Book Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Posted On March 12, 2019
Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I did one of these,
but I’m finally coming out with a book review… of a book that, when this post
goes live, I will have read several months ago. At the time that I’m writing
this, though, I just finished this book a few hours ago, so I’d say it’s still
pretty fresh in my mind.
I feel like I’m going to have a lot to say about this book,
so let’s just get started!
Set on a run-down planet called Detritus, where space junk
rains from the sky on a pretty much daily basis, the last of human civilization
is locked in a fight for survival against an alien species called the Krell. Since
the humans’ crash-landing on Detritus three generations before, the Krell, who
live beyond the layers of space junk that orbit the planet, have been doggedly
working to wipe them out, and until relatively recently, the humans were unable
to fight back. A famous battle of Krell and rebel humans gave humans the chance
to fight back—and gave Spensa Nightshade, our main character—her reputation as
the coward’s daughter, after her father infamously ran from the battle.
Determined to not only clear her father’s name, but also to break out of his
shadow, Spensa signs up to become a pilot in the Defiant Defense Force (DDF for
short), and that’s where the story takes off.
As you may know, Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author.
I’ve loved every book I have ever read by him, and this one was no different. I
really only had one tiny issue with the book, and that was that, especially
during the first chunk of the book, Spensa’s personality was just a little too
one-note, almost to the point where she felt less like a person and more like she
was just that one personality trait. Luckily, over the course of the book, she
becomes a much more rounded character, so it wasn’t a big enough deal for me to
take off any points from my rating.
Plus, there were so many incredible things about this book
that they made up for it. As usual, the worldbuilding was incredible, the
characters were great, and the plot was exciting. This series is definitely
sci-fi, which is very different from other Sanderson books I’ve read, but what
I thought was really interesting about it is that even though it’s sci-fi and
there are starfighters and aliens and highly
advanced technology, it seems like there is also just the tiniest hint
of magic in this world. I’m really excited to find out where this all goes in
the next three books in this series.
Another thing I loved about this book was the character
development. Most of the book follows Spensa as a cadet interacting with the
members of her flight and learning how to be a real pilot. All of the
characters in her flight are so distinct. Really, we’re not just watching
Spensa’s transformation, but we’re watching as her whole team learns how to be
a team and how their friendships grow.
There were also a few hints at a possible future romance
between Spensa and another pilot, which I am intrigued about. You guys know
that I’m not always a fan of romance in books, but Sanderson’s romances are
usually more subtle and slow-building, which is the kind of thing that I like
Overall, I think this was a really solid first book in the
series, and I’m excited to get my hands on the second book, Starsight, when it comes out later this
That’s all that I had for this review today. Thanks for
reading, and I’ll see you soon.