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Book Thoughts: Skyward (Brandon Sanderson)

Such a fun ride… I mean flight!

★★★★☆ 1/2 – CALSPIE 9.14

Title: Skyward (#1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Fiction / Sci-Fi / Young Adult
First published: 2018
Edition: Paperback, published in 2019 by Gollancz

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.


Me and sci-fi do not have the best of histories and my track record with Young Adult books in the past couple of years has been pretty patchy, but I knew if anyone could make me enjoy a ‘young adult space book’ it would be Brandon Sanderson. I am so glad to say that he did make me enjoy it quite a bit!

The story was engaging, the characters were fun, the plot … well, well-plotted. As always, I enjoyed Sanderson’s writing. It is not overly complicated and pretentious and just reads away so easily. He has that tone to his writing that is kind of comforting to me and I think that, beside his fantastic storytelling, is what makes me want to read his books.

This was a fun read. I wished I got to know Spensa’s flight partners a bit better than I did, but it would have made for a longer book and the book was long enough as it was. Oh, I have to add that there wasn’t enough Doomslug. I just needed more of her!

Seriously though, I am looking forward to continuing this series. Soon hopefully!

4.5 out of 5 stars


  • Characters: 9
  • Ambience: 9.5
  • Language: 9
  • Story: 9.5
  • Pacing: 9
  • Interest: 9
  • Enjoyment: 9

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