Hello fellow book nerds.
I guess I never wrote a review when I read Starsight the first time around? I’m kind of glad though because I enjoyed it a lot more my second time around. So here it is!
NOTE: If you did not read Skyward there will be spoilers. The review for Starsight is spoiler free itself, as always.
You can read my review of Skyward here: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Book Review
5 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.
Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.
But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.
To be honest, I really did not remember this book from my first read so everything felt new to me again. This story picks up a little after the first novel with a little more knowledge of the attacks after Spensa was able to break through the sky. I do remember my first time around not liking it as much because Spensa traveled to a new planet posing as Alanik, an alien that crashed onto Detritus and was severely injured. to try and infiltrate the Superiority. This plot felt so different than the first book because it wasn’t as much as Spensa trying to prove herself but it dives more into the history of the humans and the wars. So, going into this books, be aware that it is going to read different than the first. There aren’t as many laughs since Spensa is split from her Skyward team but this book changes everything. I appreciated it more the second time around knowing this going in. The story was fast paced and Spensa still grew a lot, along with the plot.
Spensa is still absolutely amazing. After finally learning about her cytonic powers, she can start to further push herself and learn more about what happened. She still had a lot of growing to do and instead of her crewmates helping her with that, it’s a bunch of different races of aliens. It was interesting seeing their perspectives because they all view humans as too aggressive and shouldn’t be allowed to live. And after hearing what happened, I don’t know if I could really blame them. But it’s up to Spensa to try and show them that humans can be different… without revealing that she herself is human. M-bot and Doomslug are there to keep her company, of course, and I just love them so much. While the new characters were not Skyward flight, they were still enjoyable.
Overall, Starsight by Brandon Sanderson was an amazing sequel, even more so the second time around. The story definitely plays out different as Spensa is faced with different challenges but it brings in a new plotline which is appreciative. I’m glad that it wasn’t the same thing over again. However, I really did miss the Skyward flight. With the second read through and knowing they weren’t as active in this book, it made me enjoy the new characters even more. They still fit with Spensa and taught her a lot. If you liked the first book, I highly recommend continuing this story as the new revelations are amazing and keep you on the edge of your seat!
NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book
I’m so glad I’m doing this on audio. Suzy Jackson does such an amazing job bringing each character to life. It’s so easy to follow and it’s such a fun listen. If you enjoy audio or are looking to get into it, this narration makes it absolutely amazing.