Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 26, 2021
From #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the second of three Skyward series novellas, each told from the perspective of a different member of the team back on Detritus. Read Alanik’s story between Starsight and Cytonic.
“Don’t trust their lies. Don’t trust their false peace.” That is the warning that Alanik of the planet ReDawn gave the human pilot Spensa after Alanik’s ship crash-landed on Detritus. While accepting an invitation to meet with her people’s enemy, the Galactic Superiority, Alanik heard Spensa’s cry for help across the vastness of space, and she used her cytonic powers to hyperjump her ship to the source of that cry. What she found there was a shock—a whole planet of free humans fighting against the Superiority. Were they the allies her people desperately needed?
When she recovered from her injuries and met the friendly humans Jorgen and FM of Skyward Flight, she found that her warning to Spensa had gone unheeded by the government of Detritus, and they were considering a peace overture from the Superiority. Now having returned to ReDawn, Alanik is dismayed to learn that her own people are falling into the exact same trap.
The faction in ReDawn’s government that wants to appease the Superiority has gained the upper hand. With Alanik’s mentor, Renakin captured, she has no one to turn to but Jorgen, FM, and their friend Rig. An ancient technology may have the power to save both of their planets from disaster, but can they discover its secrets before it’s too late?
ReDawn is the second of the Skyward novellas that takes place between Skyward and Starsight. ReDawn follows Alanik in her mission to convince the human to becomes allies to her people of ReDawn.
Like the previous novella, Sunreach, ReDawn’s stakes are real and will have an effect on the next full length novel, Cytonic. I’m jumping ahead, but the ending of this novel had me picking up my jaw from the floor.
ReDawn also gives readers a more in-depth look at another alien race in the Skyward universe. I’m excited to read more about Alanik and her potential budding relationship in Cytonic.
Overall, ReDawn is another fantastic addition to the Skyward universe that ups the stakes and will certainly have an impact on the events of Cytonic while giving readers a glimpse of what Skyward Flight is up to without Spensa.
Have you read ReDawn? What did you think?