Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson (Skyward #3)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: Ginny is in town! She came over and we watched holiday movies, including quitting one cause it was really and truly terrible. We’ve had wine, maybe not as much wine as we usually do, but we had wine and I can’t drive so it counts. That’s my new standard, can I drive? No? Ok, i can write a review.
Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell—the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home.
Now, the Superiority—the governing galactic alliance bent on dominating all human life—has started a galaxy-wide war. And Spensa has seen the weapons they plan to use to end it: the Delvers. Ancient, mysterious alien forces that can wipe out entire planetary systems in an instant. Spensa knows that no matter how many pilots the DDF has, there is no defeating this predator.
Except that Spensa is Cytonic. She faced down a Delver and saw something eerily familiar about it. And maybe, if she’s able to figure out what she is, she could be more than just another pilot in this unfolding war. She could save the galaxy.
The only way she can discover what she really is, though, is to leave behind all she knows and enter the Nowhere. A place from which few ever return.
To have courage means facing fear. And this mission is terrifying.
Drunk Overview: Thiis is the third book (which i thought was the finale) for this series. ngl, i was upset when i found out this wasn’t a trilofy, caue i’m tryna finish up/catch up on my open series. Anywho. If you haven’t read books 1 or 2, beware of spoilers. You can check my other reviews linked above.
Anyway, so Spensa is back from her subterfuge on the alien base that was tryna exterminate humans. She hears the call from somewhere in the nowhere (yes, it’s called that), so she jumps on in. Apparently there are other people in the nowhere, exiles, prisoners, pirates, etc. But that’s where fuel (?) I think it’s fuel is mined, so the consortium manages it. Spensa finds a friend and gets captured by pirates and she finds out she’s gotta go on this path or whatever to figure out what Cytonics are and where they come from.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: Again, I was v disappointed to find out this wasn’t the finale, but I will persevere.
Characters: So. Spensa is still our MC and she’s still sorta annoying. Mostly because she doesn’t really consider anyone when she makes decisions. She just decides its the best for everyone and does it without asking for help/advice. by book 3 of a series, I would have hoped that that character trait would have gone away, but it didn’t. She is brilliant though, and she makes me laugh sometimes. M-Bot continues to be the best character, especially as they learn to be autonomous. There’s a new character I love and is my book bf (even though he’s not even close to a romantic interest for Spensa) and that’s Chet. Chet is hilarious and brilliant and provides some well needed life lessons for Spensa. I also like some of the pirates. The villains are the same.
Plot: This one was rather slow if I’m honest. I know it was an important part of Spensa’s journey, but it felt more like a chess piece book. Moving Spensa to where she needs to be (mentally and physically and with the knowledge required) for the final battle. It was fine, but not the best one by far.
Writing Style: All hail the king. I like these books and I like his style, obviously
World Building: This was actually a world building book. We learn a lot about Cytonics and their origin and the delvers and all of it. Learned a lot and it made sense, well done.
What to pair it with: Vodka Soda with a splash of pineapple. It’s good, it feels familiar, but it has a small twist that makes it more enjoyable (see: Chet)
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,