Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

Cytonic (Skyward, #3)

by Brandon Sanderson

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The third book in an epic series about a girl who will travel beyond the stars to save the world she loves from destruction from the author of the Reckoners series, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive.

Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell—the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home.
Now, the Superiority—the governing galactic alliance bent on dominating all human life—has started a galaxy-wide war. And Spensa’s seen the weapons they plan to use to end it: the Delvers. Ancient, mysterious alien forces that can wipe out entire planetary systems in an instant. Spensa knows that no matter how many pilots the DDF has, there is no defeating this predator.
Except that Spensa is Cytonic. She faced down a Delver and saw something eerily familiar about it. And maybe, if she’s able to figure out what she is, she could be more than just another pilot in this unfolding war. She could save the galaxy.
The only way she can discover what she really is, though, is to leave behind all she knows and enter the Nowhere. A place from which few ever return.
To have courage means facing fear. And this mission is terrifying.

Reviewed by Quirky Cat on

5 of 5 stars


Is it time to cheer? Yes, yes, it is. The third (and thankfully NOT last) novel in Brandon Sanderson's Skyward series is here. Cytonic is about to bring readers back to Spensa and the insane adventures she finds herself on.

Spensa has done a lot in her relatively short life. She fought against the odds (and the prejudice of her people) to rise up and become one of the best pilots of her generation. She also became a spy, putting herself at significant risk in the process. And to top it all off, she faced a Delver.

Now Spensa is in the middle of nowhere, but she is confident that there is a purpose behind it all. If she is right, she will be about to find critical information on the Delvers, who are rapidly becoming a threat more prominent than the Krell, which is saying something.

"Any hero who could have been a monster is more heroic for the choices he or she made to walk another road."

Once again, I am blown away by how much I treasure this series. Cytonic is very much the novel we've been waiting for – and boy is it worth the wait. This novel is full of action, adventure, chaos, and a few brain-bending moments. In other words, it is pure Spensa.

Given how the last novel left off (hint: cliffhanger), I was more than a little bit anxious to get my hands on this beauty. Having access to a couple of short stories helped, but since they didn't answer what happened to Spensa, there were only able to help so much, you know? (Side note: read the novellas! They're worth it).

“Sometimes it's too easy to forget the things you should remember — and far too easy to remember the things you really should forget.”

Honestly, there's a lot to take in from Cytonic. Yes, we learned a lot about the Delvers, but we also learned the depth to which the Krell are willing to go. On the bright side, that isn't all we learned, and some of it managed to be cheerful and informative.

There are so many moments to cherish and appreciate in this book. Some made me laugh out loud, while others made me stop and think. When all put together, it made for a cohesive book that stuck itself firmly in my mind and heart.

“I bet the first time you had emotions, you babbled a lot and soiled your clothing.”

Granted, any book that has Spensa and M-Bot interacting is sure to make me smile. Though I'll admit that there were upsetting and heartbreaking moments as well, so don't go into this book expecting only sunshine and strange expletives from Spensa.

At the time of my writing this review (because I am so very behind on reviewing – I got distracted with a few books, okay?), the next novella is out. Evershore looks like it is going to be from Jorgen's perspective, and I am so excited to sit down and read it! And of course, the next (and sadly, final) novel in the series, Defiant, will be out sometime in 2023. Until then!

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