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Publisher's Summary

From number one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the second of three Skyward series novellas, each told from the perspective of a different member of the team back on Detritus. Listen to Alanik's story between Starsight and Cytonic.

“Don’t trust their lies. Don’t trust their false peace.” That is the warning that Alanik of the planet ReDawn gave the human pilot Spensa after Alanik’s ship crash-landed on Detritus. While accepting an invitation to meet with her people’s enemy, the Galactic Superiority, Alanik heard Spensa’s cry for help across the vastness of space, and she used her cytonic powers to hyperjump her ship to the source of that cry. What she found there was a shock - a whole planet of free humans fighting against the Superiority. Were they the allies her people desperately needed? 

When she recovered from her injuries and met the friendly humans Jorgen and FM of Skyward Flight, she found that her warning to Spensa had gone unheeded by the government of Detritus, and they were considering a peace overture from the Superiority. Now having returned to ReDawn, Alanik is dismayed to learn that her own people are falling into the exact same trap. 

The faction in ReDawn’s government that wants to appease the Superiority has gained the upper hand. With Alanik’s mentor, Renakin captured, she has no one to turn to but Jorgen, FM, and their friend Rig. An ancient technology may have the power to save both of their planets from disaster, but can they discover its secrets before it’s too late? 

Praise for Skyward

An Instant New York Times best seller

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

©2021 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2021 Mainframe, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Startling revelations and stakes-raising implications...Sanderson plainly had a ball with this nonstop, highflying opener, and readers will too." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)  

"With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)  

"It is impossible to turn the pages fast enough." (Booklist)

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An Absolute Blast

Absolutely floored by the newest addition to the Skyward series. Action packed, world building, and absolutely essential to the overall story. I didn't believe I could be looking forward to the release of book 3, but after this, my anticipation is even higher.

Excellent narration as always.

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Meh

Overall it's okay. I understand why Brandon is having someone else do these novellas. I feel like I need to listen to them to stay current on Brandon's work but I'm not a big fan of Janci Patterson writing style. if I find out these are not necessary reads/listens after cytonic comes out I will likely skip them in the future.

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Overpriced

Is it worth listening to? Sure. Is it worth a whole credit? Absolutely not. Sanderson and company stoop low to gouge money from listeners.

Considering how much credit Sanderson gives to his team at the end of his other books, it's galling that he barely thanks the actual author (Janci Patterson) and doesn't even clearly indicate that she was the writer.

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Maybe there’s something I’m missing….

I enjoyed the first two books of the series this novella is based on and was interested to hear the story of this character. The novella itself is….not very good.

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I need more

MORE SANDERSON MOREEEE
MORE SANDERSON MORE MORE MORE MORE NOVELLAS MORE MORE
BOOKS PLEASE. Thanks :)

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consistently great

although I was skeptical of the novellas, they are quickly becoming my favorite part of this series. expertly done narration make this a breeze to listen to. the story was exciting and new. loved every minute of it and look forward to both the 3rd book in the series, and the 3rd novella!

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good read and excellent character development

when I read the original novels, I found this character so unique and really wanted to know more about her, so I was thrilled to find the novella series.

this was a great, action-packed tale that was a very quick read and enjoyable to listen to. I did struggle a bit with the narrator. don't get me wrong - Suzy Jackson is AMAZING and talented; however, because she mostly reads as the voice of Spensa in the original novels (which are much longer) and sometimes does so as Spensa impersonating this character, it made it difficult to transition into hearing her as just this character.

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Disappointing

Simply not as good as the main series. It doesn’t grip you as much. The pace is all over the place. The characters all feel younger than they are.
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I really hope Cytonic will redeem this.

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exceptionally childish listen

Narration was excellent as usual, but story was slow and seemed gear to a young audience.

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Upcoming writer dose a fair job on novella

This is not a must have in any way, but it is nice to see / hear a new writer working with Brandon. The overall quality is on par or close to the main storey line. This is a teenager/ coming of age story and personal I find it less satisfying than Brandon’s mature works. On the other hand I read/listen to all of his books - soo if you like the main storyline, this is a fine addition.

On the performance I think it’s good - I often struggle with female narrators - but in this case it’s fine - perhaps the teenage/ young adults roles fit good to the lighter tone - well and the main storyline has a female point of view:).

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