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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 i 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’s 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.


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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 i 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’s 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.

30 review for Cytonic

  1. 5 out of 5

    shre ♡

    brandon sanderson: me: say no more

  2. 5 out of 5

    queen of narnia

    UPDATE as of 05/26/21 Ooh this UK cover is really pretty. Can’t wait to see what the American cover is going to look like! UPDATE: oh my GODS Charlie Bowater is a goddess living among us mere mortals because this cover?? *exhales breath violently* GORGEOUS — Ah so now it's changed to untitled. I can't wait to see what the finished title and cover looks like! Charlie Bowater always kills her covers. UPDATE as of 05/26/21 Ooh this UK cover is really pretty. Can’t wait to see what the American cover is going to look like! UPDATE: oh my GODS Charlie Bowater is a goddess living among us mere mortals because this cover?? *exhales breath violently* GORGEOUS — Ah so now it's changed to untitled. I can't wait to see what the finished title and cover looks like! Charlie Bowater always kills her covers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    okay i must admit, this definitely felt like filler for majority of the book but the character development was just >>>>> (view spoiler)[i will forever be disappointed that there was once again no appearance of skyward flight at all😭 (hide spoiler)] also there was no cliffhanger so?? at least waiting 2 years wont be so bad RTC (3.5⭐) ________ AT LAST I SHALL HAVE ANSWERS and then suffer with even more questions once i finish this cri ________ OMG WHAT THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS😭😭 havent even read book 2 yet okay i must admit, this definitely felt like filler for majority of the book but the character development was just >>>>> (view spoiler)[i will forever be disappointed that there was once again no appearance of skyward flight at all😭 (hide spoiler)] also there was no cliffhanger so?? at least waiting 2 years wont be so bad RTC (3.5⭐) ________ AT LAST I SHALL HAVE ANSWERS and then suffer with even more questions once i finish this cri ________ OMG WHAT THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS😭😭 havent even read book 2 yet but im so scared excited for this. i need it to be november already please

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    So Sanderson announced the title and cover a few days ago.. can Charlie Bowater just design all covers featuring people? Her art is gorgeoussss. Makes me wish I was not reading the ebooks and bought the pbs or hbs instead.. 18/12/2020 update: Sometimes I think the man writes faster than I can read. Seriously, how does he find so much time to work on all of these projects? "Skyward is my other active project right now. As I said above, I’m working on the third book (out of four) in the series right So Sanderson announced the title and cover a few days ago.. can Charlie Bowater just design all covers featuring people? Her art is gorgeoussss. Makes me wish I was not reading the ebooks and bought the pbs or hbs instead.. 18/12/2020 update: Sometimes I think the man writes faster than I can read. Seriously, how does he find so much time to work on all of these projects? "Skyward is my other active project right now. As I said above, I’m working on the third book (out of four) in the series right now, with a goal to have the rough draft done by January 1st. Hopefully we’ll be releasing tie-in novellas right around the time we release the novel, but I can’t promise exact dates." Okay so we're getting Nowhere?? and three other companion novellas told from the viewpoints of different people (other than Spensa) and "running parallel to Skyward Three and having some cool overlaps between them." Expected release date: September 2021 Unrelated: so he's also working on a screenplay for mistborn. Seriously when does he find the time to sleep???? I've said it before and I say it again: we don't deserve the man. Thanks for making 2020 better :) --- So Sanderson posted on reddit apologizing that Skyward is going to skip a year all while publishing meanwhile a giant book Rhythm of War, a graphic novel Dark One Volume 1, a novella Dawnshard, and co-writing a short story The Original. We don't deserve the man.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon

    Review December 2021 The most character driven and lore heavy installment in the series that manages to prepare for the finale without feeling like filler. Though I still miss some of the characters from the first book, I appreciate the growth Spensa went through and was invested throughout the entire story. Prereview March 2019. Well hello first most-anticipated release of 2021! :D

  6. 4 out of 5

    human

    THAT COVER PLS I’M CRYING NOVEMBER FEELS SO FAR AWAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~ A TITLE??????? HOW DID I NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS I'M LITERALLY SCREAMING ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I CANT WAIT THIS LONG I NEED THIS RIGHT FREAKING NOW NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THE AGONY ITS TOO MUCH щ(゜ロ゜щ) THAT COVER PLS I’M CRYING NOVEMBER FEELS SO FAR AWAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~ A TITLE??????? HOW DID I NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS I'M LITERALLY SCREAMING ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I CANT WAIT THIS LONG I NEED THIS RIGHT FREAKING NOW NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THE AGONY ITS TOO MUCH щ(゜ロ゜щ)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yeganeh(Taylor's version)

    I like Cytonic, the third Skyward novel, but didn't love it. The book does what it does well, but I expect Cytonic to be a divisive book, even more so than Starsight was. In fact, if you didn't like that Starsight didn't have Skyward Flight characters, this book might be even worse for you. Considering the previous novel in the series, Starsight, ended on a cliffhanger I’ve been very eager to see what comes next. In a desperate attempt to escape her attackers (who were also overthrowing the curr I like Cytonic, the third Skyward novel, but didn't love it. The book does what it does well, but I expect Cytonic to be a divisive book, even more so than Starsight was. In fact, if you didn't like that Starsight didn't have Skyward Flight characters, this book might be even worse for you. Considering the previous novel in the series, Starsight, ended on a cliffhanger I’ve been very eager to see what comes next. In a desperate attempt to escape her attackers (who were also overthrowing the current government) launches herself into a strange portal, a portal she’s seen exiles get tossed into. At the end of Starsight, we see Spensa hop into the mysterious nowhere, and well, that's exactly what we get in this book. It's another Spensa adventure in a new location, where we learn more things about the world and Along her journey Spensa encounters an adventurer pulled straight out of the stories, bands of pirates, Delver possessed enemies, and ultimately the history behind the powers she holds. And that is the setting for this book. The setting of this book is Definitely one of the best things about this book. we get a lot of lore and mystery we’re delving into what it means to be cytonic and stuff. And we got some answers and they are pretty fantastic. ════ •[🚀]• ════ In terms of characters, we have spensa and m-bot and they both get quite a characters arc here and it’s good in that respect. Spensa did a lot of growing in the past two books, and I’m glad that she finally came clean with the Broadsiders instead of keeping them at arm’s length. Not only did that show some maturity on her part, but it helped them with their own situation, too. M-Bot has also fixed practically the moment he enters Nowhere. He’s back to normal in barely a blink. Sanderson hinted at this with M-Bot’s next-to-last words in Starsight (“My thoughts… they’re speeding up?”),so our collective worries about him were relieved in early chapters. The stories about humans are crazy in these books. Like they’re rabid animals, or something. From the stories the Broadsiders’ human, Maksim, told, they really were treated like animals. As strange as Maksim’s life is in the Nowhere, it’s got to be better than having masters who kept him as a pet. Oh, do I want Maksim and Quirk to have a conversion. Fingers crossed. And speaking of meet-ups…in honor of all the shippers, I loved the brief interactions Spensa and Jorgen were able to enjoy. Astral projection flirting was cute.They were adorable. And I can’t wait to get these two back together! of course, we have Winzik, Brade, and the Superiority to deal with. But with new allies, and new skills, anything is possible. Ugh, and If I never hear winzik's “my, my” again, I’ll be happy. That being said, Along the path, Spensa joins another team of characters—PIRATES!—who she is destined to leave behind. The mix of species is rich and shows great imagination when it comes to worldbuilding. and really kind of the main problem with this (even though I absolutely appreciate adventurous plots) Is that we are going to another adventure to another whole different place. The adventure is pretty good no question. We’re introduced to a bunch of new characters (something Sanderson is really good at) very similarly to starsight did And I don’t know , we did have a cast of characters in skyward , starsight another cats of characters, in this book another cast of characters, I kind of liked this side characters the least to be honest. And really are we going to see this characters later? and with spensa and m-bot being the whole show runner of this book, I find it hard to fallow them. Along with that, we don't get to see a lot of old cast members. It's essentially the same issue you could have had in Starsight. I love the Skyward Flight crew a lot! The interplay with them and Spensa was fantastic in Skyward, and I did miss them in Starsight, which had a different crew who I liked, but didn't like as much as the old side characters.but if you do miss the Skyward Flight characters, there's a solution: three Skyward Flight novellas! The first two, Sunreach and ReDawn, are already out, with the third, Evershore, coming out December 28th ════ •[🚀]• ════ talking about the map. I loved the worldbuilding in this book. We’ve got a little of this, a little of that… There were a lot of fragments of the Somewhere that gave us new landscapes and ecosystems that we haven’t been able to experience yet in the series. I do appreciate the richness of the species and environments Sanderson brought into the Nowhere. It showed a little bit of everything sliced out of the Somewhere universe—though floating platforms and floating cities seem a visual he’s in love with, considering how often he uses them. There is a world building element that I quite didn’t like which it does quite make sense that it would be this way. but it did make the plot not seem very tense. because in comparison to skyward the tension was quite on point as well as starsight every time they went into this space crafts, I was like ohhh people are going to die and the tension and all. ════ •[🚀]• ════ For the first time all the interludes were fun to read. Now, what was less of a joy to read was the climax. M-Bot!!!!! For the second time at the end of the book, I’m worried about M-Bot. Curse you, Sanderson. M-Bot’s growth as a character was a highlight of the book for me. I kept thinking, “No…Spensa is not going to leave him there. Not again. She’s got to get him, she’s got to take him home!”. one thing I am concerned about is how Spensa is going to get M-Bot back. Because she HAS TO GET HIM BACK. He’s her sidekick and she needs her sidekick. This book ends with Spensa, finally, with Jorgen and back on Detirus(God I'm so happy , one thing i absolutely wanted to see here was this and i so appreciate it) Something is going on with the uniform shift and I am looking forward to finding out what that means. Her time in the Nowhere gave her the knowledge to better fight against the Delvers. I think that Spensa is ready to take on Winzik and Brade and the Superiority. She’s lean and mean and ready to rumble. Not only is she ready, but the rest of Defiant will be ready. I’m a little wobbly on the thing with the uniform change but I think it will work out in the long run. ════ •[🚀]• ════ highly recommends that readers be familiar with the short story"Defending Elysium" before reading Cytonic: It will impact your appreciation and possible understanding of the book’s climax. Overall, I liked the journey Sanderson took us on during this book but It feels like a hard thing to complain about, or hold against the story. Cytonic is still very much an engaging tale, but it’s the most noticeable book(with its touch of middle-book syndrome)in the series to feel like it’s just a stepping stone. It doesn’t work as well on its own, sitting apart from the franchise, and it’s setup makes it feel like the bigger story is happening somewhere else entirely.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cat Carstairs

    THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    Skyward ★★★★ Starsight ★★★★ Sunreach ★★★3/4 ReDawn ★★★ 1/2 Cytonic ★★★ 1/2 Although I expected more from this, I would still die for Doomslug!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    3.5/5 The Skyward series will always be a special series to me. Maybe it’s because it’s a Brandon Sanderson series and all of his works are important to me, some more than others, but I think it’s because of how endearing the characters are. This third instalment into the series was as good as the second, which is to say average I suppose. I adore the whole world we have going on here in this series, it’s sci fi goodness with so many different species and races of beings to meet and discover over 3.5/5 The Skyward series will always be a special series to me. Maybe it’s because it’s a Brandon Sanderson series and all of his works are important to me, some more than others, but I think it’s because of how endearing the characters are. This third instalment into the series was as good as the second, which is to say average I suppose. I adore the whole world we have going on here in this series, it’s sci fi goodness with so many different species and races of beings to meet and discover over the multiple books. I just think that the strongest cast is Spensa and the Skyward Flight, who were only together in Skyward for the whole book. Spensa is a great main character and her development over the series so far is wonderfully done. I just wished she interacted more with the skyward flight. She bounces off those people much easier making for funny moments and instead conversation, where as here it’s not the same. I do enjoy her thought process and how she is logical, I just think she’s most interesting while with Jorgen and the others. M-Bot annoyed me far too much. I really enjoyed him in the previous two books but with him gaining emotions and all that, he just starts being extremely annoying when Spensa is trying to do something important. I wish I could say I got sad for what happens to him at the end but I’m not. He just had development but for me it was downhill. We had several other characters in this book, like a gang of pirates, but I don’t personally see any relevancy. There are too many new characters who can be equated to others in other books, I think. For the most part I could care less about what was going on with these pirates and I couldn’t tell you much about them either. The plot wasn’t really existent here. There was one, yes, but this book serves as more of a filler and character development book. Which, sometimes, I can absolutely love. I just didn’t love it here because personally I don’t think it works well in the sci fi genre. There has to always be something going on I think. The reveals in this book weren’t really shocking to me? Maybe it’s because I didn’t fully understand what was happening but I just wasted interested in the path of elders. Overall this could have been ways better but I have high hopes for the finale :) Skyward ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Starsight ★ ★ ★.5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    4.5 stars Cytonic was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I am happy to say it was an immensely satisfying one. The second to last book, not counting novellas, this third entry in the Skyward series was as strong as the previous books in my opinion, and delivered pretty much everything I hoped for. That said, I have seen some discontent regarding this book and understand some of it, but disagree with most of it while keeping in mind that we all have our own valid opinions on these thi 4.5 stars Cytonic was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I am happy to say it was an immensely satisfying one. The second to last book, not counting novellas, this third entry in the Skyward series was as strong as the previous books in my opinion, and delivered pretty much everything I hoped for. That said, I have seen some discontent regarding this book and understand some of it, but disagree with most of it while keeping in mind that we all have our own valid opinions on these things. Cytonic sets our main character, Spensa, in a distinctly foreign environment with an almost entirely new cast and no interaction really with the characters from the previous books. It also features lot of exploration, mystery, introspection and reflection. And it's definitely slower paced as well, so I can understand how that does not work for everyone. But Sanderson also does the work of giving us huge reveals for things we have been guessing at for quite a while whilst also delivering some major twists! And apart from that there is some very important character development that takes place and sets the foundation for what will be a crazy final book. That is why my opinion differs. Cytonic is a perfect setup for Defiant. Where Skyward and Starsight were much more action packed, this one is a lull before the storm, taking a slower route in order to explore and ultimately reveal many of the mysteries of the series, but simultaneously creating many more questions to ponder and ramping up my excitement for the closing book. I am counting down the days. PS: I strongly recommend reading the novellas in this series as well as they are important to the overall story. PSS: I also recommend reading or rereading Defending Elysium after Cytonic as it gives a new perspective on that novella.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Twila

    3.75 “Are you prepared, Spensa Nightshade, for an adventure?” “Absolutely.” This series is such a trip! Each subsequent book has felt different from the other with the only through line tethering us being Spensa and M-Bot’s relationship. And so we continue on step #3 of A Girl and Her Spaceship as they once again enter an unfamiliar and unsafe environment with only their wits to get them through. We all know Brandon is a phenom at creating worlds, and he manages once again to create a brand new and 3.75 “Are you prepared, Spensa Nightshade, for an adventure?” “Absolutely.” This series is such a trip! Each subsequent book has felt different from the other with the only through line tethering us being Spensa and M-Bot’s relationship. And so we continue on step #3 of A Girl and Her Spaceship as they once again enter an unfamiliar and unsafe environment with only their wits to get them through. We all know Brandon is a phenom at creating worlds, and he manages once again to create a brand new and intriguing world in Cytonic, and yet, as much as I love most of this book, I must also acknowledge that some parts of it simply didn’t work for me. The plot and pacing posing the greatest hiccup. For the amount we advanced throughout the story, this book was way longer than it needed to be and I wished it was handled to not seem so much as a side quest in a video game, a safe one at that, almost as if it was an unnecessary deviation in the series. With that out of the way, though I admit it IS a major flaw, there’s still much I appreciated about Cytonic and I must take this moment to gush about my favourite part! To paraphrase a famous Doctor Who quote, he is someone old, someone new (someone borrowed, someone blue). Chet Starfinder. Interdimensional galactic explorer. OUTSTANDING character. And while I usually love Brandon’s characters, most of them are directly layered. There’s obvious depth and complexity to them, but with Chet there’s a more subtle and thoughtful type of layered characterization that adds a charm wholly unique. In my eyes, he was an instant icon from the moment he crashed into Spensa’s life and he kept me hooked for the entirety of the book. I read this with several fellow Sanderson stans and witnessing their rollercoaster of reactions was lowkey the highlight of my reading experience. Some felt a comical resignation in the fact that we once again were introduced to a new cast of characters instead of receiving the old Skyward flight that we all loved. Some felt like the novellas (Sunreach, ReDawn, and the yet tbr Evershore) should have been the main plot, and this the accompanying novella. Some felt that the tone of the book was off, that it was too juvenile. Some felt it strange that Brandon chose to write a *gasp* soft magic system instead of going with his more traditional style of a hard rule system. What I feel, while I don’t necessarily disagree with their points, is that these flaws don’t matter to me in the grand scheme of things since it’s rare I find a book so whimsical and delightfully unhinged as this. It was undoubtedly the funniest of the series so far and I can’t begin to describe how much I adore Spensa’s and M-Bot’s brand of humour. I was as entertained as could be. From the references of Dune to Star Wars to The scudding Lion King, it’s clear nothing is off limits in this series anymore and Brandon is clearly having all the fun in the world in between writing Stormlight. Now to just wait for the finale!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Xia ✻.

    A 2 years wait. Imma just going to put myself in a human freezer. Don't wake me up till 2021. A 2 years wait. Imma just going to put myself in a human freezer. Don't wake me up till 2021.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    "But... stories say something. About us, and about where we came from. They're a reminder that we have a past, a history. And a future." God, I love this series and Cytonic is an amazing addition. It blended some of the aspects I loved in both Skyward and Starsight, while still becoming its own unique story. I can't write much about the plot without spoiling the previous books, so all I really will say is that I loved it. There was never a moment where I was bored or wished I was done reading. Th "But... stories say something. About us, and about where we came from. They're a reminder that we have a past, a history. And a future." God, I love this series and Cytonic is an amazing addition. It blended some of the aspects I loved in both Skyward and Starsight, while still becoming its own unique story. I can't write much about the plot without spoiling the previous books, so all I really will say is that I loved it. There was never a moment where I was bored or wished I was done reading. The slower paced moments never felt slow and even the most confusing of the worldbuilding made sense. Plus, these books are just funny, but not in a way that feels forced. The comedic banter balanced with the questions of humanity and morality are things that cause you to care so deeply about even the most outlandish or alien of creatures. (view spoiler)[Plus, we also got Jorgen crumbs and therefore, I'm happy. (hide spoiler)] This book was - in my opinion - the most character driven in the series so far. We've watched Spensa grow and change so much since book one, but this is the book where all of her questions about herself and the world around her come to a head. There's one particular scene, closer to the end, that I resonated with so personally. Spensa is one of my favorite fictional characters - definitely one I relate to - and seeing her go through (clearly a different version) of some of my own thoughts and questions lately... it was therapeutic, in a way. Overall, I love this series. I love these characters. And I'm really pleased to say that Cytonic most definitely lived up to the first books. Definitely so excited to see where the story will go from here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    La Crosse County Library

    [If you haven't read this book, beware of the spoilers this review contains.] Why am I like this? I get the latest Brandon Sanderson book, read it super fast, and then realize there's gonna be a bit of a wait for the next one. But, one does not merely put down such a book, like one doesn't merely walk into Mordor. As usual, Sanderson has pulled off another amazing story, this one the third entry in the "Skyward" series. Cytonic focuses on Spensa's journey through the Nowhere (another dimension out [If you haven't read this book, beware of the spoilers this review contains.] Why am I like this? I get the latest Brandon Sanderson book, read it super fast, and then realize there's gonna be a bit of a wait for the next one. But, one does not merely put down such a book, like one doesn't merely walk into Mordor. As usual, Sanderson has pulled off another amazing story, this one the third entry in the "Skyward" series. Cytonic focuses on Spensa's journey through the Nowhere (another dimension outside of our reality, where time flows differently). Out in the Somewhere, her friends battle the Superiority, a galactic empire taken over by a veritable dictator. Let's just say events in the Somewhere forced Spensa into the Nowhere, the realm of the Delvers, planet-sized entities that have consumed entire planetary systems. The Nowhere is their turf, and Spensa has walked right into the metaphorical mouth of the dragon, as Spensa does. Yet, she is driven by her need to learn more about her cytonic abilities, and cytonics in general. Thus ensues the classic hero's quest, but Sanderson-style. A hero's quest involving a quirky mustachioed explorer, a friendly drone inherited by a sapient AI, and pirates. Yes, pirates. They're traveling the Path of Elders--which honestly sounded like something belonging in a Lord of the Rings-style novel--a series of defunct portals back into the Somewhere. It turns out that these portal sites, sites figured out by cytonics, human and alien alike over the years are embedded with the memories of cytonics that have passed through. Like a Horcrux, but without murder involved. Through her quest, Spensa learns that those like her were created by living in places with portals to the Nowhere, places where the Nowhere and Somewhere intermix. Cytonics aren't "defects" or "abominations" as her society has termed those with abilities like Spensa's, but a product of interdimensional evolution. "'Evolution doesn't 'try' to do anything," M-bot said. "But like it or not, you are the pinnacle of its work. All evolutionary pressures throughout all the ages among your species have resulted in you.' 'Bet it feels embarrassed,' I said." And the Delvers aren't who they seem to be. [Not gonna spoil this one, but it is brilliant.] Suddenly, it becomes all the more urgent for Spensa and crew to finish their quest on the Path of the Elders, so Spensa can deliver the knowledge that may help humanity defeat the Delvers once and for all. But the Delvers have other plans, and are willing to kill to stop Spensa & company from leaving the Nowhere with this knowledge. This may technically be a YA series, but do yourself a favor and read the "Skyward" books, starting with Skyward. What an amazing ride! You can thank me later. -Cora "I could be afraid, then become courageous. I could be small-minded, then come to understand. I could be selfish. Then move beyond it. I could start as human, then allow myself to become something more. I was everything they feared. Because they refused to ever let themselves change, but I embraced change. It was the essence and nature of my strength." See also: Skyward (2018) by Brandon Sanderson Starsight (2019) by Brandon Sanderson Find this book and other titles within our catalog.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daye

    either i’m growing out of this series or this book was just not it :(

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Waworga

    Among all Skyward series, this is so far my least favorite book 🥲 Lemme start with things i love from this book... the relationship between Spensa and M-Bot, always love their conversation and humor! i also love some of the scenes on this book but most of the time i thought the idea was just TOO WILD and NOT MAKE SENSE!! In the other hand i can always count on Sanderson about the world building … they are always so unique and i can pictured them vividly in my mind. Here we were once again embark Among all Skyward series, this is so far my least favorite book 🥲 Lemme start with things i love from this book... the relationship between Spensa and M-Bot, always love their conversation and humor! i also love some of the scenes on this book but most of the time i thought the idea was just TOO WILD and NOT MAKE SENSE!! In the other hand i can always count on Sanderson about the world building … they are always so unique and i can pictured them vividly in my mind. Here we were once again embark to Spensa’s new adventure in a new crazy world with new characters... and i just couldn't careless about them 😒 it felt like Sanderson's imagination is running wild in this book and some just not work for me which is weird cause i used to love it Just like the title of the book, here we learn more about the concept of “Cytonic” and honestly i felt like half of the “explanation” is confusing and not make sense but then oh well i just need to accept this is a scific story where everything is possible Anyway i really wish the 4th book will bring back my interest to Spensa's adventure cause i'm starting to loose my grip by the story goes on, i enjoyed the Novelas so much more than this tbh

  18. 4 out of 5

    rose ★

    a new title omg this book is finally happening!! and charlie bowater does it again with that cover 🤩 ... a TITLE? and not just that, but it’s one that reminded me how mentally unprepared i am for this book!!! ... look i completely understand that books actually take time to write, and the author has other priorities, deadlines, not to mention an actual life, and he doesn’t exist solely for my benefit, but... like... wHY don’t we have this book yet? don’t you understand?? i need it need it need a new title omg this book is finally happening!! and charlie bowater does it again with that cover 🤩 ... a TITLE? and not just that, but it’s one that reminded me how mentally unprepared i am for this book!!! ... look i completely understand that books actually take time to write, and the author has other priorities, deadlines, not to mention an actual life, and he doesn’t exist solely for my benefit, but... like... wHY don’t we have this book yet? don’t you understand?? i need it need it need it and if i don’t get it NOW i’m going to be upset. ugh i’m hurting

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charles L.

    Suffers from massive middle book syndrome. The whole book feels like one long, drawn-out B plot. No major plot developments except in the last fifty or so pages. You'd think with a backstory as metal as 3 previous human attempts at galactic conquest it would be fleshed out more, and that Spensa, who is continually characterized as someone who loves stories, would actively try to learn more about the history of her own people that she had been missing all her life. But no, even though M-Bot was Suffers from massive middle book syndrome. The whole book feels like one long, drawn-out B plot. No major plot developments except in the last fifty or so pages. You'd think with a backstory as metal as 3 previous human attempts at galactic conquest it would be fleshed out more, and that Spensa, who is continually characterized as someone who loves stories, would actively try to learn more about the history of her own people that she had been missing all her life. But no, even though M-Bot was mentioned to have downloaded it from the Superiority, Spensa doesn't seem to care. All we get are some off-hand references and we know exactly the same about world as we did in the second book, and only slightly more than the first. This is hardly even a sci-fi anymore. It's just a fantasy book taking place in space, with technology that behaves more like magic with the profound lack of any strict, defined rules or requirements to operate. Spaceships don't even need to be refueled because apparently they all have some energy matrix that can last for decades; a ragtag group of 'pirates' can easily maintain laser cannons and highly advanced spaceships for years despite having no level of industry or even spare parts. The worst part is that the writing and themes feel extremely dumbed down compared to his other works in terms of depth and complexity. I know this is a YA book but this is terrible compared to Reckoners, the Rithmatist, and even Skyward... Overall, it's the worst Sanderson book i've had the displeasure of reading, and i'm a huge fan of all his other works. It really feels like he phoned it in and banged out the whole novel in a week.

  20. 4 out of 5

    TS Chan

    4.5 stars. No surprises, Cytonic was a superb read filled with brilliantly creative worldbuilding and compelling characterisation that I've always expected, and received, from Sanderson It all started with a novella that he wrote and submitted to a magazine way back before he was even published. That piece of work received an honourable mention at the Writers of the Future contest in 2003, and after substantial re-editing in 2008 won first place in the UPC Science Fiction Award in Spain, and was p 4.5 stars. No surprises, Cytonic was a superb read filled with brilliantly creative worldbuilding and compelling characterisation that I've always expected, and received, from Sanderson It all started with a novella that he wrote and submitted to a magazine way back before he was even published. That piece of work received an honourable mention at the Writers of the Future contest in 2003, and after substantial re-editing in 2008 won first place in the UPC Science Fiction Award in Spain, and was published in the Oct/Nov 2008 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction.  However, for the most of the past decade, most readers have only known Sanderson as a bestselling fantasy author as aside from a few short stories, he had not really written a science fiction series.  That is, not until Skyward came about - and it was just as fantastic as his fantasy writing. The fact that it's YA took away nothing from his ability to spin the most incredibly engaging stories set in the most imaginative settings. "But... stories say something. About us, and about where we came from. They're a reminder that we have a past, a history. And a future." That story which begun the science fiction marvel that we've been reading for the past few years, Defending Elysium, has officially been made canon with the e-book re-released as a Cytoverse novella. I've read that the first time right after Skyward, the first book of this YA series, and again after I finished this latest volume, Cytonic as the narrative connectivity was made even more apparent. "Every path we walk changes us." As this is book three of four in the series, we've moved into major spoiler territory as far as plotlines are concerned. I'll be staying away from that, of course, and as such my review will be relatively brief. Let's just say that I'm once again in awe of Sanderson's power of imagination. Cytonic took off immediately from the last time we saw Spensa in the sequel, Starsight, where she escaped from the Superiority to land herself into a potentially even more dangerous environment. An environment that defies the convention of physics as we know it and which may result in Spensa completing losing her sense of self and identity. There's little that I could mention about this place except that it's utterly unique and fascinating.  The central storyline here involved Spensa's exploration through this realm in her quest to learn of its creation and in the meantime encountered the people who've settled there. "All people must accept that we have the potential to do terrible things. It is part of seeing our place in the universe, our heritage, and our nature. But in that acceptance we gain strength, for potential can be refused. Any hero who could have been a monster is more heroic for the choice he or she made to walk another road." What made this series such an incredible young adult narrative are themes that are so relevant for a young lady like Spensa, who's finding and establishing her identity. She first started out as an angry teenager with a huge chip on her shoulder (understandably given the circumstances) but has since grown into a much more rounded character from one book to the next - each taking her through new and different experiences to develop her character arc in ways that never felt repetitive. The more she encountered other people who are not just the humans on Detritus, the more she learns to see and appreciate differences as well as similarities. "Learn to accept that sometimes what you feel isn't invalid, but that it doesn't mean that you have to act according to those feelings either." I'm impressed that even though we never get to learn about these side characters in depth, somehow Sanderson manages to make me like and care about them. There's an empathetic element in the way he draws out these multi-species interaction that highlights that the end of the day, all of them are the same in that they feel emotions, and memories are important to maintaining an identity and the connection to loved ones. These and the ability to embrace change are very significant themes in this story and it was incorporated into the narrative effortlessly. Oh, how could I forget - it's not only multi-species we're talking about there, because we have M-Bot, the lovable and super talkative AI who is sort of... evolving in his level of sapience. "Among the first lessons a warrior must learn is the knowledge that his immediate enemy - the person he must kill - is just trying to survive. Soldiers are alike, no matter their side." A lot of questions were answered in this book, and typical of Sanderson, it also resulted in more questions asked.  While it is not absolutely mandatory to read the Skyward Flight novellas, Sunreach and ReDawn, before this book, it certainly helped to more make sense of a few scenes which transpired here.   In fact, the ending of Cytonic only made me even more excited to read the next novella in the series, Evershore.  You can purchase the book from Blackwells | Bookshop.Org | Amazon US | Amazon UK You can find this and my other reviews at Novel Notions.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5 stars. This didn’t feel as good as the first two in the series. There were moments of excitement, yes- and a whole new cast plus a few we’ve met before- but almost nothing of the previous crews. This felt like filler, prepping us for the final book, which I’m sure, by the way, will be all out spectacular.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joleen (starlightbooktales)

    RTC..

  23. 4 out of 5

    exploraDora

    This book felt more like a novella than the previous two actual novellas I read - if that makes any sense.. I enjoyed learning what happened to Spensa after she disappeared in Starsight, but because the whole story is focused solely on her, something just didn't sit right with me - I had different expectations of this book. But that doesn't mean that what I actually got, wasn't good. Rtc. This book felt more like a novella than the previous two actual novellas I read - if that makes any sense.. I enjoyed learning what happened to Spensa after she disappeared in Starsight, but because the whole story is focused solely on her, something just didn't sit right with me - I had different expectations of this book. But that doesn't mean that what I actually got, wasn't good. Rtc.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Jones

    more Jorgen please I was worried guys. I had been exposed to a few negative opinions on this book so (like with Starsight) I had adjusted my expectations accordingly. Luckily, that ended up working out in my favor because Cytonic surpassed my expectations by a fair amount. Since I went from reading ReDawn directly to Cytonic I was also worried I would get burned out, but that ended up allowing me to see the immediate improvement with being in Spensa’s head again. What I loved most about the Novel more Jorgen please I was worried guys. I had been exposed to a few negative opinions on this book so (like with Starsight) I had adjusted my expectations accordingly. Luckily, that ended up working out in my favor because Cytonic surpassed my expectations by a fair amount. Since I went from reading ReDawn directly to Cytonic I was also worried I would get burned out, but that ended up allowing me to see the immediate improvement with being in Spensa’s head again. What I loved most about the Novellas was that they gave me more of the Skyward characters that I had been craving. Entering this book however was nice because I was finally back in Sanderson’s writing style. CHARACTERS Spensa—I think there were aspects of her personality in Skyward that finally had room to breath in this book. We got to see more of a motivation behind her bluntness and her self-awareness of that in a way that felt organic with the new characters (many of whom I don’t really want you to get spoiled on.) M-Bot—There were times in the beginning where I wasn’t sure that he was feeling the same as he had in the other two books. But I soon started to see how his newfound emotional complexity still fit in well with his dry humor and programing. Chet—I really grew to love Chet the more we got to know him. I thought it was funny at first to see how Spensa interacted with this old guy who matched her personality so well… but then we obviously got to learn that there was more behind the surface and I appreciated that. (view spoiler)[Peg—I wasn’t sure about her in the beginning, but I loved her style of loyalty in how the secrets she kept were really truly for the best of her people. It was also important to get the perspective of a character who fought for the safety of people who were to scared to come to her aid. Maksim—I really appreciated how we got a perspective of a human from the Superiorities enslavement. You could tell how much he appreciated getting to know a human like Spensa and I liked the hope that he seemed to gain at times. Shiver/ Dllllizzzz—I found the idea of Crystelike aliens really interesting. I also liked the dynamic between these two characters as Shiver so clearly cared about Dllllizzzz’s wellbeing. Nuluba—Similar to Maksim, I liked getting a perspective from one of the “krell” and even more than that a “krell” that obviously went against their political system. Hesho—I’m really glad he came back in this story. (As you might know) I’m not a fan of the resurrection trope, but I really liked how he came back in this story. And, it helps that he kinda “died” off screen in the last book. Jorgen—Guy’s, anytime we got Jorgen I ATE IT UP. I was worried that we’d get even less time with him than we did in Starsight (especially since he’s getting his own novella.) (hide spoiler)] MAGIC VS. SCI-FI Cytonic definitely blurred the lines between Sci-fi and fantasy (more so than the other books.) I like that sort of thing, so it didn’t really bother me… but that might be something to set your expectations for depending on your taste. (view spoiler)[I personally felt the radiation-esc leaking explanation worked for me as you can do basically anything with black hole type explanations and make it sound somewhat believable to my non-scientific brain. (hide spoiler)] I do however think that because of all of this, the Novellas are all the more important to read as I think they ease you in more to the more magicy explanations for things. I still think this series is far more Sci-fi than it is fantasy with the spaceships and AI playing such an important role in the story. The biggest point of divergence for this series (even from the first book) has been the powers of the Cytonic… so I think it’s fitting enough that the book that explores that the most is the one separated this much from Sci-fi. ACTION I was worried that I was finally getting burnt out on the action in the Skyward series… but luckily, I think I just needed it to happen under Sanderson’s writing style again. I’ve heard other people say that they found the action started to get a bit repetitive for them in this book, but maybe I avoided that by just being appreciative that I liked the action better than in the novellas. PHILOSOPHY One of the things I enjoyed most about Cytonic was the philosophy that was explored. Much of it could definitely be seen as me reaching, but it’s just some of the thoughts I had while reading a particular plot line. (view spoiler)[At the end, Spensa finds herself questioning whether or not she wants to stay in the nowhere. Most of my investment in this aspect of the story originally was in wishing with every part of me that she chooses to LEAVE THE NOWHERE so I can finally get more SKYWARD FLIGHT INTERACTIONS. Later though, I liked thinking about why it was important for her to choose to leave. Spensa had to choose between the easy path and the hard path. This idea connected really well to ReDawn and Alanik’s belief (that she instills in the rest of Skyward flight) that it is better to fight for what you deserve rather than settle for a style of life that actively harms life. The people on Detritus have gotten so tired of fighting endlessly that they have lost the willpower to fight until they don’t need to fight anymore… to kill anymore. If Spensa were to choose the easy path it would be like settling for less. After all, why let the memories of those you love… of the struggles you have gone through when they so clearly bring her joy and help her see the importance of helping others. (hide spoiler)] REVEALS I could definitely see the threads of these reveals woven in the other books. (view spoiler)[The reveal about Chet felt especially seamlessness (to me) because there were several parallels established between the human’s pre-colonization of Detritus and the Delvers. Specifically, it connected to their views on AI’s as that was explored with M-Bot’s feelings through the book. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, but it ended up working for me. On the flip side, I did like the realization that the Delvers are evolved AI’s yet am worried that the concept won’t really be explored like I want it too. (hide spoiler)] ENDING (view spoiler)[Probably the biggest thing I was worried about going into this book was how Sanderson was planning on getting Spensa back on detritus. Since I knew Jorgen was getting his own novella, I worried that we wouldn’t actually get to see him and Spensa reunite at the end of this book… and then I was worried that they might reunite in the novellas (which seemed like a WAY too critical element of the story to be left for them.) But I thought it ended up being about as perfect as it could have been. I loved how Spensa just teleported back looking as frazzled as she did and then walking into Jorgen being a leader… and then fainting on him. Everything that went down with M-Bot and Chet the end was so sad. I’m glad (for the fourths books sake) that M-Bot isn’t dead, but I just hope that Spensa ends up going WITH A SKYWARD FLIGHT SOMEONE (OR MULTAPLE OF THEM) to get him back—rather than going off on her own again. Again, I wasn’t thrilled at first that Chet seemed to have merged with Spensa… but I think we’re supposed to take it to mean that Spin has access to his memories and such… but she’s still herself. (hide spoiler)] FINAL THOUGHTS I absolutely love this series and am so glad that Cytonic didn’t take anything away from that. While I think I would have liked this series to get more comfortable with branching into a multi-POV type story I thoroughly enjoyed this entry. I’m really anticipating Evershore (even though I’ll be giving myself the tiniest Skyward break before then.) Even with that though, I’m afraid I have a brutal wait for Defiant (Skyward #4) ahead of me. If you guys have any Sci-fi fantasy recommendations, I’d love to hear them ⬇⬇⬇ ______________________________ ________Pre-Review (of sorts)__________ Update 5** CYTONIC IS FINALLY OUT TODAY!!! I also got my signed copy in the mail last night and all I want to do is read it, but I still have to finish ReDawn. Update 4**Is everyone else anticipating the Novellas? I'm wondering what they will be about and getting super exited. Update 3**Soooo... the title is NOT in fact Nowhere Update 2**Sanderson says he'll be finishing the second draft in one week... I wish I could get through a draft that fast. Update 1**oh gosh... I just read the preview bit from Sanderson's newsletter... I'm sooo exited. Also, He's already at 50%... dude how?... not that I'm complaining.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    This is an enjoyable addition to Sanderson's YA space opera, picking up where Spensa escapes and having a brand new adventure with mostly new characters. Solid prose and pacing, mostly light-hearted adventure and space battles, AI friendship, slightly below-par alien partnerships, and facing up against the big fleet once again. Some pretty cool reveals, too, but what I got out of this was mostly just a basic, enjoyable, read. Not my favorite Sanderson by a long shot, but I think we all agree that This is an enjoyable addition to Sanderson's YA space opera, picking up where Spensa escapes and having a brand new adventure with mostly new characters. Solid prose and pacing, mostly light-hearted adventure and space battles, AI friendship, slightly below-par alien partnerships, and facing up against the big fleet once again. Some pretty cool reveals, too, but what I got out of this was mostly just a basic, enjoyable, read. Not my favorite Sanderson by a long shot, but I think we all agree that Sanderson made a deal with the devil and he can't write a bad book. Maybe this isn't a ringing endorsement, but it is an honest one. :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    3.5 🌟 I felt, for the most part, disconnected from this sequel. It wasn’t as thrilling as the previous books. Spensa went off track with her main goal for new quests, which honestly were unexciting because there was a lot of plot convenience. Her dynamic with the new side characters wasn’t even as solid as she’d been with the Skyward flight. This sequel was a huge slump… with a good reason (I think) to refine Spensa as she discovered what she really was and contemplated what life meant. She’d li 3.5 🌟 I felt, for the most part, disconnected from this sequel. It wasn’t as thrilling as the previous books. Spensa went off track with her main goal for new quests, which honestly were unexciting because there was a lot of plot convenience. Her dynamic with the new side characters wasn’t even as solid as she’d been with the Skyward flight. This sequel was a huge slump… with a good reason (I think) to refine Spensa as she discovered what she really was and contemplated what life meant. She’d lived with war and in this sequel, she had a taste of living without constant fighting and she loved it. At around 80%, I was on the edge of my seat when she had to ponder some decisions that could inevitably affect the original story. Those were some bittersweet realizations and scenes, yet I loved it. It didn’t change my sentiments towards this book, though. I was more interested about the developments back in her home the entire time. I totally get that this is Spensa's story, but what pulled me in were everything that was in book 1 and then some of book 2. Utterly miss them. That said, I’m looking forward to the final novella Evershore to square off the mild disappointment this sequel has brought me. P.S. Cool cover though. P.P.S. There was a chapter where Spensa narrated a popular Disney movie 🦁 scene to the non-humans. It baffled me. 🤣

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    [3.5 stars] *Contains spoilers for previous books in the series. I think that my thoughts are similar to other reviewers in that a majority of this book was filler. Spensa has jumped into the Nowhere, which turns out to be a place full of fragments (read: floating rock islands) inhabited by a number of outcasts. The catch? They’re vicious pirates, and the longer you stay in the Nowhere, the more your memories will fade. Of course, the threat of the delvers and their dealings with Wiznik still loom [3.5 stars] *Contains spoilers for previous books in the series. I think that my thoughts are similar to other reviewers in that a majority of this book was filler. Spensa has jumped into the Nowhere, which turns out to be a place full of fragments (read: floating rock islands) inhabited by a number of outcasts. The catch? They’re vicious pirates, and the longer you stay in the Nowhere, the more your memories will fade. Of course, the threat of the delvers and their dealings with Wiznik still loom, and Spensa still has little idea on how to defeat them. While not necessarily a bad book, too many parts of Cytonic just felt somewhat unnecessary, even if they were meant to show character development. The whole concept of the Nowhere was weird to me. Sure, it’s space, but teleporting into a jungle? A dinosaur that randomly appeared once? Pirates? Reality ashes? Compared to Skyward, it’s quite different and little too far-fetched to me. Due to the way the story is structured, the plot lost some of its momentum. Skyward is terse because there is the constant threat of the Krell and death, as is Starsight due to Spensa’s position as a spy and the delver-nightmares (or whatever it was, can’t remember). In Cytonic, however, Spensa and (view spoiler)[Chet are like “we’ll make it to the Path of Elders (hide spoiler)] …one day” and then Spensa gets (view spoiler)[ kidnapped by pirates. (hide spoiler)] It’s not that bad though, they become friends. The portrayal of Spensa’s apprehension with and impressions of (view spoiler)[ the female varvax/krell (hide spoiler)] was great in the examination of prejudice, however. Probably the highlight of this book was the scenes preceding the end, where an explanation for the (view spoiler)[delvers (hide spoiler)] was given. The accompanying lore was interesting, and Doomslug is MVP. M-Bot, however, was annoying. We get it, you have feelings. Skyward: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Starsight: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cytonic: ⭐⭐⭐.5 ..................................... >> 2021...I think I can wait... edit 5/26/21: WE HAVE A COVER. AND A SYNOPSIS. AND, AT LAST, A RELEASE DATE! This is real. edit 3/1/21: My patience has worn thin; I now require this. We have a vague November 2021 release date...better than no release date...but November edit 11/1/20: So is Nowhere the actual title?

  28. 5 out of 5

    ☆she's book obsessed☆

    Cytonic ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review: This whole book felt like a fever dream, or it might just be me speed reading it during mock week…. Howeverrr can we talk about Spensa and Jorgen?! I know Brandon Sanderson is all about world building and he is really good at it, but where is the romance I long for? There’s crumbles here and there and that’s it. Except the novellas are basically fill in romance for the series, but ill take anything I can get at this point- When the literal universe seems to be against her Cytonic ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review: This whole book felt like a fever dream, or it might just be me speed reading it during mock week…. Howeverrr can we talk about Spensa and Jorgen?! I know Brandon Sanderson is all about world building and he is really good at it, but where is the romance I long for? There’s crumbles here and there and that’s it. Except the novellas are basically fill in romance for the series, but ill take anything I can get at this point- When the literal universe seems to be against her and her response is. “Great.” What a sarcastic queen we love her- The author is a straight up genius but I fear I might lack some brain cells because my brain cannot keep up with everything that’s going on- kind of reminds me of my science classes… “He wobbled in a nod. “But Spensa? I’m…still sad.” “Why?” I asked. “I’ve spent years upon years’ worth of processing time imagining what Commander Spears would be like. Now we’ve met him and…and he just calls me an abomination.” No because why do I actually feel sad on behalf of an AI. “Sometimes it’s too easy to forget the things you should remember—and far too easy to remember the things you really should forget.” Me forgetting everything I’ve learnt in school EVER!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    My firstborn for a copy of this book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    The cover? BEAUTIFUL. The synopsis? SCARY. Me? EXCITED. * I really played myself starting a series that wasn’t already completed 😔😔

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