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Publisher's Summary

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race is trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. 

Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible - assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. 

Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul. 

©2018 Dragonsteel Entertainment LLC (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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Nothing complex, just good story telling.

An easy listen from start to finish, a good story with great narration. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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Amazing

This was a great book, can't wait for the next one. Give it a try it's worth it.

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He’s done it AGAIN!


Another thoroughly enthralling new story with new characters with new powers within a new world filled with new enmities. How does he keep on coming up with such new stuff! I’ve read everything this author has and he never ceases to surprise me.

I loved every minute of it. Couldn’t stop listening. Thank you once again Brandon for writing something so epic that gets you “out of yourself” to reach to higher heights of glory- and yet- is still so accessible for readers both young and old.

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Listen to it

I am a more of a Fantasy reader rather than SIFI! So this was a pleasant surprise and well worth the the day I spent listening.
Brandon Sanderson knows how to enthrall his listeners.

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Great book. Kept me listening.

well narrated and exciting story but felt like it wrapped up very quickly. Needed a bit more flesh in the tail end.

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Sanderson has done it again

there seems to be no end to Sanderson's creativity, I found this to be a highly engaging read and the narrator was excellent as well, if I had to liken it to something I guess it would be battlestar galactica.

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fantastic

loved it. Great story and very well read. looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Good book, odd accents

Well written and well spoken, the closest thing to a complaint is that the accent choices is slightly odd.

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Captivating

Really great book. As someone experienced in this kind of training, it was very well detailed and quite accurate.

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Nice change of pace for Sanderson fans

Loved it finished it in two days couldn't put it down, excited to see what's next. Go Doom slug

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  • Andrew Ford
  • 10-11-2018

Another Sanderson Gem

I purchased this book on pre-order and started listening immediately upon it's release. I have read most of Brandon Sanderson's work, I find him one of the most compelling story-teller's in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. I was not disappointed with Skyward, it's a page-turner through and through.

Of note is the wholesome nature of this story. It is suitable for young teenagers and above, with a deceptively simple narrative that nonetheless highlights Sanderson's ability to polish a story to its essence. The character-work is front and centre, in true coming-of-age style. However, it is the world-building that occurs during the story that truly captivates and speaks to the compelling series that this first book introduces us to. That said, every word in this book is purposeful, with no wasted time to establish details. Skyward gives the reader an intimate and personal viewpoint from which to grasp the context of a galaxy-spanning story. I look forward to listening again when Skyward 2 is released (Sanderson has apparently already drafted the next in this series).

The audio performance was also well produced. Sophie Aldred voices the protagonist brilliantly and does a solid job with the supporting roles as well. Her narrative delivery manages to draw you in, allowing the listener to feel the emotion of the protaganist whilst sustaining the sense of immersion throughout fast-paced action scenes.

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  • Constantin P.
  • 14-11-2018

Entertaining and surprising story

Brandon Sanderson is a long time favorite for me and this story did not disappoint. It felt slightly different from his other works but by no means less entertaining. To me it felt like i was listening to a star wars movie being narrated. And I absolutely loved that. The one thing i disliked about the book is that i wished it would have been longer.

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  • Vinayak
  • 17-11-2018

My least favourite Sanderson book, but not bad

The main character is insufferable for about 75% of this book, and Sanderson only starts subverting expectations near the end.
Worth a read if you have nothing else to do, and if you think a great ending is worth a mediocre middle.

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  • Yoel
  • 14-12-2018

Great!

An excellent story. A really superb narrator. looking forward impatiently for the next book in the series.

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  • PJ
  • 07-12-2018

very young adult, stretches credulity at times

the narration is top notch. story concept is brilliant. plot etc are extremely young adult no layers and complexity. serendipity in the story sometimes stretches credulity.
would still recommend for the concept and the narrator.

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  • Galaxie
  • 06-12-2018

Fantastic! Gripping! -and satisfying.

Brandon never fails to deliver. I absolutely loved it. Fast paced action; thrilling dogfights in the air; great use of actual and hypothetical science; a shattered Dyson sphere and FTL travel...a gripping plot with building tension, and the characters are all now my best friends and favourite enemies. Spin, our POV pilot; is a fabulous, brave, larky character- I can imagine her growing into a female Han Solo type; impossibly heroic and capable; and Mbot the AI fighter ship was perfectly acted by our narrator. His Scottish accent was a brilliant move when combined with his witty repartee.
Only complaint- I want more!
Bring on the mushrooms!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-2018

WOW! This is a MUST READ

Just buy it! SO Worth it! a must read for those that like Space and Adventure with great characters

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  • Michal
  • 21-11-2018

Book about feelings

In 95% this book is focused on feelings of main character and her social relationships. Only 5% shows fantasy/sci-fi elements (situation, new ideas). One single theme in whole book (branded as coward). Story of "Skyward" could be scripted by Mbot (name of AI in the book) in 5 minutes, not much human creativity was used here. I have read almost all books by Brandon Sanderson and he is the best author. I hope in the next book he will inspire with his brilliant storytelling, amazing ideas and complicated magic systems showed in Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive and The Reckoners books. I should rate "Story" 2/5, but that made me feel like a traitor :p

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  • Daniël Oosthuizen
  • 15-11-2018

Sanderson at it again

Everything Brandon Sanderson writes is amazing, and Skyward is no exception. You find yourself rooting for Spin, cursing her enemies, and celebrating her victories. Also, crazy AI.

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  • philip
  • 12-11-2018

anime af

its attack on titan meets how to train your dragon. in space. ten outta ten.

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  • Mr
  • 12-11-2018

Slightly juvenile but entertaining

For me this reads as young adult sci fi. Was enjoyable and almost had the feel of ready player one but lacking the fan fiction cheese.

Really enjoyed the narrator after Sanderson has been so reliant on his go to pals in the past.

The plot is interesting and does not follow the usual plot of the protagonist possessing powers that make them untouchable (though towards the end I can see that trope coming back)

Overall not a bad book.

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  • TomzMullen
  • 18-12-2018

What a fun story - highly recommended

From the descriptor, I didn't think that I would enjoy this book but as it had been recommended, I thought I would persevere. Well, I'm so glad that I had. While I see myself as a 'serious' SF fan I had overlooked a gem of a story. It's just absolute fun and so well narrated that I would have to give 6 not fiver stars. Its pure SF in the Flash Gordon style. I found it refreshingly engrossing. Thank you so much for a great story beautifully narrated. I'm so sorry that it has ended.

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  • 匿名
  • 02-12-2018

fantastic fantasy

loved it, is there another book out or on its way? can't wait for it

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  • Craig Hanson
  • 30-11-2018

brilliant

This book may be aimed at young adults, however I have absolutely loved it! @BrandonSanderson this would make an amazing Anime!

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  • GGM
  • 30-11-2018

Action all the way !!!

Gripping sifi tale with epic dog fights !!
And no dreary political ramblings that can normally be found in a Brandon Sanderson novel.
There are lots of memorable characters with brilliant names and Sophie makes such a good job of doing all the different voices there is no way that you can get them mixed up.

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  • Mr. Matthew Spencer
  • 18-12-2018

Enjoyable but hard to see Sanderson's hand

Lacks the depth, complexity and character development of his other novels. I enjoyed it for what it was, a rebellious young adult finding their way to being a starfighter pilot.

This might be Sanderson writing with an eye on something that could be made into a movie.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2018

Great light hearted entertainment

Plesently surprising! It's an easy listen with a well established narrative. Standard overcoming the odds plot but well written and also a good performance and production. It took a while to get me hooked but I throughly enjoyed it to the end.

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  • Suzanna
  • 17-12-2018

Love it!

Great preformance and a very engaging and original writing. And I'm not really a big mistborn fan

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-2018

Brilliant!

Have enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's work before, but this is the best! Would make a great film. Can't wait for the next installment .

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  • Sherber Khan
  • 15-12-2018

Sanderson does not disappoint!

Simply awesome 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1& £ # @