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Cytonic (The Skyward Series Book 3)



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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Skyward
An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

Startling revelations and stakes-raising implications . . . Sanderson plainly had a ball with this nonstop, highflying opener, and readers will too.Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast . . . [and] as the pulse-pounding story intensifies and reveals its secrets, a cliffhanger ending sets things up for the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“It is impossible to turn the pages fast enough.” —Booklist

Sanderson delivers a cinematic adventure that explores the defining aspects of the individual versus the society . . . [and] fans of [his] will not be disappointed.” —SLJ

Praise for Starsight, the sequel to Skyward
An Instant
New York Times Bestseller

No one has more fun writing or is better at describing galactic dogfights. . . . Read the first one for fun or enjoy the second on its own.” —Booklist

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity, and the e-original Mitosis; the New York Times bestsellers Skyward and its sequel Starsight; the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy; and the Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, an adaptation of which is coming to Amazon Prime Video in November 2021. His books have been published in more than thirty-five languages and have sold 22 million copies worldwide. Brandon lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about him and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com or follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter and Instagram. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

She must fight for the world she's forgetting. Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson. Skyward Series

The thrilling next installment in the Skyward series from bestselling author Brandon Sanderson!

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Delacorte Press November 23 2021

Publication date

November 23 2021



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17182 KB



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10 reviews for Cytonic (The Skyward Series Book 3)

  1. Logan

    Too much convenienceI would consider this the weakest Sanderson book I’ve read. It’s unfortunately slow, meandering, and filled with convenient plot events that baffled me. The tone changed multiple times throughout and rarely matched the political military themes of the first two books. I heard that this was Brandon’s most revised novel and it definitely shows. I know this is YA but the series had such strong writing that I don’t believe that can be used to justify it.If book two had ended on less of a cliffhanger I would have made this series a duology for me. I’ll probably read book 4 because I support Brandon but I don’t have high expectations.*SPOILERS AHEAD*The book opens with Spensa arriving in a jungle with pink sky. She is captured by pirates but then saved by a swashbuckling Indiana Jones-like riding an alien dinosaur. This opening scene sets much of the tone for the rest of the book. An adventure story across floating islands, fleeing monsters and pirates that are more reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean than space opera.The mysterious and genuinely scary delvers, Lovecraftian horrors that couldn’t (and I believe shouldn’t) be understood, devolved into angry ascended AIs that don’t know how to deal with emotion. Emotions granted to them somehow by the Nowhere. M-Bot getting emotion as well was not like in the previous book. He became annoying and his emotions were often played for gags. I enjoyed Chet at times but he also was very comedic in an annoying way.So in the end we spend almost no time with any established characters from either prior novel, have two comedic side-kicks, have a romp through pirate land with a showdown over who gets to be the “Pirate Champion”, and end with Spensa gaining over-the-top super powers to defeat the baddies.I feel like this book is the sequel to a completely different series.

  2. Andrew Oliner

    Disappointing after two great booksFor the first time in this series, I got impatient reading this. The plot seemed to move at a snails’ pace. For most of the book, the plot seemed aimless and repetitive. All of the elements that had made the previous books so exciting were missing. What was left was an endless slog through a repetitive landscape with uninteresting characters.I kept waiting for the payoff at the end of the book, which I expected to be the conclusion of the series. Instead, it was “there’s another book”. At least Spensa is back in her own universe again, where interesting things happen to interesting characters. May they happen that way again!


    Pretty good1st half seemed like filler. Second half was really good. I remember the book really picking up around 45% progress. Overall, not one of my favorite installments of this series but at this point, I’m committed and will read anything having to do with the series, including the novellas. I really enjoy the storyline as a whole.This book was more of a side plot that deviates away from the main story line of fighting the Superiority.**light spoilers below**Spensa’s storyline is focused on the delvers, which to me, didn’t turn out to be as interesting as the main plot line. The reasoning behind the delvers hatred just seemed so silly to me and not fully fleshed out. An advanced AI based on logic but with recent sentient emotions just couldn’t handle the loss of a loved one, and completely shut down and wanted to destroy anything that bothered them…? Really…?** end light spoilers **I actually preferred the Redawn novella to this book since it had more to do with the war.I loved the introduction of Peg and Shiver as characters. I hope they are woven into the upcoming books.

  4. T. Reads

    Where are the characters from the first book?The first book was great! We loved the characters — then they all got sidelined. Why? Book 2 and book 3 introduced weak characters that we care nothing about. I had never read a Sanderson book I didn’t like then Oathbringer, then these two books and I’m still waiting for Wax and Wayne and the Evil Librarians, I didn’t bother with Rhythm of War. — it’s like a Sanderson pandemic! Sanderson needs a new editor to tell him the truth about how boring his books have gotten! Bless his heart ❤️

  5. Kindle Customer

    Adventure!None of the books in this series quite match, and while that is fine, I’m not a huge fan of adventure! novels. So, if you are looking for some exploration and pirates, enjoy, otherwise be prepared for a lot of time spent on random encounters before getting to some exciting plot at the very end.

  6. James Witt

    I did not love it.This is the first Sanderson book I have scored a 3. It was boring to read, so much so I constantly fell asleep while reading, during the day! The adventures were too sparse and the whole book felt like an exploration of feelings for children. I read it all the way through, but I did not enjoy it. Even the ending which is normally full of excitement was.. yee…

  7. CJDsCurrentRead

    Too much filler, a soft entry to the series.EDIT: I have thought about this constantly and have decided on a 3.5/5* for this novel. My review stands, but as it’s all connected within the Cytoverse, I still found enjoyment.Original thoughts from December, 2021. Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson. I think I’ll leave this one unrated for a while, I’m just not sure exactly how I feel about it. In a way, it bothered me that it was said that the novellas were not necessary to the story, but then this one went on to be almost entirely unrelated to the prior story. It didn’t progress the DDF at all, meanwhile the novellas did. This entire novel has the feeling of a fantasy/scifi dream sequence—which is something I actually loathe in those kinds of stories. Then to make it worse, the story itself also kind of had those sequences for real too? But at the same time this story still has all the heart and fun that is Spensa and M Bot, which is why I’m not sure what to rate it. I both enjoyed this one, and also realize that it is kind of a 400+ page filler novel. Also, if you haven’t done these audio yet, stop doing yourself a disservice, Suzy Jackson should narrate everything.Have you read this yet? How did you feel about it?

  8. K. G. A. Alavi

    Spensa’s questWhat an awesome book. I really enjoyed the first book, the story took a different turn to what I was expecting in the next book, now I think I have a new favourite book in the series.Spensa has been given a choice, go home and fight along either her friends and be another pilot (a great pilot), or become something much more.Spensa will have a chance to face threats all the heroes and heroines in the old stories faced. Heart breaking choices. New enemies, and allies. Most of all new understanding and skills.I love everything about thus book. The quest the characters, and the leveling up. The combat is intense. The courage displayed bybthe characters is truly heroic. I also like that they expanded on crossovers in the novella book 2.1 and 2.2. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  9. Rick P

    Not the best of the series.Iv’e read most of the authors work and found that whilst I will continue to read the adventures of our heroine, this third book seemed to go a little off course.Maybe that’s just me, but I almost felt like the storeyline changed to something totally different mid way through this book.Can’t knock the author really though, even if some of his efforts do seem a bit rushed.

  10. Sipeter

    Typical Brandon! Wow!The Skyward series is the first Science Fiction work of his I have read and they are as good as his fantasy novels which I have read and reread.Cannot wait for the next in the series.

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