Skyward - Brandon Sanderson


By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2018-11-06
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
5 Score: 5 (From 731 Ratings)



From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

Spensa's world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what's left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa's dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father's--a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa's chances of attending flight school at slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

Praise for Skyward:
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

"Startling revelations and stakes-raising implications...Sanderson plainly had a ball with this nonstop, highflying opener, and readers will too."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast...[and] as the pulse-pounding story intensifies and reveals its secrets, a cliffhanger ending sets things up for the next installment."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"It is impossible to turn the pages fast enough."--Booklist

"Sanderson delivers a cinematic adventure that explores the defining aspects of the individual versus the society...[and] fans of [his] will not be disappointed."--SLJ

Praise for Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series:
#1 New York Times Bestselling Series

"Another win for Sanderson . . . he's simply a brilliant writer. Period."--Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind


"Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store."--AV Club


  • An excellent read!

    By Joel Scorps
    Definitely a fun read from an author that I simply adore. This new series is a bit of a departure from the fantasy genre into science fiction, but Sanderson pulls it off with style and skill. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
  • Breathtaking

    By Bella9991
    So engaging! Loved it
  • Skyward Review

    By Axle2288
    LOVED IT...Absolutely GREAT read from Brandon Sanderson!!! I could not stop reading. Every time I would quit reading, I would catch myself daydreaming about where the storyline was going to go. Inevitably, this lead to me picking it back up again and continuing to read. I can’t wait until its sequel is published this fall. Skyward gets five stars from me!!!👍🏻
  • Great again

    By Ricci Sr
    I started reading your books once you took over the Wheel of Time series. Since then you have never disappointed. I am your fan now. Reckoned, Oathbringer, Steelheart are all great. Ricci Retired and fan for life.
  • Classic Sanderdon

    By Coder_mark
    If you like Sanderson ( and you should ), you will love this book. Top gun meets TIE fighters meets Ender's Game. Great read.
  • Review

    By Deej325
  • Loved

    By Smrivas
    I love to read, I could read a book a day , or in a few hours. Given if it’s a book I just can’t put down. However, I’m an extremely picky reader. So I spend a lot of time “looking” for books to read. Reading reviews, and genre info. I was skeptical about this book, and at the same time it called to me. I could not put this book down! Normally I need a romance element to a store, for me to properly enjoy it. But this wasn’t the case. The author captivated me within the first few chapters. The underdog storyline was so relatable, and the “Star Wars” kind of detail was incredibly intriguing. Brandon Sanderson weaves an incredible story narrative and shows amazing detail into the stories background. There seems to be some “questionable “ romance, in the sense that Spensa or “Spin” finds romance to not be really a factor in her life. But also that she’s a girl, and theres definitely some potential there for more. She is a strong female lead, who struggles with her independence, and proving to herself and her peers who she really is. Brandon is able to explain in just the right amount of detail a description of piloting . that makes you feel like you would know how to fly if you’d gotten behind the “wheel” of a poco ship! I was excited, angry, scared! He had me laughing , crying, and shaking! I got goosebumps on more than one chapter, and I can not wait for another book! All in all I totally give this novel a 5-5 stars . Underdog Female first person Syfy Sorry if my review was a little scatterbrained... it’s 2 am and I have a newborn! ❤️
  • Brandon Sanderson never ceases to amaze

    By iJustRengar
    I’ve just picked up this book two days ago and like many of Sanderson’s works I’ve finished it within a few days of starting. The book is incredible as always and it’s filled with wittiness that will make you laugh along with storylines that can make you emotional enough to step away for a moment. It takes you through the wonderful journey Spensa goes through as she tries to become a pilot and it means a lot to me especially as someone who wants to pursue flight in the Air Force in the future. The book is inspiring and wonderful and I’d encourage anyone even remotely interested in either flight, fantasy, Sci-Fi or Brandon Sanderson to pick it up, read it and thoroughly enjoy it.
  • Impressed again!

    By JMaxumbrown
    Excellent read! Had a blast with the characters, and was thoroughly impressed, once again, by Sanderson. The writing is engaging from the beginning with a wonderful plot and an eclectic assortment of characters who complement each other in wonderful ways. A read for any who love an exciting fly.
  • What a great book

    By Rymek09
    This book is amazing for many different reasons. One is the authors willingness to be real. What I mean by this is that the author is willing to kill off characters and give the harsh reality of things. Spensa is a artfully developed character with blatant insecurities and unhealthy coping mechanisms. Yet through all the gloom, there’s still hope. Amazing.