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29 January 2020

Book Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

I got Skyward by Brandon Sanderson in a Fairyloot box ages ago. It was a book that intimidated me - how could I not be intimidated by an author as hugely popular? But wow. It was amazing.

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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...

Source: Purchase, Fairyloot

5 Word Review: Reputation, bravery, family, secrets, passion.

I always have this little voice in my head that whispers "you don't like space books" whenever I so much as look at a pretty space-themed cover. Which is ridiculous as Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler is my favourite sci-fi and I read space opera in a single sitting.

So it took me a long, long time to read Skyward. In fact, it wasn't until I had a copy of the second book in my hands that I considered it again. And even then, it wasn't until the Kindle edition was on sale for 99p and the Whispersync deal for Audible was £3.47 that I finally took the plunge. And now I have regrets.

I can't believe that I waited so long to read Skyward. It was absolutely excellent and I could not put it down, and when I had to stop listening to the audiobook I couldn't stop thinking about it. This book is my jam. It is the only time I've truly used the Whispersync feature on my kindle and audible app, I was switching between them so I didn't have to stop.

I can't quite put my finger on quite why I loved it so much, as to be honest there's a fair bit not to love. But honestly? This was a solid five stars. Sophie Aldred does an incredible job narrating the audiobook, and really brought every character to life.

I loved the themes that the story explored, and I loved the little twists and reveals that changed my previous conceptions of characters. Nothing was black and white, and judgement was clouded by unknown pasts. I actually gasped at some of the revelations and they changed everything.

I do have to say that Spensa is annoying. So annoying. So dramatic and immature and childish. But at the same time, it was almost endearing. She is a drama queen, make no mistake, but she grows and changes so much throughout the story. It was excellent. Character development is something that I thought this book excelled at.

Is it weird to say that my favourite character was M-Bot? That I liked the straightforward ship the most out of all of the characters? Perhaps it was the Scottish accent in the audiobook, but I looked forward to M-Bot's every quip.

I only just finished this book, but already I want to read it again. And again. I let the hype put me off and I was wrong because this book is so bloody worth it.
You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.


  1. I really want to read a Brandon Sanderson book. Lovely review, Cora!

    Shirley |

  2. I've seen a lot of amazing things about this book! Great review!

  3. Ugh, I want to read this so bad! I am so glad you enjoyed it so much, it helps a lot when there is a good narrator for the audiobook!

  4. Heard so much about his books! Hopefully I'll try them one day 😊

  5. im glad to finally read a review on this book! and its a great one ty


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