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By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sci-fi space adventure off to a high-flying start.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Loved This Book

This book was excellent. Anyone who's read a Brandon Sanderson novel knows how amazing his world-building skills are. The characters were well developed, the storyline wasn't too fast or too slow, and he made everything seem believable. There was some violence (ships blowing up, people dying, etc.) but it's not extremely graphic. There were a few instances of flirting (as CSM mentions) but no kissing or other things. There's a little bit more swearing than CSM mentions. There's h--l, d---n, ba----d, and a--. They're not very frequent, though. But overall, this book is absolutely fantastic, and teen readers (14/15+) will probably get more out of the novel compared to the CSM suggested 12+. The only downside is that the second book doesn't come out until November.
age 10+


This is a great book and very appropriate!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Space battles don't always work well in prose, but this sci-fi adventure adds a human dimension that will keep the pages turning. Would-be pilot Sansa is an engaging protagonist: gutsy and determined, if more than a bit stubborn and quick to make snap judgments. The supporting cast is diverse and interesting.

Author Brandon Sanderson does a good job of choreographing the space battles, so that the reader knows what's happening and what the stakes are. But the book seems longer than it needs to be, and some of the revelations at the end feel rushed. Readers who enjoy Ender's Game wil likely appreciate Skyward and look forward to the saga's next installment.

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