Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for the "Skyward" series novellas - "Sunreach", "ReDawn", and "Evershore".
Brandon Sanderson's "Skyward" series, a riveting blend of sci-fi adventure and young adult drama, expands its universe through three compelling novellas - "Sunreach", "ReDawn", and "Evershore". Set between the third and fourth books, these stories offer deeper insights into the series' intricate world and its diverse characters.
Sunreach: Focusing on FM, a skilled pilot from the main series, this novella delves into her leadership qualities and her evolving relationship with Rig. A major revelation is the discovery of a hyperdrive that could change the course of the war against the Krell. FM's growth from a secondary character to a protagonist is brilliantly executed, adding new layers to her personality and the series' narrative.
ReDawn: This story shifts the perspective to Alanik, an alien pilot from ReDawn, who crash-landed on Detritus in the main series. We explore her efforts to navigate complex interplanetary politics and her struggle to save her people from the aggressive Superiority. The novella excels in portraying the cultural and emotional conflicts of an alien character, offering a refreshing non-human perspective.
Evershore: Centered around Jorgen, this novella showcases his journey to leadership and his determination to rescue Spensa, the main series' protagonist. His confrontation with the Superiority and the tension-filled rescue mission on Evershore highlight Jorgen's strategic mind and courage. The novella is a thrilling ride that explores themes of duty, leadership, and loyalty.
In conclusion, these novellas are not just fillers but integral to the "Skyward" universe. They enrich the main storyline with character backstories, political intrigue, and emotional depth. For newcomers, they serve as enticing gateways into Sanderson's world, while for series veterans, they are unmissable chapters that add texture and depth to the overarching narrative.
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