“A hero does not choose her trials. She steps into the darkness, then she faces what comes next.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true–he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.
Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.
But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.
It feels so good to dive back into this world! This might be my favorite sci-fi series that I’ve ever read and it just continues to get better and better. If you missed my review for Skyward you can check it out HERE. It was seriously no surprise that falling back into this world of epic adventure would be super easy. Sanderson takes reader’s on a journey across the galaxy with a group of lovable characters -human and alien- that will have you flipping the pages to figure secrets hidden deep within space. It’s a truly wild ride but in an effort to avoid spoilers today’s review will be a little shorter than usual!
Skyward was my first novel by Brandon Sanderson and one of the things I instantly fell in love with was the author’s writing. He creates such a clear and concise story were everything you read feels relevant to the plot even if you don’t know why yet. So for me, there was little worry how Starsight would fair or pickup after a year long gap. And in usual fashion the author did a fantastic job of refreshing readers with what happened in Skyward as well as the six month gap that takes place between books one and two without it feeling like a massive info dump. As for the rest of the story, there’s so many plot twists, big and small, and fast paced action that majority of the group I buddy read this with just went ahead and kept reading because we couldn’t stop.
A teeny tiny part of the book kind of felt like a double edged sword, but I do think overall it worked pretty well for the this story. Spensa has to travel to a new planet and leave her squad behind. Other than her ship and her beloved pet slug, everyone else we grew to love in book one has very minimal time is this book. It was a bit of a bummer for me because I grew to love Spensa’s squad back home so much. However, on the other hand, we also get introduced to a whole new world of aliens and Spensa is able to find a “new sqaud” while she’s undercover that do become just as lovable as her friends back home. I’m super excited to see how it will all pan out in the third book when her old squad will meet the new one.
All in all, Starsight was a fantastic addition to the series. It didn’t suffer from second book syndrome but instead brought so much new light and possibilities to Spensa’s world…or should I say galaxy? I absolutely cannot wait for the third book, especially after the ending but 2021 is so damn far away. So until then, I think I’m going to give the author’s Mistborn series a go to hold me over!
Until next time,