|Released||November 6, 2018|
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."
The book was released on November 6, 2018.
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.
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.
- 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 attempts to rebuild it. Her callsign is Spin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- An athletic girl from Igneous Cavern who is a member of Spensa's flight. Her callsign is Hurl.
- A cadet in DDF Flight School from the deep caverns who is opposed to the current Defiant culture. She identifies as a "Disputer". Her call sign is "FM".
- 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".
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Brandon wrote Skyward in approximately three months, most of that while he was on tour for Oathbringer or on holiday.
Skyward · Starsight · Skyward 3 · Skyward 4 · Defending Elysium
|Characters||Spensa · M-Bot · Doomslug · Jorgen · Cobb · Kimmalyn · FM · Rig · Hurl · Nedd · Arturo · Ironsides · Morriumur · Vapor · Hesho · Brade · Cuna · Winzik· Jason Write|
|Groups||Varvax · Figment · Kitsen · Dione · Delvers · Skyward Flight · Defiant League · Defiant Defense Force · Superiority · KRELL|
|Places||Detritus · Igneous Cavern · Alta Base · Flight School · Starsight · Platform Prime · Nowhere · Earth|
|Other||Cytonics · Lifebuster · Human Wars · Battle of Alta · Battle of Alta Second · Phone Company · Cytoverse|