Hey all, Dani here.
It has been another very nice day at Gen Con, but I’m glad we’re going to have an early night tonight. Some relaxation at the hotel, especially the hotel hot tub, will be great.
All right, well let’s just keep moving and grooving with all these posts and reviews and awesomeness.
Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father’s—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.
Rating: 5 stars
I’ll start off by saying that I had to buy the UK cover for this book. The US cover is fine and I like it, but I just think the UK cover looks so much cooler.
I think I can admit that I am biased when it comes to Brandon Sanderson. I have yet to be disappointed by one of his books, so I go into each book mentally prepared to read it quickly and become very absorbed by the story and the characters.
This does not change when the genre is sci-fi instead of his typical fantasy. I still thought the world building was really interesting, and I enjoyed the character development and the revelations spread throughout the novel.
The pacing was nicely done and there were no real slow points. To me it felt like every scene furthered the plot or the characters or revealed some detail that would be relevant later or would be really important later.
Experiencing space flight school was actually a lot of fun. I liked the training simulations, and the serious number of times that the students got thrown into real battle scenarios because of numbers issues and more. Sometimes that meant the stakes were really high and the consequences could be quite dire.
This is a dangerous place, and Brandon Sanderson makes you believe that, because all of the characters are at risk. It’s brilliant. I had a great time reading this, and I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel.
Where to Get a Copy
You can also borrow a copy from your local library.