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Skyward|Book Review

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Title: Skyward39348113._SY475_

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Pages: 510


Synopsis: Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father’s—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

Spoiler Free Review

This book is so scudding amazing!!!! I had no interest in ever reading this book but it was my library’s book club pick for the month of November so I decided to read it and OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I am so glad I ended reading this book because its definitely become a favorite of the year. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this because I did enjoy Sanderson’s book Mistborn, but I was not a fan of The Well of Ascension. But as you already know, I ended up loving the book.

Spensa is someone who has had to live with the repercussions of her father’s actions. In a battle, Spensa’s father was branded a coward and its a label Spensa has had to live with all her life. But Spensa’s dream of becoming a pilot was so big that no label was going to hold her back. The determination Spensa has is super clear and is seen throughout the book. She will not let the label she has had to live with stop her from following her dreams of flying in the sky. Spensa is pretty brash and the comments she makes had me laughing a few times. But as the book continues we get to see that this brash Spensa may just be a mask. The character for Spensa was really well done and we got different layers of her throughout the book. We get brash, confident, insubordinate, emotional, and other different versions of her and all of this makes for a great character.

M-Bot is probably one of my favorite characters. M-Bot is an AI ship that Spans stumbles across in a cave she happened to be exploring. He is so funny and the things he said made me laugh a majority of the time. He is definitely a character I didn’t think would make me feel the feels and someone I did not think I would find myself caring for.

A subject that Sanderson touches on in this book is class. It is very clear in the book that those who are wealthy are given more opportunities than those who are not. This is something Spensa learns rather quickly as she sees the treatment she gets because of her father. Though Spensa is determined to not let this define her and her biggest goal is to become a pilot whose name is celebrated throughout the whole planet and whose name makes the Krell(the aliens they fight) tremble.

I loved all the action in this book and the proportion of action scenes to slower scenes. Some books are all action scenes and some are more slower scenes but this book I found had a nice balance. There was not one point in this book that I found myself getting board and skimming pages because I wanted to get to something more interesting. The fighting scenes are just so suspenseful and also so well described, I could easily picture the battle in my mind.

Overall this is a book I scudding enjoyed and I just did not want to put it down. I loved the characters and the action in this book! I just cannot wait for book two to come out!

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