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- Print Length: 461 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (November 26, 2019)
- Publication Date: November 26, 2019
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NCQ6RJG
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I have a hard time placing how I feel about this book (and series as a whole) because Sanderson keeps dangling information and questions. I feel satisfied getting so many answers in this book that it distracts from the fact that it is not his best. There will be another book although I wish it had ended here. I don't feel invested in the characters even as I want to know more about the world and the conflicts. It's a strange space to be in. I give this book 3.5 stars. 3 seems too much a slight with the world and intrigue Sanderson has created, but 4 seems generous considering that lack of characterization and conflict. It’s methodically written, imaginatively inspiring, and lacking in gut.
Before I say anything, I would like to state that Brandon Sanderson is an AMAZING writer and Skyward was probably the best book I've read in a while. That being said, not every sequel can be as good as the first.
Starsight was an okay read, but it was lacking with the teamwork laced throughout Skyward. Instead of Spensa working with her flightmates introduced in the first book, she spends the majority of the book in outer space, infiltrating the Krell. Because of this, the interactions between Spensa and the other characters are often humorless, and it was not enjoyable. M-Bot, as always, was there to lighten the mood, but his time was also limited in the book.
Spensa finds a new flight, but it lacks the character development and experience as Skyward Flight. There is SOME romance between Jorgen and Spensa, but it is an extremely small amount. Also, Spensa's flightmates from Skyward are only mentioned once or twice in the book. Why would you put so much time into writing characters and then not have them play even a minor part in the next book?
On the plus side, Jorgen seems to develop more into his own person, and many questions from Skyward are answered. WARNING - this book does end on a cliffhanger.
Honestly, reading this book is totally up to you. I would recommend this book, but only for the purpose of gaining information for the next book. I sincerely hope that Sanderson's final Skyward book is better written and spends more time with the OGs of Skyward.
Personally, I would much prefer if Mr. Sanderson focused on the Stormlight Archive series instead. Now those are some great books.
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In this story she is once again thrown out of her comfort zone and into a mission that sounds like suicide on every front. Of course she never backs down.
"A hero does not choose her trails".
What does make her such a great hero is dispite her own self doubts her courage always manages to inspire others. Her determination to overcome is amazing like the first book there are many obstacles for her to overcome especially in the bigger universe.
A great story as soon as I finished it I wanted to read the next book. I can't wait to see what happens next.
So I was happy to find that Sanderson has found a way to advance the plot, and of course his all-important worldbuilding, without dramatically shifting the tone of the narrative. We’re still aligned with Spensa, exploring an unfamiliar environment, learning so much, and facing an even bigger threat than before.
I didn’t find the novel as captivating as I had expected though. It’s not non-captivating, just not to the level I have come to expect from Sanderson’s novels. There are evident similarities between the style of the narrative here with his previous young adult novels, but it’s clearly grown since Alcatraz into something I can at least engage with without being put off.
What I loved the most about this novel is the worldbuilding - that Sanderson is taking all the little seeds that he planted in the first book and growing them into surprising new directions, that either make you feel a bit dumb for not seeing where it was going, or make you rethink your understanding, or just make you go wow.
The story takes place in a much larger expanse and introduces you to some great new characters and species that made it feel like it has far more longevity and possibility for other sub-stories. Can't wait for the next one!
I haven't even read the book yet, but i finished the first in the series a few days ago and i bought this to continue reading. When it arrived, i realised that this was the american version. In other words, its about an inch taller than the UK version, keep that in mind if you're going to be storing it on a bookshelf and want it to be uniform.
I hope there is a third book in this series!
Looking forward to another instalment.