The B&N YA Podcast: Brandon Sanderson

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On today’s episode, science fiction and fantasy titan Brandon Sanderson joins us to talk about his brand new YA novel Starsight, the sequel to 2018’s New York Times bestseller Skyward. Sanderson has made his name with fans all over the world through epic fantasy like the Mistborn series and the Stormlight Archive, as well as the bestselling Reckoners trilogy for young adults. With Skyward, Sanderson says he set out to take a classic fantasy pairing — think a girl and her dragon — but gave it a sci-fi twist, matching the hotshot young pilot Sensa — a girl with a mysterious past and some unique talents — with an ancient spacecraft powered by a wisecracking artificial intelligence called M-Bot. In its sequel Starsight, the author takes Sensa, M-Bot and her friends into a universe vastly larger and more dangerous than the one she’s known. Brandon Sanderson joined B&N’s Bill Tipper just before Starsight hit bookshelves for a spoiler-free chat about his new novel, how a boy who didn’t like books became such a prolific writer, and what he’s learned from his students.

The sequel to the New York Times bestseller Skyward!

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the second book in an epic series about a girl with a secret in a dangerous world at war for humanity’s future.

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true—he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars—and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself—and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

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