Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte Press (November 6, 2018)
Print Length: 510 pages
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.
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson was, in one word, amazing.
As my foray into the writings of Sanderson, Skyward did not disappoint. While I don’t typically reach for sci-fi, Sanderson made it accessible for someone who is unaccustomed to the technical jargon frequent through out the pages. I never felt lost, and was able to lock on to the many concepts Sanderson was trying to get the reader to think about, including my personal favourite ‘What makes a hero?’
Likewise, the characters created in Skyward are equally as captivating. Spensa, the main POV of Skyward, is a firecracker of a character, who I originally didn’t much care for but grew to love by the end of the novel. Having to deal with the loss of her father, and his labeling as a traitor, has left Spensa as a very prickly YA heroine. But as she goes through flight school, and everything that comes along with it, she begins to shed the shell she has built around her, allowing the reader to understand her better. I loved the almost paternal relationship she developed with her father’s former winger, Cobb, as well as the relationships with her fellow cadets. Also, though Sanderson hints at a potential love interest, Spensa spends the entirety of the novel learning to love herself, which in turn made for a better set up for future installments.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson. Have any YA science fiction recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.