Title: Cytonic (Skyward #3)
Publisher: 30th November 2021 by Hachette Australia
Pages: 432 pages
How I Read It: ARC book
Genre: science fiction, young adult, fantasy
My Rating: 5 cups
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the third book in an epic series about a girl who will travel beyond the stars to save the world she loves from destruction.
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’s 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.
What does one say about Brandon Sanderson, other than, he is in a league of his own. This man just never fails to impress. Cytonic is the third Skyward novel and not once does he drop the ball. It was funny, it was relatable, it was addictive and it was clever and compelling in the most brilliant of ways.
"But ... stories say something. About us, and about where we came from. They're a reminder that we have a past, a history. And a future.”
What Sanderson does best, lies in his ability to bring the words off the page, bringing them alive! His character development and world building are meaningful, enlightening and out of this world. The themes he chooses to discuss, whilst fun and inventive, also allow readers to consider that troubles in life, whilst real, can be overcome.
"Learn to accept that sometimes what you feel isn't invalid..."
I love books where you come across real 'easter eggs' - the deeper meanings within the pages - this book achieves that perfectly. There are moments where readers appreciate the joy and other moments where readers appreciate the philosophical meanings.
"I contemplated the idea of the world - well, many worlds..."
Amazing writing, amazing ideas and amazing execution of the plot. If you have not already got on the Brandon Sanderson train and you are a scifi fan, what is stopping you? His latest instalment demonstrates yet again, just how remarkable he really is.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.