Skyward #BookReview #skyward @brandsanderson @getunderlined #youngadultfantasy #yafantasy #yafiction #youngadultbook #sciencefiction #bookworm

Synopsis from Penguin Random House:

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.

About: Skyward is a young adult science fiction fantasy written by Brandon Sanderson. It was published on 10/8/2019 by Ember, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 544 pages. The genres are science fiction, young adult fantasy, and space opera. This book was intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. There are 3 primary books to this series: book 1 is Skyward, book 2 is Starsight, and book 3 is Cytonic. There are a few novellas to this series too. According to the publisher’s website, “Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 275 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Together, our imprints publish over 70,000 digital and 15,000 print titles annually, with more than 100,000 eBooks available worldwide.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Skyward on 2/18/2022 and finished it on 3/4/2022. A fantastic read! Loved the humor. I’m liking the strong female lead as well. Spensa’s being challenged at every turn. No easy pass to life. It’s interesting to read about flying school and characters having an interest to become a pilot. I haven’t read this type of stories yet so it was good to read something different. This planet they lived in where space debris often fell down sounded dangerous. On top of that, the Krell, mystery entities who continuously attacked the humans, followed after the debris to start a war against the humans. I liked that the main character Spensa is smart. She thought through before she act, especially when she’s faced with the Admiral. She understood what the Admiral was trying to do and outsmarted her. Excellent adventures. I’m thinking this series is probably enemies to lover so I’m anticipating reading book 2 soon. There weren’t any romance in this book so I’m okay to let my 10 year old read it.

This book started with a prologue, following Spensa, 7 as she aspired to become a pilot just like her father when she grew up. Her family was among the engines clan who reside in a cavern. One day her father took her up to the surface and she witnessed the vast sky for the first time. She was amazed to see so many stars. The human race has been invaded and scattered, constantly defending themselves against the Krell. They first lived underground in small clans and eventually moved to the surface as well as reunited but they had to continuously watch the sky for invasion. Spensa wanted to be a pilot to fight off the Krell too, but that fateful day when the Krell attacked, she was told that her father abandoned the team and Spensa was then known as the daughter of a coward. Then the story began, following Spensa “Spin”, 17, as she imagined hunting her enemy the Krell when in fact she was hunting for fat rats and skipping school. All Spensa wanted was to be a pilot and now she learned that due to what her father did, she will be rejected from it even if she passed the pilot’s test. She was upset and later decided to show up at the test anyway. Through many setbacks, she received a surprise she was not expecting. At interlude, there will be a view from the Admiral Judy “Ironside” where she composed letters to families to inform that their loved ones died in battle against the Krell. Ironside’s thorn in the behind was Spensa. This book was divided into 5 parts and ended with an epilogue.

Skyward was well written and a fast paced read! I liked the opposite of living behind a parent’s shadow. Jorgen’s parents are successful and wealthy so Jorgen grew up nurtured and shaped into another successful leader. Spensa on the other hand, grew up and was told that her dad was a coward. She had to toughen herself up to defend herself and her family. I also liked the problems to ponder, whether someone should follow orders or ask why first. Just because things has always been done that way doesn’t mean it’s the best way. I liked that Spensa didn’t just fall into line when Jorgen appointed himself the leadership role. I loved M-Bot’s personality. I loved M-Bot and Spensa’s smack talk. I enjoyed the supporting characters Nedd, Kimmalyn, and the whole Skyward team including the teacher Cobb. I recommend everyone to read this book!

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity, and the e-original Mitosis; the New York Times bestsellers Skyward and its sequel Starsight; the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy; and the Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, an adaptation of which is coming to Amazon Prime Video in November 2021. His books have been published in more than thirty-five languages and have sold 22 million copies worldwide. Brandon lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about him and his books, visit him at or follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter and Instagram.

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