SKYWARD (Skyward #1)
Written by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Delacorte Press, November 6, 2018
My star rating – 5 stars!
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 that of her father’s—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School 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. Find it on Goodreads
This book! I mean – THIS BOOK!!!! I can’t express to you how much I loved it! It’s Brandon Sanderson so it was bound to be good, but I was unprepared for its greatness! As much as I love his fantasy novels (ok, I’ve only read books 1 and 2 of the Mistborn series so far but, whatever lol), I think he DEFINITELY needs to write more science fiction! This was outstanding!
Enough gushing, let’s get into my thoughts. Let me first talk about Spensa. She was character perfection! A girl who grows up idolizing her father and his heroics. She wanted nothing more than to be a pilot just like he was and take down the aliens (named the Krell) that were trying to destroy them. When she was little, he went on the attack and deviated from his team and ran. From that moment forward he was labeled a coward, which is possibly the worst thing to be known as in this world. She grew up with the same label, never being able to crawl out from the shadow of that name. No matter how hard it was, she was two things – strong, and determined. She refused to let this label stop her from her dreams of becoming a pilot. And this is why she was perfection – she was so real! She wasn’t some fearless girl that kicked ass and took names. Ok, she did kick ass and take names, but she wasn’t fearless. She was just as afraid as everyone else was, but she used that fear as a fuel and pushed through it all. She let the names they called her get to her and she lashed out. But, best of all, when everyone on this planet was trying to stop her from reaching her dreams, she still went for it. She looked at how they were trying to stop her, let it crush her for a few seconds, and then set on a plan to figure out how to prove her worth. Every time she was faced with an obstacle, she took that scenario and figured out how to succeed anyway!
The world building and science aspects were fantastic! There was a lot of world building about the planet in the beginning but then it kind of fell away. I really do wish we learned a little more about how the other colonies lived and what they all had to offer. Also how they did the things they did. But it was taken over by the ships, how they train in pilot school, how the ships work, and so on. This was really interesting! We had a mix of human and alien aspects with the ships, simulations and a whole lot more! Anything with a school setting is a lot of fun, and pilot school was no difference. We got to learn about flying with the characters, how and why they do things, and even some politics. The simulations they used when they were there was so interesting! And also humorous while they failed at a lot of things lol.
This book also gave me HUGE Jay Kristoff vibes!!! It was really brutal sometimes! Not everyone survives and it’s not easy. How people were treated and thrown into dangerous situations were really brutal and people needed to be fearless or go with the flow of their fear or die. I’ll be getting into a little more about this in a future post 🙂
If you’re a fan of Brandon Sanderson at all, then I know this one will NOT disappoint!!
Until next time, happy reading!