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4.50  ·  Rating details ·  108,100 ratings  ·  14,673 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Gollancz
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Hank Hoeft
This is the first in a series, but Sanderson does a very good job of giving the story its own self-contained story arc--unlike so many first volumes i…more

This is the first in a series, but Sanderson does a very good job of giving the story its own self-contained story arc--unlike so many first volumes in fantasy and sf series nowadays.(less)
Bel This is not a Novella. This is some of his shorter work though. All of the books in the series are also near this length

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chai ♡
Skyward, the first in a brand-new series by Brandon Sanderson, feels like a prelude. The raw energy of the closing pages rattles; I started every sentence without knowing where it was going, half-terrified of where it might end. When I looked up, the bedlam of motion inside the coffeeshop where I sat was an underwater warble, and I felt the sort of disorientation you only get when you are pulled out of one world and back into another. The effect, of course, of a really good book.

Spensa “Spin”
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
"Just for that, I shall hunt your firstborn and laugh with glee as I tell them of your death in terrible detail, with many unpleasant adjectives!”

You know how sometimes you realize you’ve read 500 pages and it was all fluff, nothing really stands out and you can't even remember most of it?

Well this book was the opposite.

So much happens, the characters are flawed but their growth is fascinating to watch. The story is complex and becomes more interesting as it progresses. Every time I thought I k
Christine Riccio
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS AMAZING. I loved the characters, the world, the humor, the action. I'm excited to continue the series. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 12/20/20

Even though I already had the book, I'm impressed a Brandon Sanderson book was in my November Fairyloot!! Click the link under the picture to see the goods. I think I left out a picture of one of the cards! sigh....


I had so many things I wanted to say for this review but I have nothing right now! I have cried sad and happy tears. I have loved many. Go read the damn book people!

It's Brandon Sanderson! What more needs to be said?

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
“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.”

Skyward is the start of a brand-new YA Sci-Fi series by Brandon Sanderson. You all know that I love Brandon Sanderson’s work, especially The Stormlight Archive and Mistborn, and I knew I couldn’t let this new release pass me by without immediately reading. And, friends, this was nothing short of
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m fluctuating between a 4 and 5 stars, so 4.5 🌟 for now but damn! I felt robbed by that ending. The scope of this world, the characters and plot is about to get even bigger AND THE EXCITEMENT I FEEL!

I don’t understand how he does it. Sanderson can’t do no wrong.

THIS is how you write a YA sci-fi/fantasy book. With depth and substance, whilst still knowing your target audience.

Yes, the above comment is very much a dig at the mediocre YA fantasies that have been getting published.

I’m still fl
TS Chan
Skyward comes out in mass market paperback today!

ARC provided by the publisher, Gollancz, in exchange for an honest review..

4.5 stars.

Skyward is a fine example of a Young Adult novel.   Once again, I'm in awe of Sanderson who shows he is still at the top of his game.

This novel is another hallmark of Sanderson's ability to spin the most incredible stories. He described the book as How to Train Your Dragon meets Top Gun and Enders Game. These references, however, would count for nothing if the e
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2000 hrs., Alta Base, Flight Command Headquarters

Scholar: Flight Command, this is Booknerd Twelve, name Katerina. Callsign: Scholar.
Flight Command: What are you doing in the outer space, Scholar? Your mission is accomplished, you finished Skyward. Return to the base immediately.
Scholar: I’m not ready to leave, Command.
Flight Command: Why do you defy direct orders soldier?
Scholar: Because there was something about Skyward; the cinematic quality, the non-stop adventure, the humor and sarcasm, t
Claudia Ramírez
4.5 stars
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, it's official, folks. Brandon Sanderson is a god.

He's not just a go-to guy for all things fantasy. I've read a few of his Cosmere SF stores but this is the first outright SF novel I've read from him and OMG he slams it out of the park. Or sky. :)

Let's put it this way. You remember how Armada should have been the glorious Last Starfighter? Let's just ignore that for a moment.

THIS is the quintessential Top Gun meets the Last Starfighter, complete with a girl pilot with a huge chip on her sho
Skyward(Skyward,#1) by Brandon Sanderson
Skyward was brilliantly written. And it had a compelling, captivating, and engaging storyline. Loved those unique characters. It was a fine read and it wasn’t a bad one by any means, but compared to the other books I’ve read from Brandon Sanderson, it’s by far my least favorite.
And the warrior’s way was not to run from failure, but to own up to it and do better.

Not bad.
Dec 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
I want to read a Brandon Sanderson book but they all seem overwhelming
Lisa of Troy
Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Check out my video on 7 Plot Holes in Skyward:

Spensa has grown up an outcast but has always dreamed of becoming a pilot her entire life. Will she be able to achieve her dreams? One day she stumbles upon an ancient ship that crashed into her planet. Can she repair the ship before it's discovered? The ship also seems to have a personality. Will Spensa be able to convince the ship to join her side?

This book was quite lengthy, and it seemed to drag in certain portions of
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good news to the die-hard Mistborn fans like me and also The Stormlight Archive lovers (Seriously, I should stop procrastinating and start reading ASAP! It waits too long at my TBR purgatory!), we got the brand new, unique, exciting sci-fi series we’d dreamt of for so long. I honestly waited for second book’s release to start this journey and it finally came out.

The book started a little slow and it gave me idea that was long prologue before taking our first steps into journey and warms us befo
Sean Barrs
Skyward is the freshest and most exciting science-fiction novel I have read in a very long time.

There is a great deal to talk about here because there is a great deal Brandon Sanderson does right. Well, he does everything right really. I do not have a single criticism. The plot is fantastic. The world building is totally excellent. And, as ever, Sanderson gives little away at the start. He slowly builds the layers through the plot and reveals how extensive this world is towards the end. The
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
What a ride! It took me a little while to get into this, but once I did I couldn't put it down.

Full review to come!
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale for this YA SF adventure by Brandon Sanderson, first book in the series. The third book is coming out this week. 🌟✨💫 It's a Star Wars training academy sort of story, set on a prison planet surrounded by alien guards.


Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Brandon Sanderson’s new young adult science fiction novel, Skyward, replaces his intricately detailed fantasy magical systems with equally detailed dogfights between one-person starship fighters of the humans living o
Spensa could crash her starfighter into me and I would thank her.

Sanderson is a characterization expert. He has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about his characters. Not just what they look like or what their main personality traits are, but how they would react to every situation and how their past influenced how they grew up. He understands Spensa so well and it's evident in the little things. Spensa is a realistic, sympathetic character and I love her. Her behavior makes sense with the
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
unpopular opinion, but this story sadly didnt feel like sanderson to me. and that could be for a variety of reasons:
- ive only read two other books by him, so i might not know him as an author yet.
- this is my first time reading a YA/sci-fi book of his, so maybe im just not used to it.
- this story feels like plenty of other books i have read before, some of which do this type of story better.
and i think its the last point that is really bothering me. even with my limited experience with sande
Lia Carstairs
Who would've thought that a talking spaceship would be my favourite character???

This book hit me right in the feels and I'm not even surprised because it's Sanderson and Sanderson always does this. His books make me feel so scudding alive and I'm always coming out of his books looking at the world differently?? Like for an author to be able to do that with every scudding one of his books is beyond impressive. Of course, Skyward was no different and tackled so many different themes and concepts.
Robin (Bridge Four)
Kindle Daily Deal: 29May22 for 2.99 here Totally worth that for M-bot and Doomslug

This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
“That music the water makes,” she said. “Isn’t it the most wonderful sound ever?”
“The most wonderful sound ever is the lamentations of my enemies, screaming my name toward the heavens with ragged, dying voices.”

Bless My Stars this was fantastic! You know how you are going along in your life thinking that most of the stuff you are reading is good
April (Aprilius Maximus)
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
YOOOOO WTF THIS WAS SO GOOD??????????? It's EXACTLY the type of sci-fi i love with such badass-ery!!!!!! ...more
ale ‧ ₊˚୨୧ ₊˚
5 fucking. stars. are. not. enough.

“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.”


Here is my playlist for Skyward because yes.

And I also made a pinterest board, lmao.

I'll start by saying, as always, you know me well by now, that there are spoilers in my review. So if you haven't read it yet, don't go any further.

I read this book in Spanish an
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★


I was a warrior, as Gran-Gran had taught me. And the warrior's way was not to run from failure, but to own up to it and do better.

My Opinion Time!

The first time I saw this book, I was captivated by the cover. It was so amazing and it looked eerie and mysterious. After that I also was curious about the book itself because the plot sounded good and something that I would probably love and it's science fiction! one of my favorite genres and I also heard many g
alana ♡
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
Rating: 4.5 stars

WOW! This was such an incredibly good book. I am super behind on the Brandon Sanderson train. So behind that this is the first book of his that I've ever read, it definitely will not be the last though. I fell in love with the plot, characters, and world building from the very first page and that almost never happens.

Skyward follows a young girl named Spensa (callsign: Spin), who desperately wants to follow in her father's footsteps and become a pilot. In Spensa's world, which
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This book took me forever to get through not because I actively disliked it, but because it failed to motivate me to keep reading. The characters all felt rather flat and for as long as the book was, I still didn’t feel that connections between characters were fleshed out. I found myself not caring. In typical Sanderson fashion, the ending was engaging, but not enough to raise the star rating significantly. The ending did hint that the future novels in the series may be more exciting, so I’d be ...more
Jessi ❤️ H. Vojsk [if villain, why hot?]

“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.”

Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
When Spensa was a little girl she always dreamed about flying, seeing the stars, the sky.
Being free, even just for a moment.
Even though there were stones upon her path that nearly let her tumble and get lost, she still found a way to be upon the sky.
To see the stars, the sky and to discover wha
Ashley Nuckles
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok I don’t know where to begin: this was SO. GOOD. At times the description of space travel and flight movements was a bit confusing, but once you got it the story got GOOOOD. I love Spensa and I love the backstory that we learn at the very end because it seems like it could lead into a verrrrry interesting sequel. EXCITED!
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be provided an ARC from the publisher, Gollancz, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity.


Rating: 4.5 stars

Brandon Sanderson shoots for the stars in Skyward, the first entry of his sci-fi adventure, and absolutely aces the takeoff.

Is there anything better than a new book release from your favourite author?

Ok, I have to admit though. I am not a huge fan of sci-fi books, and as such avoid them where possible. I will
Anja H.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
EDIT: The book dropped a few days ago, everyone needs to go read it ASAP, you won't regret it!!


Okay, let me start off with this:
I live for Spensa.
I adore Spensa.
I look up to Spensa.

Since this book hasn't been officially released yet and I don't want to spoil anything, I'll be keeping this short. What I will say is that I would have given this 5 stars for Spensa alone. But throw a precious, sassy and funny sidekick, a band of awesome and l
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