Skyward | Brandon Sanderson | Review

“You fix it, then. You fix it, and you fly. You find a way and you defy them. For those of use who don’t have the courage.”

“We must not cower in the dark because we’re afraid of the spark within us. The answer is not to put out the spark, but to learn to control it.”





Spensa’s father was once a pilot, now he is known as a coward. A label that Spensa has carried with her throughout her lifetime. Spensa wants to be a pilot, like her father, however society would never allow a cowards daughter to be a pilot. For hundreds of years Spensa’s world has been attacked by an alien race, known as, the Krell. The Krell’s sole aim appears to be to destroy humankind. Humanities only defence? To fight, taking their ships to the skies in order to fight for survival and destroy their enemies. Spensa is determined to fight the stereotype attached to her, she is determined to fly. Whilst The Krell fleet is doubling in size; will Spensa get a chance to prove her ability in the skies?


This book was an emotional rollercoaster. Brandon Sanderson sure knows how to lead you into a false sense of security and then hit you where it hurts. This book had a significant impact on me, I’ve never wanted to be a pilot and go to flight school; now I’ve changed my mind .. SIGN ME UP. I absolutely loved the characters .. well the majority of them anyway .. Judy *ahem*. The relationship they built as a group was fantastic and the banter between them had me laughing throughout. I could relate to their sarcasm as it reminded me of the kind of relationship I have with my friends which absorbed me further into the book. Not only did I laugh with the characters I also cried. Be warned, Brandon Sanderson, is not afraid to kill his characters! That’s all I am going to say regarding that as I don’t want to spoil things for anybody, just make sure you have a box of tissues on hand before beginning this book, it will break your heart in ways you did not know it could break.

Brandon Sanderson, is also excellent when it comes to leading you up the wrong path in relation to the plot. Numerous times during this book I assumed I knew what was going to happen, and found myself underwhelmed that I thought I had guessed, I WAS WRONG EVERY SINGLE GOD DAMN TIME. I was convinced certain things were going to happen and something even better happened instead. It caught me out each time!

This book was so jam packed with action I really struggled to put it down. I love a fast paced book which has the right balance of world building, character building and action. Skyward had a perfect balance of all three. Its just over 500 pages long and I devoured it in less than 48 hours.

There seems to be a massive overuse of the word “scud” throughout the whole of the book which appears to be a curse word used by the characters. However, this seemed to be frequent and in parts the word was used on every other page. It was fine for the first couple of hundred pages but then it began to grate on me, to the point where it irritated me every time I saw it. Hence the reason I felt compelled to rate this book 4 stars instead of the 5 stars that I feel it would of deserved without this flaw.

I would recommend this book to each and everyone of you. You need to read it immediately.

So go ahead .. “Claim the stars” .. you won’t regret it.

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