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Review | Skyward | Brandon Sanderson

Updated: Jan 21, 2019




Spensa longs to be a pilot to defend the remnants of the human race which are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters.


What I liked

✅ Fun to read and fast-paced


✅ Enjoyable, gripping action sequences


✅ Witty dialogue and character banter


What I didn't like

✖ Sanderson has admitted in the past that he struggles to write female characters and Spensa falls into the normal pitfalls of a male writing a female character — you could change the pronouns and nothing about her character would change


✖ Spensa is the typical overachieving, strong, likeable, smart female young adult protagonist


✖ Weak supporting cast of characters


✖ Lack of tension — it always feels like Spensa is going to succeed matter what


✖ The world and characters do not really come alive — a lot of telling rather than showing, surface-level information rather than depth


To consider

- It is a sci-fi book for people who don't like sci-fi — more fiction than science


Rating

2.5/5 🌟


Genre: sci-fi


Verdict: Entertaining, but excessively young adult

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