Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay, it's official, folks. Brandon Sanderson is a god.
He's not just a go-to guy for all things fantasy. I've read a few of his Cosmere SF stores but this is the first outright SF novel I've read from him and OMG he slams it out of the park. Or sky. :)
Let's put it this way. You remember how Armada should have been the glorious Last Starfighter? Let's just ignore that for a moment.
THIS is the quintessential Top Gun meets the Last Starfighter, complete with a girl pilot with a huge chip on her shoulder, a lot of growth to be had, a mysterious AI starship she's caring for while undergoing training, and KILLER dogfights.
Did I cry a little as the cadets started dying or being pulled from the classes by freaked out parents? Yes. Did I feel the urgency and the hopelessness and the absolute need for pilots at all costs? Yes.
Did I have an INSANE amount of fun reading this?
Hell, I'm already devoted to this man's fantasy.
I just never guessed, although I SHOULD HAVE GUESSED, that Sanderson's Law was always a great means to bring understandable science-like laws to the field of Fantasy, but COME ON... a man who does this already has a FANTASTIC grip on SF. The story is fantastic, fun, and jammed with action, pathos, and a LOT of cute. :)
I can't wait for the next one! It's a great blow out and an even better set-up! :)
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