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== Characters ==
 
== Characters ==
;[[Spensa Nightshade]]: Spensa is the daughter of [[Zeen Nightshade]], supposedly a cowardly DDF pilot who abandoned a battle (his callsign: Chaser). Her father told her to, "Set your sights on something higher. Something more grand". Spensa struggles to be accepted into flight school, but, even through all her trials, refuses to give up. She finds an ancient ship, and with the help and guidance from her friend [[Rodge McCaffery|Rodge]] attempts to rebuild it. Her callsign is Spin.
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;[[Spensa Nightshade]]: Spensa, callsign "Spin", is the daughter of [[Zeen Nightshade]] (callsign Chaser), supposedly a cowardly DDF pilot who abandoned a battle. He always told Spensa: "set your sights on something higher. Something more grand". Spensa fights to be accepted into [[Flight School]], but refuses to give up even in the face of certain failure. She finds an ancient ship, and, with the help and guidance from her friend [[Rodge McCaffery|Rodge]], attempts to rebuild it.
;Captain [[Cobb]]: Cobb is Spensa's flight instructor and was the wingmate of her father. Only through his help was Spensa able to get into [[flight school]]. His callsign is Mongrel.
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;Captain [[Cobb]]: Cobb, callsign "Mongrel", is Spensa's flight instructor and was her father's wingmate wingmate. He stands up to the [[Judy Ivans|Admiral]] on Spensa's behalf and accepts her into his training group.
;[[Rodge McCaffery]]: Rodge, often called Rig, is one of Spensa's childhood friends. He grew up with Spensa. After dropping out of DDF flight school, he returns to [[Igneous Cavern]] and becomes a ship mechanic. He "borrows" parts from the workshop to repair the old ship Spensa finds. His callsign is Rigmarole.
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;[[Rodge McCaffery]]: Rodge, often called Rig (callsign Rigmarole), is one of Spensa's childhood friends. After dropping out of DDF flight school, he returns to [[Igneous Cavern]] and becomes a ship mechanic. He "borrows" parts from the workshop to help repair [[M-Bot]].
;[[Jorgen Weight]]: Jorgen is the flightleader of Spensa's flight, Skyward. His callsign, chosen mostly by Spensa, is Jerkface. He is the son of [[Jeshua Weight]] a [[First Citizen]] that fought in the [[Battle of Alta]], the battle Spensa's father died in.
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;[[Jorgen Weight]]: Jorgen is the flightleader of Skyward Flight, and was was one of only two to graduate to full pilot before the [[Battle of Alta Second]]. His callsign, Jerkface, was chosen by Spensa. He grew up in the deep caverns, and is the son of [[Jeshua Weight]], a [[First Citizen]] who fought in the [[Battle of Alta]].
;[[Judy Ivans|Judy 'Ironsides' Ivans]]: is the Admiral of the DDF. She tries to deny entry to Flight School to Spensa, fearing that she will be like her father. She fought in the Battle of Alta. Her call sign is "Ironsides".
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;[[Judy Ivans|Judy 'Ironsides' Ivans]]: Judy Ivans, callsign "Ironsides", is Admiral of the DDF. She fought in the Battle of Alta. Ironsides tries to deny Spensa Flight School entry, fearing that she will carry the Defect like her father.
;[[Hudiya]]: An athletic girl from [[Igneous Cavern]] who is a member of Spensa's flight. Her callsign is Hurl.
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;[[Hudiya]]: Hudiya, callsign "Hurl", was a pilot in Skyward flight, and was also Spensa's wingmate. She was an athletic girl from [[Igneous Cavern]], and died in battle after refusing to eject from an uncontrolled descent.
;[[Freyja]]: A cadet in DDF Flight School from the deep caverns who is opposed to the current Defiant culture. She identifies as a "[[Disputers|Disputer]]". Her call sign is "FM".
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;[[Freyja]]: Freyja, call sign "FM", is a pilot in Skyward flight. She was one of only two to graduate to full pilot before the [[Battle of Alta Second]]. Freyja is from the deep caverns, and vocally opposes Defiant culture. She identifies as a "[[Disputers|Disputer]]".
;[[Arturo Mendez]]: A cadet in DDF Flight School and pilot number five in Skyward Flight. He is the son of [[Valda Mendez]]. He is one of the two assistant flightleaders, along with Nedd. His callsign is "Amphisbaena".
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;[[Arturo Mendez]]: Arturo was a pilot in Skyward flight before his parents pulled him out after Hurl's death. He is from the deep caverns, son of [[Valda Mendez]], and was one of the two assistant flightleaders along with Nedd. His callsign is "Amphisbaena", a type of two-headed dragon.
;[[Nedd Strong]]: A cadet in DDF Flight School and pilot number two in Skyward Flight. He is one of the two assistant flightleaders, along with Arturo. His call sign is "Nedder".
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;[[Nedd Strong]]: Nedd, call sign "Nedder", was a pilot in Skyward flight. He quit after his brothers died in battle, and was just barely saved himself when Spensa pulled him to safety. He was one of the two assistant flightleaders, along with Arturo.
;[[Kimmalyn]]: An enthusiastic girl from [[Bountiful Cavern]] and a member of Spensa's flight. She often makes up wise sayings. Her callsign is Quirk. She is the daughter of DDF, AA gunners.
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;[[Kimmalyn]]: Kimmalyn is an enthusiastic girl from [[Bountiful Cavern]], daughter of AA gunners. and was a pilot in Skyward flight before she quit after Hurl's death. She often makes up wise sayings. She chose "Quick" as her callsign, but it became "Quirk" when her flightmates kept pronouncing it wrong.
;[[M-Bot]]: The AI of the derelict stealth ship that Spensa discovers. His memory has been corrupted, so all he remembers is his former pilot's last orders: "Lie low, M-bot. Take stock, don't get into any fights, and wait for me here." M-Bot determines that he was sent to categorize the planets' fungi. Determined to obey, he refuses to fight and is obsessed with gathering fungal life from the planet.
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;[[M-Bot]]: M-Bot is the AI in the derelict stealth ship that Spensa discovers. His memory has been corrupted, so all he remembers is his former pilot's last orders: "Lie low, M-bot. Take stock, don't get into any fights, and wait for me here." M-Bot determines that he was sent to categorize fungi. Single-minded in his obedience, he refuses to fight and is obsessed with gathering fungal life from the planet.
;[[Gran-Gran]]: Spensa's grandmother was aboard the [[Defiant]] and worked with her mother in the engine room. She provided Spensa stories of ancient heroes that inspired Spensa's personality.
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;[[Gran-Gran]]: Spensa's grandmother was aboard the [[Defiant]] and worked with her mother in the engine room. She told Spensa stories of ancient heroes inspiring Spensa's regular use of creative threats.
   
 
== Writing Process ==
 
== Writing Process ==

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Skyward (series)
Precedes Starsight
Setting Cytoverse
Released November 6, 2018
Publisher Delacorte Press
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Skyward is the first young adult novel in a four-part series. It's the second work in the Cytoverse, with the plot taking place centuries after Defending Elysium.[1]

Brandon's premise for the story was "How to Train Your Dragon but instead it's a girl who finds a spaceship and goes to Top Gun school. It's like a mashup between Top Gun and Ender's Game and How to Train Your Dragon with an old broken-down spaceship with a really weird personality."[2]

The book was released on November 6, 2018.[3]

Cover Synopsis

Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what's left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa's dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father's- a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight School might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

Summary

Spensa has dreamed of being a pilot since she was a child. Inspired by her father, then fueled with outrage by the DDF's accusations of cowardice following his death, Spensa spends the next decade preparing for the flight school entrance exam. Gaining entrance to the program with the help of her new instructor Cobb, Spensa teams up with nine fellow trainees to form Skyward Flight and battle the Krell, an alien force trying to destroy the Defiant colony. Aided by the mysterious stealth fighter M-Bot, whom she finds abandoned in a cave, Spensa must navigate the pitfalls of flight school, uncover the truth about her father's death, and try not to die at the hands of an enemy starfighter.

Characters

Spensa Nightshade
Spensa, callsign "Spin", is the daughter of Zeen Nightshade (callsign Chaser), supposedly a cowardly DDF pilot who abandoned a battle. He always told Spensa: "set your sights on something higher. Something more grand". Spensa fights to be accepted into Flight School, but refuses to give up even in the face of certain failure. She finds an ancient ship, and, with the help and guidance from her friend Rodge, attempts to rebuild it.
Captain Cobb
Cobb, callsign "Mongrel", is Spensa's flight instructor and was her father's wingmate wingmate. He stands up to the Admiral on Spensa's behalf and accepts her into his training group.
Rodge McCaffery
Rodge, often called Rig (callsign Rigmarole), is one of Spensa's childhood friends. After dropping out of DDF flight school, he returns to Igneous Cavern and becomes a ship mechanic. He "borrows" parts from the workshop to help repair M-Bot.
Jorgen Weight
Jorgen is the flightleader of Skyward Flight, and was was one of only two to graduate to full pilot before the Battle of Alta Second. His callsign, Jerkface, was chosen by Spensa. He grew up in the deep caverns, and is the son of Jeshua Weight, a First Citizen who fought in the Battle of Alta.
Judy 'Ironsides' Ivans
Judy Ivans, callsign "Ironsides", is Admiral of the DDF. She fought in the Battle of Alta. Ironsides tries to deny Spensa Flight School entry, fearing that she will carry the Defect like her father.
Hudiya
Hudiya, callsign "Hurl", was a pilot in Skyward flight, and was also Spensa's wingmate. She was an athletic girl from Igneous Cavern, and died in battle after refusing to eject from an uncontrolled descent.
Freyja
Freyja, call sign "FM", is a pilot in Skyward flight. She was one of only two to graduate to full pilot before the Battle of Alta Second. Freyja is from the deep caverns, and vocally opposes Defiant culture. She identifies as a "Disputer".
Arturo Mendez
Arturo was a pilot in Skyward flight before his parents pulled him out after Hurl's death. He is from the deep caverns, son of Valda Mendez, and was one of the two assistant flightleaders along with Nedd. His callsign is "Amphisbaena", a type of two-headed dragon.
Nedd Strong
Nedd, call sign "Nedder", was a pilot in Skyward flight. He quit after his brothers died in battle, and was just barely saved himself when Spensa pulled him to safety. He was one of the two assistant flightleaders, along with Arturo.
Kimmalyn
Kimmalyn is an enthusiastic girl from Bountiful Cavern, daughter of AA gunners. and was a pilot in Skyward flight before she quit after Hurl's death. She often makes up wise sayings. She chose "Quick" as her callsign, but it became "Quirk" when her flightmates kept pronouncing it wrong.
M-Bot
M-Bot is the AI in the derelict stealth ship that Spensa discovers. His memory has been corrupted, so all he remembers is his former pilot's last orders: "Lie low, M-bot. Take stock, don't get into any fights, and wait for me here." M-Bot determines that he was sent to categorize fungi. Single-minded in his obedience, he refuses to fight and is obsessed with gathering fungal life from the planet.
Gran-Gran
Spensa's grandmother was aboard the Defiant and worked with her mother in the engine room. She told Spensa stories of ancient heroes inspiring Spensa's regular use of creative threats.

Writing Process

Brandon wrote Skyward in approximately three months, most of that while he was on tour for Oathbringer or on holiday.

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Notes

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