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Writing Style/Quality: 4
Plot: 5
Characters & their development: 5
Originality: 5
Pacing: 5
Personal enjoyment: 4
Final rating: 4
I liked
-Vapor, the Kismets, Morrimur, DOOMSLUG & Jorgen
-God, the intense and well plotted world building

I disliked
-that it had to end



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.

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.



I have to say it. SKYWARD is in my top 10 books of the year. STARSIGHT was obviously going to be a good one. And while it’s getting a 4.5 not a 5 star, I think part of that is because I’m trying to be stricter about my ratings.

Starsight had an amazing story. We followed Spensa on a crashcourse plan that had been hobbled together on a whim, and we watch as she tries to deal with the fallout of that plan, isolated and scared.

The world building ramps up in this as we learn about not only Detrius, the planet Spensa and her people are trapped on, but the universe surrounding them. We see Spensa land on a planet called STARSIGHT, which is one the hubs of the politics of the universe. I enjoyed seeing her thrown there, because we got to see the world, and learn far more about the history of Detrius and her people.

Don’t even get me started on the character development though, Spensa grows so much throughout this novel. She is forced to make some very hard decisions, and to tame in her anger. We see her really change over the course of the novel due to her situation. Besides Spensa, we see Jorgen change, loosing some of his cautious and uptight nature as he learns something about himself.

Even the numerous side stories were good, wee see the stories develop around new side characters that are introduced. My favourite is one I won’t spoil, but is about a character coming to learn that having aggression in them, is okay. It was honestly so amazing to watch these alien species expand in my mind as Brandon introduced us to their lore.

So why didn’t it get a five star from me? It’s not something I can quite put a finger on, because it was really enjoyable! However it was just not quite as good as Skyward. By the end of Skyward, I was crying and ridiculously invested in the world that had been created, and at the end of this one, I found myself immensely satisfied by this book, but not so attacked like I had been with the first.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try out sci fi, HONESTLY.


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