From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the Mistborn trilogy 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.

And don't miss the thrilling sequel, Starsight !

"[A] nonstop, highflying opener." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Sanderson delivers a cinematic adventure that explores the defining aspects of the individual versus the society. . . . Fans of Sanderson will not be disappointed." --SLJ

"It is impossible to turn the pages fast enough." --Booklist
Paperback, 544 pages
Published on October 8, 2019 by Ember
ISBN-10: 0399555803
ISBN-13: 9780399555800
3 Book Reviews
  • adventure0329
    adventure032922 days55 starsFeatured
    Skyward, by Brandon Sanderson is a science fiction novel about a girl who exceeds expectations and claims the stars. The protagonist, Spensa Nightshade is a 17 year old girl living the underground city of Igneous on the planet Detritus. Spensa's ancestors crashed on the planet after Earth became uninhabitable, and they have lived on Detritus ever since. The most coveted job on the planet is the job of pilot, and dangerous job that consists of flying into the air and fighting the Krell, aliens who have been attacking Detritus for decades. Spensa's dream is to fly with the pilots, and protect her people, however some dreams are not meant to be. Spensa's father, Zeen Nightshade, is a notorious pilot who fled during one the most important battles of the history of the planet. No one will let the daughter of a coward into the ranks of flights school, no one sane that is. When an unexpected meetup with her father's old colleague lands her a spot in flight school, Spensa is plunged into a world of possibility. Spensa is determined that her father was not a coward, and will stop at nothing to prove it. Faced with secrets, and ploys, and uptight flightleaders, Spensa will fly among the stars and become the hero her people need . . . or die trying. This was a fast paced and well written book with excellent character development, crazy plot twists, and humor. Spensa is a strong and independent female lead who doesn't hold back on her thoughts. While I normally don't enjoy science fiction, I loved this one. It was an incredible mix of AI, coming of age, and friendship. I'd recommend this for late elementary school and middle school. There are some non descriptive deaths, with the aftermath of grief being described in detail. I highly recommend Skyward for those who want a fast paced book to read.
    • bofikomi-157194328617
      bofikomi-157194328617over 2 years55 stars
      I think is is a really awsome book and that I would want to read it over again hundreds of times
      • Lilaalmost 3 years
        Really good book!! I loved the main cast, especially the main character, and the character development she had throughout the book. 11/10, made me want to go out and learn to pilot things