Riveting Read: Skyward
A rollercoaster ride of emotions that will keep you turning the pages
Perfect for fans of Orson Scott Card and Amie Kaufman
Her current read is ‘Skyward’ by Brandon Sanderson
This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.
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 has created a captivating and inspirational novel with such heart that the reader will be hanging out for the next installment. We are cast into a grim and gritty world that has its difficulties and is facing a bleak outlook. Sanderson’s excellent writing style and action scenes were vivid and heart pounding which made you feel like you were in on the action. Many ideas are explored in this novel including identity, both human and artificial, and bravery. Identity is explored through the main characters Spensa and an AI. It explores whether or not just your actions define your identity but the consequences of others. The idea of bravery is explored throughout the novel and whether being afraid or walking away makes you a coward. Sanderson also explores the idea of what a coward truly is. The world building is incorporated naturally through the perspective of the characters which avoids tedious information dumps. I found myself sucked in by the unpredictable twists and turns, fast pacing and the mysteries surrounding this world.
Sanderson’s characters truly shine throughout this novel lending an excellent voice to this piece of fiction. This is a superb cast of characters from the grumpy ex pilot who is training the cadets to a jerk cadet who is in charge of their squad. There is depth to every character and are much more than two dimensional supporting characters that you often get in novels. The main character Spensa is relatable, determined but she puts on a brave front due to her father being branded a coward. Spensa is the heart and soul of this book and does not care about obeying the odds, she represents the best of humanity and shows us what can be done if you keep pushing forward. She is a strong heroine with an incredible character arc which keeps you hooked as the literal fate of her people rests in her hands.
A pulse pounding story with a cliffhanger ending that nicely sets up the next installment
You can find this book in Adult Fiction under SAN