Book Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Skyward Series #1)

513 pages

Published: 11/6/2018 by Delacorte Press

ISBN: 9780399555770

Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

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“We must not cower in the dark because we’re afraid of the spark within us. The answer is not to put out the spark, but to learn to control it.

Spensa, a young aspiring pilot, has witnessed her world being under attack her whole life. Pilots are the heroes that save what’s left of the human race. Everything is fine until her father is killed in a battle after he deserted his team. Now Spensa is considered the coward’s daughter, and it almost ruins her chance of becoming a pilot, or even attending flight school. One day she manages to find something in one of the caverns that helps her overcome all of the obstacles she has had to face, because of her father’s actions.

I don’t usually read Young Adult novels. I’m not saying that I always hate the ones I pick up, but most of the time I am not interested in the story. I also don’t pick up science fiction. This book was basically a double whammy, and I didn’t completely despise it. The writing was very smooth, and easy to understand. Brandon Sanderson really knows how to develop characters. It’s very easy to make a young adult novel extremely cheesy. I found that to be the opposite with this book, for the most part. I understand that it is for younger readers, but he did a great job. It stopped me from putting it down, and never picking it back up. It’s definitely a page turner, that’s for sure.

What I wasn’t very fond of was how long it was, and the ending. The ending of the book wasn’t terrible. I liked it better than the ending of The Final Empire. This one seemed rushed, and after reading over 500 pages, I don’t want a rushed ending. This book could have been 300 pages, 400 if it absolutely needed to be, and still would have been a wonderful book. I’m sad that I didn’t click with this one as much as The Final Empire. It is in a series, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with how it ended, but I just wasn’t a fan.

I honestly think I enjoyed the characters more in this novel. That usually isn’t the case. They were just bundles of fun, and they all had their own backgrounds. Every single one of them were different, but they all connected. For some reason I loved Jorgen. He was such a know-it-all, but I loved it. Spensa didn’t bother me too much, and a lot of the other characters were just part of the story. I loved them all in different ways. I felt like they were my children, and I had to protect them. I wish I could read books with characters that I love more often. Recently, it seems like authors  tend to create unlikable characters.

I do still very much recommend this novel, but keep in mind that it is quite long. It’s a page turner, but for me it lagged a bit in the middle. I will obviously continue reading Brandon Sanderson. He has officially made a place in my little stash of favorite authors. I just think he has great ideas, and his writing style is quite smooth. For a fantasy/science fiction writer, I’m sure that can be difficult.


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