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Publisher's Summary

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

When a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion, Spensa, figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won’t be so easy next time.

The forces of the Galactic Superiority will be back - and if the Defiant Defense Force can’t figure out a way to escape the planet, humanity’s destruction is only a matter of time. Spensa’s mission to infiltrate the Superiority unveiled the secret to their hyperdrives - a cytonic slug species called the Taynix. Now FM’s flightleader, Jorgen, has found a large group of Taynix hiding in the caverns far below Detritus’s surface.

FM and Jorgen must work together with the engineer Rig to awaken the mysterious alien Alanik and unlock the powers of the Taynix, or humanity will be trapped. With Spensa’s friend Minister Cuna of the Superiority stranded at the outpost of Sunreach, they need to figure out how to rescue them - or the Superiority government will be in the sole clutches of those who want to wipe out Detritus once and for all.

Praise for Skyward

An Instant New York Times Best Seller   

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

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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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A Confession

Shh... I'm a grandfather and love epic fantasy, but I confess that my favorite Bandon Sanderson series is Skyward. The characters are all epic, flaws and all.

I loved this Novella and it fills in an important gap in what is going on at Detritus while Spin is elsewhere. The primary character focus is from FM's point of view along with Rig. I loved the story and highly recommend the book. I can't wait until the next ones come out. Suzy Jackson is the perfect narrator for this series.

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good to get back to Skyward flight

I spent a good half of a day listening to sunreach. Even though the book is co-authored it felt authentic and in line with both Skyward and Starsight. I enjoyed the character expansions, and the plot.
There were intense moments, moments that drove me crazy, and moments that made me laugh. definitely a fun read if you love the series and want something before Cytonic comes out.

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Just right!

I want to point out one thing in specific that I was impressed with. This book feels just right. It fits perfectly with the other books and nothing seems out of place.

I was already hoping for the best and Janci totally delivered. I thought there might be places where I noticed a different flow and maybe it would cause the story to be disjointed or something but it’s been so well done, I just don’t know what to say. So good. I’m very impressed!

The one critical thing I could mention is that FM’s voice sounds like Spin from the previous books. I think the narrator should have listened to her own narration of FM a little more before recording this. It’s only mildly noticeable so, still 5 stars all around.

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Favorite Book in the Series

I expected so much from this book and IT DELIVERED! Janci Patterson and Brandon gave even more than asked for. I was blown away by where this book started and where FM ends up. This book was a roller coaster that I could not get enough of.

FM is my new favorite POV and her arc was pure perfection. This book answered so many questions put forth in the first book, but leaves you with a thousand more questions.

Do Not read this novella before Skyward and Starsight, but please don't stop reading until you get to Sunreach. If you don't enjoy this then Brandon Sanderson in general probably isn't for you.

I will be suggesting this series to anyone 10 years old or above!

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Can't wait for Cytonic

That was a heck of a ride. I would highly recommend reading/listening to this before Cytonic or you may be lost. A lot happened in this novella.

This story followed FM as the humans tried to get the "hyperdrives" to work. This story mainly revolved around FM, Rig, and Jerkface. I enjoyed getting a bit more of FM's character, but don't feel quite as attached to her as others. The characters also didn't have quite the same feel as they did in books 1 and 2. I did enjoy the introduction of Gill and Chub though.

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Wow an absolute masterpiece

This was such an amazing masterpiece and I absolutely love every minute of this adventure.

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An enjoyable step back into this world

Found it enjoyable to step back into this world and get more story from the wonderful characters Brandon created. Knowing another author wrote this had me coming in a bit worried but it was still good and a very entertaining story with character progression thst made sense and filled in story and lore. I think the only thing I groaned about was the love story that was a bit.... Idk.. It was fine but it felt very similar to simple.. Well.. I guess this is YA so maybe it's exactly what it should be.

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A real pleasure!

The story was great and it was fun to have a perspective from FM. The performance, as always, was top notch and engaging. If you're considering listening to this, you already like Skyward and this doesn't disappoint, so don't think twice.

I think releasing multiple novellas around the release of a main book is a really fun experience and a great way to spread the excitement over months. I look forward to the next novellas and hope this release method continues to be used.

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Good but too expensive

Good quality, but too expensive. Both novellas should be bundled together (Not sure how to package the 3rd novella) . I understand Brandon is insanley busy (the scope of the cosmere is so big that even with Brandon's unmatched wriiting speed, he wont finish it for 25+ years) and i am very glad to get these extra stories that he doesnt have time to fully write himself and help other authors similarly to how the WoT helped him. However, the price point is way off and as a huge fan i have been resistant to paying for this.

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ya novella for skyward series...

it was a good short story (especially if you read a lot of Sanderson) and very classic ya... more romance than normal for Sanderson, but cute. I laughed. I cried... I'll re listen. staring the next novella Tonight!