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Skyward

Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
Series: Skyward, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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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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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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Sanderson sci-fi magic

Brandon Sanderson's world building and magic systems have put him up there with the best in the fantasy genre. This is sci-fi. - there is no magic system. Instead we're treated to the Sanderson imagination unleashed skyward.

It does read a little young-adult, but I wouldn't see that as a negative. This is easily one of those books which could be enjoyed by a family together on a long journey (no cringey-turn-the-volume-down scenes). No bad language ("Scud!" is as bad as it gets), no graphic sex scenes, no bloody violence (although there is death through battle - it is sensitively managed) - instead you get likeable, interesting characters and a well conceived plot. And despite trying to work it out all the way through the book, and my many guesses at the reasons things were as they were....I didn't come close! It's a good ending, while still setting things up nicely for a sequel or two.

A very well spent credit and another contented Sanderson fan.

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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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Entertaining

It was refreshing to read a different storyline even though a little childish ☺

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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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  • 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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Bless its Stars!

Can't wait for the next one to see what Spin gets herself in to next!

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'I Grit my teeth' eight times per page

Poor protagonist has gritted all her teeth by the end of the book.
10/9 would grit her teeth again

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Excellent for Adult and Teenagers alike

I read / listened to this book first (using the Kindle and audible feature) and found it engaging and funny. The characters were good, and although it was clearly aimed at the younger listener, it was very entertaining to listen to.

My 12 and 14 year olds then listened to it and thought it was the best book that they have listened to / read. They are both looking forward to the next in the series.

For me I need more Mistborn novels but this is a great series too.

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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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  • philip
  • 12-11-18

anime af

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

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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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  • Jacques
  • 05-08-19

Beautiful

I don’t like si-fi that much, more of a Fantasy man myself. However, this is hands down one of the best books I have ever experienced. Please give this a try, it was magnificent.

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  • Chris
  • 31-07-19

Really enjoyed this book by the end

I was curious about this book. Then I was intrigued. Then sucked in. Then hating that it was ending! Sanderson is a master of writing unique and gripping stories. Loved it and it's worth a credit!

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  • Xander
  • 09-05-19

young adult expeditionary force?

it is fun, the world is interesting , the characters are a bit shallow, but not unexpectedly so.

the book and story work and I enjoyed listening to it... but m-not is no Skippy...

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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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  • Marjorie Dawson
  • 12-05-20

A Fabulous Female Fantasy Heroine

I am not usually big on epic sci-fi as I don't have the time to read it often but 'Something' compelled me to try this as a book, and I loved it. As an audio book it takes on another dimension and, in spite of a startlingly unexpected voice for M-Bot which turned out to be a lot of fun, every moment grips. A heroine who has to fight, to win and to discover herself, her family's truth and her true friends.

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  • ransona
  • 17-02-20

really interesting and intriguing

It is an original history about humans and how practical thinking is not fair. I like the story a lot.