“Sometimes it’s too easy to forget the things you should remember — and far too easy to remember the things you really should forget.”

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Brandon Sanderson

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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 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.

My review

The character development from both Spensa and M-bot was top tier, and I loved that. I love growing up with the characters in a book. Still, this book felt like a filler episode? It did have some vital information for the rest of the series, things you do want to know, but also things that felt like they weren’t that important. You know how some books over 400 pages can feel like a second to read and some like a lifetime? This one felt like a lifetime. I did like the new characters she got to meet, but how long will they be around? No one knows. Oh, and I miss the old sqaud, I want them back please? It will probably take me a few books in between to get to the finale of this series, but I want to know how it all ends!


“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 natures. 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 choices he or she made to walk another road.”

“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.”


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