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In Sunreach, after a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion Spensa figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won't be so easy next time. Humanity has to be prepared . . . and when FM's flight leader Jorgen finds a large group of In Sunreach, after a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion Spensa figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won't be so easy next time. Humanity has to be prepared . . . and when FM's flight leader Jorgen finds a large group of Taynix - the space slugs then enable hyperdrives - they may have found their chance, if FM, Jorgen, the engineer Rig and the mysterious alien Alanik, can unlock the secrets in time . . . . In ReDawn, Alanik has recovered from the shock of answering a distress call and finding a planet of humans making a stand against the Superiority, only to be dismayed to discover they're considering a peace overture from their enemy. Worse, when she returns to her home planet of ReDawn, she find her own people falling into exactly the same trap. With her mentor captured, she turns to her new friends to help: can Alanik, FM, Jorgen and Rig coax an ancient technology into life in time to save both their planets from disaster? And in Evershore, the government of Detritus is still in disarray following Superiority treachery, and no word has come from Spensa, on her mission deep in the Nowhere, leaving Alanik, Jorgen, FM and Rig to pick up the pieces. So when the Kitsen send word from the planet Evershore, saying they have some humans and wish to return them, they have to decie if the strange message can be trusted . . . all while Jorgen struggles to master his new cytonic powers which threaten to spin out of control . . . A gripping collection of novellas, told from the perspectives of three different characters, these superb adventures are essential Skyward reading!


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In Sunreach, after a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion Spensa figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won't be so easy next time. Humanity has to be prepared . . . and when FM's flight leader Jorgen finds a large group of In Sunreach, after a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion Spensa figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won't be so easy next time. Humanity has to be prepared . . . and when FM's flight leader Jorgen finds a large group of Taynix - the space slugs then enable hyperdrives - they may have found their chance, if FM, Jorgen, the engineer Rig and the mysterious alien Alanik, can unlock the secrets in time . . . . In ReDawn, Alanik has recovered from the shock of answering a distress call and finding a planet of humans making a stand against the Superiority, only to be dismayed to discover they're considering a peace overture from their enemy. Worse, when she returns to her home planet of ReDawn, she find her own people falling into exactly the same trap. With her mentor captured, she turns to her new friends to help: can Alanik, FM, Jorgen and Rig coax an ancient technology into life in time to save both their planets from disaster? And in Evershore, the government of Detritus is still in disarray following Superiority treachery, and no word has come from Spensa, on her mission deep in the Nowhere, leaving Alanik, Jorgen, FM and Rig to pick up the pieces. So when the Kitsen send word from the planet Evershore, saying they have some humans and wish to return them, they have to decie if the strange message can be trusted . . . all while Jorgen struggles to master his new cytonic powers which threaten to spin out of control . . . A gripping collection of novellas, told from the perspectives of three different characters, these superb adventures are essential Skyward reading!

30 review for Skyward Flight: The Collection: Sunreach / ReDawn / Evershore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Allysen

    The novellas really made up for how disappointing Cytonic was, I’m so happy Janci joined this series!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Connor Daley (CJDsCurrentRead)

    Finally released on April 5th, the collection of all the Skyward Flight novellas by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson. I really like the combined artwork, and the hardcover is a nice quality too from Delacorte Press. Skyward Flight: The Collection includes: Sunreach. 5/5* ReDawn. 5/5* Evershore. 5/5* (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) Each novella features a perspective that isn’t Spensa’s and that worked well for me. They’re fast paced and action heavy, but they still grasped me on the Finally released on April 5th, the collection of all the Skyward Flight novellas by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson. I really like the combined artwork, and the hardcover is a nice quality too from Delacorte Press. Skyward Flight: The Collection includes: Sunreach. 5/5* ReDawn. 5/5* Evershore. 5/5* (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) Each novella features a perspective that isn’t Spensa’s and that worked well for me. They’re fast paced and action heavy, but they still grasped me on the same level of care that the novels have. A must read for all Skyward fans!

  3. 5 out of 5

    space queen of narnia

    Hhhhggg this COVER though!! Stunning 💜💙💗

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    I liked how it went more in depth about the slugs and expanded on some of the characters. I don’t often read the short stories, but I’m glad I did.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    It's hard to review the entire thing as an entity, but here are a few extremely lazily put together thoughts nonetheless Sunreach: Honestly the reason I rate this 4 stars instead of 5 is because the beginning of Sunreach was hard to get into? The taynix quickly became one of my new favorite fantasy creatures, but it just felt like the same stuff and exploration over and over and over again ReDawn: Love the worldbuilding. Don't really have anything to say except that. Evershore: OH MY GOODNESS I have It's hard to review the entire thing as an entity, but here are a few extremely lazily put together thoughts nonetheless Sunreach: Honestly the reason I rate this 4 stars instead of 5 is because the beginning of Sunreach was hard to get into? The taynix quickly became one of my new favorite fantasy creatures, but it just felt like the same stuff and exploration over and over and over again ReDawn: Love the worldbuilding. Don't really have anything to say except that. Evershore: OH MY GOODNESS I have never laughed so much during a dangerous possibly world-ending showdown. That was the best thing I've ever read. All the way through, I loved being in Jorgen's head through the emotions at the beginning to the cytonic stuff in the middle through the wonderful climax

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jayne

    finally, that Completely Invested On EDGE feeling that Skyward gave. i started this thinking: three novellas, three completely separate stories. but the very first page of the second novella made me realize, no, this is the same story; it’s a continuation, we only switched narrative pov. and i liked that a lot. (especially bc Sunreach is kind of lame on its own. imo) this was healing. lol. Starsight and Cytonic were disappointing. we left Detritus behind, we left everyone we knew (except Spensa, finally, that Completely Invested On EDGE feeling that Skyward gave. i started this thinking: three novellas, three completely separate stories. but the very first page of the second novella made me realize, no, this is the same story; it’s a continuation, we only switched narrative pov. and i liked that a lot. (especially bc Sunreach is kind of lame on its own. imo) this was healing. lol. Starsight and Cytonic were disappointing. we left Detritus behind, we left everyone we knew (except Spensa, M-Bot and Doomslug) behind, and we left normal human parameters behind. aliens. weird psychic abilities getting weirder. weird unknown realms. it all makes sense (mostly,) because it is very well written, but it wasn’t until this 3-in-1 Flight that it all really came together. with more to be expected, and, happily anticipated. this brought us back to Detritus and showed us what was happening, which is all i’ve really wanted. besides having Spensa be there too. BUT other than that, it was very wild and fun and had aliens and wild psychic abilities (that i was not as reluctant about after Starsight and Cytonic) and it was thrilling and a joy. 👌

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Loved reading the novella while waiting for Cytonic. They are short, fun stories that add more depth to the Skyward series. Enjoy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Aargh, it has pictures! I love how Brandon Sanderson includes pictures and diagrams in so many of his books. It makes them just that little bit more special to read. This is admittedly purporting to be three novellas, but it is just one book cut into three sections, each told from a different character’s POV. They each pick up immediately where the prior one left off and are part of the overarching tale of what Skyflight is going through while Spensa is off exploring. It’s a little weird that th Aargh, it has pictures! I love how Brandon Sanderson includes pictures and diagrams in so many of his books. It makes them just that little bit more special to read. This is admittedly purporting to be three novellas, but it is just one book cut into three sections, each told from a different character’s POV. They each pick up immediately where the prior one left off and are part of the overarching tale of what Skyflight is going through while Spensa is off exploring. It’s a little weird that this whole thing doesn’t have the MC from the series in it, but it explains a lot that happens to the rest of Skyward Flight while Spensa was off on other worlds. Because I read book three before this, and there were a lot of gaps. I don’t think either are particularly spoilers for the other though, just different events occurring at the same time. I think this book actually offers more into the world and wider reaching implications than Spensa’s solo journey. There’s a lot of reaching out and gathering allies and preparing for war without so much on the individuals’ personal journeys and growth (it’s there, but not the focus). And so many slugs! I love the taynix, so I see this as a great selling point. Though I want to know what they all do now. There are some deleted scenes at the end with commentary. It’s interesting to see where this could have gone and the reasoning behind the changes. Nothing earth shattering, but interesting nonetheless.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mateo

    Ok, what the fuck Brandon? I understand weird naming conventions for between books, but book 2.1, 2.2 and 3.1 do NOT belong in a single book. In any case, that's how I read it, which is why I read the first 2/3rds in one day, and the last 3rd after reading book 3. This was good, this book was also slugs, and why is everyone cytonic? He is showing restraint with only 1 extra character from book 1 being cytonic, but... just do what every other author does and ruin your plotline in other ways by in Ok, what the fuck Brandon? I understand weird naming conventions for between books, but book 2.1, 2.2 and 3.1 do NOT belong in a single book. In any case, that's how I read it, which is why I read the first 2/3rds in one day, and the last 3rd after reading book 3. This was good, this book was also slugs, and why is everyone cytonic? He is showing restraint with only 1 extra character from book 1 being cytonic, but... just do what every other author does and ruin your plotline in other ways by introducing a whole load of new characters whose personality traits are just the magic powers!! I don't know which of those is actually better, and this is probably actually his best series in terms of restraint (cough, Knights Radiant, cough). I swear FM is not a character when she has a perspective, I don't understand. She's a great character when she doesn't have a perspective though. Consider these books effectively renamed Skyward 2.5, Skyward 2.52 electric boogaloo, and Skyward somewhere between 2.99 and 3.01 in terms of timeline, but closer to 3.01 for reading convenience and no there will not be a Skyward pi.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    A great collection of stories in the SKYWARD universe, each telling a separate story that overarches the trilogy and packed with Sanderson’s trademark heart and humour. FM’s story endeared me to her even more. Her empathy unexpected romance, and tension in her flight made for a great story. It also made me love those adorable slugs even more. Alanik was a little harder for me to get attached to. Though she is a good character and the world of ReDawn is beautiful, I didn’t quite connect with it. Bu A great collection of stories in the SKYWARD universe, each telling a separate story that overarches the trilogy and packed with Sanderson’s trademark heart and humour. FM’s story endeared me to her even more. Her empathy unexpected romance, and tension in her flight made for a great story. It also made me love those adorable slugs even more. Alanik was a little harder for me to get attached to. Though she is a good character and the world of ReDawn is beautiful, I didn’t quite connect with it. But the story is compelling and took some emotional turns. Jorgen’s story ended up being my favourite. His journey was emotional, intense, and inspiring. I found myself relating to him and his struggles. It was also packed with excitement. One of my favourite aspects of this book came at the end with the deleted scenes and commentary. I always enjoy seeing writers explain their craft and how it was changed, so this was enjoyable for me. Fans of the SKYWARD series will enjoy these stories, which will tide us over until the final book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    This may be billed at 3 short stories, but make no mistake. This is absolutely Skyward 3.5. In fact I think these 3 combined are longer than any of the main books to date. The work they do expanding and deepening the lore, plot, and characters during the events of Cytonic is absolutely stunning.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jason Joyner

    This was a great set of novellas building a deeper experience of the already rich Skyward series. I really enjoyed each one. I listened on audiobook and Suzy Jackson is THE best narrator out there.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Read this if you want more slugs!!!!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    These novellas are each so special, definitely not to be missed if you're reading the Skyward series! These novellas are each so special, definitely not to be missed if you're reading the Skyward series!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Skyward Flight is the entire short story collection for well, Skyward Flight. They are three novellas written by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson, and the fit within the larger world and series. They are: Sunreach, ReDawn, and Evershore. Sunreach Rating: 4 kitties FM and her squad have been through a lot in the past few months. They've lost teammates. They've picked up the fight that has been going on for generations. Then Spensa disappeared on a dangerous mission, and nobody quite knows wh Skyward Flight is the entire short story collection for well, Skyward Flight. They are three novellas written by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson, and the fit within the larger world and series. They are: Sunreach, ReDawn, and Evershore. Sunreach Rating: 4 kitties FM and her squad have been through a lot in the past few months. They've lost teammates. They've picked up the fight that has been going on for generations. Then Spensa disappeared on a dangerous mission, and nobody quite knows where she is. They know that the Galactic Superiority won't leave them alone. Humans are considered too dangerous for that. So FM, Jorgen, and the rest are going to have to find a way to defend their planet. Perhaps the slugs Jorgen found can be of some use? “But I still wondered: if we didn't matter as individuals, then what were we saving the group for?” First, can I just say that I love the idea of this novella series focusing on a different character for each story? There are so many characters in this series, and many of them deserve more 'screen time' than they've gotten. Hence, my delight at getting to read from FM's perspective in Sunreach. As I mentioned above, this novella takes place almost immediately following the events of Starsight. I know I can't be the only one curious to see what's happening with Spensa, right? Unfortunately, her team don't exactly have any answers. What they do have is an ongoing war, and a small army of adorable and semi-intelligent slugs. So, that's something...right? But seriously, this novella was actually a lot of fun to read. “I feel like I should tell you," Jorgen said over the radio, "that I now have a slug on each shoulder and three on my lap, all seeming vaguely uncomfortable that I'm touching them. I blame you, FM.” Sunreach showed the many sides of the war that's happening back home. Both out in space – and on the surface. Not all of the remaining humans want to follow along with the same plan. Sounds about right, doesn't it? I loved the added politics and concerns. I feel like all of that will quickly become relevant, so I'm glad that I didn't skip on the novellas (why would I?). Also, if you've been dying to learn more about the slugs (guilty!), then you've gotta read this book! It's worth it, I promise. Next up is ReDawn, another novella in the series. At the time of writing this review (I'm behind,I know), ReDawn is already out and available to read. It follows a surprising perspective – Alanik. Following ReDawn will be Cytonic! Woo! ReDawn Rating: 4 kitties ReDawn is set following the adventures of Starsight and Sunreach (the first novella in the series). If you've been curious about what has been happening to the other characters in the series, then these are a must-read! Alanik risked everything when she left her home planet – with the intention of using the pilot opportunity to steal a warp drive for her people. Instead, she crashed on the last world inhabited by humans. Naturally, she wasn't too pleased about being kept in a coma for quite some time. Now she's active once again, and that means she's back to fighting for her people. If only they were willing to do the same. "Don't trust their lies. Don't trust their false peace." Guys, I don't know why – but I was SO surprised to hear that we'd be getting a novella from Alanik's perspective! Not that I'm complaining. ReDawn is a fantastic read, especially if you're hoping to learn a bit more about the other alien races in the universe. Alanik's world is...fascinating. I could read full novels about her world and still not get enough of it. Just the hints we've seen have grabbed my curiosity, and it isn't going to be letting go anytime soon! I also adored seeing other characters make an appearance in this novella, though I won't spoil it by talking about which characters (though I imagine active readers of the series would probably be able to guess?). Overall, this was a fun and dramatic addition to the series. I'm going to be really curious to see how much of an impact this plot has on the main storyline. I'm also more interested than ever about what is happening to Spensa. Next up is Cytonic, which is set to drop on November 23rd. So we're almost there! The next novella will be following the events of that book, and I'm super curious for news on that front. Evershore Rating: 5 kitties Jorgen, aka Jerkface, is used to being in charge and making tough decisions. He's been doing it for his flight this whole time. Yet he's never had to deal with so many life-or-death situations before. Nor did any of his training prepare him for interacting with alien races and politics. Yet here we are. As far as Jorgen can understand, Spensa is still out on her mission (and/or lost somewhere in time and space), leaving him home to deal with everything else going on. Everything else happens to include Alanik, a distress call, and the search for Spensa's grandmother, plus his commanding officer (Cobb). "In order to achieve control, you must first accept that you have none." Guys, I have been counting down the days for the release of Evershore! The thing I love the most about these novellas is they help make the wait between novels more bearable. Granted, I now have little else to ease the anxiety until Defiant unless you count the novella bundle, which I very may well read again. Why not, right? Okay, there's another thing I adore about these novellas; each one offers a different perspective. And now it is finally Jorgen's turn. I think we've all been waiting to see how he would handle well EVERYTHING that has been happening lately. On that note, wow. I did not think that they could manage to up the ante further, but they did! This novella brought into context some things that happened at the end of Cytonic, finally answering a few questions that I had. Speaking of, technically, the events of Evershore happen somewhere before the end of Cytonic, but the recommended reading order puts Cytonic before Evershore. Hope I explained that okay. The point is, it all makes more sense in this order. I love that the three novellas tie together quite nicely, especially the last two. We got to see different cultures and their battles against the same foe in those. In Evershore's case, that means it is finally (finally) time to meet the Kitsen. Yes, please! I won't spoil how that goes, but I will say that it went far beyond my wildest dreams and hopes. Which is saying something, mind you. Read more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  16. 4 out of 5

    Agnese

    Thanks for these novellas, they had everything I missed in second book of series. 💜💜

  17. 4 out of 5

    Darvey

    So we finally get to read from not just one, not two BUT THREE character perspectives in the Skyward series - FM, Alanik and Jorgen. Each story (or ‘novella’) interconnected with one another, which I was very thankful for the linear narrative. Set in between the events of Starsight and Cytonic, we follow the three characters as they attempt to fight against the Superiority and/or the Krell, as well as face other challenges. Sunreach: ★ ★ ★ ★ I mean, the only highlight i can say about this n So we finally get to read from not just one, not two BUT THREE character perspectives in the Skyward series - FM, Alanik and Jorgen. Each story (or ‘novella’) interconnected with one another, which I was very thankful for the linear narrative. Set in between the events of Starsight and Cytonic, we follow the three characters as they attempt to fight against the Superiority and/or the Krell, as well as face other challenges. Sunreach: ★ ★ ★ ★ I mean, the only highlight i can say about this novella was the adorable taynix slugs. If I wasn’t so deathly afraid of slimy, creepy-crawly slugs, I would have wanted one of my own, they’re so cute! I loved how the team were trying to understand the taynix slugs, but most importantly how they built relationships with them. FM was an interesting character, yet didn’t stand out a lot to me. Again, I can’t get enough of the slugs, they’re really the best parts of this story - and the overall series. ReDawn: ★ ★ ★ I didn’t enjoy this novella as much as I thought I would. I still liked that I got to know Alanik a bit more, and how she eventually warmed up to trusting + fighting with the Skyward Flight in the end. She was a character that I was intrigued by when she was first introduced in Starsight. Not because I love some pretty aliens, but it meant learning about a character unknown to the main book characters. So many questions were answered about her, and I hope to see her more in the main series. Evershore: ★ ★ ★ ★ Other than the taynix slugs, the species I also adore is the kitsens and I was so happy to be reunited with them! But this story was perhaps the most raw in emotion and character depth. Jorgen learns more about his cytonic powers, and comes into terms with his grief over (view spoiler)[losing his parents in an explosion orchestrated by the Superiority at the end of ReDawn (hide spoiler)] . It was heartbreaking to read how much guilt he held over himself, as well as doubting his leadership and cytonic abilities. I am so proud of him though now that he is following his families legacy in his own way, and I cannot wait to see where his new role takes him.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Xwft

    Oh my gosh we are back!!! Skyward is back to it's awesomeness this book was stunning it was everything I enjoyed from the first Skyward. The charachters, the intense flight drama, the emotion, the ship combat, the absolutely hateable charachters, the romance?!?!?! It was all just fantastic it was everything I missed in the 2nd and 3rd Skyward. FM is just fantastic. I was so happy we got more information on the rest of the flight as I really like all of the flight. Truthfully the new members, T-s Oh my gosh we are back!!! Skyward is back to it's awesomeness this book was stunning it was everything I enjoyed from the first Skyward. The charachters, the intense flight drama, the emotion, the ship combat, the absolutely hateable charachters, the romance?!?!?! It was all just fantastic it was everything I missed in the 2nd and 3rd Skyward. FM is just fantastic. I was so happy we got more information on the rest of the flight as I really like all of the flight. Truthfully the new members, T-stall, catnip and Sentry are a little bit flat but we never really focus on them so I didn't really find it a big deal. But back to FM. I loved her chapter and the SLUGS!!!! I love the slugs hands down the best charachters. I love FMs spunk and sass and her and Jorgen's relationship is quite cool I love their push and pull sort of dynamic. Alaniks chapter was interesting. I do enjoy how the different races are written. How Alanik uses tree or wood related curses and metaphors because she lives on trees. It's a clever touch. And her and Arturo were super cute. I grew to really love Arturo in this book he was such a cool character. And Jorgen. Oh I cried. I wept for the poor boy like he just needs a tropical island trip with a Daquiri and the the calming bird songs. Reading his chapter just made me love him more. I do enjoy all the different Cytonic law as well as learning about all their different abilities. Like with the Slugs! And as classic with Brandon Sanderson the ending was.... well.... special. Like ok Jorgen honey you doo you why not. I'm now very interested in how this will tie in with Spenser's Drama as in the third book she comes home but she has missed a lot.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Rovine

    Sunreach 5/5: Sunreach is probably my favorite of the three short stories, and it felt in many ways a return to form of what I really loved in the first book of the series. FM served as a great viewpoint to look in on the events of Detrius while Spin is out and about. She was a great character to explore and lacked some of Spesna's more irritating traits. In addition I liked seeing the ingenuity of the human characters back in the base and the fight for survival they were still dealing with. ReDa Sunreach 5/5: Sunreach is probably my favorite of the three short stories, and it felt in many ways a return to form of what I really loved in the first book of the series. FM served as a great viewpoint to look in on the events of Detrius while Spin is out and about. She was a great character to explore and lacked some of Spesna's more irritating traits. In addition I liked seeing the ingenuity of the human characters back in the base and the fight for survival they were still dealing with. ReDawn 5/5: ReDawn is a great follow up for Sunreach. Switching to the viewpoint of Alanik really was a great way to contrast with the humans experience. Alanik's views and desire to fight for independence vs the war weariness of the human characters was an excellent contrast. In addition the exploration of the Alien planet and the politics there. Evershore 4/5: Evershore is my least favorite of the three. Jorgan is in a rough spot following the events of ReDawn, and is struggling to figure out what to do. I think it would have benefited from seeing more of the inside of his head from before. His struggle to hold it together is interesting but it would benefit from a greater degree of contrast. I do always like seeing more of the Kitsen though so that was a plus, and the ending really feels strong going forward to the next novel. The deleted scenes from the mainline novels were interesting, and I enjoyed the insight offered by Brandon's commentary.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Scot Eaton

    This book takes place concurrently with Book #3, Cytonic. Do I recomend this book? Think of it this way. In The Two Towers, the narrative splits, with one book focused on Sam, Frodo, and Gollum, and the other focused on Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin. Cytonic is like Frodo's journey. It followed Spensa and MBot as they were cut off from the rest of the story. It was good in and of itself, and the larger series would be incomplete without it. However, Skyward Flight is like Aragorn's This book takes place concurrently with Book #3, Cytonic. Do I recomend this book? Think of it this way. In The Two Towers, the narrative splits, with one book focused on Sam, Frodo, and Gollum, and the other focused on Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin. Cytonic is like Frodo's journey. It followed Spensa and MBot as they were cut off from the rest of the story. It was good in and of itself, and the larger series would be incomplete without it. However, Skyward Flight is like Aragorn's journey. This is Edoras. This is Isengard. This is Helm's Deep. This is the true Skyward Book 3. It is the best book in the series, and time will tell if it's one of my favorite books of all time. Many have said this, but this is not 3 novellas. It is 1 self-contained novel, with the PoV narrator shifting with each of the 3 acts. The final 10 seconds of ReDawn (#2) are the first 10 seconds of Evershore (#3). The novel begins at the end of Starsight, but from the point of view of FM, and it ends prior to the ending of Cytonic. If I were re-reading the series, I would read this in between Starsight and Cytonic. Pretty much the only misstep in this bound edition is that it chose to include first-draft chapters from Skyward instead of including "Defending Elysium".

  21. 5 out of 5

    William

    I discovered Brandon Anderson after taking a punt on Skyward and found it to be a fantastic book, that I couldn't put down, and the following two books were pretty good too. I have enjoyed Spensa's adventures so far although these three novellas, originally available as e-books but now collected in one volume, focus on individual stories of her comrades. It was a nice idea that we could get to read the story from their perspectives but unfortunately none of them are as interesting as Spensa. Also I discovered Brandon Anderson after taking a punt on Skyward and found it to be a fantastic book, that I couldn't put down, and the following two books were pretty good too. I have enjoyed Spensa's adventures so far although these three novellas, originally available as e-books but now collected in one volume, focus on individual stories of her comrades. It was a nice idea that we could get to read the story from their perspectives but unfortunately none of them are as interesting as Spensa. Also, despite these being young adult novels there's still plenty for the older reader to enjoy but there are moments where this collection really does feel aimed at teenagers with how some characters act and, in other reviews, I've heard other people say that some of the romances in these stories feels forced and I couldn't agree more. However there is some decent action and a few surprises, especially regarding Jorgan's story, so it's still worth a read. Nothing special then but a decent stop gap until we get the next proper novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Honestly loving everybody's character growth in these novellas (although Jorgen's novella is more of a full blown novel lol). Felt so proud of everyone while reading this collection. It really was nice to see characters other than Spensa fleshed out to this level. Again, really glad FM wasn't made out to be some out of touch snooty political moral high ground elitist and instead is portrayed as someone who thinks critically and cares deeply about other living beings. As with Jorgen, I think I'm s Honestly loving everybody's character growth in these novellas (although Jorgen's novella is more of a full blown novel lol). Felt so proud of everyone while reading this collection. It really was nice to see characters other than Spensa fleshed out to this level. Again, really glad FM wasn't made out to be some out of touch snooty political moral high ground elitist and instead is portrayed as someone who thinks critically and cares deeply about other living beings. As with Jorgen, I think I'm someone who enjoys seeing how characters work though a great deal of responsibility and pressure, and become more empowered in their own capabilities in the end. I also like seeing him slowly putting trust in others– a great leader is nothing without their support system and I'm truly happy for him. In general there was so much more nuance here than I saw in the first 2 books with Spensa and it's so great!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    If you like the Skyward series, you'll love these three stories. The events that take place - especially in 2.2 and 3.2 are so seemingly important, I can't imagine how a reader of a potential book 4 can even square them without reading these books. In a perfect world, I would say these didn't exist and instead, the stories they told were weaved in to the other three novels. Either way, they are well written and depart from the rest of the series in that they are told from a first person perspect If you like the Skyward series, you'll love these three stories. The events that take place - especially in 2.2 and 3.2 are so seemingly important, I can't imagine how a reader of a potential book 4 can even square them without reading these books. In a perfect world, I would say these didn't exist and instead, the stories they told were weaved in to the other three novels. Either way, they are well written and depart from the rest of the series in that they are told from a first person perspective from three different characters - none of whom are Spensa. FM, Alanik and Jerkface are followed through some pretty huge events for the people of Detritus. I enjoyed them, but they don't stand alone and the world isn't built in them independently. You need to read the Skyward books for sure.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So okay here are my brief and individual thoughts for each novella! Sunreach: The taynix were cute and I liked FM as the narrator but overall I felt that the story dragged a lot and the romance between FM and Rig felt a little forced. I enjoyed it at the end but the middle dragged. This one was my least favorite novella. ReDawn: This one was my favorite novella! It was a huge step up from Sunreach and I loved getting to know Alanik and her dynamic with the Skyward Flight! It was action packed and fu So okay here are my brief and individual thoughts for each novella! Sunreach: The taynix were cute and I liked FM as the narrator but overall I felt that the story dragged a lot and the romance between FM and Rig felt a little forced. I enjoyed it at the end but the middle dragged. This one was my least favorite novella. ReDawn: This one was my favorite novella! It was a huge step up from Sunreach and I loved getting to know Alanik and her dynamic with the Skyward Flight! It was action packed and fun and overall I loved it! Evershore: I loved having Jorgen as the MC and his reaction to grief. I feel like his parents should’ve been talked about more however. The ending was crazy I mean like THEY MOVED THE ENTIRE PLANET? Also I liked the Kitsen especially Juno, but I did find them a bit lacking. Overall I find that this one was pretty good, in the middle of Sunreach and ReDawn for enjoyment. I’m excited for the Defiant to come out!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Springer

    Every bit as good as the rest of the series! Despite being marketed as a collection of three novellas this is really a single story. It follows one plot(the story of Skyward flight and what's happening "at home" while Spensa is gone) from beginning to end, just changing the point of view character for each of the three section... from FM, to Alanik, then finishing with Jerkface. It's a great story, too! It feels like it would have fit perfectly if inserted as additional chapters in the main tril Every bit as good as the rest of the series! Despite being marketed as a collection of three novellas this is really a single story. It follows one plot(the story of Skyward flight and what's happening "at home" while Spensa is gone) from beginning to end, just changing the point of view character for each of the three section... from FM, to Alanik, then finishing with Jerkface. It's a great story, too! It feels like it would have fit perfectly if inserted as additional chapters in the main trilogy... And maybe that's what it was originally meant to be before getting cut for length. Definitely a must-read for fans of the cytoverse.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susannah

    Yeah, this was a lot of fun. I do like Spensa as a central character, but ultimately this series has the most fun when it is throwing chaos around, and having more characters front and centre only adds to that. (I didn't dislike Cytonic, but it certainly didn't have the energy of the previous books). Nice to get insider viewpoints on a few of the other characters, plus actually I enjoyed getting to know a few other characters better in how they were seen through eyes other than Spensa's (Rig and Yeah, this was a lot of fun. I do like Spensa as a central character, but ultimately this series has the most fun when it is throwing chaos around, and having more characters front and centre only adds to that. (I didn't dislike Cytonic, but it certainly didn't have the energy of the previous books). Nice to get insider viewpoints on a few of the other characters, plus actually I enjoyed getting to know a few other characters better in how they were seen through eyes other than Spensa's (Rig and Arturo in particular). And wow the last few sections do set up an exciting continuation of the series going forward.... yes. More of this please.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    You can tell this was majority written by "Janci Patterson" than "Brandon Sanderson" as things didnt seem to flow as well and there was some forced relationship/character development that seemed to fast and quintessential to the plot. Personally Spensa as a character is strong enough on her own to not need a love interest let alone "jerkface" plus he is much to bland and a polar opposite that it doesnt reallt make sense. Overal not the best and definitely needed flushing out and bits removed as You can tell this was majority written by "Janci Patterson" than "Brandon Sanderson" as things didnt seem to flow as well and there was some forced relationship/character development that seemed to fast and quintessential to the plot. Personally Spensa as a character is strong enough on her own to not need a love interest let alone "jerkface" plus he is much to bland and a polar opposite that it doesnt reallt make sense. Overal not the best and definitely needed flushing out and bits removed as it just didnt connect

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Kamm

    Well, what a great book(s) to accompany the 3rd book in the series (Cytonic). I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single novella (but they were also joined in a way). I loved getting to know FM, Alanik, and, Jorgen more, and I think the 4th book in the series will be even more enjoyable because of that. I can't even find anything bad to say about these books (besides the ending of the 3rd one maybe, but then, maybe it is realistic?). Anyways, I'd recommend them to anyone reading the Skyward serie Well, what a great book(s) to accompany the 3rd book in the series (Cytonic). I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single novella (but they were also joined in a way). I loved getting to know FM, Alanik, and, Jorgen more, and I think the 4th book in the series will be even more enjoyable because of that. I can't even find anything bad to say about these books (besides the ending of the 3rd one maybe, but then, maybe it is realistic?). Anyways, I'd recommend them to anyone reading the Skyward series as a must-read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel Rawes

    Absolutely superb. I read these 3 novellas with the full novel Cytonic in between 2 and 3 as per the authors advice. I’ll be honest, I actually preferred these to the full novel. All 3 were gripping and allowed for some much needed character development for some of the members of Skyward flight. Whilst I do enjoy Spensa it’s really nice to focus on other characters for a change. All three flow into one another so you could easily read this as it’s own slightly segmented story. I hope we get more Absolutely superb. I read these 3 novellas with the full novel Cytonic in between 2 and 3 as per the authors advice. I’ll be honest, I actually preferred these to the full novel. All 3 were gripping and allowed for some much needed character development for some of the members of Skyward flight. Whilst I do enjoy Spensa it’s really nice to focus on other characters for a change. All three flow into one another so you could easily read this as it’s own slightly segmented story. I hope we get more in the future.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Verity Moon

    What more can I say except that I loved this collection so much! It’s more action-packed and massive in scope than the narrative laid in Cytonic. This book gives you the happenings outside Spensa’s hero-structured story, as we follow FM, Alanik, and Jorgen and their respective space quests and battles. I also admire the additional content, such as the deleted drafts and their corresponding commentaries. You’d realize, after reading them, how awesome Sanderson auto-edited his work, the process and What more can I say except that I loved this collection so much! It’s more action-packed and massive in scope than the narrative laid in Cytonic. This book gives you the happenings outside Spensa’s hero-structured story, as we follow FM, Alanik, and Jorgen and their respective space quests and battles. I also admire the additional content, such as the deleted drafts and their corresponding commentaries. You’d realize, after reading them, how awesome Sanderson auto-edited his work, the process and the magic of it all. Can’t wait to read the last installment next year! Defiant, let’s go!

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