“”That’s what war is” Cob told me. “A bunch of sorry, desperate fools one both sides, just trying to stay alive. That’s the part that those stories you love leave out, isn’t it? It’s always more convenient when you can fight a dragon. Something you don’t have to worry you’ll start caring about.”
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, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.
Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.
But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Dark Room Tours and Gollancz for sending me a copy of this book and allowing me to be part of the bookstagram tour for this book (05/12/2019 – theanxiousbookworm_). I could not pass up this opportunity, I abolsutely loved Skyward and needed closure after THAT ENDING.
This is a really tough book to review as the main plot of the book is a spoiler, hence the synopsis not really giving anything away. You will not regret picking it up thought, it is amazing. It’s really difficult to to discuss it in detail when all i want to do is shout from the rooftops about some of the character, developments and the plots. The said big turn happens very early on in the book and it just keeps getting better and better from there. One thing I will give away which I don’t feel like is too much of a spoiler is, M-bot and Doomslug ARE BACK and they may be even twice as sassy as they are in Skyward. I love the banter and the sarcasm from M-Bot. He was hands down my favourite character in Skyward so I was so pleased for his return. Whilst discussing characters of old, please be aware however that there is very little interaction when it comes to the old flight crew, they will crop up here and there but Spensa has moved onto BIGGER things since her training and you will not be disappointed.
I really enjoyed learning about Spensa’s abilities. This is really only touched on in Skyward. Obviously being Brandon Sanderson we knew it was going to be complex but I didn’t realise how complex. It is honestly brilliant, it really makes you think throughout the entirety of the book. I loved going on a journey with Spensa through learning of her skills, to learning how to use them to actually putting them to use in battle. It is one hell of a journey to go on with her.
I love the writing style of Starlight, I absolutely love Brandon Sanderson and the man can tell a story. I read this is one day, a 450 plus page sci-fi in one day, this is how good it is. This is how YOU CANNOT PUT IT DOWN. I love the new alien life that is introduced in this book, honestly it is so complex and wonderful. I want to be an alien, I want to live in their world. Anybody coming with me? The Krell are also back in action and they will leave you hanging off your seat! The complexity introduced with the Krell in this book is just brilliant, I loved the development in this plot.
Whilst also discussing the writing style of the book, in between parts there is an interlude chapter which features some characters of old. It’s a bit like a flash back to Skyward and I really enjoyed those parts. It is sort of a reminder to the reader that they are still there but are not necessary for the purpose of Starsight.
THE ENDING. WHY DO I NOW HAVE TO WAIT FOR AGES. THE ENDING. AGAIN. WHY? BRANDON SANDERSON? WHY?!?!?!?! I don’t need to say anymore, just read it and then tell me so we can discuss it. I NEED MORE NOW.
I would say it is a slow start, familiarising the reader with Skyward so that they can love Starsight just as much. Not really much of a criticism as I reread the book so whilst I didn’t benefit from it I think many other people who didn’t have the time for the reread will benefit from it massively. But please take note, do not pick up this book if you do not have time to read it, you will not want to put it down!
REMEMBER: “A hero doesn’t choose her trials”