How the Daughter of a Traitor Became a Hero (Skyward Book Review)

You know, I’m not usually one who remembers a lot of author names. A name or two will stick inside my skull and refuse to budge here and there, but overall, I’m the kind of gal who’ll just meander through the stacks and pick up a book that looks interesting. I’ll flip through a few pages, read the back, and either slip it back on the shelf or add it to the heavy pile in my arms.

However, there is one author that I like to keep tabs on and that’s Brandon Sanderson. Why? Because the first book I read of his, Mistborn: The Final Empire, pretty much blew my mind when it came to world building and the fantasy genre. And most of his books have continued to engage and entertain me ever since.

Now, as much as I love Mistborn, that is not what I’ll be reviewing today. Nope! Today, I’m taking a leap towards the stars with the book Skyward.

Book Blurb

(Can we just take a moment to appreciate how awesome this cover is?)

Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s–a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending flight school at slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

Thoughts on Skyward

While I did enjoy this book, I can’t say that it’s my favorite. Thinking about some of the other books that I’ve reviewed in the past, most especially The Hunt, it’s almost forgettable. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of things that I appreciated about Skyward. The world building is great and believable. The characters are interesting. The plot has some great twists towards the end of the book and there is some wonderful character growth.

However, there were some problems. The villainous aliens are definitely one dimensional, although mysterious. The main characters also tend to be a little flat. Hilarious, but not as fleshed out as other characters Sanderson has written in the past. I did think Spensa had some fantastic moments (quoting barbaric warriors to her fellow pilots always had me cracking up), but I’ve seen other incredibly complex characters from the mind of Brandon Sanderson, so to me it felt a little on the weak side.

Despite that, I did get lost in the pages and enjoyed the ride of Spensa’s journey. I loved seeing everything through her eyes and really feeling her thoughts in the words and how she views each and every character. If you’re looking for a fun action filled adventure then Skyward is worth checking out. I give the book an 8/10.

About the Author

If you’re into fantasy books and haven’t heard of Brandon Sanderson, I’d honestly be surprised. Ever since he finished the Wheel of Time series, his name has only continued to grow in popularity. He’s won several awards including the David Gemmell Legend Award (Eight times), the Romantic Times Reviews’ Choice award for Best Epic Fantasy (Twice), the Hugo Award, and has hit the New York Times Best Seller List (Fifteen times). Needless to say, he’s been pretty busy! Oh, and he’s got a great podcast called Writing Excuses. You can find out more information on his website.

Book Specs

Author : Brandon Sanderson
Published By : Delacorte Press
Year Published : November 6, 2018
Genre / Tags : Teen, Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction
Formats : Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook
# of Pages : 546 pages


Have you read SkyWard? What were your thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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