I’ve recently discovered Sanderson’s books and after reading and adoring the first three Mistborn books, I was unsure whether it was just a fluke or if he would really become an auto buy author. Knowing I love his adult fantasy I thought I’d go for his YA sci-fi next and although it didn’t make my favourites like Mistborn did, I did really enjoy Skyward and it’s solidified Sanderson’s spot as an auto buy author for me.
The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.
I had pretty high expectations for this book after reading the Mistborn trilogy, however I did also know that I was likely not going to love this as much because sci-fi is not my go-to genre. However, I kept an open mind and absolutely adored this story. This book has some of my favourite fight scenes from a book; from the simulation fighting that the cadets use as part of their training, all the way to the final scene against the Krell, I was constantly on the edge of my seat. The scenes were fast paced and made you feel like you was in the cockpit of one of the ships and I absolutely loved it.
Spensa comes across a ship and with her friend they work to get it up and running again, the AI for this ship, M-Bot, is one of the funniest and most interesting characters in this book, and that’s not to say the actual human characters aren’t great. But M-Bot just knocked it out of park for me. The only thing I think that brought this down to a 4 star was Spensa, she seemed so juvenile at times for me and although I understand she didn’t have a very good upbringing after being shunned, for something her father did, it just irritated me with the things she said and how she acted sometimes. That being said, I loved the friendships she formed and her determination and stubbornness to keep fighting for her dream to become a pilot and fight the Krell. The others in her class all grew on me (yes even ‘Jerk Face’) and there were some moments that even had me shedding a tear or two.