Published by Delacorte Press on November 6, 2018
Spensa's world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what's left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa's dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father's—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.
Why I read the book
My wife Amanda read it and my friend Chris read it. They both liked it and the audiobook was available at the library.
What I liked
It’s not a spoiler to say there is some aerial combat in the story. The introduction talks about how humans are in a desperate battle of survival with aliens.
I really enjoyed the flight school storyline and dogfight sequences. The human ships battle capabilities (the light lines iirc) were a fun feature.
I am looking forward to continuing the story in the nexts books with Spin, Rig, Jerkface, and the rest of the characters!
What I didn’t like
The start of the book was rough for me. The book had many similarities to other fantasy or sci-fi books like: people living in caverns (Red Rising), exams to determine what occupation a young person can do (Divergent), and a kind of battle school (Ender’s Game).
Sanderson did a good job of taking these ‘known’ elements and adding other plot items to make the story new enough and entertaining.
I enjoyed the book and give it 4 out of 5 falling space debris ☄️.
This was my 4th book of 2020.