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(Skyward #3)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the third book in an epic series about a girl who will travel beyond the stars to save the world she loves from destruction.

Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published November 23rd 2021 by Delacorte Press
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Davidov Predrag Brandon always deliver.Don't push him,there is no need,he is writing faster than many writers already ,i salute him for that.…moreBrandon always deliver.Don't push him,there is no need,he is writing faster than many writers already ,i salute him for that.(less)
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shre ♡
Apr 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
brandon sanderson:

me: say no more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This definitely is my least favourite of the series so far, but I did still enjoy it! It’s always nice to see the characters you know and love and be introduced to new characters as well, which is what you get from this series. The world was built up even more, and there were a lot of revelations that built upon the overall plot. But I felt like this book also seemed like quite a bit of filler. It had action, but not quite as much as the first two books. I wish the characters from the first book ...more
Lia Carstairs
"Existing was pain, but it was also joy."

I feel as though I'm committing a crime with this 3.5 star.

It physically pains me to give a Sanderson book a rating this low but I must be honest... this was definitely my least favourite of all the books I've read from him. I both enjoyed it but was also super disappointed if that makes sense??

Like no doubt about it this felt like filler for the majority of the book and I got bored at times but also the character development in both Spen
space queen of narnia
UPDATE as of 05/26/21

Ooh this UK cover is really pretty. Can’t wait to see what the American cover is going to look like!

UPDATE: oh my GODS Charlie Bowater is a goddess living among us mere mortals because this cover?? *exhales breath violently*


Ah so now it's changed to untitled.

I can't wait to see what the finished title and cover looks like! Charlie Bowater always kills her covers.
Oct 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So Sanderson announced the title and cover a few days ago.. can Charlie Bowater just design all covers featuring people? Her art is gorgeoussss.

Makes me wish I was not reading the ebooks and bought the pbs or hbs instead..

18/12/2020 update:
Sometimes I think the man writes faster than I can read. Seriously, how does he find so much time to work on all of these projects?

"Skyward is my other active project right now. As I said above, I’m working on the third book (out of four) in the series right
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Review December 2021
The most character driven and lore heavy installment in the series that manages to prepare for the finale without feeling like filler. Though I still miss some of the characters from the first book, I appreciate the growth Spensa went through and was invested throughout the entire story.

Prereview March 2019.
Well hello first most-anticipated release of 2021! :D
Feb 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome book. I really enjoyed the first book, the story took a different turn to what I was expecting in the next book, now I think I have a new favourite book in the series.

Spensa has been given a choice, go home and fight along either her friends and be another pilot (a great pilot), or become something much more.

Spensa will have a chance to face threats all the heroes and heroines in the old stories faced. Heart breaking choices. New enemies, and allies. Most of all new understanding
Sean Barrs
Mar 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Saga and Battlestar Galactica Fans
Cytonic is the third book in a very ambitious series written by a master storyteller at the height of his craft. It just all seems so effortless, the way it all comes together.

Part of me wonders if Brandon Sanderson has ghost writers, simply because his output is so high, and the quality is always very high. The number of books he releases, and the number of series he writes simultaneously, trumps what any other writer in the genre is doing. And these aren’t little books either. They’re great b
I like Cytonic, the third Skyward novel, but didn't love it. The book does what it does well, but I expect Cytonic to be a divisive book, even more so than Starsight was. In fact, if you didn't like that Starsight didn't have Skyward Flight characters, this book might be even worse for you. It physically pains me to give a Sanderson book a rating this low but I must be honest... this was definitely my least favorite of all the books
“stories say something. About us, and about where we came from.


A TITLE???????


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Skyward ★★★★
Starsight ★★★★
Sunreach ★★★3/4
ReDawn ★★★ 1/2
Cytonic ★★★ 1/2

I feel Cytonic fell into the dreaded middle book syndrome. I originally thought that it would be a trilogy and I think it should have been one. I was a bit confused about how the main story will continue given the important events of the novellas. Turns out that the novel takes place mainly in the nowhere following Spensa and a new set of characters veering once again far
Charles L.
Suffers from massive middle book syndrome. The whole book feels like one long, drawn-out B plot.

No major plot developments except in the last fifty or so pages. You'd think with a backstory as metal as 3 previous human attempts at galactic conquest it would be fleshed out more, and that Spensa, who is continually characterized as someone who loves stories, would actively try to learn more about the history of her own people that she had been missing all her life. But no, even though M-Bot was
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Mar 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022, sci-fantasy
4.5 stars.

“My star came alight. I wasn’t nothing here. I was Spensa, and my soul was fire.”

From the moment I picked Skyward up and read the very first paragraph I was in love. It is a feeling that has not changed through the years. And with the addition of Cytonic to the mix, I can say that I fell even deeper in love. With the world. With the characters. With the story.

Cytonic is the third installment in this tetralogy and, therefore, it had big stakes to set. It did not disappoin
☀︎El In Oz☀︎

The Skyward series will always be a special series to me. Maybe it’s because it’s a Brandon Sanderson series and all of his works are important to me, some more than others, but I think it’s because of how endearing the characters are. This third instalment into the series was as good as the second, which is to say average I suppose.

I adore the whole world we have going on here in this series, it’s sci fi goodness with so many different species and races of beings to meet and discover over
Cat Carstairs
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
4.5 stars

Cytonic was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I am happy to say it was an immensely satisfying one.

The second to last book, not counting novellas, this third entry in the Skyward series was as strong as the previous books in my opinion, and delivered pretty much everything I hoped for. That said, I have seen some discontent regarding this book and understand some of it, but disagree with most of it while keeping in mind that we all have our own valid opinions on these thi
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was so good! The plot was so interesting and exciting. The pacing of the book was a little uneven. The beginning was very fast-paced, the middle was slow and the ending was fast-paced. The characters were so complex and relatable. I love the journey that Spensa went through, she became a better person after it. Each of the characters went through challenges that were relatable. I really enjoyed seeing a new, more emotional side of M-Bot. One of my favorite characters in the book was He ...more
This is one of those remarkable books which contains many things I could criticise if I wished to and yet I knocked off all 415 pages of it in one day. So it could not have been so bad could it!

I know I occasionally felt that Sanderson was preaching about moral issues and the book did feel as though it was running on repeat. I hope the next book does not take Spensa to yet another world where she has to start all over with a new set of characters. I missed the Doomslug and was not keen on the ar
Jan 02, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
either i’m growing out of this series or this book was just not it :(
“Are you prepared, Spensa Nightshade, for an adventure?”

This series is such a trip! Each subsequent book has felt different from the other with the only through line tethering us being Spensa and M-Bot’s relationship. And so we continue on step #3 of A Girl and Her Spaceship as they once again enter an unfamiliar and unsafe environment with only their wits to get them through.

We all know Brandon is a phenom at creating worlds, and he manages once again to create a brand new and
"But... stories say something. About us, and about where we came from. They're a reminder that we have a past, a history. And a future."

God, I love this series and Cytonic is an amazing addition.

It blended some of the aspects I loved in both Skyward and Starsight, while still becoming its own unique story. I can't write much about the plot without spoiling the previous books, so all I really will say is that I loved it. There was never a moment where I was bored or wished I was done reading. Th
Brenda Waworga
Among all Skyward series, this is so far my least favorite book 🥲

Lemme start with things i love from this book... the relationship between Spensa and M-Bot, always love their conversation and humor! i also love some of the scenes on this book but most of the time i thought the idea was just TOO WILD and NOT MAKE SENSE!! In the other hand i can always count on Sanderson about the world building … they are always so unique and i can pictured them vividly in my mind. Here we were once again embark
La Crosse County Library
[If you haven't read this book, beware of the spoilers this review contains.]

Why am I like this? I get the latest Brandon Sanderson book, read it super fast, and then realize there's gonna be a bit of a wait for the next one. But, one does not merely put down such a book, like one doesn't merely walk into Mordor.

As usual, Sanderson has pulled off another amazing story, this one the third entry in the "Skyward" series. Cytonic focuses on Spensa's journey through the Nowhere (another dimension out
Xia ✻.
Dec 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A 2 years wait.



Imma just going to put myself in a human freezer. Don't wake me up till 2021.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Humanity has been on the losing end of a centuries-long war with the Superiority, the main organization of galactic races, for decades, trapped on a desolate planet called Detritus and fighting an ongoing war using outdated, small spacecraft to keep from being exterminated. In the second book in this series, Starsight, Spensa Nightshade, a young spaceship pilot who first distinguished herself in Skyward, found a way to leave Detritus and travel to Starsight, a massive alien space station where t ...more
Deborah Obida
This book is the weakest book in the series in my opinion. It’s a good book but the other books were better, the book is set in a new location which I don’t mind much but it’s very different from the previous books in the sense that the action/fight scenes were at a minimal same for the political aspects that we got in Starsight. This book like the title says is about Cytonic and how it all started, it’s was informative but not that fun to read.

“Sometimes it’s too easy to forget the things y
rose ★
a new title omg this book is finally happening!! and charlie bowater does it again with that cover 🤩


and not just that, but it’s one that reminded me how mentally unprepared i am for this book!!!


look i completely understand that books actually take time to write, and the author has other priorities, deadlines, not to mention an actual life, and he doesn’t exist solely for my benefit, but...
wHY don’t we have this book yet? don’t you understand?? i need it need it need
TS Chan
Nov 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

No surprises, Cytonic was a superb read filled with brilliantly creative worldbuilding and compelling characterisation that I've always expected, and received, from Sanderson

It all started with a novella that he wrote and submitted to a magazine way back before he was even published. That piece of work received an honourable mention at the Writers of the Future contest in 2003, and after substantial re-editing in 2008 won first place in the UPC Science Fiction Award in Spain, and was p
Dec 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, science-fiction
3.5 stars. This didn’t feel as good as the first two in the series. There were moments of excitement, yes- and a whole new cast plus a few we’ve met before- but almost nothing of the previous crews. This felt like filler, prepping us for the final book, which I’m sure, by the way, will be all out spectacular.
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