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Spensa's world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Pilots are the heroes of what's left of the human race. She dreams of becoming a pilot, but her fate is intertwined with that of her father-- a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team. When the Krell double their fleet, this may be Spensa's chance to get into Flight School.--
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399555770
Branch Call Number: Sanderson, B
Characteristics: 513 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 09, 2021

Book #1 (of 4) in 'Skyward' series.

Feb 01, 2021

Skyward is a sci-fi young adult book about a teenage girl named Spensa who makes it her life mission to become a pilot for an academy, despite the many odds against her. At the time, this story takes place, the human race has been driven to another planet, cornered by other alien fighters. To me, Skyward is simply an okay book. It wasn't bad, and it did keep me hooked at some parts, but it didn't captivate me throughout the story. One of the great aspects of it was that characters were flawed and at times of dire situations such as death, they showed a proper amount of remorse and vulnerability which is something I think a lot of young adult stories lack. The reason it is just an okay book for me is that I couldn't connect well with the main character and her personality was quite childish. This is okay, but I as a person, I couldn't feel her personality growth as well since I didn't connect. I also feel like the banter was not the best, but also not the worst, and the info on space was a bit much. Overall, maybe I wasn't in the best mood while reading this and because I'm not a huge sci-fi reader (I've only read the Lunar Chronicles and watched Star Wars), but for my opinion right now, it is just an alright book.

Jan 07, 2021

This book is absolutely amazing. For someone who doesn't read a lot of sci fi, I'm now a fan. Read it.

FPL_LaurenH Dec 10, 2020

Spensa has always dreamed of being a pilot and touching the stars, but that's not easy when your father's been labeled a coward. Spensa must prove herself to be worthy to fight for Defiant Defense Force. When she learns the DDF has been keeping secrets, the course of her career will be altered forever.

Skyward is an action packed adventure that will keep you reading well past when you should have been asleep. I highly recommend this to fans of Ender's Game.

Nov 02, 2020

This is such a good book, I can barely explain it with words! If you like:

- Sci-fi
- Enemies to friends
- A headstrong main character
- Space battles that leave your heart pounding

Then this is for you! This is a must-read. I can't emphasize that enough!

Aug 13, 2020

Skyward is a book set in a world where a fleet of human spacecraft crash land on a large uninhabited planet with a primitive defense system orbiting it. Almost 100 years later, alien invasions are a looming threat to the human settlement that formed and the only thing standing between the otherworldly armada and humanity are a fleet of small human spaceships. The main character, a young girl nicknamed “Spin”, dreams of becoming a pilot in that fleet but the flight administration has other ideas... I really enjoyed this book because of the author's willingness to add a touch of reality to the narrative and the unpredictable plot. In my opinion, a few characters died before you could really get to know them but it did little to inhibit my enjoyment of this masterpiece. I would recommend this book to avid readers of any age who don’t get overly emotional about stories.

Jul 31, 2020

Some books are so good you can't keep away from them. Others make you so embarrassed or scared for a character that you just can't keep reading. While others still make you feel like you are in that world. This book did all three for me. I finished the book in less than a day as I couldn't stop reading. I sometimes had to close the book for a second because I couldn't bear to read on knowing that something bad was going to happen. At some times, I felt like I was Spensa. I felt the hatred she felt, the joy, the grief, and much more. This book is a great one, but I do have to say this. Try to start this book with its sequel Starsight on hand. You just might need to keep reading!

Jul 22, 2020

Tons of fun, had me laughing out loud and exhilarated with excitement in many instances. Similar to Ender's Game, which is my favorite book.

Hillsboro_RobP Jul 12, 2020

Cinematic writing combines with a thrilling plot, an evolving protagonist, and a "deadly school"-style tension to create a must-read sci-fi adventure that outshines its influences (think Top Gun, Ender's game, etc.). Brandon Sanderson's greatest skill is making this look easy, and hiding a great deal of depth in what might, at first, look like a fairly straight-forward story.

Complete with stand-up moments, memorable lines, and satisfying answers to its biggest questions, Skyward is the dog-fighting, alien busting, wise-cracking work of space genius we've been waiting for.

Lise_biblio Apr 18, 2020

If you love science fiction or simply an action-packed adventure, you will love this book. This YA novel has it all: an indomitable female protagonist, space fighter pilots, love interests, humour, discovery, cool tech including a talking robot and good friends. What else could you ask for? It is wonderfully written and leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to read the whole series.

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Nov 02, 2020

"Claim the stars."

ArapahoeTeens Mar 05, 2019

You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.


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