Book Review : Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

I have been desperate to pick this up ever since I finished reading Skyward last year. This book was easily a 5 star read for me. Infact, every Brandon Sanderson Book I have read till now has been mind blowing. I am on a personal mission to read all his books so I can relish the good writing until the third book in this series comes out.


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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. The rumors of his cowardice are true–he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.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.


    I like how Brandon Sanderson makes his plot lines a mix of such intense underlying themes without making it too heavy to digest. The one theme that stood out to me throughout is the Us vs Them theme in particular. Spensa’s interaction with other alien species and her judgement on them says a lot about how we judge people we think are different from us. While we all like people that are similar to us in someway, this book promotes individuality so well. For some reason it reminded me of The Giver by Lois Lowry.
    While I missed the old squad from the first book, this book brings with it such vivid characters. Since the plot revolves around Spensa leaving her home planet and traveling through the galaxy, we are introduced to varied species each with their own worldly rules. That’s how complex and intricate Brandon Sanderson writing gets. I loved Vapor and Morrimur in particular.
  • Jorgen, M-BOT & Doomslug.
    I found the older characters that were part of the second book holding such significance in the story. like the revelation of Doomslug was absolutely shocking. Also M-BOT’s existential crisis is hilarious.

“That’s what war is,” Cobb told me. “A bunch of sorry, desperate fools on both sides, just trying to stay alive. That’s the part that those stories you love leave out, isn’t it? It’s always more convenient when you can fight a dragon. Something you don’t have to worry you’ll start caring about.”

Brandon Sanderson, Starsight
A little fan art because I can’t seem to get over this series.
    If you thought the Skyward was action packed. Wait till you read this! The space battles in this one are on another level. Especially with the piloting, humor and the new space squad that go in battle.
  • The Cliff Hanger Ending
    Just like the last book, the ending was absolutely gripping and I can’t wait for the next book to see how it all progresses. I was fairly satisfied by how the story ended especially with how well the underlying themes are emphasized by the end of it all.

RATING: ★★★★★

Overall, this book is mind blowing and so is this series. Highly recommend this one if you are into YA and want to explore the Sci-Fi Genre. I was sucked into this world from start to finish. I have always been curious to know what’s out there in space and the fear of the unknown is frightening . This book just fuels that imagination even more.


Published: November 26th 2019
Genre: YA| Sc-Fi|Fantasy
Pages: 461
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co

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  1. I just finished this a couple days ago and I don’t know how I am now supposed to wait for book three. That ending!

    I loooved the way he looked at the us VS them mentality in this one. Given all of the drama that’s going on it’s a surprisingly optimistic story. Though I suppose it might be a bit too early to say that!