Skyward (Skyward #1) – Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Young Adult SciFi
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Synopsis: Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s–a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending flight school at slim to none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.
THIS BOOK HAS EVERYTHING YA SCIFI NEEDS TO BE A BEST SELLER!
I really enjoyed this book. Most people that know me know that I absolutely love Brandon Sanderson as he is my all time favorite author. When I heard he was writing a SCIFI novel, I just knew I had to read it. It took me a while – I was so caught up in reading his other series Mistborn, but our Book Club picked this as a June read and I was ecstatic to finally put it on the top of my TBR pile!
I really loved Spensa as a main character. She is one of the most relatable characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading about lately. Spensa is determined, strong, smart, calculating, but overall a genuinely nice person. Her main goal is to get through flight school so she can make a name for herself, however people making her life harder on purpose keeps setting her back.
I’ve had a ton of people ask me to compare this to Aurora Rising and I just don’t think I can. Aurora Rising is so squad focused, everyone coming together to meet a common goal. Yes it is set in space, yes there is banter, yes there is adventure, misfits, intergalactic oddities… but it’s just not a fair comparison. Skyward to me is more about Spensa’s growth as a person, and everything else kind of coming in as second. The other characters in this book don’t hold a place like the main relationship she has with herself. I had a hard time connecting with many of her other squad members because of this aspect. I honestly didn’t feel that huge impact when things went wrong. I focused most of my attention on Spensa, her pet Doomslug and the AI MBOT. I don’t know if that was intentional on Sanderson’s part but it worked for me.
As most of his books go, he can be a big long winded. It works well for the Mistborn series but for capturing the YA audience there were a few things that felt unnecessarily dragged out.
Overall, I really loved this book. It killed me to knock off .5 star, but I don’t really want to say what it was because it’s spoilery to the plot. However, Sanderson continues to be an auto-buy/favorite author for me and if you’re into SCIFI, you should read this book! I can’t wait for Starsight!
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