Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson | Book Review

【 CYTONIC 】

book #3 in the Skyward series

Rating: 5 out of 5.

🥺 This series is so wholesome and feisty, I love it.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Published: November 2021
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 432 (paperback)

Also excuse me, how dare I have to wait for book four after that finish. Hmf.

I’ve been really impressed reading this series with the way that none of the books have felt like a filler and in fact they’ve all expanded the story broadly and differently. It makes it all very engaging and fun.

If you’re reading this for some reason and haven’t read the first two, then stop now lest I spoil you for things that have happened in those books.

M-bot continues to be my favourite book in this series – but the other thing I really, really loved was the budding relationship between Spensa and Jordan.

I love how weird Spensa is, but what I love more is how Jordan just accepts all of her weirdness and likes her anyway. I found this immensely satisfying despite the fact this it probably makes up about 1.3% of this book.

The concept of the nowhere in this book is also really fun. The way that Sanderson just comes up and creates this cool new worlds is really impressive and it sets your imagination tingling as you start constructing all these worlds in your mind.

There are some new and strange characters in this book (again) and the twists and turns around each of them are often unexpected.

But the hero of the story is obviously M-bot. And the character development that this sentient ship goes through (which is just so weird and ironic it makes me laugh) in this book is 10 levels of entertaining.

Oh and Doomslug continues to be an unexpectedly amazing character. Only Sanderson could make you feel attached to a literal slug.

This story is a sheer delight and a real hoot.

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Title: Cytonic
Series title: Skyward
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Purchase: Angus & Roberston
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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 has 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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