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(Skyward #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  64,406 ratings  ·  7,068 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the second book in an epic series about a girl with a secret in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

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,
Kindle Edition, 461 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Dazzy The previous answer isn't quite correct - all his Cosmere series (Mistborn, Stormlight Archive, etc.) are connected, with several recurring characters…moreThe previous answer isn't quite correct - all his Cosmere series (Mistborn, Stormlight Archive, etc.) are connected, with several recurring characters. Some are less connected than others, so ones like Elantris are easy stand-alones while some minor parts of Stormlight Archive are much clearer after reading Warbreaker. Their magic systems are all derived from a common source, and it has the same overarching lore. However, non-Cosmere stories aren't connected, so Skyward is separate from those series, as are the Reckoners books, etc.(less)

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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I just finished a book... who am I?!
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
In some ways I liked this more than the first book but in others I preferred the first. This vastly expanded the universe which was so cool, I think it’s the most alien-y book I’ve read. But it was also so different than the first book. Totally different characters and setting and new challenges and obstacles, but also quite a few convenient plot points in the beginning that I kind of had to look past. I did see where the story was going to go very early on, so it was kind of predictable at some ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Love love love love LOVE IT! 😉😘

I love this cover sooooo much ❌⭕️

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Hey, would you look at that, I'm actually writing a review. I can't remember last time I wrote a review instead of just a short reaction to a book.

SO. Starsight. This was my most anticipated read of the year. Did it live up to my expectations? Yes and no. It did live up to my expectations because it was a solid installment of the series and it made me want to know what happens in the next book. It did not live up to my expectations because of the direction the story went in - I did not expect i
Starsight (Skyward,#2) by Brandon Sanderson
The story itself is written well enough and is well placed in what is supposed to be a four-book series. Do not expect anything groundbreaking, as the revelations are predictable and expected. It is still worth a read, as all of Sanderson’s books are. But I am growing increasingly sure that science fiction is simply not his strongest genre.
Feelings aren’t proof. Feelings are the opposite of proof.

TS Chan
Starsight proves once again that Brandon Sanderson is a masterful storyteller across genres and age groups, and who simply excels at writing sequels.

I'm actually at a loss as to how to start or write this review without sounding like a broken record. As far as I'm concerned, Sanderson is a genius and he has never failed to deliver a captivating story, whether he was writing adult or young adult, fantasy or science fiction. And after reading so much from him and listening to him talk at signings
emily ☂︎
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
i can feel it in my spidey senses tingle that this is going to be a 5 star book

update: spidey senses were off
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars for Brandon Sanderson's latest novel, which is on sale now! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

“A hero doesn’t choose her trials.”

Spensa can’t help but hear her Gran-Gran’s voice saying these words to her every time Spensa balks at a new trouble in her life. And Spensa — a magnet for trouble — has plenty of occasions to remember these words.

In Starsight, the sequel to Brandon Sanderson’s young adult science fiction novel Skyward, the few humans who remain have been trapped on th
Sean Barrs
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Saga and Battlestar Galactica Fans
Shelves: 4-star-reads, sci-fi
Whilst not quite as awesome as Skyward, Starsight pushes the series into new and exciting directions.

The story, and the universe, has expanded drastically here. And, dare I say it, perhaps a little bit too quickly. Don’t get me wrong, the story totally needed to grow as it has, I just think it needed a little bit more time to get there with a little bit more time spent with the old familiar characters before it shot of into the stars, so to speak.

Despite this little criticism of mine, I do stil
Ashley Nuckles
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YEEEEE bring on book 3 plz
♛ may
no one:
spensa: 👩‍🚀
the delvers: 👁️ 👁️ 👁️ 👁️ 👁️ 👁️

so i definitely missed my skyward squad in this book but the ending was packed with action and reveals, i could not stop reading



buddy read with emily, my space princess
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great sequel. Nah a great book by any standards. A lot has changed in the last 6 months. The right people are in charge of the humans Spensa has gotten the notoriety she deserves but is obsessed with not only craving battle but unlocking the power within her to save her people.

In this story she is once again thrown out of her comfort zone and into a mission that sounds like suicide on every front. Of course she never backs down.

"A hero does not choose her trails".

What does make her such a gre
Listen, that synopsis is crazy vague and is 70% Skyward recap, and after blitzing through the ARC in two days I can tell you: that's really the best they can do.

I cannot tell you anything about the plot of this book, because it takes a hard left within the first 100 pages and from there, I hope you all get to experience all of the revelations and the delightful feeling of things coming together the same way I did.

What I can say is:
- I love everyone in this book, new characters and old, but esp
2.5 What the fuck happened, Brandon
alana ♡
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
“A hero does not choose her trials. She steps into the darkness, then she faces what comes next.”

It feels so good to dive back into this world! This might be my favorite sci-fi series that I've ever read and it just continues to get better and better. It was seriously no surprise that falling back into this world of epic adventure would be super easy. Sanderson takes reader's on a journey across the galaxy with a group of lovable characters -human and alien- that will have you flipping the
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Authors take note, this is how you write a book that will resonate with readers and stand the test of time. These days, I find the problem with a lot of YA is how canned it all feels, the way writers try so hard to conform to some pre-existing narrative which just makes the end result seem so sanctimonious and fake. And that’s why I’m such a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, who has always ever only been interested in telling
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, sci-fantasy
4.25 stars.

“Don’t trust… their lies. Don’t trust… their false peace.”

Wasn't this quite the ride?

I'll admit, this was not what I had been expecting when I picked the book. Not even close.

When I finished Skyward last year I figure something big was gonna happen but I would have never guessed what actually went down. At first, I was so uncomfortable and unsure of that particular twist. Having a mostly complete new cast was a bold move. But it grew on me.

It also makes sense. A lot of
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic final of second installment! It was fast paced, heart throbbing, mind blowing! I don’t know how many times I jump up and down from my chair (I was acting like working on a synopsis of a new TV movie but instead of that I was reading this book in front of my pc and eating Doritos- of course blue bag-rejecting phone calls, pretending i was super busy as usual)

What a memorable journey, sci-fi universe, politics, close encounters with third kinds ! It awakens your true inner geeky personality
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert: Audible Daily Deal 7/2/20 $4.95

4.5 Am I Alive Stars
“I will sing to you,” I whispered. “As your ship burns and your soul flees, I will sing. To the contest we had.”

What happened is what always happens when I read a Sanderson novel. I devour it in a day or two and then I can’t think of how to write something that does it justice. So here it is weeks later and I’m finally getting to a review for it. The short of it…


But the long of it is that Sanderson does sequels great. He
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Skyward ★★★★★
2.) Starsight ★★★★★


“A hero does not choose her trials. She steps into the darkness. Then she faces what comes next.”

representation: do non-binary aliens count?

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]

✧・゚: *✧・゚:* 5 s t a r s *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

THIS SERIES IS SO UNDERRATED. It's so much fun, so badass, with loveable characters, an awesome fully-realised sci-fi universe with different species and po
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Starsight was a little weaker than the first book, but still brought the fun-factor in abundance.

The first half of the book left me wanting a bit… there were too many “convenient” plot points for my liking. Too many things left up to random chance all happening at once. So it took a great deal of suspended belief to get me through it. The writing also felt rushed. Like Sanderson didn’t have time to get the main character from point A to point B gracefully, so he just manifested a quick fix and B
ale ♡
Once again, with Sanderson, 5 stars don't feel enough.

“A hero does not choose her trials. She steps into the darkness, then she faces what comes next.”


As always, my review contains some spoilers, major or minor. If you haven't read the book and don't want any spoilers, don't read further.

This was hell of a ride. A fucking rollercoaster of emotions. And I was (not) ready for it.

Like I said at first, Skyward just felt like a prelude. In Skyward there was action but here, oh gods, here Sanders
Dec 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-anticipated

I want my own cytonic hyperdrive so I can teleport to 2019 to read this book.

(Yes I know that’s not how it works)
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: em-inglês
this book was brilliant. again, brandon sanderson delivers perfect pacing, characters and writing. something that skyward didn't have and made my eyes sparkle are the alien races. this book is set in a space station and, of course, there were alien races there. and, holy shit, this is one of my personal examples for Good Alien Design™.
i’m gonna be honest: i missed the old characters, who didn’t appear as much as in the first one, but the new set of characters is also a delight.

in conclusion: spe
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, all the goodness.

So, aside from not being able to talk about the joys in this YA space opera by the wonderful Sanderson, I can at least gush over the things it made me feel.

I was always thrilled about every space battle. It's a perfect blend of personality, piloting, humor, and many little oddities that make this kind of thing special. I was never annoyed by any of the main characters. I loved the AI's existential crises, the cuteness of the tiny fox/badger aliens and their king, and the fac
Deborah Obida
It ended with a cliffhanger which isn't exactly surprising but it still sucks. Despite rating this book high it was a bit of a struggle reading the middle part of this book, it was so slow and filled with intensive internal monologue, it would have been better if this book was either multiple or dual narrative but only Spin was the narrator and there was little or nothing of interest happening around her. The beginning and the end of the book was really quite interesting but it wasn't enough to ...more
Jackie ϟ Bookseller
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Skyward: ★★★★1/2
Starsight: ★★★★☆
Book Three: ?
Book Four: ?

"A hero does not choose her trials."

Starsight, sequel to 2018's Skyward, is an amazing, non-stop exciting, massive expansion of the fascinating universe readers discovered in the previous book. In this well-crafted installment, we follow Spensa beyond her own planet of Detritus as she tries to discover more about her mysterious powers and
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
A stunning sequel from Sanderson, Starsight expands the world of Skyward exponentially and delivers every thrill, jawdrop, and punch to the gut that we have come to expect from this master of the genre.


Kitsen by Brent Donoho
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya-books
Starsight is the second instalment in Brandon Sanderson's Skyward/Cytonics series. This is a good quality YA sci-fi series and delivered pretty much everything one might expect from a Sanderson story. We got a nice mix of action, humor, mystery, and surprise twists and turns that kept this an engaging read. It also had the usual cast of memorable characters and compelling plot that sucked in my attention from start to finish!

I felt like Starsight was a worthy sequel to Skyward. If anything I mi
sofia (sam willows)
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, own, 2019, sci-fi
is anyone actually surprised a sanderson book is great??

my feelings can be summarized by: i still really liked it and had fun reading, but some aspects from book one that i was really attached to and wanted to read more about were missing
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