Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: five stars
Genre: YA, sci-fi
Goodreads Summary: Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.
Brandon Sanderson is one of my most heard about authors because of his Mistborn series (which has been on my TBR for so long). When he created this series I wasn’t super interested because I haven’t been into sci-fi for a while, but after hearing so many good things about it I decided that it was time to listen to it.
Likes: I loved the main character. She is so feisty and not afraid to do something difficult or terrifying to get something done. She has so many people going against her and yet she continues to pursue her dream. I just love that about her and that aspect of her truly is a motivation to me. Another thing that I liked was the team work that was demonstrated in this book. It shows the evolution of a team that starts out not necessarily liking each other (some seriously hating others) but end up being closer than they ever could have expected. It is so realistic in showing the struggles of working as a team, especially in life-or-death situations. Speaking of dangerous situations, the affect that these situations have on each of the members of the team is different and realistic. Each member of the team struggles with the danger that they are put into and I love learning more about each character by being shown how they react to adversity and grief. The revelations that happen at the end were so unanticipated. It completely took the book to a new level and added an element that I did not expect at all. It made me so excited for the next book because anything could happen!
Dislikes: I honestly cannot think of one. I enjoyed this book the entire time and cannot think of anything that I didn’t like. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite book simply because I don’t feel like I am super invested or connected to the characters, but I don’t think that is a book problem or writing problem, I think it is just personal preference.
Overall, I loved listening to this book! The characters were so much fun and realistic, the growth of the team was admirable, and the plot itself was a lot of fun. I loved the ending and where it started to go, it added an element that I don’t see in too many sci-fi books. I would recommend this to sci-fi lovers and honestly, to non-sci-fi lovers! Five stars from me.