Characters & their development: 5
Personal enjoyment: 5
-the way he wrote characters
-the science behind the world
Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.
My thoughts on this book are just a jumbled mess of emotions. Skyward is a young adult science fiction novel. We follow our main character Spensa, on a planet that is far from earth. People are forced to live underground as the Krell constantly try to bomb them until one day, everyone came together to make Alta, a base for pilots to fight the Krell. That was the same day her father deserted his flight team, and now Spensa carries his name of a coward.
This book murdered me in the best way. I am DEFINITELY a crier when a book gets emotional. But normally it takes me till at least mid-way through a novel before I am attached enough to the characters and story. But this time, I was crying by page 150 as I watched a character die.
I was emotionally attached to all the side characters along with Spensa, as Brandon Sanderson really made them realistic. Every character had a flaw, and they felt fleshed out. Not only in what we learned about them but just in the way they were presented as if Brandon knew them in real life. My favourite side character is a bit of a spoiler (MUSHROOMS!) But I will say they were not human, and the fact that Brandon managed to create a character that wasn’t human, that you empathised with, laughed with and cheered for, is just phenomenal.
Plot-wise, I was hooked. Things kick off quite quickly in an action sense. We spend maybe 50 pages leading up to the story and then we are dropped into pure action. I think it was a really great way to do things. The plot and story kept moving on, characters dying, Spensa getting closer to the truth, but it was interspersed with the Krell constantly attacking, and training classes that it felt super fast to read.
By the last 150 pages, Brandon Sanderson had managed to do something amazing. I was so attached, emotionally invested and overwhelmed by emotions, I read those pages while crying a little. It wasn’t even sad scenes, but I was just so full of emotions that I couldn’t contain myself and it has been so long since a book made me feel that much.
I am HIGHLY anticipating the sequel. I would definitely recommend this to sci-fi lovers and people who want to try out the genre. This is the BEST sci-fi book I’ve read this year and is in my top 3 of all time.