Sunreach, by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson

Title: Sunreach
Author: Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Ebook ISBN: 9780593566619
Copyright © 2021 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC

When a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly, FM knows that the last free human society got lucky. Her Skyward Flight companion, Spensa, figured out how to draw this Delver away, but it won’t be so easy next time.

This novella is a good surprise. Is it a novella, though? I mean, it has more than 200 pages. Anyways, I was not expecting something bad under the glass of Brandon Sanderson, but still, the surprise exceeded my expectations.

Now everyone called me FM, but my parents named me Freyja, after the warrior goddess of my ancient heritage.

The protagonist, this time, is FM, one of the members of the Skyward Fleet. Spensa is mentioned in the book, but after certain events in Starsight, we know that she has not returned from that mission. It is the goal of FM and the rest of the fleet, with some of the intel they got, about the hyperdrives—a cytonic slug species called the Taynix. We realized Doomslug the Destroyer has a more important role than just being the cute pet.

The interactions between the characters are really good, and a romantic interest between other characters began here. I especially love that these relationships are very subtle and don’t end up being the main focus or half of it like most YA novels. It’s so refreshing to know there is romance without all the typical cheesy stuff happening. Besides that, the conversations with the fleet and other beings are exciting and do a good job of keeping you reading through the whole book. Actually, I mentioned a lot more about the romance in this post than the novella itself; there’s action and good development there, which is great!

This is obvious, but you should not start with Sunreach if you haven’t read Skyward and Starsight. You’d be clueless if you tried to start the series with this book. So avoid it if that’s the case. However, if you have read the other books, then this is a good novella.

Additional note: the book is ONLY available in digital format, but there’s a plan for a physical release next year.

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