Review: Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: Cytonic
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Skyward #3
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Suzy Jackson
Length: 13 hours (432 pages)
Publisher: Delacorte; Audible
Release Date: November 23, 2021
Source: Audible subscription


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the third book in an epic series about a girl who will travel beyond the stars to save the world she loves from destruction.

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.


Spensa gets better and better with each book. Her latest adventure brings her to what is essentially another dimension, where she meets a new cast of unlikely allies. I can’t get enough of the action, adventure, and emotions in this series. Sanderson is skilled at creating diverse ensembles of interesting and lovable characters in each book. My only complaint about this series is that Spensa and M-Bot are the only constants from book to book, but luckily M-Bot is my favorite character so I don’t mind too much.

I just love this series so much, and I appreciate how each book adds so much to the world building. This book finally answers some questions I’ve had since book one, but leaves plenty to be resolved in book 4.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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