A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.
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.
Praise for Skyward:
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
"Startling revelations and stakes-raising implications...Sanderson plainly had a ball with this nonstop, highflying opener, and readers will too."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast...[and] as the pulse-pounding story intensifies and reveals its secrets, a cliffhanger ending sets things up for the next installment."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"It is impossible to turn the pages fast enough."--Booklist
"Sanderson delivers a cinematic adventure that explores the defining aspects of the individual versus the society...[and] fans of [his] will not be disappointed."--SLJ
Praise for Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series:
#1 New York Times Bestselling Series
"Another win for Sanderson . . . he's simply a brilliant writer. Period."--Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind
"Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store."--AV Club
In a mysterious world called Detritus where humans live below the surface, 16-year-old Spensa must overcome her deceased starfighter pilot father's reputation as a coward following his alleged desertion. She has always hoped to follow in his footsteps and defend her home from the increasingly devastating attacks of the alien Krell. After earning a cadet spot in the Defiant Defense Force, Spensa pushes to prove herself amid relentless, unforgiving, possibly fatal training. Worse, there are those determined to keep Spensa from becoming a pilot at all, for fear that she'll turn out like her father. But Spensa has a surprise of her own: she's discovered a long-abandoned starfighter of unknown origin that could change her luck, and the war, once and for all. With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson (Steelheart) offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast including a strangely humorous, mushroom-obsessed robot set against the backdrop of a desperate conflict. As the pulse-pounding story intensifies and reveals its secrets, a cliffhanger ending sets things up for the next installment. Ages 12 up.
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This book has an intensity that only a very seasoned writer can pull off. It’s not very plot heavy, but the story is full of anxiety and emotion. Loved it.
This book is amazing.
This book is amazing. It may be Brandon Sanderson’s best work yet. Buy it.
Thank you for attending my Ted Talk.
The “Sanderson Avalanche” is in full effect.
Brandon Sanderson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. It’s no secret that I love the Stormlight Archive series, and I often wonder why it took me so long to dive into his epic library (I know why: his books are massive).
But Skyward has left me with one desire, other than a sequel: for Sanderson to venture more into science fiction. Seriously, can you imagine if Brandon Sanderson were to write an epic space opera? OF COURSE YOU CAN’T! The potential greatness is too much for the human brain to comprehend.
Sorry, I’m getting off topic.
The setup and progression of the story are perfect. You’re constantly being introduced to something new and interesting. Whether it be a new character, a new part of the world, or a new event, it’s done at such a great pace that you’re not being overwhelmed with information, and it’s easy to keep track of all the who’s, what’s and where’s.
And when you are introduced to these new things, he’s not just pulling them out of thin air and saying, “oh hey, by the way, this is a thing.” They’re either alluded to early on and are finally coming into play, or it’s a natural progression of the world and it’s characters.
On top of that, it’s progression that you actually see. I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t like Mary Sue characters, and Spin is far from this. From training at the academy, to trying to repair her own ship, and how she relates to her other flight members, you see her character develop as she struggles to achieve her dream. And by the end, she’s almost a completely different person.
I will note that by the end of Skyward, there are a few unanswered questions, but at the same time, this is a series. And given Sanderson’s talent and reputation, I have no doubt these questions will be answered in time.