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Skyward

Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
5 out of 5 stars (721 ratings)
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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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  • Mr
  • 12-11-18

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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fantastic fantasy

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

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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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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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Love it!

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

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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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  • Mr M Hurrell
  • Blyth, Northumberland United Kingdom
  • 14-12-18

Truly good

I blazed through this book, it been the best book I've had in a long while.

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  • Stefan
  • Hisings-Backa, Sweden
  • 12-12-18

Magic!

I really admire Brendan Sanderson for his imagination and his ability to create likeable characters! Of course that can be said for a lot of writers but he also have the talent to pen down his vision making the reading a true pleasure. Praise really need to go to Sophie Aldred for her performance reading this story. This is over all too soon I am afraid, but it’s a great ride to be on while it lasts!

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Exceptional

Brandon has done it again!

Must read for any fans of his.

Download this now!

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Amazing journey

Had me hooked from the get go couldn't put it down such an enthralling story I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Andrew Ford
  • 10-11-18

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.
  • 14-11-18

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
  • 17-11-18

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
  • 14-12-18

Great!

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

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  • PJ
  • 07-12-18

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
  • 06-12-18

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
  • 27-11-18

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
  • 21-11-18

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
  • 15-11-18

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
  • 12-11-18

anime af

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