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4.55  ·  Rating details ·  21,584 ratings  ·  3,542 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…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)
Hassan Mallah It's not Cosmere, it's "Defending Elysium" universe.

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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 kn
Syd the Kid
I am a simple girl.

I see Brandon Sanderson...

I buy.
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.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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 a treat.
TS Chan
4.5 stars.

Skyward is a fine example of how one writes Young Adult. I am once again in awe of this master of storytelling, who excelled in his first full-length space opera novel.

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 execution was poor. Fortunately, and to solidify my unwavering faith in my favourite author
Catriona (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!
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
It's kind of a ... Star Wars training academy sort of story!


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 on the planet Detritus (it’s as bleak as it sounds) and the starships of the alien Krell. The Krell chased a fleet of human spaceships to Detritus decades ago and have pinned
شيماء ✨
a girl pilot and her AI-driven sidekick ship teaming up to battle aliens? this sounds so good and if it ends up disappointing me, I will personally use my last €€ to travel to Sanderson's house, knock on his door and....BURST INTO TEARS
May 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
I mean, this is an author that can do no wrong in my eyes. When every book you read of his is a 5 star read, you reach for perfection and perfection is what you get with him.

I'm so damn happy we're getting a book release from him this year. 😍
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

“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
Alana • thebookishchick
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
Reynita Maharani ★ 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 great
Anja H.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm definitely pleased that Sanderson is back to writing books I adore and surprising me. I certainly wasn't sure if the fantasy author I've read previously would be able to turn his hand so effectively to Sci fi but I am pleased to confirm he did it again.

This is the story of a human race who are clinging onto existence whilst under fire from an alien race called the Krell. Humans have fled Earth in ships many years ago, and they are conducting a kind of last stand battle with the Krell to be a
Dana Ilie
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sanderson’s world-building is one of the most interesting aspects to the story. He ekes out information at a steady rate as to not overwhelm the reader with massive info dumps and maintains an air of mystery as to how the circumstances of Spin’s people came to be. Skyward has all the hallmarks of a Sanderson story: mysterious prologue, likeable protagonists, curious past civilizations, new technologies, and the looming threat of a warring race. I was often reminded of Mistborn’s ‘metal burning’ ...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone

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 ho
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun read and I enjoyed it (it is, after all, Sanderson) but his adult novels are what truly get my pulse racing. Wand what cemented my love for him in the first place.
Things I liked:
◘ The pace was was really fast, and this is a book that’s very accessible to people who don’t necessarily love sci-fi.
◘ Seriously, I had an absolute blast (pun intended) reading this book. I didn’t want it to end.
◘ The fact that Sanderson came up with Jorgen’s callsign before he came up with his real name. Poor kid.
◘ The illustrations were so fun.
◘ Spensa was a likeable, feisty main character. Her character growth and development is fantastic and I really really really like he
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, ya-books
I always find it hard to review a Brandon Sanderson book as the guy has been one of my favourite authors since I first stumbled across Elantris way back in 2006! Skyward, the first book in his new YA sci-fi series, was pretty much everything I was expecting it to be. Like all Sanderson stories it had a nice mix of action, humor, mystery, and surprise twists and turns that kept it an engaging read. It also had the usual cast of memorable characters and compelling plot that sucked in my attention ...more
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian-scifi

I will type out my thoughts soon, but I loved it! Slow at first - and a bit tropey - but it turned out to be a fantastic read! Sanderson is a master.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Sanderson's ability to place the reader inside his world is unparalleled and the action sequences in this book will give you vertigo. In addition, he gives us a kickass heroine who's a pilot, intergalactic battles, and ALIENS!

Also, is it just me or does anyone else wonder how Sanderson keeps track of continuity for the half a dozen series he currently has in the pipeline? And for that purpose, how is he not stark raving mad?
Robin (Bridge Four)
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, and it is, but then you read something and it makes everything else seem dull by compariso
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
★★★ /5
It was fun and entertaining to read. I really enjoyed my time with this book, never felt bored. In addition, the characters were entertaining to read about, the book had a few interesting themes and plot was engrossing. Also, Skyward was my first Brandon Sanderson book and the writing style was great and easy to understand. But to be honest, I was expecting more, mainly because I heard a lot of amazing things, so I felt a little bit disappointed. I really liked this book, but it definitely
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Wow! This year started with a bang! I could not put this book down. I can't believe I have waited so long to read one of Brandon Sanderson's books. I might have to rearrange my TBR for this year to include all of his works.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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OH MY GOD GUYS! This book was amazing and so much more than I was expecting. The characters are all so well written and the world and ughhhhhhh everything about this was spectacular! And inspiring! I love M-Bot and Spensa and Jorgen I can’t wait to see what Brandon Sanderson has planned for Starsight!!
Ashlee » Library In The Country

This was soooo good.
oh my



I've never been the biggest fan of science fiction, but this book might have just changed my mind. I have never read such an immersive story and I'm just too overwhelmed by that ending and everything that happened to form coherent sentences so just........... imagine me screaming into the void because that's what i'll be doing until the sequel comes out.
Iryna *Book and Sword*
3.75/5 stars

“Tremble and fear, all enemies!” he shouted. “For we shall shake the air with thunder and blood! Your doom is imminent!”

Let's talk about this gorgeous cover. Gorgeous, but very misleading. Because from the cover it looks like a main character might be, ohh I don't know a 25 year old woman, while in reality Spensa is a 17 year old who acts as if she were 12 most of the time. The whole book is very juvenile, really. In fact it reads more juvenile than The Rithmatist did, so while this
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