You guys don’t know just how behind in reviews, because I keep prioritizing reviewing the bingo ones, but I’ve had a hard time getting into those last few books and have read an amazing few books in between (and some not so amazing ones as well).
I only have one prompt left on my Bingo card, which is “Libations”, and I have officially given up on this one so I guess it’s my turn to use the “Reader’s Choice” square to fill that one – and I decided to use a really fun one! 🙂
In preparation for the release of Cytonic in November, I thought it might be a good opportunity for me to read Skyward. I thought a month might be long enough for me to read the first book, and if I really enjoyed it, I’d try to get all three read before the end of the year.
Needless to say that was 2 days ago, and I have now read both books and am desperate for book 3 to come out. Clearly I underestimated just how much I would love this and just how fast I could read 1000 pages worth of YA sci-fi adventures.
So what can I say about these books to entice you to join me in my excitement? I went into this book completely blind, and it worked perfectly for me, so I’m gonna tell you the minimum I possibly can. Okay… this is going to sound really weird, but…
The first book reminded me of Top Gun. Which is completely bizarre because I re-watched it a couple of years ago and absolutely hated it. But I can’t really find a better comparison: it has that same vibe, only GOOD.
Our main character is Spensa, a teenage girl with everything to prove. All she has ever wanted was to be a pilot, and no amount of subterfuge or societal pressure will stop her. I have to say, as the story starts and we’re hanging out in her head, she is absolutely insufferable! I don’t remember the last time I have wanted to bitchslap a book character quite so much. But here’s the thing: Sanderson has done this on purpose: Spensa is brash, and impulsive, and full of the kind of bravado only an insecure teenager can muster.
We watch her attack the world and everyone around her, and we watch her make so many obvious mistakes, because this is her story, and we get to watch her grow and learn and become an well-rounded human being.
The second book picks up a few months after the end of the first book and I am not going to say much, except that the stakes are raised quite a bit in this second book. Oh, and it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m looking forward to start book 3.
And that though we don’t get quite as much of the other Skyward Flight members, we definitely get to see a lot of my all-time favourite Skyward character, whose name starts with an “M”. 😉
Oh! I’m just coming back to add that the audiobooks are a masterpiece. I enjoyed every single minute of it (especially a very amazing character with an unexplainable Irish accent).
Bingo: READER’S CHOICE for LIBATIONS