Synopsis: 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.
Brandon Sanderson, aka. the KING of fantasy has written a YA Sci-Fi adventure you say..? Oh yes, and boy is it good!
Thanks you to Gollancz for sending me a copy of this wonderful book to review as part of the official release blog tour.
Usually, I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi, but when I heard that Brandon Sanderson was writing this, I knew I had to get my hands on it. It’s a communally agreed fact that Sanderson is the master of building intricate and exciting worlds within his books, as well as enticing plots and multi-dimensional characters which we all can relate to. His latest feat is no exception.
Skyward is thrilling, un-putdown-able and undeniably funny. It follows our teenage heroine, Spensa, who longs to be a pilot. Coming across a wrecked ship, she soon realises that this dream could become a reality and embarks upon teaching herself all there is to know.
Of course, this task is never going to be simple. For starters, the ship talks… you heard correctly, our starship is absolutely bloody hilarious and for me, gives the book a wholly unique tone unmatched by anything I have read before. It’s so refreshing to read a sci-fi that isn’t all doom and gloom.
The characterisation throughout this novel is truly wonderful. Everyone is different, strong and interesting, but Spensa in particular has a voice which I honestly admire. She is funny, independent and her seven year-old-self even has a bear called Bloodletter. If that’s not enough of an indication into her kick-ass personality, I don’t know what is! The world may be against her after the shaming of her father, but she certainly doesn’t let that defeat her, a trait we should all aspire to have in ourselves.
Long story short, if, like I was, you’re yet to find a sci-fi book that you love, this is that book.
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