Here we go again, talking about yet another Brandon Sanderson book! 2020 is going to be a very Sanderson heavy year and I’m loving it so far. I’m yet to dip my toes into the Cosmere world, but I will be starting «Elantris» very soon as I want it read before the live show of Cosmerealong, which should take place sometime mid-March.
I have now successfully read and loved all of his YA Sci-Fi books, starting with the Reckoners trilogy and finishing with the 2nd installment in the Skyward series. It feels good to finally be able to cross these books off my never-ending TBR list.
This review might contain minor spoilers for the first book – «Skyward», so if you haven’t read that one, I’d recommend reading the book (and my review *cheeky self-promotion included*) first and then come back to this post! 🙂
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.
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.
«Starsight» was a great continuation of the events that took place on Detritus and also the development of Spensa’s characters. Remember me saying in my review of «Skyward» that I wasn’t sure if I liked Spensa? Well… guess what, she completely stole my heart, and while I don’t want to be like her, I would love to have her as my best friend.
Not everything in this second installment worked for me and there were a few things that threw me off, but overall I highly recommend this series, and can’t wait for the release of the next book that is foreseen of 2021!
WHAT I LIKED:
1 – We got answers to my biggest questions very early in the second book. Jack @ JacksBedTimeReading in his review of «Starsight» (that you definitely should check out as well) was saying how it was very convenient for the plot development to have M-bot being able to access the database and basically laying down all the information humans lost many years ago or never had access to in the first place. Now that he mentioned it, I see what he means, but while reading it didn’t really bother me and I only felt excited to finally learn more about this world. (there are still many secrets Brandon Sanderson hasn’t revealed yet!).
What «Skyward» lacked especially in the end, «Starsight» gave plenty of right at the beginning of the book. I was left with too many questions after finishing the first installment, and many of events didn’t seem plausible or believable, but then right as I started reading the second book (and the short story helped quite a lot) I finally grasped the immensity of the world and abilities of some of the characters, and that made me very excited to learn even more.
2 – Spensa’s character went through very gradual development and I loved how we were able to follow her as her views started to shift. This shift in her believes was done so slowly, influenced by the events on Starsight and by meeting new characters, and I loved seeing this inner struggle as the world and the faces of her enemies started to change – became diverse and multifacial.
Brandon Sanderson was playing with our minds as he created this one main villain in the first book just to shatter this whole image and take it to the next level.
3 – My two favorite non-human characters received some well-deserved love. As you might already know, M-bot and Doomslug are the most adorable funny creatures (?), and in «Starsight» they and Spensa were the main focus of the story.
While M-bot actually has some personality that I can base my love for him on, Doomslug is more like Baby Yoda. She (it?) looks adorable in my head and I love her for that. And she constantly thrills! I just can’t help myself. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
4 – This world is huge and we are just being shown a very tiny part of it! Just in «Starsight» Brandon Sanderson introduced so many different planets and alien species, the possibilities for the books in this universe are endless! He could explore the plant Alanik came from, or focus on Kitsen, or any other alien species he might invent in the future. Like Cosmere, the Cytonic world has millions and millions of stories to be told and I hope we will get to see a few of them.
WHAT DIDN’T LIKE:
1 – While the plot development was incredible, «Starsight» introduced a completely new set of characters, except Spensa and M-bot, and I really missed the Skyward crew… I grew to love the group of friends and their interactions, and frankly the new ones didn’t cut it! Yes, they were interesting and alien. But I need more human element to connect better to the story.
Also, I feel like Detritus still has a lot of secrets to tell so leaving it so early felt disappointing. But maybe the next book will focus more on what happened there?
2 – And the last little observation is the writing style when addressing aliens that kept taking me out of the story.
Cuna seemed so tall and aloof. Their voice grew soft, even contemplative, as they continued, turning their head slightly to gaze out the front window.
This “they” and “their” when referring to one alien really bothered me for some reason. Every time I’d read this my mind would stumble screaming at me “this is not correct!”.
The second book might have answered a lot of my questions raised by the events that took place in «Skyward» but it also left a lot of uncovered things for the later installments, especially with that ending! All I have to do now is patiently wait for book number three, while slowly diving into the Cosmere world. 🙂
What do you think about Brandon Sanderson’s books? Have you read Skyward or Starsight?
Let me know in the comments below!