle - called the battle of Alta. Many pilots fell, many pilots died, but the human race survived and they won. But the war never ended. Like I said, I’m not a fan of sci-fi. That’s why I’m not a professional in it. I don’t know if this book is a brilliant sci-fi book. So I’ll just try to tell you what I think as a not-professional-sci-fi-reader. I think this world isn’t perfect. I don’t think it’s really realistic, that parents let their kids become a pilot, only to see them being shot down. Then when the fight is over, the other pilots are forced to continue like nothing happened. There are many kids - not even eighteen- that train everyday only to be send into a battle and die. There is war everywhere. Kids, little children dream about being a pilot, to fly, to fight against the Krell. I know there is the leader, there are powerful people that control everything, but I thought that there were not enough emotions and reactions from the population. It was so quiet. Also I think it’s really weird that they never really tried to learn more about the Krell. They just fought them every time. Even though they didn’t know what they were and what they wanted. They just fought. I know that sounds stupid and weird, but I thought that was really unrealistic. Also, every other pilot is like: „I follow commands, I never question them.“ and then there are these kids, not even full pilot and they ask the important questions. Uh, yeah. Buuuuuut still I thought the whole idea was great. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 You know what I really really love in books? Strong friendship. It doesn’t matter if it’s between a boy and a boy, or a girl and a girl or between a girl and a boy. And this book is full of it. There is no romance, even though I wished it had at least a little bit of it, but it was full of friendship, of loyalty, of smart kids and kind and brave hearts. I loved that there were teams. And even though they were so different, they still found their way. That was my absolute favorite part. That’s why I give this part a six star! Woohoo! 🥳 Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This was my first Brandon Sanderson book and what can I say? It won’t be the last. He’s such a talented writer. I couldn’t put the book down. If I wouldn’t have a social life and a work place I would’ve finished this in one day. It was so fast paced and full of action, friendship, secrets and intrigues. It was all in all a really really really good book. I loved it so much and I’m glad I tried it out! I can definitely recommend this to everyone that loves some action and friendship. “People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real. If that's the case, what does it matter whether people in them actually lived?"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    I mean, this is an author that can do no wrong in my eyes. When every book you read of his is a 5 star read, you reach for perfection and perfection is what you get with him. I'm so damn happy we're getting a book release from him this year. 😍

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anja

    EDIT: The book dropped a few days ago, everyone needs to go read it ASAP, you won't regret it!! *AS MANY STARS AS THERE ARE DEBRIS IN THE RUBBLE BELT* Okay, let me start off with this: I live for Spensa. I adore Spensa. I look up to Spensa. Since this book hasn't been officially released yet and I don't want to spoil anything, I'll be keeping this short. What I will say is that I would have given this 5 stars for Spensa alone. But throw a precious, sassy and funny sidekick, a band of awesome and l EDIT: The book dropped a few days ago, everyone needs to go read it ASAP, you won't regret it!! *AS MANY STARS AS THERE ARE DEBRIS IN THE RUBBLE BELT* Okay, let me start off with this: I live for Spensa. I adore Spensa. I look up to Spensa. Since this book hasn't been officially released yet and I don't want to spoil anything, I'll be keeping this short. What I will say is that I would have given this 5 stars for Spensa alone. But throw a precious, sassy and funny sidekick, a band of awesome and loyal flightmates and some seriously kickass airfights into the mix and we’ve got ourselves a masterpiece! This was my first ever Brandon Sanderson book, and I’m kicking myself for not having picked up any of his other books earlier if they’re all going to be this good! I’m usually not that into sci-fi so I'll probably enjoy his fantasy series even more, which I can't imagine, but hell, this was damn epic and blew me away. His way of telling stories just sucks you right in! I laughed, cried, doubted and mourned with Spensa throughout this whirlwind of an adventure. Received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    شيماء ✨

    a girl pilot and her AI-driven sidekick ship teaming up to battle aliens? this sounds so good and if it ends up disappointing me, I will personally use my last €€ to travel to Sanderson's house, knock on his door and....BURST INTO TEARS

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dana Ilie

    Sanderson’s world-building is one of the most interesting aspects to the story. He ekes out information at a steady rate as to not overwhelm the reader with massive info dumps and maintains an air of mystery as to how the circumstances of Spin’s people came to be. Skyward has all the hallmarks of a Sanderson story: mysterious prologue, likeable protagonists, curious past civilizations, new technologies, and the looming threat of a warring race. I was often reminded of Mistborn’s ‘metal burning’ Sanderson’s world-building is one of the most interesting aspects to the story. He ekes out information at a steady rate as to not overwhelm the reader with massive info dumps and maintains an air of mystery as to how the circumstances of Spin’s people came to be. Skyward has all the hallmarks of a Sanderson story: mysterious prologue, likeable protagonists, curious past civilizations, new technologies, and the looming threat of a warring race. I was often reminded of Mistborn’s ‘metal burning’ magic when Skyward’s new tech abilities were showcased. Sanderson has created a system of rules for a ship’s dogfighting technology, then immediately dives into all the various strategies of how to best employ it, pushing its capabilities ever further and testing the boundaries of how far this tech can function. It’s always a pleasure spending time inside Brandon’s mind as he creates a new playground of rules and takes his characters for a ride through unchartered territories. I won’t say much about him, but I LOVED M-Bot. He’s such an interesting character and honest to god funny. I kept laughing throughout his dialogue, and his obsession with mushrooms cracked me up all the time. That’s all I’m saying! Just trust my vague assurances that you’ll love him. In addition to some of the themes discussed above, this story also explores the nature of identity, both human and artificial. Identity can be defined by how some human characters act and think, but this also applies to an AI struggling to determine whether it can create new ideas on its own. Following these character arcs helped ground the story between tense scenes of battle training and hidden agendas, and I appreciated how the story sometimes slowed down to concentrate on the consequences of our characters’ decisions. And these consequences are often dire: the violence is hardly graphic, but its repercussions are felt heavily throughout the story. Skyward is an easy book to recommend. It contains all the main characteristics of a Sanderson novel from a writer at the top of his game. Some might consider this book YA, though I was just as engrossed as I would have been with any other of his novels. Above all, this novel is a ton of fun, and it sets up the story for some excellent ideas to explore in the next volume. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long, as Brandon has shared that the sequel was just submitted to the publisher. I’ve grown quite fond of the characters in this story and am curious to unravel its mysteries in the series ahead.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ❄️Nani❄️

    This was a fun read and I enjoyed it (it is, after all, Sanderson) but his adult novels are what truly get my pulse racing. Wand what cemented my love for him in the first place.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    I was lucky enough to be provided an ARC from the publisher, Gollancz, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity. Rating: 4.5 stars Brandon Sanderson shoots for the stars in Skyward, the first entry of his sci-fi adventure, and absolutely aces the takeoff. Is there anything better than a new book release from your favourite author? Ok, I have to admit though. I am not a huge fan of sci-fi books, and as such avoid them where possible. I will ho I was lucky enough to be provided an ARC from the publisher, Gollancz, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity. Rating: 4.5 stars Brandon Sanderson shoots for the stars in Skyward, the first entry of his sci-fi adventure, and absolutely aces the takeoff. Is there anything better than a new book release from your favourite author? Ok, I have to admit though. I am not a huge fan of sci-fi books, and as such avoid them where possible. I will however make exceptions for my favourite authors, and Brandon Sanderson is right at the pinnacle of that list. Still, I had my doubts, this being a space opera. *gives doubting self a reproving glare in the mirror This is Brandon Sanderson guys - there is no need to doubt. A few frantic reading sessions later I can excitedly confirm, the master of fantasy, Brandon Sanderson, has brought his particular brand of AWESOMENESS to the sci-fi genre as well. Spensa (callsign: Spin) dreams of being a starfighter pilot for the Defiant Defense Force. The DDF’s main objective: To defend the planet Detritus from the Krell, aliens determined to destroy humankind. She has studied for years to make her dream come true and knows every possible answer that she may need to pass the flight school test that ensures admittance to the pilot training program. If fate had dealt her a different hand, she would not even have to write the test, but would receive automatic acceptance into the school on grounds of being the daughter of one of the heroes of the Battle of Alta. Her father (callsign: Chaser) was one of, if not the DDF’s best pilot , when the famous fight took place. During the battle however, he inexplicably lost his nerve and tried to flee the fight to save his own hide and was consequently shot down by his own team to discourage any other pilot from following his example. His branding as a coward, and the stigma allotted to his family by association ensured a tough upbringing for Spensa, making her goal of becoming a pilot akin to the punishment of Sisyphus. The deck is stacked against her - there are few who have any respect for the daughter of a craven, and many who do not want her to succeed. She is obstinately determined though to fulfill her destiny - she will pass the flight school test and become one of the best pilots in the fleet, thereby restoring her family name. And then in the middle of her mission to succeed she makes a monumental discovery that could change her life completely, but also change the course for the entire war effort for good...a starship of unknown design with an AI built-in. As is the norm with this author, the story is very well written. This might be labeled as YA, but I found my enjoyment at the same level as any of his other works and would ignore the label entirely. Some of my favourite narrative devices are present, in a prologue that skips a number of years forward at the first chapter and a lost history where no-one really knows much about what happened in the past. Pacing is brisk and the Sanderson avalanche is present, although not at a Stormlight Archive intensity in my opinion. It does not take anything away from the gripping ending though and should not dissuade anyone from reading this either. World-building is wonderful once again. Sanderson is just… a genius. Characterization is complex and fun, I loved the protagonist, the growth she exhibits throughout and had an easy time enjoying reading about every major and minor character in Skyward. Especially MBot :) “...human beings need someone friendly to listen to them when they’re grieving. So feel free to talk to me. I will be friendly. You have nice shoes.” “Is that the only thing you notice about people?” “I’ve always wanted shoes. They’re the sole piece of clothing that makes any sense, assuming ideal environmental conditions. They don’t play into your strange and nonsensical taboos about not letting anyone see your—” “Is this really the only thing you can think of to comfort someone who is grieving?” “It was number one on my list.” Great. “The list has seven million entries. Do you want to hear number two?” “Is it silence?” “That didn’t even make the list.” “Move it to number two.” “All right, I . . . Oh.” As for the magic-system... it’s actually non-existent this time. Whaaaaatttt???, I know, I know, but taking its place are all sorts of fascinating rules governing starfighter movement and fighting and as expected Sanderson brings these to life with vivid imagery easily relayed. Lastly, as with many other Sanderson books, this one also features important themes, touching on fulfillment, self-realization and identity. Yup, it’s a Sanderson book through and through, which should make every fan rejoice. This one did. Repeatedly. Skyward will be released on November 6th 2018. I loved both the UK cover and US cover for this book, thus the posting of both above and a shout out to the immensely talented Sam Green and Charlie Bowater for your amazing artwork.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    I'm definitely pleased that Sanderson is back to writing books I adore and surprising me. I certainly wasn't sure if the fantasy author I've read previously would be able to turn his hand so effectively to Sci fi but I am pleased to confirm he did it again. This is the story of a human race who are clinging onto existence whilst under fire from an alien race called the Krell. Humans have fled Earth in ships many years ago, and they are conducting a kind of last stand battle with the Krell to be a I'm definitely pleased that Sanderson is back to writing books I adore and surprising me. I certainly wasn't sure if the fantasy author I've read previously would be able to turn his hand so effectively to Sci fi but I am pleased to confirm he did it again. This is the story of a human race who are clinging onto existence whilst under fire from an alien race called the Krell. Humans have fled Earth in ships many years ago, and they are conducting a kind of last stand battle with the Krell to be able to survive and keep on going. They are continually bombarded and have to train up their young children to aspire to become Pilots, and they have a lot of battle instinct that has been carried through from past Earth days, but much of their technology has been lost. The main character is Spensa, a young girl who is about to try and take her Pilot's test, but there is a problem. Spensa's father has been branded by all as a traitor and a coward it seems that in this society the crimes of the parent are passed on to the child and family. Spensa and her mother and gran have gone from the family of an esteemed pilot to the outcasts and she has a hard time making friends and being allowed basic human courtesies. Some of the things I most enjoyed about this were the way that the fight scenes (something I almost always dislike) actually felt really immediate and fun. The way Sanderson writes his battles is always good, and that's true again in this story where you feel involved in the chaos being wrought by the Krell. I have to say, I am also impressed by the characters in this book as there were a lot of them to enjoy and many of them felt very well developed and fleshed out. We have Spensa as our main character of course, she is feisty and silly and she has a hard exterior after all the taunts she has had to put up with. She's a bit of a dreamer and she loves being in the action and shouting about how she will destroy people, but she's also logical and clever and she is a great PoV to follow. Next I loved M-Bot who is a sentient ship we meet later on. I don't want to tell you too much more about this character, but suffice to say they are pretty sarcastic, silly, judgemental in a fun way, and mushroom-obsessed :D. Rig was also a character I liked a lot because he's a brainiac and a nerdy friend and he's exactly the kind of stereotype I love to love. He's funny and too clever by a mile, but he's also super caring for his friends and he and Spensa work well together. We have Cogg who is a flight instructor, Jurgen (aka Jerkface) and Kimmalyn too, all of whom I enjoyed getting to know and I feel like they all played a good part in Spensa's story. I like seeing how they all interacted with her and helped her with things she wasn't sure about, and I think that they made a great team! Finally, we have a blue and orange slug found in a cave called Doomslug, and that is the best name ever :D The plot was fast moving for this one and I never found myself bored, in fact I wasn't to uncover the mystery of Spensa's father as much as she did. I definitely think Sanderson has managed to write a book that is pretty lengthy, but it feels very easy to read once again and I whizzed through it enjoying learning about the life the humans lead and the battles they fight daily. On the whole, a very dramatic story with a lot of happy and sad moments and a few surprises too. It's not my favourite Sanderson, but it's exactly the right kind of read to lift you up and make you enjoy the story, and I think that it's a great way to break up some of the fantasy reading I have recently been doing. 5*s from me and recommended :D

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart “That music the water makes,” she said. “Isn’t it the most wonderful sound ever?” “The most wonderful sound ever is the lamentations of my enemies, screaming my name toward the heavens with ragged, dying voices.” Bless My Stars this was fantastic! You know how you are going along in your life thinking that most of the stuff you are reading is good, and it is, but then you read something and it makes everything else seem dull by compariso This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart “That music the water makes,” she said. “Isn’t it the most wonderful sound ever?” “The most wonderful sound ever is the lamentations of my enemies, screaming my name toward the heavens with ragged, dying voices.” Bless My Stars this was fantastic! You know how you are going along in your life thinking that most of the stuff you are reading is good, and it is, but then you read something and it makes everything else seem dull by comparison. Skyward (most Brandon Sanderson books actually) was like that for me. Let me tell you that this book has absolutely no kissing in it, like none and I still LOVED it. Not liked, but thought if it has more romance it would be better, no I LOVED this book and thought that everything about it was perfect. Sure, I’m hoping long term we are warming up and there will be a romance but SCUD it, I’ll be okay if there isn’t one, you can *gasp* in amazement now. So you probably want to know why this is in my TOP 3 books for 2018 at the moment.: First there is the MC Spensa a.k.a. spin. She is just this wonderfully fun character so full of anger, bravado and temper. Plus she has a great imagination and I love every single time that she tells someone off, it is hilarious and slightly barbaric. She even gets a doomslug for her mascot and finds and incredibly funny talking ship along the way. “Is my father why I’m such a mess of anger, bravado, and temper? Is the fact that they call him a coward the reason I walk around with my sword in hand, screaming that I’ll make a pile of everyone’s skulls, then stand on that to help me behead the people who were too tall for me to reach?” Kimmalyn smiled fondly. “Bless my stars?” I asked her. “Every single one of them, Spensa. Every single bouncing star.” Second is the mystery of this world. Why are the humans even fighting the Krell, how come the Krell never field more than 100 ships, what is the truth behind the death of Spensa’s father, what is the history of these people and how they came to this planet, where did M-bot come from etc, etc. Sanderson always does a great job of surprising me and this book had some big surprises in it. Third is the side characters. Spensa’s flight school classmates make up a wide blend of different characters and it is so much fun to watch them go from a disjointed collection of kids to a group of friends and team mates. Alas this is a dangerous place and not all the kids are going to make it to graduation. The danger is real and I felt every second of the suspense in each battle wondering who wouldn’t be coming back. Still I loved getting to know all of them and each brought something special to the story. Fourth is M-bot, I know I mentioned him above (talking ship) but I think that I highlighted almost everything M-bot said in this book. He was hilarious and brought some much-needed comic relief to the story. Truly my favorite side character in the story. "You have large twin destructor emitters on each wing, along with a light-lance turret underneath. That’s as much firepower as our larger ships. You’re a warship.” “Clearly not,” M-Bot said. “I’m here to categorize fungi. Didn’t you listen to my last orders? I am not supposed to get into fights.” “Then why do you have guns?” “For shooting large and dangerous beasts who might be threatening my fungus specimens,” M-Bot said. “Obviously.” And lastly was the Son of a Supernova ‘Jerkface’ himself. I love when your perceptions of someone can be changed over the course of a story. I pretty much hated him at the beginning but by the end I guess I could say that a ‘ship’ might be in my future for this series. I could definitely get on board a Spensa/Jerkface ship in the long run. I haven’t read a lot of space opera’s but I think that this book has something in it for every fantasy lover and most readers. It was entertaining, emotional and had just about everything I want in a book (I mentioned the no kissing already). I have over 230+ highlights and can’t wait to reread it sometime in the near future, probably right before the next book comes out. So if you didn’t get that I’m very enthusiastic about this book let me say 3 final words. READ THIS NOW!!! Audio Note - I have never been disappointed with a narrator for a Sanderson book and the streak still holds. Suzy Jackson was fantastic. She performed this book splendidly and I always knew who was talking. Her portrayal of Spensa was great and M-bot so funny. I haven’t listened to anything she narrated before but I’ll definitely look through her catalogue to see what else I might like. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed. Listen to a clip: https://soundcloud.com/orionbooks/sky...  

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    I always find it hard to review a Brandon Sanderson book as the guy has been one of my favourite authors since I first stumbled across Elantris way back in 2006! Skyward, the first book in his new YA sci-fi series, was pretty much everything I was expecting it to be. Like all Sanderson stories it had a nice mix of action, humor, mystery, and surprise twists and turns that kept it an engaging read. It also had the usual cast of memorable characters and compelling plot that sucked in my attention I always find it hard to review a Brandon Sanderson book as the guy has been one of my favourite authors since I first stumbled across Elantris way back in 2006! Skyward, the first book in his new YA sci-fi series, was pretty much everything I was expecting it to be. Like all Sanderson stories it had a nice mix of action, humor, mystery, and surprise twists and turns that kept it an engaging read. It also had the usual cast of memorable characters and compelling plot that sucked in my attention from start to finish! Where does this rank in terms of Sanderson's books? Probably as a middling one. Middling Sanderson is still 5 star stuff though! Skyward might be no Way of Kings but it was a lot more exciting and fun than 99% of the other stuff I've been reading lately so I'm not going to get caught up in rating this lower because it is not peak Cosmere stuff. This story was a ton of fun and one of my top reads of 2018. It lived up to expectations! The premise of the story was a fun one. The last remnants of humanity are trapped living in underground caverns on a distant planet. They are besieged by the mysterious aliens, the Krell, and the only thing stopping the humans from being totally destroyed are the DDF and its starfighter defence force. Spensa longs to be a pilot in the DDF but is a bit of an outcast due to the notoriety of her father and has to fight even to be accepted into flight school. Things take a fun twist for her when she stumbles across a mysterious wrecked ship. Unlike the DDF ships this one has a mind of its own! The whole story was a lot of fun. Spensa was not my favourite Sanderson character but she was, mostly, easy to root for despite her flaws. The supporting cast were a fantastic bunch. M-Bot was the hilarious pick of the bunch but Spensa's whole flight class ended up being an interesting lot. The plot was engaging and the mix of personal drama (stemming from Spensa's personal issues with the DDF), action (the battles with the Krell), and mystery (mostly learning more about a few DDF secrets and the nature of the Krell) were all really enjoyable. The other big plus for the story was the fact that Sanderson, as always, gets the balance spot on. We have triumph, heroics, and likeable characters to root for and cheer on but there was also adversity, tragedy, and a real sense of tension that gave the story that edge that made it such a compelling read! All in all this was another really good Sanderson tale. The ending was particularly exciting so I'm already bursting for the second instalment to get released so I can learn more about the Krell! Rating: 5 stars. It was really fun and engaging despite a few tiny flaws. Audio Note: I felt like Sophie Aldred did a good job with the audio. The only slight issue I had was taking a tiny bit of time to adjust to her Scottish accent for M-Bot lol!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Iryna semi-hiatus (Book and Sword)

    3.75/5 stars “Tremble and fear, all enemies!” he shouted. “For we shall shake the air with thunder and blood! Your doom is imminent!” Let's talk about this gorgeous cover. Gorgeous, but very misleading. Because from the cover it looks like a main character might be, ohh I don't know a 25 year old woman, while in reality Spensa is a 17 year old who acts as if she were 12 most of the time. The whole book is very juvenile, really. In fact it reads more juvenile than The Rithmatist did, so while this 3.75/5 stars “Tremble and fear, all enemies!” he shouted. “For we shall shake the air with thunder and blood! Your doom is imminent!” ​Let's talk about this gorgeous cover. Gorgeous, but very misleading. Because from the cover it looks like a main character might be, ohh I don't know a 25 year old woman, while in reality Spensa is a 17 year old who acts as if she were 12 most of the time. The whole book is very juvenile, really. In fact it reads more juvenile than The Rithmatist did, so while this is marketed as young adult it's definitely more on par with books like Percy Jackson. Which there is nothing wrong with, I just prefer Brandon Sanderson's adult novels. “You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.” Before I go on any further I must say that the whole time I was reading Skyward I was thinking of Ender's Game. The atmosphere, the issues, the fleet of adolescents training to be deadly pilots, adults who think they know what they are doing but really don't - it's all really, really similar. I'm not complaining as both are great, but I am a bit let down by this. I was just expecting a whole lot more here. To me this book, while great in its own way, feels like a very watered down version of what Sanderson can actually do. Also for some reason I thought this was a stand alone?? Jokes on me, I know. “I’d be offended if I could be offended,” he said. “Maybe I should start calling you a cow, since you have four limbs, are made of meat, and have rudimentary biological mental capacities.” Spensa is not the easiest mc to like, but it's really not her fault. It's the way she was raised, it's the way the society around her thinks and operates. Spensa is forever branded as a daughter of a coward, and thus her only goal is to prove that her father wasn't a coward, and that she isn't going to turn into one either. Cowardice and bravery are basically the only things on Spensa's mind, obviously after her thirst to be a pilot, and the way she sees everything in black and white can get really annoying something. At some points I just wanted to pick her up and shake all of those stupid beliefs from her head. The culture in which Spensa grew up has taught her that bravery is good and that all those who aren't brave are cowards. She lives by these words, often imagining herself as a nightly and brave warrior lurching for battle - and yes, it's as ridiculous as it sounds. For a good half of the book it's really hard to take Spensa seriously at all. She does grow in her character and starts to question the world and her beliefs, eventually. It just takes her painfully long. The side characters are nicely flushed out, Kimmalyn being definitely my favorite, bless her stars. But nobody is as hilarious as M-Bot is, Sanderson has an uncanny ability to create funny and sarcastic sidekicks. And one in this book is no exception. FM was a pretty good character too, I loved her quiet rebellion. And she definitely had one of the best lines in the whole book. “Just because I want change doesn’t mean I’ll let the Krell destroy us all. But do you realize what it’s doing to our society to train our children, practically from birth, to idealize and glorify fighting? To worship the First Citizens like saints? We should be teaching our children to be more caring, more inquisitive—not only to destroy, but to build.” ​The pacing was good, the plot, while not original in the least was still very engaging, and dialog obviously is superb as it usually is with Sanderson. But for me Skyward lacked something - a spark, a twist. I don't know, but it was definitely too smooth and too easy. I'm hoping book 2 whenever that comes out (the draft is 100% finished for it I just checked) brings out the big guns! ______________________________________ I'm not a sci-fi person at all. But if anybody can get me into it - it would be Sanderson, hopefully. Plus I mean, the cover is so beautiful!!! And the description is so good! I just have to give this a try <3 My WEBSITE My INSTAGRAM My WORDPRESS BLOG

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fares

    This is a tough one to rate 🤔 It was a fast-paced enjoyable ride but at the same time, the characters seem wavering and not solid at points. Also some things basically just happened and I hope they would be addressed in the next installment. For now, I'll go with 3 stars. Before anything else, I must say that this read made infinitely more enjoyable because of the actual pure awesomeness incarnate that is Jessie This is actually weird because I believe this book is perfect for people who do not lik This is a tough one to rate 🤔 It was a fast-paced enjoyable ride but at the same time, the characters seem wavering and not solid at points. Also some things basically just happened and I hope they would be addressed in the next installment. For now, I'll go with 3 stars. Before anything else, I must say that this read made infinitely more enjoyable because of the actual pure awesomeness incarnate that is Jessie This is actually weird because I believe this book is perfect for people who do not like sci-fi. It's not dense on the information and it really just feels more fiction than science, and that's probably why I didn't enjoy some parts of it. It's also fast paced with almost no world building. I don't really mind that it wasn't very umm sciency but I do like when things make sense and that's actually my biggest problem with the book. The characters were nice. I like Spenca, she's unapologetic, strong and goes with her heart more than the book. My favorite character tho is Rig and I so wanted more of him, he was a loyal and just an all amazing friend from beginning to end and I'm sad that this book didn't focus on that. The other character were all okay, I don't hate any of them particularly but also love is a strong word that I can't use to describe my feelings for them. The writing was good, and as always I liked how Sanderson does his fight scenes. This is a different book and the only one I can compare it to from his other works is The Reckoners series, which had better fight scenes but still, this one was good too. I have no feelings about this but it's something I noticed, THIS BOOK IS FILLED WITH ITALICS! Like every page has dozens of italicized words. As I mentioned earlier, my biggest issue with this book is the not so sensible events. For instance, there's an AI that made clear he has no emotion but some of his actions seem to be purely emotional. Also the politics and the laws of this society are really really stupid and I'm surprised they survived this long. With every society, there's some sort of a class system and tho this book isn't really about that it's still part of the book. The people in this world seem to place judgment on how your parents were, this effects all the characters. But whatever your parents did if you loved them you'll take their side or at least try to make sense of their actions and unfortunately, some characters didn't do that. The other thing is how this book ended, I was about to give 4 stars right until the last battle, some weird things happened that really feel more supernatural than science fiction, this made me a bit made because I remember Sanderson said once that the reader expect certain things from the beginning and this book clearly was sci-fi so when that battle happened the book kinda switched genres for a second there and I didn't expect that, I also didn't like it. The book also was convenient and predictable at points. I would recommend you read this if you like faced paced action and also if you aren't that much a sci-fi fan, just keep in mind that it's YA and very young adult at that, and don't expect it to be like Sanderson other books. Enjoy! ------------------------------------------------ Bloody read with Let's Blame That on Autocorrect :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)

    "—¿Es que existe algo justo? Sonrió. —La muerte. La muerte nos trata a todos como iguales". Creo que nunca me había devorado tan rápido un libro, ¡la historia que Sanderson contó aquí me atrapó por completo y la amé! Y es que, normalmente, no soy muy de historias en el espacio, naves y pilotos, pero Escuadrón me hizo querer ser parte de este mundo y convertirme en una piloto y combatir a los krells. Aquí nos encontramos con una civilización que ha tenido que prosperar en un planeta bastante compli "—¿Es que existe algo justo? Sonrió. —La muerte. La muerte nos trata a todos como iguales". Creo que nunca me había devorado tan rápido un libro, ¡la historia que Sanderson contó aquí me atrapó por completo y la amé! Y es que, normalmente, no soy muy de historias en el espacio, naves y pilotos, pero Escuadrón me hizo querer ser parte de este mundo y convertirme en una piloto y combatir a los krells. Aquí nos encontramos con una civilización que ha tenido que prosperar en un planeta bastante complicado, pues la superficie siempre está amenazada por lluvias de desechos espaciales y, además, por ataques alienígenas. Todo está tan contaminado en la órbita, que ni siquiera ven las estrellas. Así que estas personas han armado sus vidas bajo la superficie desarrollando muchos tipos de trabajo pero, sobre todo, entrenando a pilotos expertos que ayuden a combatir a los krells. Uno de ellos es Perseguidor, un hombre que estaba paseando por las cavernas con su hija Spensa y, de un momento a otro, salta la alarma de emergencias y lo llaman para combatir una de las incursiones de krells más grandes a las que se ha enfrentado el planeta. Él, tras decirle a Spensa que regrese a casa, se une a la que se convertiría en la famosa Batalla de Alta. Después de huir del lugar, lo siguiente que Spensa sabe es que su padre huyó de la batalla, abandonó a sus compañeros, lo mataron y lo marcaron como un cobarde. Y a ella como la hija de un cobarde. La peor deshonra que puede haber. Años más tarde, Spensa se ha propuesto convertirse en la mejor piloto que la Fuerza de Defensa Desafiante para limpiar el nombre de su padre y que nadie nunca más se atreva a llamarlos cobardes, así que se prepara un montón para los exámenes de ingreso a cadete de la escuela de vuelo. Sin embargo, en su camino, Spensa va a empezar a entender cómo funcionan las fuerzas políticas y los intereses de los altos mandos y, además, va a encontrarse con muchísimas mentiras que va a tener que desentrañar para sobrevivir. De verdad no puedo decirles cuánto me gustó Escuadrón. Brandon Sanderson logró transportarme a un planeta bajo constante ataque, pero también logró que me conectara muchísimo con Spensa. Con sus sueños, frustraciones, rabia, esperanza, desolación y habilidades. Spensa es una protagonista increíble que, por lo que vivió desde que era pequeña, ha crecido rodeada de una coraza que la protege de la crueldad del mundo y de las personas. Pero, también, ha crecido con una meta fija, con esperanzas e ideales que, a veces, le hacen bajar su guardia y por eso termina estrellándose y sufriendo. Me identifiqué muchísimo con esta chica porque a pesar de que es terca como ella sola, nunca deja de ser leal a sus sueños y a aquellas cosas en las que cree. Ahora, además de Spensa, que se lleva los laureles por ser mi personaje favorito, hay otro que le sigue muy de cerca y es M-Bot. No puedo decirles qué es exactamente ni cuál es su papel, pero lo que sí les diré es que no es humano, ni alienígena, ni criatura, ni nada parecido. De hecho, no está vivo. Pero la personalidad que le da Sanderson a esta personaje es increíble. Sus líneas eran tremendamente divertidas, igual que los dilemas que se iba planteando. Y me gustó muchísimo cómo, a pesar de no ser un personaje sintiente, evoluciona muchísimo a lo largo de todo el libro. ¡Lo amé! ¡Y seguro también lo van a amar cuando lo lean! Es que, en general, el cast de personajes que arma Sanderson en Escuadrón es 1A. Todos cumplen un papel vital en la trama y sientes que los vas conociendo poco a poco. Y, claro, te involucras emocionalmente con ellos y, cuando menos te lo esperas, algunos caen en medio de una batalla. Pero es que este mundo es así. Es peligroso, incierto y en una inferioridad de condiciones que realmente le da mucho mérito a quienes luchan, pues siempre saben que son menos y aún así siguen al pie del cañón defendiendo los pocos bastiones de tecnología y civilización que les quedan. ¡Y qué decir de las escenas de batalla! WOW. Puede que en este libro no haya uno de los famosos sistemas de magia de Brandon Sanderson, pero eso se compensa con creces con la manera en la que se narran los enfrentamientos con los krells desde las naves de la FDD. Es como estar dentro de una de ellas. Sientes los giros, la aceleración, las maniobras, los ataques, los disparos, la gravedad, los escudos cuando caen... TODO. Cuando estás leyendo una de esas escenas te sientes parte de la estrategia de ataque y de defensa. Sabes cuándo tendrías que informarle un movimiento a tu líder de escuadrón o cuándo debes reportar que los krells tienen una nave destructora con una bomba pegada a su base. Estoy tratando de conservar la calma para hablar como una persona normal y coherente del final, PERO ES QUE, JODER, EL FINAL. ¡LO QUE SUFRÍ YO LEYENDO ESA BATALLA FINAL! O sea, ya que estás, Mr. Sanderson, puedes matarme a mí también porque con la de personajes que te cargas en tus libros, ya te digo yo un par de cosas, hijo mío. Creo que, guardando un poco las proporciones, leyendo el enfrentamiento final de Escuadrón sentí la misma angustia y la misma sensación de "¡QUÉ ES ESTO TAN ÉPICO QUE ESTOY LEYENDO!" que cuando leí el final de El Imperio Final o incluso la batalla del castillo del final de Ready Player One. ¡Es que fue demasiado! ¡Y todo muy intenso! Y, claro, la guerra, el peligro y todo lo demás sumado a las verdades y descubrimientos que van surgiendo también cerca del final hacen que el libro sea perfecto a niveles absurdos. ¡Y PENSAR QUE NI SABEMOS CUÁNDO SALE EL SEGUNDO! Por todas las estrellas... "Pero recuerda esto, Spensa: puedes elegir quién eres. El legado y los recuerdos del pasado pueden sernos útiles. Pero no podemos permitir que nos definan. Cuando la herencia se convierte en una caja en vez de en una inspiración, es que está yendo demasiado lejos".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mellie Antoinete

    “We must not cower in the dark because we’re afraid of the spark within us.” Shipping Jorgensa! Or Spengen. You Pick! Yes, that was the only takeaway! “The answer is not to put the spark out...” 5 whole ✨...are not enough to classify Spensa! She’s fun, courageous, scared sh*tless and still kicking butt and taking names. Bias Baseline: 100% Sanderson fan. Not gonna lie, the man’s the writing Spin (ha! See what I did there!) “But to learn to control it.” If you haven’t bought this book, you missed “We must not cower in the dark because we’re afraid of the spark within us.” Shipping Jorgensa! Or Spengen. You Pick! Yes, that was the only takeaway! “The answer is not to put the spark out...” 5 whole ✨...are not enough to classify Spensa! She’s fun, courageous, scared sh*tless and still kicking butt and taking names. Bias Baseline: 100% Sanderson fan. Not gonna lie, the man’s the writing Spin (ha! See what I did there!) “But to learn to control it.” If you haven’t bought this book, you missed the boat! If you’re not reading this book, you’re missing the boat! Add it to your tbr before that boat passes you by! 🤣🤣🤣 “Claim the stars.” Although filled with Quirk(y) moments - Amphisbaena anyone? - come Morningtide, it’s time to suit up and square off against all Jerkfaces (he grows on you!) of Ironside (she doesn’t) proportions. Not gonna lie the battlefield’s a Nedder, but it’s worth a Chaser! So lets tune our FM dials and Hurl through space. Bim is up, Scotty! 🚀 Cobb out!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anya

    Claim the stars ✨ OH MY GOD GUYS! This book was amazing and so much more than I was expecting. The characters are all so well written and the world and ughhhhhhh everything about this was spectacular! And inspiring! I love M-Bot and Spensa and Jorgen I can’t wait to see what Brandon Sanderson has planned for Starsight!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    “I’m going to strap in, and I’m going to fight. That way when I die, at least I’ll die in a cockpit. Reaching for heaven.” Brandon Sanderson is my favorite fantasy author and once again he has shown why with this fantastic sci-fi YA novel. I’m a huge sci-fi fan and Sanderson once again blew me away with his AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL writing and his absolutely BRILLIANT imagination. “You watch yourself,” I said, wishing I had something to stand on to bring my eyes level with his. “When you are b “I’m going to strap in, and I’m going to fight. That way when I die, at least I’ll die in a cockpit. Reaching for heaven.” Brandon Sanderson is my favorite fantasy author and once again he has shown why with this fantastic sci-fi YA novel. I’m a huge sci-fi fan and Sanderson once again blew me away with his AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL writing and his absolutely BRILLIANT imagination. “You watch yourself,” I said, wishing I had something to stand on to bring my eyes level with his. “When you are broken and mourning your fall from grace, I will consume your shadow in my own, and laugh at your misery.” There was so many things to love about this book: Spensa aka Spin, who is just fantastic with her bloodthirsty nature and her determination to have her dream of being a pilot become true despite the numerous obstacles in her way; a geeky best friend and some very interesting fellow classmates; a very adorable pet and the very best thing…… a talking SHIP, M-bot, who totally stole the show for me :-D !!!! “Then why do you have guns?”“For shooting large and dangerous beasts who might be threatening my fungus specimens,” M-Bot said. “Obviously.” As I’ve come to expect from a Sanderson book, the world-building and character development was fantastic and I was captivated from beginning to end. A MUST READ FOR ALL FANTASY AND SCI-FI FANS.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nafeeza

    I loved Skyward with my whole heart. I can always count on Sanderson to create wholly unique worlds, filled with magic, wacky and endearing characters, and pulsating action sequences that leave you on the edge of your seat. This is not one to be missed my friends, it is a thoroughly entertaining read that will give you all the feels.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Swiffer

    When you’re young, it’s easy to see things in black and white. Concepts are valued as absolutes. Ice cream is good. Crime is bad. Fight for what’s right, and never run away. But with age comes wisdom and nuance, and suddenly your perceptions aren’t as easily defined. Coming to terms with these realizations can be challenging, especially without the support of family or friends. This is one of the more interesting themes explored by Brandon Sanderson’s new sci-fi epic Skyward: Claim the Stars, bo When you’re young, it’s easy to see things in black and white. Concepts are valued as absolutes. Ice cream is good. Crime is bad. Fight for what’s right, and never run away. But with age comes wisdom and nuance, and suddenly your perceptions aren’t as easily defined. Coming to terms with these realizations can be challenging, especially without the support of family or friends. This is one of the more interesting themes explored by Brandon Sanderson’s new sci-fi epic Skyward: Claim the Stars, book one of the Skyward series. Self-described as “Top Gun” meets “How to Train Your Dragon,” it also shows its influences from Ender’s Game as well as “Flight of the Navigator.” In other words, it’s an exciting mix of mystery, adventure, and discovery with an ending that promises more thrilling material in the books ahead. Spensa, a.k.a. “call sign: Spin” is the daughter of a traitor. This is what everyone has called her since she was a little girl. But Spin doesn’t believe a word of it and has a chip on her shoulder about proving everyone wrong. Years ago, her planet’s above-ground base was attacked by the faceless, mysterious Krell. Her father, a respected pilot, was said to have ran away when the fighting became too intense. His own flight team were forced to shoot him down to send a message to the other pilots: stay and fight, or all will be lost. Spin is the only one who has stuck by her dead father’s side over the years, fighting or threatening anyone who badmouths her family name. Branded as an outcast, the only future Spin sees for herself is to follow in her father’s footsteps, pass the flight school entrance exam, and become the best pilot in the fleet. Yet, old grudges die hard, and there are those who want to make sure that Spin goes nowhere near a ship. But Spin discovers something that could change the tides of war and either save or doom the last survivors on this arid planet... In prototypical fashion, Sanderson’s world-building is one of the most interesting aspects to the story. He ekes out information at a steady rate as to not overwhelm the reader with massive info dumps and maintains an air of mystery as to how the circumstances of Spin’s people came to be. Skyward has all the hallmarks of a Sanderson story: mysterious prologue, likeable protagonists, curious past civilizations, new technologies, and the looming threat of a warring race. I was often reminded of Mistborn’s ‘metal burning’ magic when Skyward’s new tech abilities were showcased. Sanderson has created a system of rules for a ship’s dogfighting technology, then immediately dives into all the various strategies of how to best employ it, pushing its capabilities ever further and testing the boundaries of how far this tech can function. It’s always a pleasure spending time inside Brandon’s mind as he creates a new playground of rules and takes his characters for a ride through unchartered territories. In addition to some of the themes discussed above, this story also explores the nature of identity, both human and artificial. Identity can be defined by how some human characters act and think, but this also applies to an AI struggling to determine whether it can create new ideas on its own. Following these character arcs helped ground the story between tense scenes of battle training and hidden agendas, and I appreciated how the story sometimes slowed down to concentrate on the consequences of our characters’ decisions. And these consequences are often dire: the violence is hardly graphic, but its repercussions are felt heavily throughout the story. Skyward: Claim the Stars is an easy book to recommend. It contains all the main characteristics of a Sanderson novel from a writer at the top of his game. Some might consider this book YA, though I was just as engrossed as I would have been with any other of his novels. Above all, this novel is a ton of fun, and it sets up the story for some excellent ideas to explore in the next volume. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long, as Brandon has shared that the sequel was just submitted to the publisher. I’ve grown quite fond of the characters in this story and am curious to unravel its mysteries in the series ahead. 8.8 / 10

  25. 5 out of 5

    ✨Skye✨

    I received a free ebook version of this through Netgalley. Thankyou to both Netgalley and Orion for the chance to read this. My review is still honest! I’m just going to say what I do in most of my Sanderson reviews: this author can do no wrong. Skyward is something entirely different from his other work, and yet it may just be one of his best. This is on par with Stormlight and Mistborn, guys. That’s how good this is. I would also like to note that I really, really want this review to be goo I received a free ebook version of this through Netgalley. Thankyou to both Netgalley and Orion for the chance to read this. My review is still honest! I’m just going to say what I do in most of my Sanderson reviews: this author can do no wrong. Skyward is something entirely different from his other work, and yet it may just be one of his best. This is on par with Stormlight and Mistborn, guys. That’s how good this is. I would also like to note that I really, really want this review to be good, but I kind of feel like my life is over after reading this all day and I don’t think I really have the words to explain how amazing this book is. So, for those who don’t want to read the long version-if you want an action packed, un-putdownable, exciting, emotional and very, very well written adventure, pick this book up. Skyward is an exciting sci-fi, alien fighting space adventure that had me hooked from the very first line. Spensa is a totally unique character, entirely unlike any other Sanderson hero, entirely unlike any other YA hero, and she is one of the best, most well crafted, complex characters I have ever read about. Her story broke my heart, gave me hope, inspired me and made me feel like her life was all I cared about for a day. I cared deeply about all of the characters in this, and the world they lived in. It’s a sci-fi story with thriller and mystery aspects that just fit in so well. I could never guess the answers to my questions, or anticipate what would happen next. It had me reading like I had minutes to finish the chapter, especially in the battle scenes, which were so incredibly well written and exciting. The progression was perfectly paced, the world building was incredible for a first book in a series, and one that isn’t that long at that and Sanderson never shied away from making things hard for his characters. It’s pretty brutal-and I loved every second. I try very hard to make my reviews critical, and I almost always have some kind of constructive criticism about the books I review. This one though? I can’t fault it. Sanderson was one of my favourite authors before, but this book shows that he just goes from strength to strength. An absolute master of fiction. Pre-reading thoughts: I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED TO GET AN ARC! This will be my 20th read from Sanderson!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4.5 of 5 stars https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/17/... One thing I love about being a Brandon Sanderson fan is not only what a prolific author he is, but also his stories are consistently excellent and full of unique and innovative ideas. In addition, he’s a versatile writer, always testing his limits by venturing into different spheres of speculative fiction. Although he is most widely known for his adult epic fantasy, his bibliography includes everything from sci-fi and mystery-thrillers to st 4.5 of 5 stars https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/17/... One thing I love about being a Brandon Sanderson fan is not only what a prolific author he is, but also his stories are consistently excellent and full of unique and innovative ideas. In addition, he’s a versatile writer, always testing his limits by venturing into different spheres of speculative fiction. Although he is most widely known for his adult epic fantasy, his bibliography includes everything from sci-fi and mystery-thrillers to steampunk, superheroes, and urban fantasy, as well as books for young adults and children. In fact, Skyward is the first of his new YA project, after the conclusion of the Reckoners trilogy with Calamity, and while I know some were a bit bummed this was not the Apocalypse Guard, I think spirits will be lifted again once the sheer awesomeness of this one starts to spread. In a word, Skyward soars. Teenager Spensa has always grown up in her father’s shadow, though in her world, it is not so rare for the descendants of First Citizens families to feel outshined by the heroic achievements of their elders in the Battle of Alta—the battle in which forty pilots for the Defiant Defense Force protected their planet Detritus from the alien Krell attack. Except in Spensa’s case, her father was known as the pilot who ran. Shot down in disgrace for trying to abandon the fight, the stain of his legacy has followed his daughter since. Because in the DDF, there’s nothing worse than being a coward. But becoming a pilot has always been Spensa’s greatest desire. And ever since her father’s death, her determination to fly among the stars has only grown, dreaming of the day she would finally reclaim her family’s honor and prove her father was no coward. All this time, Spensa has held firmly onto the belief that his actions had been a misunderstanding, though unfortunately, Admiral Judy “Ironsides” Ivans doesn’t think so. As the leader of the DDF, Ironsides has final say on whether or not a cadet is admitted to their prestigious Flight School, and she’s bent on keeping Spensa and her “defective coward genes” out. Still, thanks to the growing Krell threat and an unexpected ally in her corner, Spensa may have found a way to achieve her dreams after all. However, even after making it into Flight School, becoming a full-fledged pilot will be an uphill battle, which is true for all cadets, but especially for Spensa who has the deck stacked against her. I confess, YA as a genre has been pretty disappointing to me this year, with so many books I’ve had such high hopes for ending up fizzling out. Nevertheless, I went into Skyward feeling optimistic, mostly because Sanderson rarely lets me down. Like almost everything these days, his stories may build upon the foundation of existing ideas, but I also felt confident that this book would not read like a checklist of YA tropes. Sure, here and there are certain parallels to Ender’s Game, or a nod to the common YA school-setting plot that so often involves competitiveness among the teen characters who are all desperately trying not to wash out. But as always, Sanderson brings his own brand of storytelling and creative concepts to the table, which is why even if you don’t consider yourself a “YA fiction” person, you shouldn’t let the label discourage you from checking this one out. For example, let’s just take a look at Spensa. Our protagonist is brash and hot-headed teen who has learned to protect herself from all the nasty things people say about her dad by putting up a tough front. You start to think to yourself, we’ve seen this all before, because it’s really just the main character’s act to hide her true fears of being a failure and, most of all, the possibility that everyone might be right—maybe her father did lose his nerve and run. Usually this is where the main character (armed with nothing but her tenacity and sass) goes on to emerge triumphant in her quest for the truth, reaffirming her decision to hold the faith while proving once and for all that everyone was wrong to have treated her like an outsider. Yeah, well, I’m not going to say anything more because I’m not about to spoil anything, but things don’t exactly pan out that way. And that’s the thing with Brandon Sanderson books; I always have to brace myself for those “I did not expect that to happen” moments. I also liked what the story had to say about defining yourself and your identity. Admittedly, the messages aren’t subtle, and there’s an all-or-nothing position about a lot of the book’s themes that I think some readers will chafe at. Granted though, while Skyward isn’t exactly as nuanced as Sanderson’s adult novels, I think it explores some rather important coming-of-age lessons, especially those related to self-perception. Cowardice is a prominent theme in the book and is often used as an example to show multiple sides of an argument. Another major point of discussion is predetermination. Of course readers feel indignant on behalf of Spensa, because of how she’s unfairly treated based on theories that she carries a defect in her genetics. But our protagonist also eventually learns that holding onto ideals or dreams that are not entirely your own can just as likely lead you down the wrong path, and from her friends that are AI and human alike, she realizes that letting that happen can be just as bad. All told, there is very little negative I can say about Skyward; this was a book that held my attention riveted from start to finish. Space battles were plentiful and exciting, character development was superb and I loved all of the relationship dynamics, and I also enjoyed the rich and complex worldbuilding—this last one being the trademark of all of Brandon Sanderson’s novels. While some of the final revelations may have come on a bit too hard and too fast, I still found the ending satisfying and some of its implications earthshattering. I hope Sanderson will expand this universe because I’m definitely interested in more. Audiobook Comments: I enjoyed every minute of this ride in audio. Suzy Jackson is the narrator, deftly portraying the bold and loveable Spensa. In addition, she also provides distinctive and memorable voices for the rest of the not inconsiderable cast, impressing me with her huge range of accents and intonations. Just a fantastic listen overall.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nouf *LostinFantasy*

    Rating: 4.8/5 (rounded up to a full five!)🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Why did this book have to end?! We were having such a great time! I want the sequel nooww! 😫🙈 Okay, tantrum over for now. 😂 What a FUN read! I was nervous before reading it because it’s sci fi (which doesn’t always work for me) but also by my favorite author — but I will never doubt again! The book is kind of loosely inspired by How to Train Your Dragon (one of my favorite movies ever) but in space — and it delivered that and more! But it’s amazing Rating: 4.8/5 (rounded up to a full five!)🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Why did this book have to end?! We were having such a great time! I want the sequel nooww! 😫🙈 Okay, tantrum over for now. 😂 What a FUN read! I was nervous before reading it because it’s sci fi (which doesn’t always work for me) but also by my favorite author — but I will never doubt again! The book is kind of loosely inspired by How to Train Your Dragon (one of my favorite movies ever) but in space — and it delivered that and more! But it’s amazing because of everything that makes it original, and makes it stand out as one of the compelling YA books you’ll find out there. Summary: It’s about a girl, Spensa, who lives in a remote society on a debris surrounded planet - that is constantly under attack by mysterious foes known as the “Krell”. She dreams of being a pilot, and proving herself, after growing up under the shadow of her “coward” father who was shot down in battle for deserting. But she finds this hidden and mysteriously crashed space ship somewhere, and that’s when things get very interesting! Characters: The character development in this book is incredible! But I just LOVED aaall the characters! They were each unique and interesting and funny - and the group dynamic of Spensa and her flightmates was so great! There are no tropes of catty girls and pettiness or love triangles — you’ll be surprised by these characters and their struggles and the friendships they form. My absolute favorite character has to the sassy and adorable M-Bot, the spaceship! He was hilarious, and his banter with Spensa was a joy to read. Plot/Pacing: The scenes were action packed! I was worried that a flight school setting would ruin it for me - I hate school settings. But this is more like military training - and the action starts getting suspenseful and intense very early on in the book! And as fun as the story is, it’s also emotional and explores the consequences of living in that harsh world, of fighting for your life and your friends, and what it means to Spensa to prove her worth. And the twists and revelations! The whole last third of the book will have you flying through the pages (pun not really intended 😅). The World-building: I loved it but it’s deliberately mysterious at first - these people don’t know all of the answers to why and how they ended up where they are. But you’ll get those answers - just wait for it. It’s worth it. Romance: While there isn’t much romance (there really isn’t time for it), I am shipping two characters so hard - that’s all I’m going to say. 😁💖 But also, I need the sequel now! Because the book ended on a high, and I want to know what happens next in this world and for these characters! Overall: I’ve found a new favorite! So very highly recommended if you are a character driven reader and if you love suspense and action — and if you just want a fantastic and thrilling read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shannara Petty

    This book was flat out awesome!! It was totally action packed and I loved the characters. I was held in suspense about what was going to happen and at times I couldn’t put the book down. It was so well written and the characters were so well developed that if something happened to them, I was really upset. Spensa’s struggles became important to me and I cheered her on through her journey. The ending just about gave me whiplash, so watch out when you reach that last 20%, it’s super hard to put do This book was flat out awesome!! It was totally action packed and I loved the characters. I was held in suspense about what was going to happen and at times I couldn’t put the book down. It was so well written and the characters were so well developed that if something happened to them, I was really upset. Spensa’s struggles became important to me and I cheered her on through her journey. The ending just about gave me whiplash, so watch out when you reach that last 20%, it’s super hard to put down. I can’t wait for the next in the series to come out!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    André Oliveira

    To be honest, I was expecting more. The pacing was really good, in my opinion. I never felt bored, even though I would say this is a slow book which I love. It gave me time to connect with a lot of the characters. Spensa was an interesting main character. She learns and grows so much on this book and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book. M-Bot was unexpected! I found myself laughing out loud when M-Bot was speaking! It didn't blow me away but it was an awesome story! I couldn't stop To be honest, I was expecting more. The pacing was really good, in my opinion. I never felt bored, even though I would say this is a slow book which I love. It gave me time to connect with a lot of the characters. Spensa was an interesting main character. She learns and grows so much on this book and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book. M-Bot was unexpected! I found myself laughing out loud when M-Bot was speaking! It didn't blow me away but it was an awesome story! I couldn't stop reading! I hope this book is the start of an awesome series because it has so much potential. I can't find anything wrong with this book, I just wanted more. CLAIM THE STARS

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Review Be different. Set your sights on something higher. I wanted to write this review right away, but I thought that it would be better to let the book sink in a bit before I wrote the review. But I had to say SOMETHING about the book, hence my initial reaction review (which you can find below). This is my first Brandon Sanderson novel. Before this book, I had heard a lot of positive things about his work, but I was a little intimidated by his novels. I do want to read Mistborn, but as I'm Review Be different. Set your sights on something higher. I wanted to write this review right away, but I thought that it would be better to let the book sink in a bit before I wrote the review. But I had to say SOMETHING about the book, hence my initial reaction review (which you can find below). This is my first Brandon Sanderson novel. Before this book, I had heard a lot of positive things about his work, but I was a little intimidated by his novels. I do want to read Mistborn, but as I'm just getting into the fantasy genre, I'm a little intimidated by it. When I heard about Skyward - a book I normally wouldn't pick up - I was surprisingly intrigued by it. So, I picked it up. And I was NOT disappointed. I'm so glad that I decided to read this book. So...what is this book about? To put it simply, this book is about Spensa, a 16-year old girl who lives on this planet called Detritus. This planet constantly gets attacked by aliens called Krell. To combat these aliens, they have an organization called the DDF. The DDF is essentially an air force. Ever since she was little, Spensa wanted to become a pilot. However, her father's legacy of being a coward makes it difficult for her to become a pilot. This story is about Spensa trying to become a pilot, learning more about herself, and her father. Characters Spensa Daughter of a coward, she is used to defending herself against others, insisting to them that her father wasn't a coward, and neither is she. She's brave, but throughout this story, she struggles with who she is and what it truly means to be brave. Rig Spensa's best friend. Intelligent and is a great engineer. He's the only one who really understands Spensa. Jorgen The flightleader of the flight that Spensa's in. He comes across as uncaring and standoffish at first, but there's so much more to him than that. Cobb The instructor of the flight. Spensa's father's old wingmate. Gran-Gran Spensa's grandmother. Very wise. She likes to tell stories about heroes from Old Earth. And there's another character I want to mention which is in the spoiler part of this review: (view spoiler)[ M-Bot Technically he is an AI who is in a spaceship. Spensa finds him when she least expects it. He tends to lighten up the tension in the story, but he is also important to the story. He has a fascination with mushrooms, too. I LOVE HIM THOUGH, OKAY? He's wonderful. (hide spoiler)] There are other characters, too: FM, Kimmalyn, Hurl, Arturo, Bim, Nedd. All of these people are important. I would say more about them, but I don't want to spoil anything. Plot I'm not going to say anything about the plot because I think it is better if you go in knowing only a little about it. Writing Brandon's writing was simple, which made the story easy to follow. His writing was great though - the characters were very realistic and the action scenes were well-crafted. Complaints I feel like the last chapter could have been excluded in this book and put into the sequel instead. However, I think the last chapter serves as a way to tie some loose ends that were still within the story, so I think this is a very nitpicky complaint. General Thoughts Right after I finished this book, I wanted to read it again. That rarely happens to me when I finish a book. Whenever I was getting settled into the story, something important was revealed or a battle occurred. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat for this entire book. When something really important was revealed (view spoiler)[, like when we learned exactly what Spensa's father had done (hide spoiler)] , I literally SCREAMED out loud, saying something like: WHAT?!?! BUT HOW COULD HE DO THAT? I was completely stunned. I cannot wait for the sequel to this book and I'm so glad that I read it. Rating: 4.95/5 (Rounding up, easily 5 stars.) Initial Reaction: WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW. Review to come. ==== Pre-Reading Thoughts: I haven’t read a Brandon Sanderson book before, so I’m really excited to read this!

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