Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
If you haven’t read this book yet, then please do yourself a favor and find a copy and start reading it right now. RIGHT NOW! Trust me, you will be so happy that you did. I can’t get over how much I absolutely loved this journey to another planet with talking spaceships and a girl trying to prove she is not her father, she is not a coward. As my first Brandon Sanderson novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was absolutely blown away by how much I love his writing and how I was so invested in this book from the very first page. I know I need to get reading his other books ASAP. If this book is any indication to how amazing of an author he is, I will read everything he has ever written. It’s such an amazing feeling when you’re reading a book and you just know instantly that its going to be a favorite. It’s like when I am reading and suddenly i snap back to reality only to realize hours have passed and I’ve been so into the book that I don’t even feel like I’m reading anymore, but just watching it all unfold mefore me. My brother likes to say that when I’m reading its like I just sit around and hallucinate for hours, and to be honest when I was reading this book t wasn’t very far off from hallucinating it. I thought about it when i wasn’t reading it, and then when it was over I didn’t know what to do with myself. I could only think of the fact that I needed MORE!
What is this amazing book about you ask? Well I’ll tell you. Its told from the perspective of a girl named Spensa who has grown up under thie shadow of her fathers failure as a pilot in the battle between the humans and the aliens. He is said to have deserted his fellow pilots in a crucial time of battle. But Spensa has always known that her father would never do that, and she chooses to follow her dream and become a pilot against all odds. She wants to show everyone that his failure is not her, that cowardice doesn’t run in her blood. But when everyone, including the head of the pliot academy is against her, Spensa must face her own fears and change their minds.
There was something so familiar and confrotable about the writing in this book. It was like picking up in the middle of a movie, with characters so relatable and real that it felt like I’ve known them my whole life. I wanted to give myself a call tag and learn to fly a spaceship. Preferably one that talks like MBot but I guess a regular one would suffice. There wasn’t a single part of this book I didn’t enjoy. The plot was fast paced and easy to follow. Their were funny moments, sad moments, tense moments and all the inbetween. I felt so much for these characters and everything that happened to them. I don’t know if its the writing or if this was just exactly what I needed at this point in time but this book was perfection.
I think that even if you aren’t a huge science fiction fan that this can still be an enjoyable book to read, it doesn’t get too technical and if it does its pretty self explanatory. I found it extremely easy to follow the plot and there really wasn’t any aspect of it that I couldn’t understand right away. I was afraid that it would be a slower read but its the exact opposite. This is one of those books that can connect with all types of readers. The drive to prove that you are worth more than your reputation is something that everyone can understand. There is nothing worse than being told you aren’t good enough, or that you will never be good enough. And this book shows that if you keep striving to be better then you can accomplish more than you ever thought. I will be awaiting the next book in this series like a hawk eyeing its prey. In the meantime I’ll be hanging out with Doomslug, joking with MBot and pefecting my flying skills. Callsign: Raezin sigingin out.
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As cliche as this might seem, I haven’t loved a sci-fi book as much as I loved Illuminae until I read skyward. I was wondering if The Illuminae Files had just set the bar way too high for all other space travel scifi books out there but I’m happy to say that if you were in the same place I was after reading Illuminae then Skyward is your perfect match. Or vice versa! If you loved Skyward, then you definitely need to read Illuminae and the rest of the trilogy. Actually, even if you didn’t love Skyward, you still need to read The Illuminae Files because they are nothing short of amazing books.
Have you had any amazing five star reads yet this year? Have you had the pleasure of reading Skyward yet? What did you think of it if you did? I Hope you loved it Ike me so we can geek out about it together!! If not, no judgement, well maybe a little, just kidding. Maybe. Haha But really I’d love to hear what you thought if you have read it also! Are you a sci-fi fan? Let me know your thoughts!!!