ReDawn: Skyward Flight, Novella 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From number one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the second of three Skyward series novellas, each told from the perspective of a different member of the team back on Detritus. Listen to Alanik's story between Starsight and Cytonic.
“Don’t trust their lies. Don’t trust their false peace.” That is the warning that Alanik of the planet ReDawn gave the human pilot Spensa after Alanik’s ship crash-landed on Detritus. While accepting an invitation to meet with her people’s enemy, the Galactic Superiority, Alanik heard Spensa’s cry for help across the vastness of space, and she used her cytonic powers to hyperjump her ship to the source of that cry. What she found there was a shock - a whole planet of free humans fighting against the Superiority. Were they the allies her people desperately needed?
When she recovered from her injuries and met the friendly humans Jorgen and FM of Skyward Flight, she found that her warning to Spensa had gone unheeded by the government of Detritus, and they were considering a peace overture from the Superiority. Now having returned to ReDawn, Alanik is dismayed to learn that her own people are falling into the exact same trap.
The faction in ReDawn’s government that wants to appease the Superiority has gained the upper hand. With Alanik’s mentor, Renakin captured, she has no one to turn to but Jorgen, FM, and their friend Rig. An ancient technology may have the power to save both of their planets from disaster, but can they discover its secrets before it’s too late?
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 57 minutes|
|Author||Brandon Sanderson, Janci Patterson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 26, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #232 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I really enjoyed the first novella, it sounded like FM. The relationship built there was obvious too, but it was meant to be- we knew what was happening, they didn't. It was deliciously awkward and very typical of what you'd expect of teenagers... But it didn't feel juvenile. Maybe because there was more thinking and misinterpreting over actual dialogue until the end?
Alanick.... Opened up opportunities to explore some philosophical differences between being raised in a war zone vs. being raised as a second class citizen... So much potential to carry the story on that tension!! But it felt clumsy trying to make the heavier issues be carried almost exclusively by akward relationship building. The end result was a miss on the deeper topic development and so little chemistry it made me cringe.
The new world that was introduced felt more like Sanderson, and the pieces involved in building that world were much better than the execution of the story that takes place there. And the story itself was fine... Just the writing threw me. Who am I to know, I know... But it felt like Sanderson described the world, outlined the story then handed it off. (Sorry Jaci, haven't read your stuff outside these novellas but I wasn't prepared for what felt like a quite shift in writing style)
Loved getting to know the alien that crash landed on their planet. It was fun to read about events from her perspective. Really enjoy the learning curve as the characters developed and grew. Was a very entertaining read and enjoyed it. I loved the creative space battles.
Minor personal subjective opinion that most people will think is silly and disagree with:
I have always thought authors that could write and express themselves without using gratuitous swear words to be the best of the best. It takes great creativity to be able to have a good story and keep it clean. This book came so close to perfection. There was only one minor swear word (h e double hockey stick) and it really didn't need to be used in my opinion. Could have left it out and been just fine achieving the perfect swearless novel that is incredibly rare nowdays.
Spoiler alert, what follows contains spoilers:
I feel like there was a missed opportunity at the end. I had really looked forward to mother and son eventually resolving their differences and both progressing towards a more mature relationship. Now that's not possible and it was disappointing to see that possibility disappear. The next book hasn't come out yet, so maybe that plays a key role in what happens next, but it was still a bit unfulfilling.
All that being said, well done you two and keep up the good work. Thank you for the good read. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. It's hard to find a good clean sci-fi read these days.
The extended dialogue shows us each character's personality in detail, and situations are allowed to develop beyond breathless dramatic sound bites into a full and exciting narrative.
I strongly recommend this as an important of the Skyward series.
Top reviews from other countries
These novellas are a great edition to Sanderson's Skyward world and gives us more of Patterson as a writer. ReDawn takes a different perspective from Sunreach where we are thrust into an alien culture with Alanik. These are an enjoyable race to read but may not be the most unique that I have read. The way that Alanik speaks and conforms themselves is a refreshing take on the story and really broadens the scope of the universe we have been introduced to previously.
The exploration and transportation of this story is handled well. We are told more about the Cytonic powers and those (cute) slugs that help our team but the descriptive writing did take away from the story when I felt it needed a little push. There was a lot to digest at points but when they story hit it was engaging from beginning to end.
Patterson has really came into her own here and I'm excited for more stories from her and this universe.
Each novella tells a light but important story of fighting for species survival.
I have really these novellas and look fowlard to reading Cytonic!
Well done Brandon/Janci!!!!
Obgleich es meiner Meinung nach kleinere Schwächen in der Charakterisierung der Protagonistin gibt, fallen diese nicht so sehr ins Gewicht, dass es der Geschichte als Ganzem großartig schadet. Die neuen Erkenntnisse über verlorene Technologien bereiten den anstehenden großen Konflikt in den folgenden zwei Romanen vor. Auch den bisher weniger beleuchteten Charakteren wird hier eine schöne Zeit im Rampenlicht gewährt, durch welche die gesamte Reihe noch immersiver wird.
Me han encantado las interacciones de Alanik con los humanos que dejan atrás a sin noticias de Gurb.
Recomendadisimo para un público juvenil o seguidores del cytoverso.