Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
"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 first installment of a brand new sci-fi series by Brandon Sanderson, Skyward follows Spensa on her journey to become a pilot.
Simple in plot but excellent in execution. This was my first Brandon Sanderson book and my god was this ever fantastic. While it was a bit hard to read from Spensa's POV because she was so stuck in her own ideologies that it was frustrating, that didn't make this any less good. Well that is a bit of a lie because that is why I didn't give it 5 stars...
The writing style worked for me and the plot, while simple, was interesting enough to keep you captivated. M-Bot and Jorgen (and doomslug) were definitely my favourites in this with their sarcasm and logic helping tune out Spensa's more unlikeable personality.
I would probably recommend this to anymore regardless if you like sci-fi or not. It's not hard sci-fi so if this is your first attempt at jumping into the genre, this will help ease you in.
This gives me great hope for the rest of his books.