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From number one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the first of three Skyward series novellas, set between Starsight and Cytonic.

When a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion Spensa figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won't be so easy next time.

The forces of the Galactic Superiority will be back - and if the Defiant Defense Force can't figure out a way to escape the planet, humanity's destruction is only a matter of time. Spensa's mission to infiltrate the Superiority unveiled the secret to their hyperdrives - a cytonic slug species called the Taynix. Now FM's flight leader Jorgen has found a large group of Taynix hiding in the caverns far below Detritus' surface.

FM and Jorgen must work together with the engineer, Rig, to awaken the mysterious alien Alanik and unlock the powers of the Taynix, or humanity will be trapped. With Spensa's friend, Minister Cuna of the Superiority, stranded at the outpost of Sunreach, they need to figure out how to rescue her - before her foes in the Superiority government can prepare a new weapon to wipe out Detritus once and for all.

©2021 Brandon Sanderson (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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Short but worth it

Hate spending a credit on a short book, but… love Brandon sanderson’s work and this series is worth it.

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Awesome! Great addition to the skyward series.

This book is exactly what the series needed. Star-Sight left me wanting more of the original skyward flight and their interactions and this is exactly what this book delivered (Minus Spensa). Mega Props to Janci Patterson for her work on the series, the transition felt almost seamless.

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  • dmr64
  • 03-10-2021

Pretty good

Better than I was expecting. Though I’d have called it “Slugs of Doom” myself! Would read more of these side stories.

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  • G Jesson
  • 17-11-2021

Fast Paced Space Opera

This book hits the road running, fast paced, it flows through the story arc, not hesitating to intertwine with Brandons main story line it is excellent read (listen) and I found myself listening to the whole book in almost a single sitting, I look forward to more stories in this arc.
I recommend this for anyone.

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  • Rachel Downton
  • 08-11-2021

It’s OK

I like this series and enjoyed the first two full books in the series, this novella seemed like a good idea in preparation of the third full book. But.. Oh dear. It’s OK I guess.. but what’s with the cringe worthy teen romance that takes up half of the book? I felt like I was listening to a story in “Just 17”. I hope the next novella is better as I’m not totally sure I will be buying Cytonic if it’s going to be along the same lines.. also the narrator seems to use the same voice for all the guys. I won’t be listening to this again.

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  • Anne L
  • 26-10-2021

OK-ish

Not the same calibre as the main Skyward novels but not terrible either. I’m not sure it gave us much extra character depth and it only added a little bit to the story. It could probably be better for renamed as “experiments with slugs’. Personally I would’ve liked more world building and better character exploration. The main novels, although aimed at YA, are also able to appeal to Sanderson’s adult following, however this novella is definitely feel much more aimed at the YA market. The narrator does a good job most of the time, especially with emotional notes, but weirdly doesn’t have any comic timing so the jokes tend to fall a bit flat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2022

Liked everything about it

great balance between action and romance. I really like the way these books are built up with all the mysteries and questions and answers and revelations along the story. this one is no exception. i prefer a british narrator, but for American, it is not bad. i would happily listen to more of these. ps I really like the slugs

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  • Jose Manuel Lopez Reyes
  • 02-12-2021

A must-read (or listen) after Starsight

I couldn’t tell the difference in writing style between this novella and Skyward/Starsight. This is top quality stuff, like everything that comes out of Sanderson’s pen, and I couldn’t tell it was co-written by someone else. I think this is a must-read before moving on to Redawn and eventually Cytonic.

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  • Scot Gardiner
  • 01-12-2021

Boring

It was good getting a little bit more time with these characters as they weren't as prominent in Starsight, but there wasn't a lot pf character development apart from the bad romance part which leaves you rolling your eyes.

I don't think it's the new authors fault, the series faltered with the mediocre Starsight and Cytonic is a bad book.

The narrator isn't bad but the narrator for the main novels is better.

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  • Thomas
  • 16-11-2021

A fun Midquel

I am unsure how much Brandon Sanderson was involved in the writing in this book, however I must say it was still an enjoyable read. The novella was fun to see what the other characters were doing plus seeing the story progress without Spensa was unique. It wasn't my favorite of the series but that might be because there wasn't any revolutionary twists or turns. But it was short and sweet and kept me engaged. I will be returning for the next novella.

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  • Jessika H.
  • 08-11-2021

more plz

it was a ride to see things from another characters perspective. FM was very fun to follow and to get to know better. She's very different from spensa wich was a nice change of pace.

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  • Dawn eaton
  • 31-10-2021

merging thoughts

in heart felt feallingsfound thea and the technology to save terrified 😨 of this fight for survival in this in intriguing intergalactic world's

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