Sunreach

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Sunreach US Cover.jpg
Skyward (series)
Follows Starsight
Precedes ReDawn
Setting Cytoverse
Collaborators Janci Patterson
Released September 28, 2021[1]
Word Count 48,622

Sunreach is a novella in the Skyward series, co-written by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson.[2][3] It stars FM as the point-of-view character.[4] It was released on September 28, 2021 in audio- and e-book form; a combined print edition of it, ReDawn, and Evershore was released on April 5th, 2022. It is set between Starsight and Cytonic.[5]

Cover Synopsis[edit]

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.

The forces of the Galactic Superiority will be back—and if the Defiant Defense Force can’t figure out a way to escape the planet, humanity’s destruction is only a matter of time. Spensa’s mission to infiltrate the Superiority unveiled the secret to their hyperdrives—a cytonic slug species called the Taynix. Now FM’s flightleader, Jorgen, has found a large group of Taynix hiding in the caverns far below Detritus’s surface.

FM and Jorgen must work together with the engineer Rig to awaken the mysterious alien Alanik and unlock the powers of the Taynix, or humanity will be trapped. With Spensa’s friend Minister Cuna of the Superiority stranded at the outpost of Sunreach, they need to figure out how to rescue [them][6]—or the Superiority government will be in the sole clutches of those who want to wipe out Detritus once and for all.[7]

Summary[edit]

After FM participates in a major battle involving a delver, Jorgen returns to Platform Prime with several crates of taynix. FM, Jorgen, and Rig work to figure out the abilities of the taynix, and get them to do what the humans want them to. FM shows an skill for handling the taynix, and Jorgen succeeds in hyperjumping with the hyperslugs. Their actions alert the Superiority, who attempt to wipe out the humans through bombardment. They are stopped, largely through Rig and Engineering managing to get Detritus’ planetary shield up. Skyward Flight receives a distress call from Cuna, and hyperjump to Sunreach, a research facility located on a mammoth starpod. After a battle with Superiority ships and the starpod itself, Skyward Flight manages to rescue Cuna and several members of her staff. They escaped back to Detritus with the help of the taynix.

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Notes[edit]

  1. Gollancz announcement
    — Gollancz website - 2021-09-20#
  2. YouTube Livestream 25
    Arcanum - 2021-01-13#
  3. JABberwocky 2021 London Rights Catalog (p. 56)
    — awfulagent.com #
  4. Cosmere.es Interview
    Arcanum - 2021-04-22#
  5. YouTube Weekly Updates 2021
    Arcanum - 2021-08-16#
  6. While the blurb used "she", Cuna uses they/them pronouns in-text
  7. Penguin Random House
    — penguinrandomhouse.com - 20.09.2021#
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