Brown Dog Book Review: “S” – Skyward

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“S” – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Published: November 2018

Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy

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Well, here I go, kicking off 2020 in the minority.


Truth is, I was so stinkin’ pumped to read this one to start off the year. I saw all this wild praise about it and I thought: “Leggo. (5) star read to roll me up outta this end-of-the-year slump.”

Alas, Skyward and I were not meant to be.

Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s–a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending flight school at slim to none. No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

I don’t have a ton of notes to share but here’s a quick recap on my emotions:

  1. I never felt truly attached to any of the characters. I’m not a huge action person anyway, so this may be a bit unfair in this particular situation; I’m motivated more by the inner workings of each individual personality and I simply didn’t ever “get to know” any of the characters.
  2. Along those same lines, I didn’t feel any chemistry in any of the relationships: friends, enemies, team members, etc.
  3. After 60% or so, I caught myself skimming.
  4. My favorite aspect of the entire book = the charismatic piece of artificial intelligence.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad read – it just wasn’t an engaging one for me.



One letter down, twenty-five to go.


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2 Comments on “Brown Dog Book Review: “S” – Skyward

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