Skyward (Skyward Series #1)

Skyward (Skyward Series #1)

by Brandon Sanderson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399555770
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Series: Brandon Sanderson's Skyward Series , #1
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 1,269
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity and the e-original Mitosis; the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy; and he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Brandon lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about him and his books, visit him at or follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter and Instagram.

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Skyward (Skyward Series #1) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CaptainsQuarters 27 days ago
Ahoy there me mateys!  Okay I know that I just reviewed legion yesterday.  I needed more Sanderson!  After finishing that one, I got me grubby mitts on this absolutely wonderful gem.  I am always amazed by the talent and ingenuity of this writer.  Two stories back to back and both amazing and so different. This yarn tells the tale of Spensa who wants to be a pilot when she grows up.  She wants to follow in the footsteps of her father who she considers a hero.  The rest of the planet calls him a coward.  Spensa wants to prove that she is no coward and clear her father's name. This group of humans, the Defiant, live on the planet, Detritus, in underground caverns.  The surface is dangerous because of a group of aliens, the Krell, are determined to destroy them.  The two groups fight using starships.  There is a deep layer of space debris surrounding the planet which helps keep the humans safe.  But the alien technology more advanced and they have the better numbers.  The humans are barely surviving. There are many things I loved about this story.  The first is that Spensa is an awesome protagonist.  Raised on old Earth myths, she has a hysterical way of trying to cope with feeling like an outsider.  Like telling people, "When you are broken and mourning your fall from grace, I will consume your shadow in my own, and laugh at your misery."  Watching her journey was lovely.  I adore her! I loved that the characters in this book, young and old, grow and change and learn from mistakes.  Prejudices are examined and reevaluated.  Spensa grows up through the course of the book through self-discovery and the help others.  I loved that the relationships throughout the book take time to be established and end up with unexpected results.  I thought Rig was a fantastic best friend.  I loved that the young pilots had to work and weren't instantly good at anything.  And above all I loved the talking ship.  His interactions with others made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions. As always, Sanderson manages to give me a book that entertains, makes me think, and makes me feel.   I need book two now!  Arrr!
Anonymous 19 days ago
The title says it all
Anonymous 21 days ago
Sanderson's done it again.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Anonymous 3 months ago
I don't know how he does it. Everything he writes is liquid gold. I've owned this book for 26 hrs and already finished. Could not put it down. Thanks Brandon your truly amazing!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was an excellent read, plenty long enough to take my ability to consume words and spread the enjoyment over 4 days reading in any spare time. It was, of course, just a little YA in its lexicon, simple but enjoyable writing that anyone could enjoy from children, to teens, to adults, even cynical middle aged mega-readers like myself! The story of Spensa 'Spin' Nightshade was great and enjoyably flowed very well. The behavior and drives of characters was realistic and enjoyable, and no moments caught me out and had me scoffing at an error or unrealistic action/development. It was sci-fi "light" in that theres plenty there about technology and science, however Sanderson never spins into obsession over his own creations or length diatribes of description; the setting and environment never become the focus, only the atmosphere of the tale. It was literally like an aged-up YA coming of age Top Gun. Great read, highly recommended, and go read all of Sanderson's work. Specific shout out if you haven't read the Mistborn series and enjoyed this book, read them now!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Brandon never disappoints and this is one of his best!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Sanderson never disappoints
Anonymous 3 months ago
A truly captivating story, well worth the read.
PaulAllard 3 months ago
Science fiction tale for the YA reader – enjoyable and original This novel tells us about Spensa, a young lady living on a planet called Detritus where the human population are constantly defending themselves against an unseen enemy, the Krell. She has to push herself to the limit to become a fighter pilot, discovering a lot about her situation and the truth behind the constant attacks. There's bonding with her fellow trainees, disappointment and plenty of revelations and a bit too much introspection. The characters are well-developed and the plot is certainly entertaining, fast-moving in places and the concept is relatively original. Although this novel stands alone, I get the impression that there's more to come. Interestingly I'm watching Battlestar Galactica's second season at present and there are some distinct parallels. I can certainly recommend it to the young adult but fantasy/science fiction lovers should enjoy it too. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Really enjoyed the action, concept and characters
Anonymous 25 days ago
I loved it much better than cats. I am going to see it again and again
Anonymous 3 months ago
Brandon Sanderson, great as always!
Anonymous 3 months ago
So incredible. Possibly one of the best from Sanderson to date!