Sci-Fi/Fantasy · Young Adult Fiction

Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward: The Brand New Series

Title: Skyward | Series: Skyward #1 | Author: Brandon Sanderson| Publisher: Gollancz | Publication date: November 6th 2018 | Num. Pages: 528| Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

5 stars – Bless Your Stars

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defense is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race.

Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous . . . but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward . . .

Praise for Brandon Sanderson’s #1 New York Times Bestselling Reckoners series:

‘Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer’ Patrick Rothfuss
‘Compelling . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store’ AV Club


Bless the Stars for Skyward. 

Brandon Sanderson’s newest epic is released with as much fanfair as his others, a 528 page beauty of space flight and growing up to show you’re the best, against all odds.

Spensa is a great little character with some serious attitude. As a young girl, she is enamoured by her father – a spacefighter pilot for the DDF – and as any Daddy’s Girl she looks up to her father and wants to do what he does. Events that follow change Spensa’s life for good and here is where our heroine starts to come into herself.

As always Brandon’s work is brilliantly written with characters you love to love and characters that you love to hate.  With protagonist’s and antagonist’s galore, you’re sucked into Spensa’s world from the get go; from the astoundingly descriptive local areas to the deadly Krell and their mission to destroy.

Skyward is Brandon’s latest Young Adult fiction novel – and as a non-Young Adult reader I can 200% say read this book!

Skyward has Brandon’s usual flair for the epic with humour in spades – I love M-Bot.

The characters in Skyward are a toss up between great and awesome. Certain characters have got a nice way of saying something without saying anything at all which is something I’ve always loved in a good book.

I think my favourite other than Spensa and M-Bot has got to be Nedd – you’ll see why when you read the book, he’s the good guy.

Skyward has it’s humour and it’s drama but it also has it’s sadness. My eyes did well up at several parts and you know a book is good when it brings emotion to the forefront. When you sit there reading and you instantly feel a connection with the characters and the surroundings and you find yourself rooting for your favourites.

I would highly recommend Skyward to anyone who loves sci-fi, young adult and a mix of the two. Another great book by Brandon Sanderson and I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.

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