STARSIGHT (Skyward #2)
Written by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Delacorte Press, November 26th, 2019
My star rating – 3 stars
All her life, Spensa’s dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true—he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.
Spensa is sure that there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars—and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.
But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself—and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to. Find it on Goodreads
Hmmmmmm. What do I even say right now? OH! I know….. “Well that was fucking boring.” Sorry, but it was! This book was nowhere near what I expected! It wasn’t bad…… but it wasn’t all that good either. I spent the whole time reading this book thinking about all the things in book one that I loved and was missing from this sequel. Prepare for my ranting comparisons between books 1 and 2…..
Let me first mention the main character Spensa. She’s what I feel fell the most flat, which is really sad. She was the main reason why I liked the first book so much. In book one, she was a spit fire! She was so feisty, driven, focused, smart, determined, smart mouthed, and totally bad ass! She wanted nothing more than to overcome the family’s curse of being a coward and become a pilot like her father. She had every obstacle thrown in her way and she overcame it all. I love a good character that lives their lives to say a big “screw you” to anyone that thinks they can’t do something. Nothing was effortless for her either. She worked her ass off and got shit done. She may have been exhausted, mentally and physically, but she pushed hard and got what she wanted in the end. That’s my kind of girl! Sadly, in this book, she was just a girl named Spensa who flew ships in space. She lost all her fight. This book still had a flight test of sorts – something that she still needed her skills in flying. There was also a time crunch to do something to save her people. But she wasn’t the same Spensa. Not even close.
Part of the problem with Spensa was that she was in a new place with new people while trying to masquerade as someone else. She was at a “capital” of sorts pretending to be the alien woman who landed on their planet. She obviously couldn’t be her true self when she’s supposed to be someone else. But the main reason she felt different – she was missing her friend group and family. She ran off to another planet and we didn’t get to see ANYONE from the first book. Bad call Mr. Sanderson. I guess the new people we met were ok but I didn’t connect with them the way that I connected with the original crew. I missed Gran-Gran who would tell stories of their human history. I missed her wing mates and their witty banter. I even missed her potential love interest! It was just weird without anyone from the original story.
I know that this book is key to propelling the plot forward (for reasons I can’t mention due to spoilers), but I don’t think that this was 100% necessary. Hear me out on this one. Yes, I think that the events were necessary, but I do think that this could have been condensed by at least half and combined with the next book. This was waaaaaay too long in my opinion. It got boring and repetitive really quick. The first 100 pages were great! The last 100 pages were even better! The middle……… just imagine me making fart noises with my tongue right about now.
I know I’m ripping on this pretty hard but it wasn’t all bad though! I loved M-Bot!!! We got so much more of him and I enjoyed every minute of it! We explored his capabilities, his past, and his personality. It reminded me so much of Aiden from Illuminae when he started questioning if he was an AI or if he was alive. He was honestly the best thing about this book! The direction of the plot was also really interesting! I had no clue how it was going to include their world, human history, and what was really going on with the Krell attacks.
I’m still looking forward to the next book in the series. Spensa was going back to her planet so I think that the original feeling and atmosphere is about to return. This just didn’t feel like a Brandon Sanderson novel. It felt rushed and lacking in every aspect. It was an ok read, but it felt like a book I pushed through to get to a conclusion.
Until next time, happy reading!