Cytonic Review

E-Book, 415 Pages
YA/ Sci-Fi
By: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

Skyward β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Starsight β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Sunreach β˜…β˜…β˜…3/4
ReDawn β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
Cytonic β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

I feel Cytonic fell into the dreaded middle book syndrome. I originally thought that it would be a trilogy and I think it should have been one. I was a bit confused about how the main story will continue given the important events of the novellas. Turns out that the novel takes place mainly in the nowhere following Spensa and a new set of characters veering once again far from the main story.

Sanderson is a writing machine and I will never not be impressed by the speed he writes and releases books. This book however felt safe and I mean by that it follows the same structure the previous two books did. Once again Spensa is in a new place with new characters and new laws and she tries to maneuver her way through all of this. The writing is not bad at all and it is still a fast read but I couldn’t help the feeling that I wanted more.

Spensa is the protagonist as is usual with the main series. M-bot and Doomslug (I would die for Doomslug) appear in the book too but the other main characters from previous books have very short parts only. For some reason, I find myself more enamored by the humans in this series which made the characters in book one my favorite. Book two characters took some time to warm up to but I ended up loving them, in book three it was a bit tedious to go all over new characters again which made me feel lukewarm at best regarding the characterization in this entry.

I think too much of a good thing may not necessarily be a good thing and this was the case with the world-building here. Sanderson is a genius when it comes to creating new worlds but I believe it was too technical in this series that it became a bit of a chore trying to follow it. I think the book was best at the start and ending and it stalled a bit in the middle with all the follower things I mentioned before.

Summary: I still enjoyed the book despite my criticism of the story line. Writing is good, a bit too technical when it comes to world building and I would have rather seen the old characters in new horizons (see what I did there) instead of totally new characters. I believe book four will deliver what I was anticipating from this one which leaves me no questions of whether I should read it or not. In fact, I am looking forward to seeing how it all will wrap up!

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