I’m thankful for good books to read, especially when they are unexpectedly good books.
Specifically today, I’m thankful to have a new book by one of my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson, called Starsight. Starsight is the sequel to what might be my favorite book of Sanderson’s: Skyward.
I loved science fiction growing up; but, as I grew older, my love of science fiction waned as my love of fantasy waxed.1 I probably went a couple of decades without reading any science fiction novels until last year.
Last year, Sanderson released Skyward.
I was very skeptical. It was a novel for teens rather than adults, and it was science fiction, a genre I thought I had moved beyond. But I trusted the author, so I bought and read the book.
Then immediately read it again.
Then bought the audiobook and listened to it.
I’ve read it twice more over the past year.
I actually managed to not cry the last time I read it.
Yes, it’s that good. I mentioned it in an article I wrote earlier this year.
I know Starsight won’t fall in the unexpectedly good books category, but I hope it’s as good as I expect it to be. My expectations are dangerously high.2
I’ll leave you with this quote from Skyward.
People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real.Brandon Sanderson, Skyward, p. 424