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  • Skyward, Book 3
  • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (440 ratings)

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Cytonic

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
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From the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the third book in an epic series about a girl who will travel beyond the stars to save the world she loves from destruction.

Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus, and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell - the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home.

Now, the Superiority - the governing galactic alliance bent on dominating all human life - has started a galaxy-wide war. And Spensa’s seen the weapons they plan to use to end it: the Delvers. Ancient, mysterious alien forces that can wipe out entire planetary systems in an instant. Spensa knows that no matter how many pilots the DDF has, there is no defeating this predator.

Except that Spensa is Cytonic. She faced down a Delver and saw something eerily familiar about it. And maybe, if she’s able to figure out what she is, she could be more than just another pilot in this unfolding war. She could save the galaxy.

The only way she can discover what she really is, though, is to leave behind all she knows and enter the Nowhere. A place from which few ever return.

To have courage means facing fear. And this mission is terrifying.

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Great story but

This is not the SciFi I was expecting. While a great story following a familiar trope, I was not as "into" the middle 2/3 of the book as I was at the beginning and the end. Sanderson tied it all together well but this is my least favourite of the Cytoverse so far. I strongly recommend the novellas he wrote with Janci Patterson as they cover some really interesting stuff that is happening simultaneously. The added characters really flesh out the story and I think are really required for the optimal experience (I don't find this to be the case with some of the Cosmere novellas).

Suzy Jackson's performance was great as always. She's a pro and you won't be disappointed with her if you liked the previous books.

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Not my fate

I don't love this book as much as the rest in the series, but I didn't hate it that much either. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite writers and I usually feel confident going into any of his books that I'll have a good time.
This book could have easily been another novella. They could have done something like Arcanum Unbounded and put the 3 novellas + a shorter version of Cytonic into a book and made that the 3rd installment of Skyward. I actually liked the novellas more, even though they didn't even have Spensa in them at all.



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I didn't feel like this quest was as important as the actual war. She missed out on the alliance with the Redawn people, she missed out on saving her grandmother from being taken hostage, on her friends almost dying, she didn't even go back even after she saw her boyfriend clearly struggling without her and him begging her to come help, his parents died and she wasn't there, he apparently became an admiral? Don't know what that says about Cobs. I still enjoyed the lore, Mbot, and the whole Spears. I don't know, I wish Spensa only spent half the book in the nowhere and came back to Detritus fornthe rest of it. I'm guessing that's the 3rd novella? Anyway.

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Not interested Sanderson's worlds within worlds

I don't enjoy a recent trend of Sanderson series where he introduces us to a new world gets us interested in that world and those characters, and then we spend nearly an entire book in a weird world within a world. I struggled to get through the storm light archive book where the characters we're in the cognitive realm and I felt similarly about this book with the nowhere. Sanderson makes me fall in love with a new world every series. I don't like taking a break from those worlds to go into a kind of alternate reality and where the stakes don't seem to matter as much and we're missing most of the characters.

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Dropped the ball on this one

First book of the series was great. Second book was good. This book was terrible.

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Sanderson, you have my heart.

I am really not prepared to wait almost a year for the finale. I love all these characters so much.

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awesome again

This one took more time to get into but once again by the end was awesome and compelling and good. The world gets bigger and more interesting, the characters keep developing, some interesting ground is laid for the next book but this one is still satisfying in it's own right and doesn't end on an unfair cliffhanger, and yeah. You might as well just listen to it.

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  • Rai
  • 2022-08-20

Plot took a weird side quest

The Skyward series was initially planned as a trilogy.

After reading Cytonic, it is clear that Cytonic is the unnecessary side quest that the author took to explain what Delvers (spelling?) are.

As always, the performance is 5/5 but the story is a 1/5.

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Wow!

This BY FAR the most thoughtful and deeply compelling book in the series! I loved every part of it and I eagerly await book 4!

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Imaginative story, but not as good as the first two

Great story, very imaginative, but it didn’t hook me in as much as the first 2 books did. It had another whole new set of characters rather than building on those from other books. This one took me the longest to finish.

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A strange story

Compared to the first two books this one was very odd. This novel feels more fantasy than sci-fi and the surrealness of Spensa's arc made it difficult to ever fear she was in danger.

The story was okay. The performance by Suzy Jackson was great.

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  • Terre
  • 2021-12-01

SCUD!!!

Took me a long time to get through this as it just did not hold my interest. Scud! I really felt as if I were in the NOWHERE going nowhere experiencing nothing. I feel that Suzy Jackson is AMAZING. Scud! I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it through this book if it weren’t for her performance! Scud! I guess I just want a book full of M-Bot, Doom Slug, and the rest of the flight and not Spensa just wandering around in whatever that just was. Scud, I will never be able to say it as much as it was said in this book. I guess I am just looking for different kind of entertainment, stuff that is fun and funny, this was neither. I did listen to the other books twice, I guess I will stick to them, I probably won’t listen to this again. SCUD!!!

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  • Samuel Warren
  • 2021-11-23

Wonderfully done!

Perfect continuation to the story that started it all. Sanderson does a great job of growing the galaxy and how we the audience perceive it as well as the nowhere subspace. This book introduces a slew of new characters as well as building on old ones, all the while staying true to who they've been the whole time, just broadening as people are want to do. The same light hearted feel and vibe stays true throughout, the characters have a playful humor to them without cheapening the plot or any story lines. This continues to be one solid series

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  • JReed
  • 2021-12-06

Not normal Sanderson

I normally love the author's books. They mostly occupy my top 10. however, this series just can't seem to capture the magic the others. The first book in the series was really good. However, the last one was just okay and I had to force myself to finish this one. If anything, I would definitely put this in the realm of more of a Teenage book. I wish he would just stop this series and fully concentrate on The Stormlight series. :)

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  • Kris Jackson
  • 2021-11-28

Substandard Sanderson

It’s not a bad book, but neither does it feel like a complete story. I thought the first two in the series were great, however I can’t help but feel cheated on this one. As a huge Sanderson fan, this one is a rare miss for me. (I’ll still buy book 4 when it comes out though)

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  • CNC Builder
  • 2021-11-26

wow what a let down

so much shallow world building, so little story. was really looking fwd to this one too. <put sad emoji here>

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  • Kendall James Carter
  • 2021-11-24

great adventure

although I feel this book is a little weaker than the previous 2, I highly enjoyed it.

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  • ADM31
  • 2021-11-23

An exciting ride

It was great to get back to Spensa's point of view. In combination with the accompanying Novellas, the world continues to get richer. Highly anticipating the third novella and the final book

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  • Anonymous Person
  • 2021-11-28

Swing and a miss

Honestly it is hard to believe that the author that wrote Mistborn wrote this book. I’ve always thought of Brandon Sanderson as a detail oriented writer almost to the point of being too descriptive. This book was so superficial and forced it feels like a cash grab to fund his only interest (The Stormlight Archive). Honestly, just wrap up the other series if you’re not going to take them seriously anymore. How long can it take to finish the Wax and Wayne series. I mean you’ve been promising us a conclusion for so long I’ve lost hope.

I’m afraid Brandon has grown a little big for his britches. Times to find a new favorite Author who won’t take his fan base for granted.

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  • Outside1
  • 2021-12-13

Amazingly bad!!

Sanderson is an established recognized author, and I have no idea what he was thinking when he published this. It is SO poor for So many reasons, that it is dumbfounding as to why it was released.

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  • Chance
  • 2021-11-25

Entertaining, but drawn out

Whereas the first 2 books.. and the excellent novellas.. were sci-fi with a dash of woo woo mystery/tech, this one is like 80%+ woo woo. The vast majority of it is Spin off in never never land dealing with absurd people and problems.

It's entertaining, and dives into the deeper mysteries surrounding cytonics and all that, and she learns and grows all along the way, and that *is* important for the overall arc.. but at least half of it could have been montaged, and the rest given over to moving the real world/actual story along.

Fans of fantasy, or the real weirdos who like a full blend of fantasy/sci-fi will probably love it. My opinion is that Sanderson has plenty of pure fantasy.. I hope beyond hope that this was a necessary delve into the "cytonic power" backstory and exposition, and the next books get back to scifi with a dash of magic. Or that Sanderson gets an itch to write some pure sci-fi at some point.. cause his world-building and character development is definitely some of the best, if a little biased towards young readers.

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  • Buttercup
  • 2022-06-12

Highly enjoyable!

It was a treat to listen again to Suzy Jackson giving life to Spenca, M-Bot and every character in this book. Though some may say that B. Sanderson has written « better » and more intricate stories, and I do agree with them, listening to this one was still a delight: I laugh and smiled and even cried following Spenca on her Quest. In the end the only fault I believe this audiobook has, is that it does not infuse your brain cytonically with the few beautiful illustrations held by the physical copy of the book.