Skyward Review


I’ve always been more a fantasy than sci-fi kind of girl, but Sanderson just might change that yet! Though, to be completely honest, I’ve only read the first three Mistborn books. But I liked them and my brother is constantly going on about him. So, when I saw Skyward come across my desk at work, I figured that was a great place to start.

Synopsis: “Spensa’s world has been under alien attack for decades. Pilots are the heroes of what’s left of humanity, and becoming a pilot is Spensa’s dream. Ever since she was a little girl, Spensa has dreamed of soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her father’s legacy stands in the way—he was a pilot who was killed for desertion years ago, branding Spensa the daughter of a coward, and making her chances of attending flight school slim to none.”

The Good:

  1. The Mystery: I love the mystery surrounding Spensa’s dad. The answers aren’t quite what I was expecting, but it works. What I’m really looking forward to is seeing how Spensa handles the implications moving forward.
  2. The Characters: You know a book is good when you can love the teleporting caterpillar that hasn’t got a single line! Even the killjoy Jorgen grew on me. But my favorite character by far is M-Bot. And seriously, how often is an AI starship your favorite character? I love Spensa, too, of course! I’m always forgetting how small she is, until she climbs on a chair to chew someone out. It’s the best!
  3. The Science: Specifically that I understood it … mostly. I wanted to be an astronaut for a bit when I was a kid. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at math and science, which quickly put an end to that plan. It’s also a large part of why I don’t read much sci-fi, but Sanderson makes even the technicalities easy to understand without taking away from the story for detailed explanations!

The Bad:

Not much to say here. If anything it would be the technical aspects of flight school. But, as I said before, Sanderson does a great job with this!

My Rating: 5/5

I really loved this book and can’t wait for the sequel. I’ll try to catch up on the rest of his stuff in the meantime.

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