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 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.
- 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!
- 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!
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.