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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 (523 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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Getting better and better

Unlike other sequential, this series just get better and unpredictable. Wonderful book and fantastic performance. I wish the book 4 would keep this trend.

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Amazing

Great book series. I would love if this was made into a video game!! I’m a big fan

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Awesome

The story and reader keep the excitement of continuing to listen throughout the whole book

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Very good book, but one of the lessers from Sanderson

I enjoyed the book but didn’t quite like the arch in this instance. Other series have arche that complète more fully, whereas this series, each book is more of it’s own thing with smaller links from one book to the others.
I was expecting the 2nd book to go over the space station défense more, and the 3rd book to not be in a completely different zone for 99% of the time.
That being said, still quite good books.

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great storytelling

loved it and need a sequal asap!
read its coming in nov 2023, cant wait...

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