Starsight - Brandon Sanderson

A hero does not choose her trials. She steps into the darkness, then she faces what comes next.

~ Spoilers for Skyward ~

Starsight is the second book of the Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson, first published in 2019. The story continues after Spensa saved Detritus from unimaginable destruction from the hands of Krells by tapping into her latent power as a cytonic, a person capable of using hyperdrive. She and M-Bot also learned that the Krells were not a merciless hostile alien race, but prison guards tasked by an intergalactic society called Superiority to preserve and isolate the humans in Detritus. Having learned this shocking knowledge, the DDF planned an infiltration to Superiority's society to learn more about their situation. On the other side, Superiority also has a plan to exterminate the humans in Detritus once and for all.

For starters, this book doesn't go the way I thought it would be. I thought we were going to spend most of the time with Skyward crews, but instead, we get to do it with another flight team. And to be honest, I don't quite enjoy this book as much as the first one. One thing that bothers me a lot is that the story felt rushed. I feel like the author is trying to achieve the same effect as the excellent The Well of Ascension, but with significantly fewer pages. I don't know if it's the author or the editor's decision to make this book as thin as it is, but some parts of the book just feel too fast and unnatural, especially near the end of the book.

That being said, I'm still curious as to how this story will continue. In this book, there is a lot of development and changes happening with our characters. New interesting characters and plotlines were introduced. Some mysteries revealed, and new ones appeared. However, by the end of the book, I feel so clueless and not confident about the directions this series will take from here on. I still want to know where it all ends though. Hopefully, someplace good.

Brandon Sanderson
First Published
November 26, 2019