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|| #397 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Dystopian Fiction for Teens
#4 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Action & Adventure
#6 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!
This book was more of a side plot that deviates away from the main story line of fighting the Superiority.
**light spoilers below**
Spensa's storyline is focused on the delvers, which to me, didn't turn out to be as interesting as the main plot line. The reasoning behind the delvers hatred just seemed so silly to me and not fully fleshed out. An advanced AI based on logic but with recent sentient emotions just couldn't handle the loss of a loved one, and completely shut down and wanted to destroy anything that bothered them...? Really...?
** end light spoilers **
I actually preferred the Redawn novella to this book since it had more to do with the war.
I loved the introduction of Peg and Shiver as characters. I hope they are woven into the upcoming books.
Original thoughts from December, 2021. Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson. I think I’ll leave this one unrated for a while, I’m just not sure exactly how I feel about it. In a way, it bothered me that it was said that the novellas were not necessary to the story, but then this one went on to be almost entirely unrelated to the prior story. It didn’t progress the DDF at all, meanwhile the novellas did. This entire novel has the feeling of a fantasy/scifi dream sequence—which is something I actually loathe in those kinds of stories. Then to make it worse, the story itself also kind of had those sequences for real too? But at the same time this story still has all the heart and fun that is Spensa and M Bot, which is why I’m not sure what to rate it. I both enjoyed this one, and also realize that it is kind of a 400+ page filler novel. Also, if you haven’t done these audio yet, stop doing yourself a disservice, Suzy Jackson should narrate everything.
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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.