AUTHOR: Brandon Sanderson
READ DATE: April 16, 2020 to April 22, 2020
RATING: ★★★★ ★// 5
To be honest, I have put off any kind of reading of any Brandon Sanderson book. Just thought of picking one up meant having a time commit that I was afraid I wouldn’t have or even more afraid that I would become bored with the story plot.
But this wasn’t the case with Skyward.
It was everything I could have wanted and more from my first Brandon Sanderson novel.
Spensa, will annoying at first, has the kind of character that you want in this story. She’s fierce, unforgivable, a spitfire, and knows what she has to do. However, she also realizes that she is just afraid as everyone else when it comes to flying. While there are times that comes off hardheaded and stubborn, it is all part of her character growth. Which in the end has you rooting for her to finally grow into the person that you knew she could be the whole time. These two both deserved their own section within this review. There were moments in which M-Bot reminded from the AI in Illumina, but he was also very different. I found myself laughing out loud at not only his scenes, but also with Doomslug. It was without a doubt in my mind that Doomslug might be the best book companion I have ever read without a doubt.
I would say it’s a very character driven book. While the plot of the story does play a huge part, everything that happens within it depends on the characters act and react to certain things. Such as Ironsides automatically sending up Spensa’s’ group to fight the Krell and to me it felt like maybe it was just a kind of payback to the what Spensa’s dad did all the years ago. Honestly, all the characters (even the ones I wanted to punch in the face…looking at Ironsides) have something to bring to the story and made it so much more than it could have been from the start. I found myself wanting to know more about the side characters as much as I wanted to know about Spensa.
Which was another thing. From the start of the novel you know how Spensa is labeled as a coward since her dad runaway during a mission. It felt annoying to know that Ironside and Cobb knew something that Spensa did not. In a way, it did play a massive part in the plot, but it also would have done good for Spensa to know earlier than when Cobb let her into it. I don’t know. I think overall Spensa could have been a stronger character had she known what her dad really did from the start.
The action and pacing at times felt way off. I have never read a Sanderson before this and I don’t know if it’s his writing style or not. It felt like we would get a slammed with so much action (and death…I was not prepared for so much death in a young adult story, but anyways) and then all of sudden the story would lull. Things would slow down and it seemed at times the story would never pick back up. It always did though. However, the last 25% of the book went by so fast that I had to go back and reread it at least twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Which in some ways is great, but also kind like why wasn’t it like that from the start?
Will I be picking up the sequel? Ummmm yes!