Cytonic: Skyward, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the third book in an epic series about a girl who will travel beyond the stars to save the world she loves from destruction.
Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus, and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell - the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home.
Now, the Superiority - the governing galactic alliance bent on dominating all human life - has started a galaxy-wide war. And Spensa’s seen the weapons they plan to use to end it: the Delvers. Ancient, mysterious alien forces that can wipe out entire planetary systems in an instant. Spensa knows that no matter how many pilots the DDF has, there is no defeating this predator.
Except that Spensa is Cytonic. She faced down a Delver and saw something eerily familiar about it. And maybe, if she’s able to figure out what she is, she could be more than just another pilot in this unfolding war. She could save the galaxy.
The only way she can discover what she really is, though, is to leave behind all she knows and enter the Nowhere. A place from which few ever return.
To have courage means facing fear. And this mission is terrifying.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 15 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 23, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #447 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4 in Dystopian Fiction for Teens
#6 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Action & Adventure
#8 in Teen & Young Adult Survival Stories
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If book two had ended on less of a cliffhanger I would have made this series a duology for me. I'll probably read book 4 because I support Brandon but I don't have high expectations.
The book opens with Spensa arriving in a jungle with pink sky. She is captured by pirates but then saved by a swashbuckling Indiana Jones-like riding an alien dinosaur. This opening scene sets much of the tone for the rest of the book. An adventure story across floating islands, fleeing monsters and pirates that are more reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean than space opera.
The mysterious and genuinely scary delvers, Lovecraftian horrors that couldn't (and I believe shouldn't) be understood, devolved into angry ascended AIs that don't know how to deal with emotion. Emotions granted to them somehow by the Nowhere. M-Bot getting emotion as well was not like in the previous book. He became annoying and his emotions were often played for gags. I enjoyed Chet at times but he also was very comedic in an annoying way.
So in the end we spend almost no time with any established characters from either prior novel, have two comedic side-kicks, have a romp through pirate land with a showdown over who gets to be the "Pirate Champion", and end with Spensa gaining over-the-top super powers to defeat the baddies.
I feel like this book is the sequel to a completely different series.
I kept waiting for the payoff at the end of the book, which I expected to be the conclusion of the series. Instead, it was "there's another book". At least Spensa is back in her own universe again, where interesting things happen to interesting characters. May they happen that way again!
Keywords would be "exciting" and "fun" and "fantastical".
My only complaint is that the end doesn't resolve and that I have to wait probably another year or two for the fourth book.
Amazon is asking me what age kid I got this book for. I'm an adult. I got it for myself, and loaned it to my adult friends. It would be great for teenagers and young adults too, or maybe a smart 10 year old.
I won’t spoil anything for you just buy the series and have a lot of fun reading - and don’t forget to buy a Doomslug plushie from Brandon’s website!! ( I love mine!! )
ON TO THE NEXT BOOK!
Top reviews from other countries
Spensa has been given a choice, go home and fight along either her friends and be another pilot (a great pilot), or become something much more.
Spensa will have a chance to face threats all the heroes and heroines in the old stories faced. Heart breaking choices. New enemies, and allies. Most of all new understanding and skills.
I love everything about thus book. The quest the characters, and the leveling up. The combat is intense. The courage displayed bybthe characters is truly heroic. I also like that they expanded on crossovers in the novella book 2.1 and 2.2. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Maybe that's just me, but I almost felt like the storeyline changed to something totally different mid way through this book.
Can't knock the author really though, even if some of his efforts do seem a bit rushed.
Cannot wait for the next in the series.