Author: Brandon Sanderson & Janci Patterson
Series: Skyward #2.1
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Suzy Jackson
Length: 5.5 hours (208 pages)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Source: Audible Subscription
Recommended for fans of: Skyward
From #1 bestselling 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. Read 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 her—or the Superiority government will be in the sole clutches of those who want to wipe out Detritus once and for all.
I am generally hesitant to pick up novellas in a series because they are often pure fluff, but these Skyward novellas are full of substance and important plot developments for the series overall. I think Skyward is a near flawless series, but my biggest complaint is that while the books follow Spensa on her adventures, the ensemble I fell in love with during the first book is left behind on Detritus, with very little page time. These novellas solve that problem, filling in what members of the Skyward flight were doing during and between books.
I love that this novella focuses on FM. She was probably the character I felt least attached to in Skyward, but now she is a favorite character. The novella is full of action, romance, and important discovers of hyperdrives that will impact the future of the series. If you are a fan of the Skyward series, the novellas are a must-read.