Review | SKYWARD by Brandon Sanderson

Review of SKYWARD by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.”

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SKYWARD is so much more than your average sci-fi novel

I enjoyed this book a lot, as is kind of suspected from a Brandon Sanderson book. I loved these characters, literally all of them. The plot was really nice and interesting. The world-building was amazing. The only thing that I didn’t like was the beginning of the book. I wasn’t really sucked into the story from the very first page. After a few chapters, the story does pick up speed and SKYWARD turned out to be an amazing book.

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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. 


The cover of Skyward is truly gorgeous. Charlie Bowater did an amazing job creating the artwork on this cover.

The plot of SKYWARD is very interesting, and I was eager to read it. I had heard great things about this book, so I was expecting a lot. And I can happily say that I genuinely loved this book. I love a good sci-fi book, you could give me a random novel about a squad of mates becoming pilots and I probably would enjoy reading it. But Sanderson takes this topic, this theme, a lot further and that made it so much better. The plot had so many intriguing and compelling elements that just makes you want to keep reading. Reading SKYWARD felt new, it felt refreshing, and I didn’t have the feeling I read this book before. The author keeps surprising the reader with plot twists, some of them were to be expected, but that didn’t take any of the excitement away.

The characters in SKYWARD were lovely, and I literally want to be friends with all of them. There is not one I didn’t like. They all had unique personalities, and Sanderson does an excellent job in making 9-ish characters all different. I especially connected with Spensa. She has a lot of anger inside her and I really can relate to that. I liked seeing her struggles and her willingness to not give up. I see her as a strong female character and I feel like we need more of that. Spensa was sassy and straightforward without overdoing it. She was so real, honest, and vulnerable.

I definitely enjoyed Sanderson’s writing style. As I said before, I was expecting a lot. It is Brandon Sanderson, you know. He’s a genius, a master writer, and I felt that in SKYWARD. I did however have some trouble getting past the first few chapters of this book. After that little struggle, I basically read the book, which counts more than 500 pages, in a day because I enjoyed it so much. After the first few pages, I got swept away and finished it in a blink of an eye. It was definitely an easy read.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, absolutely!


Trigger warnings
Death of a loved one
Science fiction (young adult)
Publication date
November 6th, 2018
About the author
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

1 thought on “Review | SKYWARD by Brandon Sanderson

  1. lialeahlio (An Ode to Fiction) 6 September 2021 — 13:43

    oh I love Skyward when I first read it! Brandon Sanderson’s prose are so accessible and the characters are so profound too! I’m glad you enjoyed it ❤

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