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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Discussion in 'Books and Anime Discussion' started by Joe, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. Joe

    Joe The Reminiscent Exile Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Anyone read Sanderson's latest? Solid YA Sci-Fi.

    I heartily recommend it. Here's the link to the book on his site.

    And here's the blurb:

    From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, the Stormlight Archive, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war with an alien race called the Krell.

    Spensa’s world has been under alien attack for decades. Pilots are the heroes of what’s left of humanity, and becoming a pilot is Spensa’s dream. Ever since she was a little girl, Spensa has dreamed of soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her father’s legacy stands in the way—he was a pilot who was killed for desertion years ago, branding Spensa the daughter of a coward, and making her chances of attending flight school slim to none.

    Spense is still determined to fly—even if it means she must be as resilient in the face of long odds as humanity itself has had to be against the alien threat. And her accidental discovery in a long forgotten cavern might just grant her a way to claim the stars.

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    I didn't click with the main character through the first third of the book, and you'll see why, but once he hits his stride Sanderson knocks this one out of the park.

    For those who follow Sanderson's work, this is non-cosmere. It's his best non-cosmere book.

    I loved it.
     
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    Joe The Reminiscent Exile Prestige DLP Supporter

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    One of you bastards read this book because I want to discuss it.
     
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    Dude, R2D2 and Pokemon are both out. Give the community a second.
     
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    I listened to the audio book. Very much enjoyed it. I hadn't read the novella this was a sequel to, so I'm not sure how much that effected anything, but the action was cool, the mystery interesting and I didn't see the ending twist coming.

    Spensa's supervillain monologues were fun but I'm note entirely convinced Sanderson pulled it entirely off. M-Bot's weirdness worked better, I think. The audio book gave him a Scottish accent to go with his fungus obsession, which I think worked very well.

    Overall, I think this book worked as a cool self-contained story but I am a bit worried how book2 will continue it. I don't see how much of what made this book so good (Top gun flight school, the mystery, the secret super ship) can carry over to a sequel, but we'll see.
     
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    I was gonna make an oblivious Star Wars joke but you actually wrote R2D2 and ruined it. :(

    Heh. M-Bot with a Scottish accent definitely fits the narrative. I was gonna re-read but may listen instead.

    I think there's great potential in a sequel or five, knowing Sanderson. Lot of world above to explore. Deeper into the defect and the ancient creatures with stars for eyes.
     
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    Audiobook is on my Christmas list. I'm really looking forward to it. Sanderson writes some good YA, despite my overall disappointment with Reckoners' anticlimactic bullshit Mormon-y ending.
     
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    Finished it.

    The way the reveal at the end came about was some of the most phoned-in dross Sanderson has ever written.

    I mean... come on, Brandon. You rail so hard against show-don't-tell in your literature lectures, and then end the novel with Spensa literally fucking debriefing everyone (including the reader) about the true nature of the aliens. SMH.

    That said, I really enjoyed the rest. Sanderson's portrayal of Spensa as a tough girl was a bit too try-hard, but I have a soft spot for that archetype, so I can forgive some of the more cringy bits (which were very cringey). Also, I think she felt like a real person, which is more than can be said for most of Sanderson's female chars. Though as evidenced by Shallan and Jasnah getting fleshed out over time, it seems like he's working hard to correct this particular weakness.

    M-bot was fantastic; the wry, blunt humor was very effective, and evocative of some of my favorite sci-fi writers.

    I mostly enjoyed the dogfights / flight school bits, despite the prose there being even more repetitive than the technical bits of Reckoners.

    All in all a very strong showing for a YA novel. Looking forward to the sequel (which is apparently already written holy fuck).
     
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