Book Review: Starsight

Happy Saturday Bookworms!

It’s fuh-fuh-FREEZING in Kansas City, so I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not going anywhere for quite some time. We’re talking constant negative temperatures, peeps!

Nose-cicles aside, it’s book review time!

This time I read Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson.

I mainly read this book because I enjoyed Skyward (my review here) and a big part of 2021 is seeing a series through as long as I’m enjoying it. So what did I think? Keep on reading!



All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.



The Review:

I gave this novel four stars!

Following the events of Skyward, Spensa has helped turn things around for her people. That is, until the Superiority shows signs of amping up their attacks on Detritus. In a last ditch effort to save her people from utter destruction, Spensa goes undercover with the assistance of trusty M-Bot, discovering far more than she ever fathomed about herself and the threat facing the humans. Can she put the pieces together, or is her race doomed for total annihilation?

Much like the first book, this was a solid YA scifi journey.

Spensa once again stands out as a strong, scrappy character who will go any distance to save the people of Detritus. Spensa has a lot of character progression in this book. She learns a heck of a lot more about her strange abilities, and her reactions to the ever-changing landscape of her situation were relatable given what she’s been led to believe.

M-Bot stood out for me again, and he had some progression of his own that helped keep things interesting. Some of his questions regarding existence reminded me of Murderbot (a series I love to death). I won’t give anything specific away, but I’m curious where his journey will take us in the next book, almost as much as Spensa.

The plot was pretty darn great! First and foremost, the universe-building was great. There are so many intriguing, quirky races out there, and the ones we got to know intimately felt real and three dimensional. I especially loved the kitsen. They sound so cute! Can I have one, please? This booked moved fast for the most part, and the mystery element of the new threat called the delvers added a great creepy element to things.

In spots, I did feel like the pacing lagged a bit, and Spensa could get inside her own head a little too much, but besides that I don’t really have any complaints.

I’m excited to continue this series once the third book comes out, and if you haven’t started this series, definitely give it a try!


That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

Have you read this book before? What did you think? Do you have a book recommendation similar to this one? Feel free to share in the comments!

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