From #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the first of three Skyward series novellas, each told from the perspective of a different member of the team back on Detritus. Read FM’s story between Starsight and Cytonic.
When a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion, Spensa, figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won’t be so easy next time.
The forces of the Galactic Superiority will be back—and if the Defiant Defense Force can’t figure out a way to escape the planet, humanity’s destruction is only a matter of time. Spensa’s mission to infiltrate the Superiority unveiled the secret to their hyperdrives—a cytonic slug species called the Taynix. Now FM’s flightleader, Jorgen, has found a large group of Taynix hiding in the caverns far below Detritus’s surface.
FM and Jorgen must work together with the engineer Rig to awaken the mysterious alien Alanik and unlock the powers of the Taynix, or humanity will be trapped. With Spensa’s friend Minister Cuna of the Superiority stranded at the outpost of Sunreach, they need to figure out how to rescue her—or the Superiority government will be in the sole clutches of those who want to wipe out Detritus once and for all.
From #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the second of three Skyward series novellas, each told from the perspective of a different member of the team back on Detritus. Read Alanik’s story between Starsight and Cytonic.
“Don’t trust their lies. Don’t trust their false peace.” That is the warning that Alanik of the planet ReDawn gave the human pilot Spensa after Alanik’s ship crash-landed on Detritus. While accepting an invitation to meet with her people’s enemy, the Galactic Superiority, Alanik heard Spensa’s cry for help across the vastness of space, and she used her cytonic powers to hyperjump her ship to the source of that cry. What she found there was a shock—a whole planet of free humans fighting against the Superiority. Were they the allies her people desperately needed?
When she recovered from her injuries and met the friendly humans Jorgen and FM of Skyward Flight, she found that her warning to Spensa had gone unheeded by the government of Detritus, and they were considering a peace overture from the Superiority. Now having returned to ReDawn, Alanik is dismayed to learn that her own people are falling into the exact same trap.
The faction in ReDawn’s government that wants to appease the Superiority has gained the upper hand. With Alanik’s mentor, Renakin captured, she has no one to turn to but Jorgen, FM, and their friend Rig. An ancient technology may have the power to save both of their planets from disaster, but can they discover its secrets before it’s too late?
Mini audiobook reviews
I never read short companion novellas but when a friend told me that it would be best to read them before reading Cytonic, I decided to listen to the audiobook.
I am very glad that I did!
In Sunreach, we will follow FM.
I absolutely adored knowing more about her, seeing not only the excellent pilot fighter but also someone really attached to the slugs and their rights!
FM with her gentle way and astute observations will help the humans from Detritus to make tremendous progress in mastering the hyper drive thanks to these slugs.
I still find brilliant and endearing the idea of slugs being the secret to hyper drive! All slugs had their characters, all adorable but some reserving some big…surprises! I became very fond of these little creatures 😊
It’s gripping, funny with a budding romance, animal rights and it reads itself!
ReDawn centers arounds Alanik.
It has a somber tone. Darker than Sunreach as the situation of Alanik’s people is dire and we’ll have non stop action, race to free people from the resistance, desperate and bold moves to master ancient weapons and also a very moving and sad twist!
We get to know Alanik better and she now nearly feels like one of the Skyward’s crew. It’s amazing really how Brandon Sanderson can make us feel love and friendship for so many side characters!
Contrary to Sunreach, it took me some time to really fall into the story but once I did, I just couldn’t stop listening!
Special mention to Suzy Jackson who has the perfect narration for that series!
Thanks for reading!
I feel like novellas get a bad rap but I typically love companion novellas. Getting to spend more time with favorite characters is always a bonus.
What was even more amazing was that these were side characters!
I am so glad you found these so enjoyable! I hardly ever read companion novellas either, most of them I think are a waste of time but these were definitely worth it! Suzy Jackson was awesome as always!
I wish she would narrate more books Mogsy!
I keep hearing so many good things about this series. I’m so curious about the slugs!
I hope you’ll give it a chance Tammy!
I love companion novels but almost never read them anymore these days. I’m glad you enjoyed these!
They are amazing Stephanie!