By Brandon Sanderson
Looking for a great sci-fi series with an awesome, stubborn, and talented female main character, a great supporting cast, and incredible world building? You just hit the jackpot!
Genre: Science Fiction
Recommended Age Level: 13+
Series (3 books, 2 novellas, another book coming in 2023)
Spensa’s world has been under alien attack for decades. Pilots are the heroes of what’s left of humanity, and becoming a pilot is Spensa’s dream. Ever since she was a little girl, Spensa has dreamed of soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her father’s legacy stands in the way—he was a pilot who was killed for desertion years ago, branding Spensa the daughter of a coward, and making her chances of attending flight school slim to none.
Spensa is still determined to fly—even if it means she must be as resilient in the face of long odds as humanity itself has had to be against the alien threat. And her accidental discovery in a long forgotten cavern might just grant her a way to claim the stars.
I had genuinely forgotten how much I enjoy science fiction books until I picked this one up. It was so much fun to follow Spensa overcome barrier after barrier, working in a world and a system that is determined to knock her down, and I loved how, even though she is flawed, she is a lovable, fabulous heroine. The twists and turns in the story were engaging and intricate without being difficult to follow, and the depth of the world building was really impressive – Brandon Sanderson is a beloved author for a reason! Whether you have never read a science fiction book or have read them for years, I would highly recommend this book!
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